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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,070 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,070
Reviews: 2,137
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 247
Gots: 613 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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ultimatejrod


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-18-2012 17:42:49 | More by ultimatejrod
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DougT

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-18-2012 04:58:47 | More by DougT
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SlaughteredWolf

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-17-2012 16:48:31 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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jbowes


5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-17-2012 15:15:59 | More by jbowes
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -7%

05-17-2012 01:54:17 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-16-2012 19:03:16 | More by Tarks
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BrianParsons


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-16-2012 15:00:32 | More by BrianParsons
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a delirium tremens snifter. this beer was my eureka moment in craft beer, and remains a staple; finally getting around to a review.

pours a dark, opaque mahogany tone with a solid finger and a half of a beige-colored head. decent retention, good lacing, and a lasting cap. if not the prototype for how a BSDA should look, i'm not sure what is.

aroma, while pleasing, is not quite as robust as i remember; maybe i've been spending too much time with rochefort 10 (a quad, technically, but that's another debate). spice, yeast, and brown sugar evident.

flavor takes it up a notch. smooth and tasty, the nose characters pull through with greater strength and are accompanied by dark fruit and a very faint hops presence. very tasty. as with all BSDAs, as it warms the flavors really open up.

medium-plus bodied with appropriate carbonation. for a big beer i could definitely drink a lot of this so a high drinkability score. easily the best of the chimays, and a great trappist BSDA... that said, there are others i like better (which isn't a knock on grande reserve so much as a testament to said others).

original review on: 10-19-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 01:41:24 | More by BostonHops
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Mario


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-15-2012 19:45:44 | More by Mario
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evilkalla

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a chalice.

A: Dark copper/light brown. Pours with about an inch of head which dissipated fairly quickly to about an eighth of an inch. Lacing on the glass is pretty well defined.

S: Candy sugar, molasses and dark malt. Slight belgian yeast character. Subtle yet appetizing.

T: Lots of dark sugar and molasses character, with some slightly bitter hints. Finishes fairly dry. Slight alcohol on the finish as well. Very nice.

M: Perfect feel on the mouth.

O: Very good belgian dark ale, definitely one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 22:19:56 | More by evilkalla
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n00blar

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-14-2012 02:53:56 | More by n00blar
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Odysseyalien

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe cause I've started a new love affair with barley wine ale in the last few weeks. Maybe cause I still prefer the Rochefort Trappistes family as far as Belgian ales are concerned. Maybe...just maybe cause I've also grown fond of beer straight from the tap rather than the bottle too in recent weeks.

For whatever reason, I found this beer to be good, not great. Maybe it's not fair as my comparison of styles is not a true "apples for apples" comparison. The blending and subtleties of flavor of the Rochefort Trappistes family as well as barley wine have captured my attention.

However you cut it, this beer isn't bad...it has a nice monolithic flavor but not as complex as the beers mentioned above. Ooops there I go again in the unfairness department. I'd perhpas try this again if I could get it on tap but with the other options out there in from similar styles, I would call this beer overrated.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 22:13:34 | More by Odysseyalien
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

05-13-2012 06:29:01 | More by PatGreer
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Chadster1975


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-13-2012 03:28:09 | More by Chadster1975
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gutbuster

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

05-13-2012 02:37:51 | More by gutbuster
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Sicem99

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-12-2012 19:56:15 | More by Sicem99
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RodneyFarva

Spain

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a chalice

a: pours a deep brown, white head quickly reducing to a thin film.

s: malts, dark fruits such as plums, raisins, and figs, some yeastiness

t: fruity and rich, high carbonation, dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar, giving a very light richness to the beer. almost a bubbly champagne-like quality, while still full-bodied.

o: a very enjoyable BSDA, very widely available as well, perhaps a bit high carbonation, but very nice regardless.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 21:25:18 | More by RodneyFarva
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Bobhoya

Arizona

4/5  rDev -7%

05-10-2012 23:47:28 | More by Bobhoya
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Thiago


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-10-2012 01:48:20 | More by Thiago
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kylethebrilliant


5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-09-2012 15:51:59 | More by kylethebrilliant
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-09-2012 14:42:05 | More by BigCheese
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jrjordao

Portugal

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-09-2012 12:28:41 | More by jrjordao
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Underdogbisco

Utah

5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-08-2012 23:47:21 | More by Underdogbisco
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pepperfee

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-08-2012 19:53:44 | More by pepperfee
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Bigtimmy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-07-2012 22:09:30 | More by Bigtimmy
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,070 ratings.