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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

6,934 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 6,934
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 361
Gots: 1,184 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Ratings: 6,934 | Reviews: 2,216
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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing chestnut and an athletic loose but creamy and lumpy beige head that fades to a puckering steady layer of film that webs. Muted nose - clove, spice cake and a bit of beeswax candle.
Ginger cake, light plum, some toffee crisp, hints of incense, and a kaleidoscope of spices to end.
Chutney finish and numbing clove linger. Light to medium, gently fizzy, some chew, creamy.

Beautifully seamless, like so many of the greatest beers. And yet I find myself wondering if that's the case here, or if there's actually not that much there. I know the rep of this beer has taken a hit over the years, and this is just not as deep, distinctive or compelling as it's classic status would suggest. The skill of the brewers is undeniable; the beer, sadly, is only very good.

Part smoke and mirrors, part real magic.

Photo of AZbelgian
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a big tan head. Lots of dark sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Tiny tan colored bubbles dissipate to a nice cap of head with fantastic retention. Small amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Subtle syrupy smell

T - Taste is very smooth and subtly sweet, flavors of dark fruit (plums?), caramel with some alcohol and floral notes, a smooth pleasant, slightly peppery finish. Well carbonated.

M - Medium mouthfeel which seems lighter due to the bubbly carbonation feel in the mouth.

O - An incredibly smooth, rich and flavorful beer. The best by far of what Chimay has to offer. What I can buy in stores here in the US tastes just as good as the one I had outside the abbey in Belgium. This is one of my top choices as a recommendation to friends who want to try a dark Belgian.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of evlu1441
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle in my fridge for about 2 years now, and I decided that today would be the day I finally try it. I poured it into the Chimay chalice that came with it. The glass has certainly seen better days, but I expect the beer will be better than ever!

It pours a very dark brown that looks more amber when held up to the light. It's surprisingly clear, and I can see a bunch of sediment floating around (poor pouring technique on my part). The head is thin but very fine and fluffy. It's exactly what I imagine when I think of a Belgian beer in terms of appearance.

The aroma is outstanding! Age has done a lot to smooth out some of the sharp yeast and carbon dioxide aroma that I noticed with the other Chimay beers. Hints of vanilla come through very faintly, and hints of dried fruits fill things out. There is a hint of banana in the background. The whole aroma is wrapped in a faint spiciness. Nothing is too overpowering here, and the aromas remain subtle.

The taste is very smooth, and much less intense than I remember. The malt profile is complex, starting out sweet, and smoothly moving through several smooth toffee/vanilla/cake stages. it leaves some lingering sweetness and an aromatic and slightly woody aftertaste. The alcohol is undetectable.

Overall, this is a nice ale and surprisingly easy drinking. At the same time, it's hard to say exactly what makes it distinctive. A good brew nonetheless.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BMoldy
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks a lot like the Red, but a darker shade of brown and more opaque. Mocha-colored head settles nice and slowly. No lacing, but that's likely my wet, overused glass.

S: Molasses and dark fruit. A little bit of alcohol.

T/M: Some smooth caramel malt mixed with alcohol. Much bolder than the Red, with more familiar flavors. Hint of vanilla. Warm, solvent alcohol on the finish. Medium/medium-heavy in body, with a very subdued and inoffensive carbonation. Alcohol can be a little much at times though.

O: Outshine its little red brother, but I'm still not the biggest fan. Too much alcohol and not enough other flavors to really make it worth it, in my opinion.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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