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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6,733 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,733
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 325
Gots: 973 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of JamesMN
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Pretty good head retention.

Aroma: Some ripe black cherry, dark malt, and hints of yeast and alcohol.

Taste: Flavor is very light for the appearance. Nice dark malt character but lets some dark fruit notes through. Much sweeter than I was expecting but definitely not overly sweet. Aftertaste starts wet and then dries as the flavor turns a little darker and the alcohol warmth becomes apparent. Not hugely complex but satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Really effervescent like a soda. Between thin and medium in body but never watery. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I definitely enjoyed this one, it didn't blow me away or anything but it is very good. Would I drink it again? If it was offered to me, yes.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

CB pours a medium brown color, with 1/2 inch of cream colored head. Not nearly as dark as most stouts, but the brown liquid does let a bit of light through. The nose is a bit non-descript: maybe a faint scent of brown sugar? Down the hatch, a lot more complexity than the nose suggests. Dark fruits: figs, brown sugar tastes. This is quite smooth: very little booze detected for a 9% brew. The moutfeel is the outstanding feature to be: just right, well balanced.

I think this had been on the shelf for a while, as the dust on the bottles would suggest. The apparent age did this well. Well done.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle from FMs.

A - dark brown with amber highlights, big fluffy head. It dissipates at an average pace. Decent amount of lacing

S - banana, some pine, malt, not picking up much else

T - wondering if I started this too chilled. I am picking up the standard chimay taste (kind of a dry taste I can't explain, I attribute it to the yeast), some bananas and dark fruit. Tinge (check) of alcohol.

M - slightly less than perfect, carbonation is on the low side, the finish slightly dry.

O - It has a warming effect. Gets more flavorful as it comes to room temp. Still coming around to fully appreciating this style.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with hints of red and a nice light tan head with good lacing

S-toffee, malt, spices, hints of chocolate, dark fruit

T-caramel malt, figs, raisins, plums, cinnamon, chocolate, yeasty overtones

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy, despite the ABV the alcohol was not very apparent

O-a nice sipping dark ale with a great blend of flavors

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,733 ratings.