1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,369 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,369
Reviews: 2,152
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 280
Gots: 773 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,369 | Reviews: 2,152 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of matthewarmstrong
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage Chimay Blue served into a Chimay goblet.

This beer has an amazing appearance, a nice dark brown colour like an old toned copper penny. One finger of beige head which retains nicely whilst drank.

Smells wooden and sweet and tastes just as you were hoping with nice caramel blushes. Just a beautiful finish and thoroughly filling, everything you want a nice ale to be.

I can only imagine how good my 1.5L bottle sitting in the cellar will be five years from now.

matthewarmstrong, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Misfit2209
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Misfit2209, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
5/5  rDev +16.3%

MN_Beerticker, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Nutwood
4/5  rDev -7%

Nutwood, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of bobojuice
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

bobojuice, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of kendellmarie
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

kendellmarie, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Dwtucker90
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Dwtucker90, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Dethklok
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Dethklok, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Perducci
4/5  rDev -7%

Perducci, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Sum1tohate
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Sum1tohate, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Keith_R, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of bendern
3/5  rDev -30.2%

bendern, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev -7%

SaxmanRick, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

TheNightwatchman, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev -7%

jaidenjb, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of izhehaller
5/5  rDev +16.3%

izhehaller, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served into a Chimay goblet

Pours a dark amber color, like caramelized sugar. It's lighter than many beers in the BSDA or Quadrupel styles. About one finger of head on this pour, but the buttermilk foam has a nice, thick consistency.

Chimay blue has a fairly tight nose. Aromas of brown bread and Fig Newtons dominate. There's a good hit of nutmeg here, maybe some sandalwood. But it is mostly maltiness.

The taste follows the nose to large degree. Lots of brown malt, and lots of figgy flavors. Heavy nutmeg spiciness, with, like, an herbal note (thyme?). Some green raisin. It's quite good, and very balanced. It's also...restrained. I love subtlety, but I wish the beer were just a bit more explosive.

The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect for the style. Perfectly soft carbonation. Perfect attenuation. Overall, this is a very good beer. It misses the heights of some similar beers from De Struise or De Dolle but this is a lovely exemplar of the style.

Reaper16, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Mike925
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Mike925, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -7%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of JVan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

JVan, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of mooseo
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Dark cherry brown with a large eggshell white head.

S - Plum, raisin, brown sugar, Belgian yeast. Subtle but nice.

T - Bready toasted malt, brown sugar and rich dark fruit notes throughout. Light earthy hops and caramel on the back end. A touch of alcohol on the finish.

M - Silky smooth, amazing mouthfeel. Good crisp carbonation, medium body. Warming alcohol.

O - Excellent example of the style. One of the smoothest beers ever. This one had a little age on it and exceeded my expectations. Rich flavor, easy drinking.

mooseo, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of CommonRider
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

CommonRider, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of xGreatWallx
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

xGreatWallx, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of JasErwin
5/5  rDev +16.3%

JasErwin, Aug 10, 2012
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,369 ratings.