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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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6,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,927
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 360
Gots: 1,181 | FT: 15
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Used 2 different style glasses to bring out the full aroma and taste, an Orval Chalice and a standard Tulip glass.

A- thin cinnamon colored head in both glasses which was about 2 fingers high with no tilting on the pour. Faded away quickly in the chalice and lasted about a minute longer in the Tulip. Lots of carbonation rising throughout the pour.

S- biscuity/bready, plums, raisins, honey and booze.

T- biscuit, spices, aged raisins, plums, cherrys, candy sugar and a splash of alcohol in the finish. Sweet start with a bitter finish.

M- A bit too fizzy in the wide-mouthed Orval glass but it did better in the Tulip. Medium bodied with a semi oily finish.

O- Very easy to drink and I could sip on this. My favorite of the Chimay series. The blue edition stands in line with the other Trappist products.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into Chimay chalice

A: Pours a deep burnt red, ruby when held to light. One finger head that leaves very little lacing, quite a bit of carbonation. Looks great in the proper glass!

S: Rich, fruity aroma. Dark fruits and berries dominate, with a bready and malty presence too. It smells thick and full, and is pretty complex. Very inviting.

T: Sweet - very very fruity, once again getting berries. Surprisingly, got a definite taste of apple towards the end of the glass after every swirl. Malty too. I think I got a slight hint of toffee, hidden in the maltiness. Very complex, yielded new flavours as it got warmer and less carbonated.

M: Full bodied and rich. Slightly dry, very satisfying. Carbonation is initially lively on the tongue. Warming sensation of the alcohol lovely.

Overall: Stellar. One of my favourites now. It's been a while since I had the Premiére, so I'll have to try that again soon to compare, but the G.R. could very well be better in my opinion. Either way an extremely enjoyable beer, one that I would strongly recommend. A must for any Belgian Ale fan (or just ale fan in general). I've heard much about how this beer ages, so I'll definitely be buying a few more to cellar.

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