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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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6,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,868
Reviews: 2,202
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,109 | FT: 13
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a large tulip shaped wine glass. Dark amber colour with hints of ruby around the edge, almost opaque, 3 finger tanned head. Belgian yeasty aroma with notes of malt and raspberry. Tasted malt, caramel, raspberry, biscuit, plum and brown sugar. Booze very well hidden, balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Body was on the thick side of medium, smooth texture with decent carbonation. The depth of the beer combined with how well it hid the booze was very impressive, but I wouldn't say it blew me away. It might need to age for a year or two.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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!

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,868 ratings.