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

6,737 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,737
Reviews: 2,173
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 327
Gots: 980 | FT: 13
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 egohepar
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, stored in cellar for about a year. Drank in large snifter.

A-Dark brown color with some red in it, a bit like dark toffee.. Large foam which disappears rather quickly.

S-Somewhat less significant then what I expected. But the smell still has depth and some grapey, winelike tones. And there's sweet tones there as well.

T-The taste is round and full. There are dark fruits, raisins, spices and discrete malty tones of molasses. Also theres some bitterness and sourness but it's all balanced and complex. You can somewhat feel the alcohol presence.

M-Medium carbonation and presence all over mouth and throat. Relaxing and enjoyable. Feels nice and dry afterwards.

O-Nice beer which is perfect to sip during the evening. Feels like a treat. I think it's a really nice beer but there are examples of the style which are more fully evolved and fulfilled.

Photo of jharkins07
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of HOMEPL8
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lizfig
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of beermaned
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dgv0
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of dbell23
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of shigg85
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought this as a birthday present to myself on my 25th birthday. Bought the 750ml bottle and enjoyed it all by myself with my wife watching on, laughing/being disinterested the drunker I got. It was a beautifully dark brew that intimidated me at first as I had not had much experience with Belgian strong dark ales. However, once I poured it into that goblet of mine, ohhh... the magic. Easily ranks as one of the best beers i've ever had, and probably ever will have. Very strong aroma of berries and cloves. Amazing warming sensation in the cheeks and the throat. Beautiful dark head to match the hue of the brew. If you are looking for cost-performance in a beer, this is the one. Treat yourself to it! I'm a Chimay believer for life!

Photo of tobelerone
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of msarver16
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of mikemoeller112
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of nandika
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of kurgan3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Tasted On: 02-07-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Chimay chalice
Purchased: Gift pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Color is a very dark burgundy, capped by a dense, tan head of two fingers. Very little lacing but there is good head retention.

Aromas are complex and inviting, with dark fruit notes, grapes, malty toffee sweetness and a musty yeast trait as well.

This is a highly carbonated beer, which is the first thing I noticed. Taste is a nice balance between sweetness and dryness. Flavors include ripened dark fruits such as raisin and plum, along with caramel malts and spices. No hop bitterness is perceived.

A full-bodied ale, with a noticeable alcohol presence. The aftertaste presents the balance previously noted of the malt sweetness and dryness of the yeast. I would prefer it to be a bit less carbonated, however.

Overall, this is a strong and elegant beer that makes an excellent treat at the end of the day.

Photo of bkaj21
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of gray23
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of stimblin
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of jt6174
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of jakesingleton
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of gomejar
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jcomp21
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! It was like cherries and strawberries with a smooth finish. It was my first trappist and I didn't know what to expect. I somehow thought I didn't like Belgian ales but I tried it with a bunch of other beers and it was my favorite BY FAR. Soooo tastey!!

Photo of Trioxin245
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

This is one of the best beers i have ever tried.

A- Dark brown to reddish ,1 inch tall lacing amber froth,it remanis on top several minutes.

S- Complex yeast and dark malts melange scent,very nice.

T- Plums,figs,blueberries and dry fruits present,a slightly warm touch coming from alcohol,sweet and dry finish,hops are present just to balance malty flavors.

M- Medium to full body perfectly carbonated.

o- Wonderful beer, i think yeast makes here a great job,the most important factor, i think.

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,737 ratings.