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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,018 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,018
Reviews: 2,136
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 243
Gots: 589 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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nokes

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So here we go, tonight is a tip o the hat to willpower. We're pouring 3 Chimay Blues...a 2011, a 2009, and a 2006, in that order. The 750ml 2011 arrived from Belgium just this week. I've been waiting for this for a while, you might say...a vertical tasting of 5 years of Chimay history

The 2011 and 2009 poured a rich dark brown with ruby notes, a moderate off-white head and plenty of lacing. The 2006 poured darker, the ruby notes subdued to non-existent. They all look lovely, though not really exceptional.

Smell-wise, these were all really quite amazing. Plenty of dark fruitiness, particularly in the newer ones. The older 2006 (I wouldn't have expected this) was actually much brighter and even trending towards green apple. Very Belgian, with yeast and malt and lots of cooked fruit. I could have spent the evening just smelling these guys.

And they taste great. Not a tonne of difference between the 2011 and the 2009, though it actually seemed like the '09 tasted fresher and lighter. Dark malty cooked fruits, like dates without the cloying sweetness...some licorice, even some medium-dark chocolate in the middle and then again near the end, more pronounced in the 2006 than in the others. No...I don't *want* to cleanse my palate, thanks very much. I just want this taste to stay there and linger. Chocolate? Really? Like a fruity chocolate stout? Weird, but wonderful. Seriously...oddly fantastic.

...and I can't imagine a nicer mouthfeel. The 2006 was no less pleasing than the others, with just a perfect level of carbonation that kept the beer light despite its complexity. The older the bottle, the brighter it seemed, actually. The 2006 at points felt fresh as a hefeweizen, but without the banana or coriander. They all filled the mouth with a velvety and lush texture that was over way way too soon.

Overall, this was an exceptional and singular experience. This is a really really good beer. If you can bring yourself to do so, put one on the shelf and leave it there for a few years. It's worth the self-restraint. Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 04:05:00 | More by nokes
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark brown appearance with lots of bubbly brown head that slowly disappears leaving some retention. Smell consists of various fruits and spices, floral hops, malt and a hint of booze. Surprisingly, the smell isn’t very strong, just smooth.

Taste consists of a powerful taste of fruit (apples, raisins, plums, cherries and other dark fruit) various spices, lots of malt and a hint of licorice and chocolate. Has a boozy tinge to it as well, no noticeable hops. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Has a spicy and smoky aftertaste that's slightly dry.

This is a strong, but very good beer. Very well rounded and the moment you taste it, you’re hit with an awesome combination of tastes. Pricey, but definitely worth it if you come across a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 00:02:43 | More by CrazyMike
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle purchased at Giant Eagle in Canonsburg into a cervoise. 2011 bottle...

A - Pours a murky, dark brown color with a nice and fluffy off-white head that forms about 2 fingers thick. Lots of lacing as the head recedes.

S - Pretty nice smell for a BSDA. Lots of dark, sticky fruits - figs, dates, raisins and some apricots I think. Nice amount of Belgian spice and some yeasty notes as well.

T - Nice dark malts mixed with the sticky fruits mentioned in the nose with more raisin and date than the others. Spices come out a bit more here with allspice and some clove. Light peppery flavors as well.

M - Medium bodied beer with a higher carbonation level. It adds nicely to the beer and gives it a nice bright feel on the mouth for suah a heavy beer.

O - As always, a standard go to. Really nice flavors and aromas that make this one such a drinkable beer. Might try cellaring a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 15:04:36 | More by KAP1356
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BurgerJones

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL poured into a Chimay goblet, naturally.

Color is a deep brown with hints of red, head is small despite high carbonation, white and laces well.

Currants, peppery spices, faint chocolate in the aroma and the taste. Mild warming alcohol. All tastes blend subtlely, none overwhelms.

Mouthfeel pleasant, lighter body than expected, quite bubbly.

Overall just a wonderful, balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 05:01:14 | More by BurgerJones
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable Belgian brew. I remember some drunk dude at one of my local shops telling me about how great this beer was and I just looked at him and said "Yeah I know..." I guess he figured that a 22 year old wouldn't have tried that beer yet. Needless to say, I had and it was very good. The beer poured out as bubbly brown color with some red highlights. The smell of the beer is a bit on the earthy side with some sweet dark fruits on the nose and of course a hefty amount of yeast. The taste is a little metallic at first but that fades as it warms up. The dark fruits are subtle here but there is a slight sweetness from them, it's a little boozy, and has some spice in the back end too. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little thin but had enough carbonation to keep this one interesting. Overall this is enjoyable, I like to order it on occasion but not often.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 03:52:59 | More by Knapp85
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phiberoptik

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Duvel tulip at Andy's Mediterranean. Pours a deep brown with a plum hue and a two finger foamy head. This beer just looks pretty.

Smell is very sophisticated with a ton of different nuances, some I could place and some I couldnt. Malts, raisins, yeast, earthy notes, a bit of spice...

I smells go well into the tastes. I did not see the bottle date on this but it tasted like it had some age on it. Smooth malt character, raisins, a tiny hint of sour cherry that I attribute to most Belgian ales. No one flavor jumps out.

The mouthfeel on this is incredible. Its velvety, medium bodied, with a light amount of carbonation.

This was truly a treat with quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of the last pour. For $15 at a restaurant, this was a great buy and a great treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:43:45 | More by phiberoptik
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into Chimay Chalice. 2009 printed on cork.

A: Pours a bold deep brown, with hints of dark wood character. Pours a finger head and retreats to a thin foamy layer. Lacing is minimal and carbonation is a medium level.

S: The aroma is medium intensity and shows notes of plum and currants. Nice malty character, which is very multidementional. Faint hint of alcohol.

T/M: Clean body, with a silky smoothness. Body is not overly thick, but has a nice layered texture. The taste is that of dark fruits and rasins. Lingering finish is not too impressive, taste is gone fairly quickly.

O: Overall this is a solid beer, with a good following. I find other beers in the style to rank higher than this, but does have very good quilities. Great gateway into Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 03:10:21 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Krakistophales

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark plum color with a two fingers of cream colored head that sticks around.

S: Grapes, lots of malts, and a hint of some other fruits like apple

T: Slight fruitiness, lots of malt, a hint of spice with a little carbonation bite, but overall pretty bland.

O: Rather disappointed with this. People rave that this is amazing, but I've had much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 01:33:09 | More by Krakistophales
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Yagman3000

New York

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

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into goblet.

Appears brown with a slight maroon hue to it. A little but foamy despite a relatively slow pour with the head subsiding down to a thin effervescent slick with a thickness around the outside of the glass.

Smells a bit boozy with some grape coming through. possibly a touch of plum as well.

Tastes of fig and dried fruits - a little like prune. heavy on the malt but no real hop character detected. I imagined a bit of a deeper flavor based on reputation.

Mouthfeel has a sharp effervescence to it that mellows out and fils the throat on the way down. No real after-taste either - just a subtle bit on the tongue. One of the better aspects to this beer.

Overall I'm honestly a little disappointed. I've heard of this as an A+ type of beer - world class and loved by many - but found it to just be "good." I wonder if a larger corked bottle is a different experience. I also imagine this beer might be a little different after it warms up a bit after the chill wears off.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 16:36:56 | More by Yagman3000
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shambeano

Australia

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

okay, so chimay blue review, one of those beers who's reputation preceeds it, and by that i mean insanely preceeds it. the avourite beer of so many people i know, however, i cant remember if i have tried it or not. so for all intents and purposes, this is a first for me. this one is a 2010 vintage, poured at room temperature into a tulip.

A- pours a dark brownish with about 2.5 inches of very fluffy white head. the head slowly subsides with a lot of lacing.l ooks good.

S- straight up a tidy mix of malts, alcohol and spice. malts slightly on the sweeter side, but quickly brought back by the apricot/raisin/dried fig character, followed by a spicier side, a touch of clove and cinnamon, but whats most impressive is the way they move from one to another.

T- straight up a touch of sweetness, but a whole bunch of spice follows. allspice and clove, followed in the end by that alcoholy dark fruits. very similar to the smell but in a different order. again flows very well.

M- upfront very full bodied, but near the end the carbonation comes on in a rush, a fair bit but very quick. very good length, and midway through becomes slightly drying, but still tasting the beer ages after. great.

O- considered one of the wrolds best beers, and for good reason. the alcohol only adds to the overall flavour, and although there are beers with more complex flavours, the beauty of this is that all the flavours flow and work togeher very very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 14:19:03 | More by shambeano
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a branded chalice.

LOOK (3.5/5) Pours a deep brown to lighter mahogany - maybe around 30*SRM. This one is quite opaque. Very cloudy indeed. Head is a bit disappointing; it rises to about a finger and a half (rocky, creamy, off-white). This falls quickly , with too little lacing, to a ring around the glass. Some nice carbonation on the inside of the glass.

SMELL (4/5) The smell is malty, as you'd expect, but with a lot of yeast esters and some more tart grape aromas. The malt has some mailard in it, but the dark fruit is gentler than most. This faces to a dark grape-juice flavor. The yeast is also fairly fruity - it also had some banana and bubblegum. Not very much hop or alcohol aroma.

TASTE (4.5/5) The flavor is similar to the nose. There's some more grape and pepper in there, though. The flavor has a lot of melanoidin in there as well (prunes, plums). But this faded to a tarter grape-juice, somewhat vinous, flavor. It rounded out with some spiciness (pepper) that wasn't really on the nose. The finish is a bit on the sweeter side. Some alcoholic warmth.

FEEL (4.5/5) This is medium-full bodied and some higher carbonation. This is what I call 'fluffy' - high carb goes well with the spice.

DRINK (4/5) Drinkability is medium - too heavy and flavorful for a session, but well balanced and complex. A great drink all-in-all.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 14:14:36 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 150

11.2 ounce bottle, a gift from my wife after a long days work and the one Chimay I had yet to try. Bottle marked: L09-221 and poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Murk, muddy brown with hints of deep purple, I poured the yeast in on purpose and you can see it working throughout the beer and even the head. My pour was aggressive and yielded a ton of yellow head but I was surprised by how quickly it dissipated and how little carbonation was in this beer...older bottle?

S: Dark malt, yeast esters, plum, chalky cocoa powder, spices, some distant fruit sweetness, possibly bruised apricot and old grapes.

T: In line with the smell; spices and nuttiness abounds and the dark fruit characters and rich sweetness abound; grape skins, faint cocoa nibs, and the slightest hint of booze.

MF: Again, that chalky/yeast character seems dominant. Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel with some slick chewiness.

O: I thought I would like this beer a lot more. As a positive, it is easily drinkable, but I was surprised by how average this beer seemed to me; each element seemed subdued. I am not a Belgian expert (I do like Boulevards BBQ and Grand Tetons Coming Home) so I will revisit someday and hope that my palette has matured. Until then, Chimay White seems to be my favorite of the three.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 04:19:32 | More by Scotchboy
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atr2605

New York

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours dark amber/brown with a large tan head with great retention
S-Toasted malt and caramel, slight plum aroma as well
T-More of the sweet and toasted malt, caramel flavor lingers on the palate. Hops bitterness rounds out the flavor but there is no floral or spiciness to speak of. The hops keep the malt from being too sweet.
M-medium to full bodied
O- Very rich and complex. Sometimes hard to describe all the flavors. One of my favorite beers and perfect representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 00:50:18 | More by atr2605
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engagechad

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a 3 pack with the red and the white. Poured into a Chimay Chalice.

Pours a nice dark amber brown with a whippy looking head, no lacing. Smells faintly of spicey malt.. maybe some clove notes with herbs. Taste is better, its smooth and tingly and surprisingly smooth for a 9% beer. I've had 5% beers that were more harsh than this. Very good and a pleasure to drink. Aftertaste is most pleasant and the buzz is perfect. Different beers produce a different buzz. This is a quality feeling from a quality beer.

I had the white, red and blue chimays and I enjoyed all of them, however I still don't quite have a taste for belgian beers. This was probably the best one yet. I would like to revisit and try some other belgians again too like duvel.

Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 18:31:15 | More by engagechad
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Mario61Aler

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me preface this review with this, I've had this over 10 times in the last 3 months and it is a favorite of mine and the wife.

Outside at the patio and opening it for the friends and neighbors. Took off the cage and barely touched the cork, POP! and the cork flew a good 30 feet (9.5 meters) into the back yard. Inside of the house I always "cup" the cork in my hand.

Ok on to appearance poured into tulip glasses producing a reddish amber color that looked "rich", head was a 2" tan foam that stuck around and laced well.

Smell was of dark fruits , mostly grapes and raisons that appeared sweetish but not off putting.

The first thing I tasted was the malts and some breadiness from the yeasts, then the fruits of raisons, apple? and spices, YUM! Very complex beer here.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium full, without being heavy. The carbonation and hops cleanse the palate and gives a crisp feel to this.

Overall - WOW and WoW again. This one refreshes and amazes me every time I drink it. I use it as a touchstone for Belgian ale.

Don't know why it took me so long to review it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 17:15:08 | More by Mario61Aler
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from the local grocery shop.
Look: pours a dark-brown color with a thick light-brown head.
Smell: Belgian yeast, sweet dark fruits, sour apples, white grapes and some spicy herbs
Taste: Candy sugar, Malts, sweet dark fruits, spicy clove and other herbs, red fruits and warming sharp alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation with a medium body
Overall: Great beer, had it many times fresh and aged. Will only disappoint if you drink it after a Rochefort 10 or St Bernardus Abt.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 19:06:21 | More by rvdoorn
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dbaker61

Ohio

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

750mL bottle. 15.5 degrees Plato. Brew date: Jan. 1, 2010; sell by date: Jan. 1, 2015.

Appearance: Coppery-brown with a hint of lighter red. Somewhat cloudy with a bit of sediment. Poured with a heroic 4 fingers of creamy tan head having very good retention. Left nice lacing.

Smell: Very fruity, with grape, currant, and apple notes.

Taste: Dark malt flavors dominate, with some of the fruitiness present in a supporting role. The 9% ABV is well-hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Lots of carbonation in the mouth. Finished crisp and slightly sweet.

Overall: It has been years since I last had the Chimay Blue. Why did I wait so long? This beer has plenty of character, and is very drinkable. When drinking the 750mL, watch out for the sneaky 9% ABV. Also, careful with the cork; I only needed a very slight twist and the cork exploded out with a very loud and forceful "pop". I am pretty sure it would have bounced off the ceiling.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 13:23:02 | More by dbaker61
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to tnip23 for sharing this at a Memorial Day picnic

A - Pours with a ruby-brown body that shows some cloudiness...the head explodes after the tiniest pour...four fingers tall, off white in color...the slow retention allows the head to appear rocky...lacing was left down the glass

S - The aroma brought fourth a lot of grapes...that actually made the beer have some winey aromas...there are other underlying dark fruits along with some lingering sweetness

T - These flavors work very well together...the dark fruit flavors stand out with dates leading the way...the added caramel and brown sugar sweetness never becomes overpowering...the grape/wine flavor is more subdued than the nose suggests...as the beer warms it provokes stronger flavors along with some traces of alcohol

M - Medium bodied...almost on the full side...smooth with a nice carbonation level

O - A very good Belgian in my books...I tend to lean away from the style but I could not pass up the opportunity to try such a coveted beer...after reading previous reviews, I would love to try an aged version as this one was pretty fresh

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 20:42:39 | More by thain709
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jman892

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep, dark brown, with a 1 finger tan head which does not linger, minimal lacing, and plenty of visible sediment

S - Nose is predominately white grapes, close to a white wine aroma, maybe with a bit of apple mixed in

T - Taste follows the nose, and it also has a very nice balancing sweetness. There is a lot of fruit within this one, mainly grapes, apples, and maybe raisins. Complex taste that is difficult to describe but very good

M - Well carbonated, dry and crisp. The 9% ABV is scarily well hidden

O - Exceptional drink. I always pass this by and the price is a bit restrictive for a single, but this is definitely something I will pick up on occasion. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:56:35 | More by jman892
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TOMHONE

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth, creamy and extremely tasty. By far an absolutely fantastic beer. A joy to drink. We bought many a bottle in Brussels at the local grocery store. Not pricey at all. My pals thought they died and went to heaven. For they have never had a premium world famous brew before this.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 23:48:49 | More by TOMHONE
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seabass87

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A slow pour reveals a healthy, but fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly with little retention. The color is really nice, light brown at the bottom fading into medium-dark brown up top. By the time you are 3/4 of the way done with your glass, it looks light copper. A small amount of visible carbonation.

S- Belgian yeast, dark fruits, an interplay of sweet and sour - as seems to be the norm with Belgian strong dark ales. Scent is more subtle than many of this style... Hard to tell what to expect.

T- A fair amount of carbonation is very noticeable up front, followed by a surprisingly mild array of ripe fruits (grapes, granny smith apples). Carries into a slightly yeasty taste. No alcohol taste or burn. In fact, it is among the sneakiest I have yet to try.

M- Medium body, but a rather large amount of carbonation makes this lighter and crisper than many of this style. Finishes dry.

O- I'm going to admit, my expectations were maybe too high for this beer. However, it ultimately is tasty and quite easy to drink. It's the most mild of this style I've yet to try. With the 9% ABV, this could deceptively turn into a session beer (albeit rather pricey).

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 23:50:19 | More by seabass87
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the wire-caged and corked 25 fl. oz. bottle stamped L10-611. Sampled on June 27, 2011. I have been meaning to get around to this one. It pours a cloudy dark, caramel brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is alive with dark cherry or grape-like fruits, figs, yeast, and a bit of alcohol punch. The body is full. While there is a bit of a sharp alcohol bite there are also plenty of Belgian candy sugars to sweeten it up and balance it right out. What more can I say? This is the Belgian Strong Ale that everyone strives to match.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 19:02:01 | More by puboflyons
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jgurley

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Warm brown with a great head and laces perfectly. Smells of rum raisin and dark fruit. Good dark malty flavor with raisin and dark cocoa. Very smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. Plenty Great balance of sweet and bitter. Very complex but very drinkable flavor. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 20:28:29 | More by jgurley
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Tford

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a very dark brown colour with a two finger light head.

S: It smells of malts and fruits, you can’t really tell which fruits though.

T: The malts are very strong at first, and then the fruits become stronger. Grape is the most obvious fruit, there is also apple and many more, it is quite complex.

M: This has a fairly heavy body with mid-high amounts of carbonation, it is very dry.

O: This is pretty good; however, I don’t like grape and there is a lot of grape hear. I would definitely recommend it if you like grape, and not if you don’t.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 06:32:49 | More by Tford
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky brown with an inch tan head. Good legs on the lacing with a swirl. Effervescene is never ending.

S- Slight grapes.

T- Follows the nose. Perhaps some green apples. Very complex.
Small yeast funk.

M- Carbonation fills the mouth. Beer itself is medium to medium-thin bodied.

D/O- 9% abv? Wow, wouldn't believe it. Could drink a few glasses if permitted. A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 23:43:11 | More by Duff27
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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