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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

6,806 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,806
Reviews: 2,187
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 339
Gots: 1,056 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To continue the Belgian beer week celebration, last night I had a 750mL bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - This pours a hazy reddish-brown with very nice off-white, almost gray head.

S - On the nose I get cherries, dark berries, spice, and a noticeable amount of yeast.

T - On the palate I mainly get the fruit that I smelled, but a dark cherry like flavor is the most prominent. The finish on this beer is interesting, sweetness, some hops, and a nice maltiness rounded it out.

M - Full-bodied, but not heavy, with some chewiness to it. The carbonation was perfect.

O - Another extremely good offering from Chimay, no complaints here. I like that the beer does have some complexity to it, offering different flavors from the initial hit on the palate to the finish. I plan on cellaring a bottle to see how it changes over time.

Photo of frontalot
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of cmhanck
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Blissmo
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a very dark reddish brown with an off white head.

Smell is of dark fruits and a malty sweetness with the distinctive yeast in the background.

Taste is dark fruits with a slight alcohol presence on the finish.

A world class beer, one that might not measure up to Westy but comes pretty darn close.

Photo of EvanTJ
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy deep purple-brown, very tall tan head dissipated and settled at a solid thumb, some random lacing
S - raisins, grape medicine, spice, some breadiness
T - raisin, sugar plumb, mineral, phenols, spice, and sweet booziness
M - somewhere above medium body, very creamy, finishes full with a peppery and mineral feel
O - must try, bottom line!

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of mokanmikey
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TheCondor
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up as part of a Chimay gift package that included red, white, and blue labels, plus a Chimay chalice that kicks ass. I think it is pretty gangsta when the beer and glassware match up brand wise. Anyway, side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into the glass.

Appearance - Pours the color of cherry wood, beautiful reddish brown color. Has about one finger of mocha head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. The color of this beer resembles a Scottish ale or wee heavy, which I love.

Smell - The big malts are the dominant force here. They power over you letting you know this is a big beer, in ABV, taste, and character. Dark fruits, a little yeast, and booze round out an excellent nose.

Taste - While the nose was good, the palate was even better, and followed the nose closely. The malts coat your tongue from front to back, while the fruits complement the flavors superbly.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy brew, finishes with a warmth that invites one to drink more. A slight booze in the aftertaste couplethe with the dark fruit is an excellent balance to the malts. superb drink ability, very easy to drink a lot of this.

Overall - I see what the hype is about. Excellent beer, obviously those monks know what they are doing. I fully plan on this becoming a staple of my drinking, as should you. Highly recommended. Get the chalice too.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,806 ratings.