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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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6,814 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,814
Reviews: 2,189
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,064 | FT: 12
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, 2012 vintage, from Vintage Cellars, into a Duvel tulip.

Nice beige-tan head that forms on top of a deep, dark brown with some strong ruby highlights. Big foam on top that settles above film but with little to no lacing.

The smell was initially a lot of pear, stewed pear and green apple and then changed for the good to cinnamon and dark fruits.

Tastes spicy with cinnamon there with some booze. Some of the stewed pears comes in to the taste as well, with a little bit of banana and clove as well. A lot going on, not all of it is great.

Mouthfeel is odd. Thin at times, bitey with the spice early and finishing with a bit of booze and warmth. I think this needs a bit of time to even out in this department.

I've had a few of these over the past decade or so and it seems a year or so of age on them does the world of good. This has plenty of potential, but at the moment isn't quite there. A beer that is always worth trying over time to see if it changes or if i do.

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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep rich brown with some nice amber hues when held to direct light. Head is beige with tight bubble formation. Slightly creamy. Drops to a thin cap and solid bubbly collar rather quickly. Lively carbonation. Nice sheets of lacing. Great retention.

Smell: Dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and alcohol. Figs, plums, and some dark cherry. Big chewy sweet malts. Some caramel. Bready. Nice spice notes. Clove dominates over some banana. Some peppery notes as well. Alcohol soaked raisins. Big on the fruit. Big, but not aggressive, yeasty presence. Some candi sugar to round the whole thing out.

Taste: Raisins, cover it in booze, and wrap it in a Belgian yeast strain. Big malt sweetness. Caramel and touches of toffee try to push through the yeast and alcohol. It only works a bit. Fig and plum come through a bit as it warms. Some nice underlying peppery sweetness mixes with clove. Yeast is decidedly Belgian and hits all of the usual notes. Even some bubblegum hiding in the burp. Mild toasted elements. Banana and apples too.

Mouthfeel: Lively moderate carbonation. Body is medium, but feels a little thin due to the carbonation. Nicely dry and a bit of smoothness.

Overall: Belgian, and unapologetic, and it works.

Not as nuanced as some other beers in the style (speaking broadly of darkish Belgian ales), but worth drinking. Lots of flavor, but it's a bit brash and lacks that overall drinkability that some of the others have. The best showing in the Chimay lineup.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,814 ratings.