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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

6,413 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,413
Reviews: 2,155
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 285
Gots: 790 | FT: 12
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Tarks, May 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

BrianParsons, May 16, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
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

BostonHops, May 16, 2012
Photo of Mario
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Mario, May 15, 2012
Photo of evilkalla
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.

evilkalla, May 14, 2012
Photo of n00blar
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

n00blar, May 14, 2012
Photo of Odysseyalien
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.

Odysseyalien, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

PatGreer, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Chadster1975, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Sicem99, May 12, 2012
Photo of RodneyFarva
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.

RodneyFarva, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

Bobhoya, May 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Thiago, May 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

kylethebrilliant, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BigCheese, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jrjordao, May 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Underdogbisco, May 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

pepperfee, May 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bigtimmy, May 07, 2012
Photo of Filosoof
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion this is one of the most overrated beers.

Ofcourse, it's a great lable, a great bottle and a great brewery. But more objectively seen: this is just a very poor beer. It really doesn't deserve 95 out of 100.

L: average look and top;
S: candy sugar and cream; but where are the levels/depths we know from St. Bernardus and Gulden Draak? No flowers, no spices, no bitterishness.
T: even more poor; very straightforward, without any depth. Cream can be mentioned.
M: okay; drinkable;
O: very disappointing. This really isn't the big guy that many people think it is.

Filosoof, May 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

WALKER, May 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Rocketman8911, May 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

mimi, May 07, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottling:

A: opaque body produced a half-glass of head with a center-pour into a tulip glass. Head of well-defined fine bubbles showed good retention, persisting throughout the session.

S: immediate soft, sweet dark fruits, like dates and figs, maybe some brown banana

T: crisper than the nose, bitterness tones down the fruitier notes and adds backbone. Now, you’re drinking. Tart yeasts populate the brown malty character. Some cocoa/carob notes as it warmed.

M: medium-weight, frisky carbonation and bitters; some slickness on top of the tongue. Spark of astringence on the finish.

O: Among the BSDAs, I have a few stand-outs: Allagash’s Odyssey, Unibroue’s Maudite, AleSmith’s Grand Cru – which taste different (to me) than the Chimay, which is slightly less to my liking. However, that said, this beer is indubitably among the standards by which all beers of the style are compared. You can’t argue with 150 years of Trappist brewing. Take note: devotees of the style as well as advocates of beer in general should include this in their beer education.

2011 (?) bottling:

A: deep ruby brown; fine bubbled head settles into a rim and film, leaving speckles of lace up the sides

S: caramel malts, some dark fruit notes

T: fresh yeast tops the dark fruits and sweet malts; a little sweeter than I'd expected

M: medium-bodied, fizzy, tiny little sour notes remain in the aftertaste

O: I have heard this was a benchmark beer for the BSDA, and since I haven't had one since my first (before I started reviewing beer), I figured I should come back to it and check it out again.
Yes, it is a true BSDA, but it is not my favorite BDSA - however, you need to try it if you like Belgian beers/strong dark ales.

Greywulfken, May 07, 2012
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,413 ratings.