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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

6,818 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,818
Reviews: 2,191
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,068 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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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%

Photo of estlinska
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Chimay chalice. The color is a dark brown the color of an oak barrel with a swirling of cherry red throughout. The head was fizzy, off-white to khaki and seemed to retreat back into the beer without much left in its wake. The nose didn't quite have that usual strong Belgian yeast I expect in a Belgian strong. It was there, just muted. There are also hints of plums and dates with a lot of fizz. The taste again has a very muted Belgian yeast character. There is sweet dates and cherries, but it finishes farily dry, preventing it from becoming overly cloying. Mouthfeel is heavy on carbonation; alcohol is masked well. I have always passed by this beer because I felt it was probably priced higher than it was worth, and I am just not finding a taste for Belgians. It's a good Belgian Strong, but it's not great.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle from the SAQ for 10$

Appearance - Hazy brownish red colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch/caramel, woodiness, musty

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There is also a woodiness and a light smokiness. It ends with a dark fruit and malty/woody aftertaste with a light bitterness.

Overall - The cork came flying out as soon as I removed the cage - which I wasn't expecting. The amount of fizzy head lead me to believe there would be a lot of carbonation in the mouth, but it was fairly smooth. It has a nice complex taste and I can see why it is regarded so highly.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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1/5  rDev -76.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -36%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doing a bit of procrastinating with this review, as I am having this to celebrate what is hopefully the last college paper I will ever have to write. I finally shelled out the twelve dollars for the large bomber. Lets hope these ancient monks brew some terrific beer for the price. Poured into a Maudite tulip glass.

Appearance - Just a side note - uncaging the cork of a bottle is always my favorite thing. The cork came out with extreme ease. I let the pressure shoot it up into my ceiling, watching as an eerie haze creeps over the mouth of the bottle and into the room. I had to rush my pour a bit as carbonation hurried to the lips of the bottle. A nice two finger pour of explosive, unstable looking head. The carbonation is more than alive as it pops, sparkles, and wheezes. This Belgian Strong is an oaky, malty looking mahogany color. Dark blood red meets the bark of a tree. Appears a bit fruity in appearance.

Smell - Balanced Belgian yeast hits me the hardest. Darker fruit notes attempt to dodge around the sweet malty background, but are distinguishable. Dark cherry and bloody pomegranate are the most noticeable. A faint, spritzy near-candy smell is also apparent. Fruity malts with faint bready malts behind them. Still, the aroma is tame and by no-means overpowering.

Taste - Definitely a fruity background to the body of the beer. Taste of black forest cherry cake without as much sweetness. Grappling pomegranate, plum and pluots. The taste of saturn peaches carries out the sweetness with a bit of almond mixed in. A tad pinch of coriander, as well as a very light amount of chocolate and chocolate raisins.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - A bit heavy in the chest, as the carbonation fights right up until its swallowed alive. Alcohol is extremely well-balanced, and this brew avoids overdoing the notes of black cherry and coriander. An elastic and brisk burn that is not overdone. The brew can get a bit sweet at times, but it quickly balances itself out.

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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 6,818 ratings.