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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

6,517 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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)
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Photo of fortheunheard
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

fortheunheard, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ZDePaolo, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

ryanw111182, Jan 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

dandmc24, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of BMoldy
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks a lot like the Red, but a darker shade of brown and more opaque. Mocha-colored head settles nice and slowly. No lacing, but that's likely my wet, overused glass.

S: Molasses and dark fruit. A little bit of alcohol.

T/M: Some smooth caramel malt mixed with alcohol. Much bolder than the Red, with more familiar flavors. Hint of vanilla. Warm, solvent alcohol on the finish. Medium/medium-heavy in body, with a very subdued and inoffensive carbonation. Alcohol can be a little much at times though.

O: Outshine its little red brother, but I'm still not the biggest fan. Too much alcohol and not enough other flavors to really make it worth it, in my opinion.

BMoldy, Jan 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

harris4, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay Goblet, which I received as a gift about 8 years ago from Sam, thanks.

Pours an opaque brown with hints of red and gold. A large dirty tan head dissipates rather quickly to a 1/8" ring.

Smells of the special Belgian yeast, gotta love that. A hint of spice and fruity dark raisins are also present.

First taste is earthy spices, allspice and clove, but not overpowering. Middle is almost roasted malt and caramel, and that great yeast. There is a shadow of the alcohol here, but it's done well.

Feels very bubbly and not quite light. A tangy yeast accompanies the medium bodied beer. Though quite strong, this feels somewhat easy to drink.

I truly enjoyed this beer. It has all the spice and great flavors I like from this style. The balance and complexity are woven together in this excellent beer, which I will be drinking more often.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

Boz12, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Cinderbike, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

jskennedy, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

TobyMcCann, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

lydia, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a very dark brow with a very thick creamy light tan head. The head quickly fades and leaves a lot of fluff and lace on the glass.

S: There is a strong amount of malt and dark fruit on the nose.

T: Man there are a lot of flavors in this beer. I am picking up some strong Belgian Yeast and and dark fruit. There is a bit of alcohol present and even a bit of caramel.

M: This is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had in my life. It has a fluffy feeling in my mouth and just so awesome. It's all around perfect when it comes to mouthfeel.

O: This is one of the better beers I have had. There isnt a single bad quality to this beer and I almost mistake it for a quad. For sure will be buying this as much as I possibly can. Just amazing.

gtermi, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

mhjets, Jan 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

SkitzIrish3, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MrSunshine, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

seeswo, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

djaeon, Jan 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

nicholas527, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Musineer, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jjkatter
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a La Trappe goblet...

A- pours deep mahogany with a generous tan head. Plenty of effervescence.

S- Belgian yeast with toasted malt.

T - follows the nose.

O- very well balanced and silky smooth. Although ABV is 9%, it's masked well.

jjkatter, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

veris, Jan 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

elec, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

jeffraab, Jan 22, 2012
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,517 ratings.