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

6,731 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 6,731
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 325
Gots: 969 | FT: 13
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  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ours a beautiful deep red brown color with long lasting tan head. Sweet malt, light and dark fruit aroma. Dark fruits and spice to start, middle somewhat dry with more hops present, nice hop and spice dry finish. One of the world's great beers. Looking forward to comparing this to an aged one next year

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay Grande Reserve pours a dark dark brown color, with a nice creamy lasting head. There is a subtle sweet aroma, that has a darkness to it. The taste is dark and a bit smokey, there is a sweetness that becomes present, but then dispates. Good full complex flavor, I really enjoy that it isnt overkill with the belgin candy flavors. Overall this is a nice full flavored well made dark ale.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, cork ejected with barely a touch.

A - Great looking deep, prune juice brown. A creamy whipped foam head. just enough to coat the top, with sticky lacing.

S - Brown sugar, poundcake, fruit syrup, alcohol, fruity esters. Hints of yeast and bitter grain.

T - Rich and full flavored. Dark sweet caramel, hearty bread, toasted grains. Mild apple flavors, like watered down apple juice and also apple skin. A clear alcohol note and warm on the way down.

M - Soft medium bodied, slightly dry on the palate. Smooth creamy carbonation and a nice warm end.

O - A solid, well rounded brew. This beer hits the style well, and is a solid choice every time.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,731 ratings.