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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

5,934 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,934
Reviews: 2,135
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 236
Gots: 546 | FT: 10
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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PhatAtUT

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-03-2011 02:37:58 | More by PhatAtUT
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Nikolai

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-03-2011 02:27:08 | More by Nikolai
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charladam

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-02-2011 21:57:11 | More by charladam
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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-02-2011 06:47:08 | More by twelveinches
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SmokeyJoesCafe

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-02-2011 06:29:32 | More by SmokeyJoesCafe
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-02-2011 06:24:49 | More by tripledbrew
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-02-2011 03:04:16 | More by tbeq00
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falcon1

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-02-2011 01:45:36 | More by falcon1
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a little mad when I first drank Chimays. I knew the French had wonderful food and wine of course, but some of the best beers too? damn that's too much domination especially if you are learning that about 10 years ago or so because if you were a soccer fan, the French were dominating the world there too. Plus the French were proved right at that time concerning weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. No wonder the French get a little arrogant.

First I just love Chimay tripel style beer with white label. It's one of my favorites. I am not fond of the red label, but today I am review a dubbel style beer with the blue label by Chimay.

Many beer connisseurs find blue to be world class if not one of the top 3 or 4 beers in the world. I rate it a little lower.

Ok it spawns a little smoke upon opening and has a nice pour of brown ale with some murkiness with a good firm tan head.

Blue has a nice smell that is not too complex, but it is rather straight forward mildly sweet and earthy that all seems to sum up as nice.

The taste to me is clean crisp dark ale with just a slight fruitiness. The alcohol taste is a just a bit too strong and apparent for my taste. Some just love the balance here. This is many a beer drinkers favorite. Again we have a straight forward taste that is refreshing to me, but that's about it. I consider the after taste simply delightful.

I am not emotionally stunned by this beer that's all - not stunned. I am impressed, just not stunned. I wanna be stunned.
My experience really shows that Chimay is a beer that individuals seems to like or love so don't disregard this beer. It may be the beer you will love best of all. This is a quality product.

So what goes with Chimay? Flip on some nice pop like Steely Dan Reeling in the Years is a wonderful compliment to the blue while the French and Swedes play on during the Euro Cup.

ALLER FRANCE! VIVE LA DIFFERENCE! Pepe Lepew

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:29:09 | More by frankiepop
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blange3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-01-2011 21:05:15 | More by blange3
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-01-2011 19:28:32 | More by kjkinsey
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Kevlee722

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-01-2011 19:28:25 | More by Kevlee722
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origais

Belgium

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Leffe calice
75cl bottle
Vintage; 14 years old

This is simply the best beer I ever had!
After so many years, yes it is a bit flat (very low carbonation), but such complexity and balance for the nose and mouth!
Tasted with friends at home, some liked it some less, but all agreed on the very high quality of the product.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 14:24:30 | More by origais
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-01-2011 06:58:47 | More by Diomede
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-01-2011 04:58:09 | More by rab53
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bjadams688

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-01-2011 03:14:26 | More by bjadams688
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DiffuseTheBob

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-01-2011 00:40:34 | More by DiffuseTheBob
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BankerNes

California

2/5  rDev -53.5%

11-30-2011 19:41:54 | More by BankerNes
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Daveychu

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-30-2011 19:27:23 | More by Daveychu
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ikantspel

California

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a duvel tulip

pours an amazing textbook brown with a monster 4 finger head. looks like a root beer

dark fruit nose with raisins and a toasted maltiness. not too much alcohol in there

fruity yeast notes with spices and brown sugar. blends in together well

a very well put together BSDA. nothing too flashy but the simpleness makes it great.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 17:06:17 | More by ikantspel
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-30-2011 16:55:18 | More by brandoman63
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-30-2011 15:07:02 | More by PaBeerLover
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jh1982

Nevada

4/5  rDev -7%

11-30-2011 05:44:52 | More by jh1982
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thesarahfuller

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-30-2011 00:34:34 | More by thesarahfuller
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-29-2011 22:44:22 | More by kayrex
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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