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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

6,811 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,811
Reviews: 2,187
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 339
Gots: 1,061 | FT: 12
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Belgium

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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of elNopalero
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork dated from 3/11, shared one month shy of a year.

This was a gusher. Well, geyser, since the cork shot off about as soon as I undid the cage. Lots of foam topping a cloudy, malty brown ale. Tight lacing, small bubbles and lots of cotton that dissipates.

Wonderful bouquet of raisins and malty, sweet caramelized dates. Flavor has more sweetness on it, with malty raisins, figs and dates, rounded with some alcohol warmth. Great finish. Real tasty, this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rodney45
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay goblet. Date on the 330ml bottle indicates April 2011, so its about 10 months old.

A: Has a rosewood colored hazy body with a blond head that has a stunted retention due to the high abv. Beautiful lacing.

S: A plum and flowery aroma, with backnotes of vanilla, belgian spice and merlot grape.

T: First taste profile is hard to put my finger on, but here it goes: Plum, diluted grenadine syrup, apple and raisin. Secondary profile is of a big malt wallop, with fig and sourdough bread. Very distinct trappist yeast. Non dry and aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy body with medium carbonation. Beautiful creamy maltodextrin mouthfeel. More sweet than bitter.

O: This beer is one of the best beer's ive ever tried. A top example of a trappist beer.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark deep brown. Small khaki head that cleared quickly. Alcohol lacing evident.

S: Dark muddled fruits, caramel, sugar, breast, biscuits, black currants, raspberries and bread crust.

T: Bread, bread crust, fruits, currant, fig, raspberries, prunes, raisins, red wine, grapes, bread crust, biscuits, caramel and sweetness.

M: Sweeter side. Not sickeningly. Slightly more than medium bodied. But not thick. Great. Not an ounce of alcohol is detectable...scary when you drink about it...lol.

O: This is the best offering by Chimay that I've tasted thus far. Red is a close second. Gold being third. This beer is complex yet balanced enough to work perfectly all of the time. I love this beer and will reach for it any chance I get. Love it.

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

33cl bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle dating that I can discern. Came from a 2011 holiday gift pack.

A: Two finger head dissipated quickly to leave a small cap in the center and a ring around the edge. Very hazy dark brown with some sediment at the bottom of the glass even though I was careful to leave a little at the bottom of the bottle. No lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, strong phenol alcohol, and some really dank figs and raisins. There is some biscuit character present but not a ton.

T: Fairly tame compared to the nose. The balance is the most notable. The flavors meld together nicely and no one dimension stands out above the rest. Yeast interplays with the dark fruit and leaves you with some bread quality.

M: A fair amount of alcohol burn which affects drinkability (in general) but that’s fine for this style. Carbonation is on the high side. Body is medium-high.

O: The flavor of this beer comes together nicely and presents itself as a single body of work. It’s not the most complex Belgian that I’ve had, but it is one of the better balanced and the flavors are savory.

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3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a huge tan head. The appearance reminds me a bit of root beer.

Starts out a bit sweet, like caramel candy. I can detect brown sugar, yeast, and a fruiy sweetness. There is maybe just a hint of pepper as well.

Has a bit of a spice kick to it, mainly pepper. Then the other flavors kick in, I can taste Belgian candy sugar, with a hint of raisin.

Pretty solid overall, nothing to complain about here
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A decent beer, but not one that makes me sit up and take notice. It is good, but could use a bit more complexity. Goes down very easy considering the abv, and a good beer for a cold night.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/red color that just the smallest bit of light can be seen through. There is a tan two-finger head that seems to dissipate rather quickly. There is, however, a nice amount of lacing left on my glass as I drink.

Smell: I seriously smell brownies. Maybe hints of cocoa mixed with a biscuit-like odor create this brownie smell? There is also a slight bit of fruit essence in the back, with a barely discernible zest.

Taste: Wow, delicious indeed. Dark malty goodness, cocoa, dark cherries/fruits, slightly roasty, definite biscuit flavor. Very minor bitterness that stops as soon as you swallow. The alcohol burn is there, but the taste is excellently hidden!

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, moderate to light body, slightly smooth and creamy. It works perfectly and goes down surprisingly easy!

Overall: One of my new favorite Belgian Dark Ales. This is one hell of a beer, with dark fruity flavors and rich, but tamed, sweetness. Highly recommended.

Photo of BeerFiend2002
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Chalice glass

A- Dark copper to mahogany murky body with a fluffy, two-finger khaki-colored head that hangs around.

S- Notes of grape, dark fruit, sweet malt. Smells kind of like wine actually.

T- Dates, figs, grapes, black cherry and a little bit of sweetness with a little tartness. Finishes with a slight, slight bitterness. You would never know it was a 9% until you finish a couple swigs that gave me the ever so slightest warming sensation in my chest.

M- Has a medium-heavy body with an oily feel. Not really resiny, but it leaves a little coating in the mouth. Not harsh despite it being a higher ABV beer.

O- Im a big fan of the pumpkin beers, stouts, and IPAs so Belgians arent really on my radar, but if Im going to drink Belgian...it will be Chimay. I've had the red and blue label and enjoyed them both.

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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque raisin brown in color. Poured with a thick, frothy beige foam with excellent saying power. Dark, ripe fruit aroma with clove, a hint of banana, and an underlying sweet maltiness. Rich, aggressive carbonation with a rather dry finish. Delicate combination of dark fruit and spicy flavors throughout with hints of banana that occasionally show through. A very light dark roasted malted backbone fights through the carbonation. A touch of bitter hop flavor is introduced at the finish with a bit of booziness too.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,811 ratings.