1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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.

6,268 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,268
Reviews: 2,145
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 272
Gots: 718 | FT: 11
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)
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: 6,268 | Reviews: 2,145 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of RES

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

04-29-2012 03:47:08 | More by RES
Photo of mjohnson17


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-29-2012 02:32:25 | More by mjohnson17
Photo of RSmith

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-29-2012 01:17:54 | More by RSmith
Photo of MtnDewd


5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-29-2012 00:22:52 | More by MtnDewd
Photo of Jase2280


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-28-2012 20:50:15 | More by Jase2280
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Pours a cloudy medium brown in color with yeast particles in suspension towards the bottom half of the glass. The beer has a finger tall pillowy beige head that reduces to a thin film over the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Overall, this beer has a rather sweet smell mostly dominated by dark fruit. There is a definite presence of plum along with a black cherry and grape. The aroma gets sweeter as the beer warms.

T: The taste follows the smell, with the beer having a good amount of sweetness. There is a dominant flavor of dark fruit - plum and black cherry - along with a light presence of spices. Very nice complexity.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth though slightly dry in the finish.

O: The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer, making it slightly dangerous if you have more than one... I think this beer is very enjoyable and a great sipping beer - with great complexity in the taste.

04-28-2012 19:49:43 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of acevenom


4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured into a chalice. Pours dark caramel brown with an abundant tan head that dissipates quickly. The carbonation appears to be abundant. The sediment helped cloud the beer to make it opaque. There are aromas of dark fruits, malt, brown sugar, and yeast. There are tastes of bready dark malt, dark fruits like prunes and raisins, yeast, and brown sugar. The alcohol is present in the flavor as is some hop bitterness. It's very well balanced. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is quite lively. It's very easy to drink for such a strong beer. Overall, this is another excellent beer from the abbey. This is a top notch example of the style. It's easily acquirable in most stores, so Chimay provides a great entry for people wanting to try Trappist beer.

04-28-2012 19:37:50 | More by acevenom
Photo of closisinthehouse


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-28-2012 14:49:44 | More by closisinthehouse
Photo of madcal

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-28-2012 12:43:36 | More by madcal
Photo of FuturePilot

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-28-2012 02:13:42 | More by FuturePilot
Photo of od_sf


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-27-2012 03:26:12 | More by od_sf
Photo of Mdodge8837


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-27-2012 00:57:31 | More by Mdodge8837
Photo of Cozzatoad


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

330ml bottle, 2011 vintage

A- Pours a murky, dark brown with some reddish hints if seen through light. Nice, compact 1 finger head that shows good retention throughout the whole tasting experience, though it surprisingly leaves quite little lacing

S- Much weaker than expected, even after head has slightly receded. Dried/dark fruits with slight sugary and yeast notes on the back

T- Similar to the smell but luckily much brigther. Caramel malt base, then quite on the sugary side with loads of bright dark and dried fruit notes in evidence (prunes, cherries...). Some spicy esters bring a bit more life and a pleasant, light, warming alcoholic feel. Finishes on the earthy side, bringing balance to it's sweet overall feel, with yeast and a slight touch of refreshing hops. Very complex but still all perfectly integrated

M- Medium to full body, nicely creamy on the tongue and even more so on the palate, where flavours can still be felt after some seconds. Just a hint of delicate carbonation to bring a bit of life

O- A classic than definitely lives up to it's hype. Complex, warming and still quite easy to drink

04-26-2012 07:07:45 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of greencovesteve

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-25-2012 01:42:56 | More by greencovesteve
Photo of Jerry


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-24-2012 01:54:21 | More by Jerry
Photo of johnnybelgians

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-24-2012 01:45:05 | More by johnnybelgians
Photo of Mrjwsjr

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

This was the beer that really got my quest started. I have always been a big fan of Guinness Draught and Stout. And while standing inline one day at wal-mart a gentleman with a handlebar mustache asked me if I had ever tried Chimay before. He said if I liked dark beers the Guinness that I would really like the Chimay so I went on a quest to find some no one close carried it so I wound up in Evansville one night with my brother-in-law and we steped into a liquor store and they had a sampler pack of all 3 of the Chimays and a glass. I purchased the pack and the quest was started. I liked all 3 of the Chimays but the Grande Reserve Blue is my favorite.

04-23-2012 23:05:12 | More by Mrjwsjr
Photo of GreatPumpkin


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-23-2012 00:36:02 | More by GreatPumpkin
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it. It has a nice thick creamy beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (picking up raisins), caramelly malts, spices and belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice fruity character (raisins and plums) with some bready notes, caramel/toffee sweetness, spices, and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

04-22-2012 18:12:17 | More by SebD
Photo of tkincaide


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2012 23:44:14 | More by tkincaide
Photo of masshole


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2012 21:47:37 | More by masshole
Photo of BuckeyeSlim


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-21-2012 17:32:43 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of dgeebs07

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2012 12:24:17 | More by dgeebs07
Photo of beerFool28607

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-21-2012 00:32:50 | More by beerFool28607
Photo of skatterbrainz


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2012 00:12:51 | More by skatterbrainz
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,268 ratings.