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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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6,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,359
Reviews: 2,151
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 281
Gots: 762 | FT: 11
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a little mad when I first drank Chimays. I knew the French had wonderful food and wine of course, but some of the best beers too? damn that's too much domination especially if you are learning that about 10 years ago or so because if you were a soccer fan, the French were dominating the world there too. Plus the French were proved right at that time concerning weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. No wonder the French get a little arrogant.

First I just love Chimay tripel style beer with white label. It's one of my favorites. I am not fond of the red label, but today I am review a dubbel style beer with the blue label by Chimay.

Many beer connisseurs find blue to be world class if not one of the top 3 or 4 beers in the world. I rate it a little lower.

Ok it spawns a little smoke upon opening and has a nice pour of brown ale with some murkiness with a good firm tan head.

Blue has a nice smell that is not too complex, but it is rather straight forward mildly sweet and earthy that all seems to sum up as nice.

The taste to me is clean crisp dark ale with just a slight fruitiness. The alcohol taste is a just a bit too strong and apparent for my taste. Some just love the balance here. This is many a beer drinkers favorite. Again we have a straight forward taste that is refreshing to me, but that's about it. I consider the after taste simply delightful.

I am not emotionally stunned by this beer that's all - not stunned. I am impressed, just not stunned. I wanna be stunned.
My experience really shows that Chimay is a beer that individuals seems to like or love so don't disregard this beer. It may be the beer you will love best of all. This is a quality product.

So what goes with Chimay? Flip on some nice pop like Steely Dan Reeling in the Years is a wonderful compliment to the blue while the French and Swedes play on during the Euro Cup.


frankiepop, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Leffe calice
75cl bottle
Vintage; 14 years old

This is simply the best beer I ever had!
After so many years, yes it is a bit flat (very low carbonation), but such complexity and balance for the nose and mouth!
Tasted with friends at home, some liked it some less, but all agreed on the very high quality of the product.

origais, Dec 01, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a duvel tulip

pours an amazing textbook brown with a monster 4 finger head. looks like a root beer

dark fruit nose with raisins and a toasted maltiness. not too much alcohol in there

fruity yeast notes with spices and brown sugar. blends in together well

a very well put together BSDA. nothing too flashy but the simpleness makes it great.

ikantspel, Nov 30, 2011
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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,359 ratings.