1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

Not Rated.
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,517 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,517
Reviews: 2,162
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 294
Gots: 836 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,517 | Reviews: 2,162 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of adamcthomp
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

adamcthomp, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of jurbanik
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jurbanik, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of msgraceffa
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

msgraceffa, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +16.3%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of sailorastro
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

sailorastro, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of vitorjffg
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

vitorjffg, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a small bottle into a proper Chimay chalice. The bottle was a slight gusher, but I managed to capture all of it without spilling any. The beer was a dark burnt orange color with an absolutely dreamy sandy-white head. It was big and frothy and never EVER left the top of the beer. From the top down, this beer looked like a milkshake. The nose was yeasty and bready and had hints of berries.

Taste is malty and fruity. There are slightly sweet bready, malty notes and some fruit flavors. I get primarily berries, plums, raisins, and a slight touch of ginger. The carbonation is quite high and really excites your tastebuds and complements the creamy feel of the beer nicely. It's a joy to drink.

I decided a while ago that I would buy two bottles of this every year and store them in the basement. To date, I have bought far more than I have actually drank. I can't wait to try it with 5 or 6 years on it. I hear it's a real stunner.

deadonhisfeet, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, corked and caged with a vintage date on the cork.

LOOK: Deep garnet, very clear. Good lacing all around.

SMELL: Buckwheat honey, booze soaked raisins, tart apple, toasted bready, treacle, peppery

TASTE: Super smooth, creamy, full-ish body, date sugar, estery, warming, spicy, faintly medicinal, yeast, mineral, leafy hops, dried grass, toasted fruit cake, semi-dry finish

Still holds on to greatness as it is a few steps ahead of the middle of the pack, with that said there are other Belgian beers that easily surpass this but not so much that I would not keep on coming back.

Jason, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of GPGURU
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

GPGURU, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Nate
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Nate, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of eleanat
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

eleanat, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Okonokos
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Okonokos, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
4/5  rDev -7%

cantfindme, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Sw33ptheleg
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Sw33ptheleg, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of ShogunOfSorrow
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

ShogunOfSorrow, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of pitasoup
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to hophead101 for this blind c'c 750 from blind bif 6.

opens to a loud gunshop pop.

s: belgo yeasts, trappist dust perhaps? slightly metallic, then delicious sweetness. cotton candy, vanilla, plum and banana. thick syrupy currant nectar and faint carnations

a: brown and brown. nah, there's a touch of ruby, closer to burnt ember. thin foamy one finger of slightly off white head that is slow to subside.

t: cherry, clean, deep malt complexity. very mellow, has aged for some time. figs, raisins, currant and plums. sweet and smooth. slight oxidation, year apparent in carbonation which can be seen dancing in the buttles like small elephants wearing party hats. one has a kazoo.

m: medium, smooth and smoother, something nicely settled and aged, despite the lingering heat.

o: bsda, bsda, gonna guess an older chimay blue, based on c'c bottle. neorunner agrees. delicious and happy to have shared it b/c of higher abv creeping into my non-dinnered stomach.

pitasoup, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of locckdown
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet
Date on cork 11/10

A: Pours a hazy dark mahogany brown with just over one fingers width of light khaki colored head which dissipates down at a moderately slow rate to a solid thick film which remains throughout the drink, leaves effectively no lacing.  

S: Candied sugars, lots of dark fruits (plum, fig, red grapes), some clove and peppery spice, a hint of alcohol, caramel malts.  Very good aromas but could be more potent.

T: Complex and well balanced flavor profile.  I get candied sugar malt sweetness, heavy spice, clove and black pepper,a nutty character, oak,  dark fruits (raisin, fig), some caramel malts, bakers chocolate on the back end, and noticeable alcohol as it warms.  Very nice.

M/D: Relatively smooth, but with a biting carbonation (which I could do without but is pretty standard for the Trappist ales).  Coats the palate nicely with a chewy mouthfeel and drying finish.  Nice job of masking the ABV and all thing considered is very drinkable.  

O: Overall, a very solid brew.  The quintessential beer of the style, and certainly worth a try, however, i have had beers of the style which I think are better (Cuvée Blue).

zac16125, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of jneiswender
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the 750 ml bottle of this beer. Cork is marked 08/11. Served in a tulip glass cool.

Pours a sandy and thick foamy head and a very dark garnet and walnut body. Smells like fresh fruit (apricots) and clay. Tastes earthy and fruity. Very highly carbonated. Booze are hidden in this beer.

I have to say I prefer the red more. Not as layered flavorwise. However, I can't complain, its still a great beer.

jneiswender, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of tenacioustomato
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

tenacioustomato, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
5/5  rDev +16.3%

szmnnl99, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Snowrs
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Snowrs, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of dspencer714
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

dspencer714, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of
5/5  rDev +16.3%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

, Mar 20, 2012
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,517 ratings.