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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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6,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,347
Reviews: 2,150
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 279
Gots: 759 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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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Photo of JerseyKirk
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Dark deep brown. Small khaki head that cleared quickly. Alcohol lacing evident.

S: Dark muddled fruits, caramel, sugar, breast, biscuits, black currants, raspberries and bread crust.

T: Bread, bread crust, fruits, currant, fig, raspberries, prunes, raisins, red wine, grapes, bread crust, biscuits, caramel and sweetness.

M: Sweeter side. Not sickeningly. Slightly more than medium bodied. But not thick. Great. Not an ounce of alcohol is detectable...scary when you drink about it...lol.

O: This is the best offering by Chimay that I've tasted thus far. Red is a close second. Gold being third. This beer is complex yet balanced enough to work perfectly all of the time. I love this beer and will reach for it any chance I get. Love it.

JerseyKirk, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

33cl bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle dating that I can discern. Came from a 2011 holiday gift pack.

A: Two finger head dissipated quickly to leave a small cap in the center and a ring around the edge. Very hazy dark brown with some sediment at the bottom of the glass even though I was careful to leave a little at the bottom of the bottle. No lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, strong phenol alcohol, and some really dank figs and raisins. There is some biscuit character present but not a ton.

T: Fairly tame compared to the nose. The balance is the most notable. The flavors meld together nicely and no one dimension stands out above the rest. Yeast interplays with the dark fruit and leaves you with some bread quality.

M: A fair amount of alcohol burn which affects drinkability (in general) but that’s fine for this style. Carbonation is on the high side. Body is medium-high.

O: The flavor of this beer comes together nicely and presents itself as a single body of work. It’s not the most complex Belgian that I’ve had, but it is one of the better balanced and the flavors are savory.

mjtiernan, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Vixie
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a dark brown with a huge tan head. The appearance reminds me a bit of root beer.

Starts out a bit sweet, like caramel candy. I can detect brown sugar, yeast, and a fruiy sweetness. There is maybe just a hint of pepper as well.

Has a bit of a spice kick to it, mainly pepper. Then the other flavors kick in, I can taste Belgian candy sugar, with a hint of raisin.

Pretty solid overall, nothing to complain about here
A decent beer, but not one that makes me sit up and take notice. It is good, but could use a bit more complexity. Goes down very easy considering the abv, and a good beer for a cold night.

Vixie, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -7%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of CowsCanBark
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/red color that just the smallest bit of light can be seen through. There is a tan two-finger head that seems to dissipate rather quickly. There is, however, a nice amount of lacing left on my glass as I drink.

Smell: I seriously smell brownies. Maybe hints of cocoa mixed with a biscuit-like odor create this brownie smell? There is also a slight bit of fruit essence in the back, with a barely discernible zest.

Taste: Wow, delicious indeed. Dark malty goodness, cocoa, dark cherries/fruits, slightly roasty, definite biscuit flavor. Very minor bitterness that stops as soon as you swallow. The alcohol burn is there, but the taste is excellently hidden!

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, moderate to light body, slightly smooth and creamy. It works perfectly and goes down surprisingly easy!

Overall: One of my new favorite Belgian Dark Ales. This is one hell of a beer, with dark fruity flavors and rich, but tamed, sweetness. Highly recommended.

CowsCanBark, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured into Chalice glass

A- Dark copper to mahogany murky body with a fluffy, two-finger khaki-colored head that hangs around.

S- Notes of grape, dark fruit, sweet malt. Smells kind of like wine actually.

T- Dates, figs, grapes, black cherry and a little bit of sweetness with a little tartness. Finishes with a slight, slight bitterness. You would never know it was a 9% until you finish a couple swigs that gave me the ever so slightest warming sensation in my chest.

M- Has a medium-heavy body with an oily feel. Not really resiny, but it leaves a little coating in the mouth. Not harsh despite it being a higher ABV beer.

O- Im a big fan of the pumpkin beers, stouts, and IPAs so Belgians arent really on my radar, but if Im going to drink Belgian...it will be Chimay. I've had the red and blue label and enjoyed them both.

BeerFiend2002, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

Opaque raisin brown in color. Poured with a thick, frothy beige foam with excellent saying power. Dark, ripe fruit aroma with clove, a hint of banana, and an underlying sweet maltiness. Rich, aggressive carbonation with a rather dry finish. Delicate combination of dark fruit and spicy flavors throughout with hints of banana that occasionally show through. A very light dark roasted malted backbone fights through the carbonation. A touch of bitter hop flavor is introduced at the finish with a bit of booziness too.

IronLover, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Peyton5410
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Peyton5410, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of leeo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

leeo, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of IlludiumQ36
5/5  rDev +16.3%

IlludiumQ36, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of egohepar
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

2010 bottle, stored in cellar for about a year. Drank in large snifter.

A-Dark brown color with some red in it, a bit like dark toffee.. Large foam which disappears rather quickly.

S-Somewhat less significant then what I expected. But the smell still has depth and some grapey, winelike tones. And there's sweet tones there as well.

T-The taste is round and full. There are dark fruits, raisins, spices and discrete malty tones of molasses. Also theres some bitterness and sourness but it's all balanced and complex. You can somewhat feel the alcohol presence.

M-Medium carbonation and presence all over mouth and throat. Relaxing and enjoyable. Feels nice and dry afterwards.

O-Nice beer which is perfect to sip during the evening. Feels like a treat. I think it's a really nice beer but there are examples of the style which are more fully evolved and fulfilled.

egohepar, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jharkins07
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jharkins07, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -7%

Fitzmke, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of HOMEPL8
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

HOMEPL8, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of lizfig
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lizfig, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +16.3%

tfsimpkins, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of beermaned
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

beermaned, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of dgv0
4/5  rDev -7%

dgv0, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of dbell23
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dbell23, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%

Bought this as a birthday present to myself on my 25th birthday. Bought the 750ml bottle and enjoyed it all by myself with my wife watching on, laughing/being disinterested the drunker I got. It was a beautifully dark brew that intimidated me at first as I had not had much experience with Belgian strong dark ales. However, once I poured it into that goblet of mine, ohhh... the magic. Easily ranks as one of the best beers i've ever had, and probably ever will have. Very strong aroma of berries and cloves. Amazing warming sensation in the cheeks and the throat. Beautiful dark head to match the hue of the brew. If you are looking for cost-performance in a beer, this is the one. Treat yourself to it! I'm a Chimay believer for life!

shigg85, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

tobelerone, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of msarver16
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

msarver16, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of mikemoeller112
5/5  rDev +16.3%

mikemoeller112, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of nandika
5/5  rDev +16.3%

nandika, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of kurgan3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

kurgan3, Feb 08, 2012
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,347 ratings.