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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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5,934 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,934
Reviews: 2,135
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 236
Gots: 546 | FT: 10
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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of yuriruley


3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - brown with a frothy head that hung around for awhile.

Smell - Fruits, some yeasty smell, sulfur which bothered me.

Taste - dark fruits and malt, good flavor I have come to expect from this style. Could taste the alcohol, but it wasn't overpowering and blended well. Little bit of the sulfur taste in there.

Mouthfeel - Body was medium with great carbonation.

Drink - I rated this low only because the smell was absolutely throwing me off. I love to breath in those smells right as I take a drink and I was getting a snout full of sulfur. Which made it difficult for me to drink.

Notes: I don't know if this bottle was off, or the water it is brewed with has some sulfur in it or the yeast produced this smell. Minus the sulfur smell intruding the flavor was excellent. My friend said she thought it was excellent and couldn't smell the sulfur. But I grew up on well water all the time so I pick up on sulfur really fast. I will buy another bottle and hope the sulfur isn't a permanent feature, because I can see this being a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 12:47:55 | More by yuriruley
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- nice thick and foamy white head, nice brown color, very murky and cloudy in clarity,lots of carbonation and lots of bubbles stream the glass, plenty of sediment to be seen,

Smell- spice, fruit, clove, malts and sweetness, beautiful smell, typical belgian yeast smell, very nice

Taste- very nice clean finish, taste of slight alcohol, fruit, spice, yeast,sweetness is nicely balanced out by a nice spice finish, very nice long lingering finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied and crisp, heavy carbonation

Drinkability- Highly drinkable, great finish, the complexity is great and is definitely one I will ocassionally be visiting, overall nice balance and a nice winter warming beer,

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 03:56:24 | More by Stunner97
Photo of BarrelO


4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250th review!

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Medium reddish-brown. Disappointingly small head with no lacing.

S: Strong dark fruits. Also reminiscent of port.

T: Dark fruits combined with fairly strong roastiness. Rather reminiscent of a good doppelbock.

M: Not too thin, fairly creamy.

D: I view Chimay as the Armani or Rolex of beer. It's not the best of its kind, but it is shorthand for top of the line to the general public. With that said, this isn't a bad beer at all. Worth a try for anyone who wants to know what Belgian beer is all about.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 18:58:07 | More by BarrelO
Photo of blackdog1101


3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review, so please be gentle with me.

11.2oz bottle, served at about 55 degrees, poured into a nonic.

A- Chimay Blue pours with a lot of carbonation, the head foams up quickly. The beer is dark ruddy brown, sort of iced tea looking in color. The head did not last but a minute or two, and now has no foam on top whatsoever. No lacing, no nothing. I expected a longer lasting head and some lacing.

S- Mostly figs and alcohol, also a bit of pear.

T- Early on the Chimay Blue was very boozy, almost rum-like. Once the carbonaton settled down abd the beer had a few minutes t breathe, more flavors of fig nutmeg and molasses revealed themselves. Towards the end of the glass the malt shows itself more apparently.

M- Very carbonated, not my favorite sensation. I often like to retain the beer in my mouth for a moment and exhale through my nose, to bring some of the flavor up to the nasal receptors. With Chimay Blue I find I don't like keeping the beer in my mouth.

D- Overall, this is a nice "change of pace" beer. Not one I would want regularly, but one I would gladly drink from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 23:38:23 | More by blackdog1101
Photo of ryanonline


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

has a good hazy brown appearance with a nice thick light tan moderately lasting head. moderate lacing.

aromas of raisins maybe figs, even a light hint of cherry. powerful yeasty smell, very boozy on top of it all.

booze up front overtaken quickly by the sweetness of raisins and that sort of cherry flavor. the finish is all yeast and more booze slightly bitter as well.

moutfeel has high carbonation but fairly light not too dry either.

drinkability is a little bit low due to the carbonation, though still very nice. i couldn't drink too many.

overall really just a tasty beer, something to treat yourself to every now and then, but personally i wouldn't have to many.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 01:40:53 | More by ryanonline
Photo of lester619


3.38/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Here it goes. Time to expand my horizons. Poured a dark brown reddish with almost purple hues when lifted to the sunlight. Thick bubbly white head. Most complex beer I have ever smelled. Definately alot of sweetness, rasin, pear, black currants, fig neutons along with plenty of raw yeaty biscuit dough. There is some more that I can't put my finger on. This is like no other beer I have ever tasted. It had the feel more of wine than beer. Sweet and fruity, with some caramel and butterscotch. Spicy notes, maybe cloves with a licorice anise presance. Alchohol is very noticable. Not any hop bitterness to speak of. A lot of bubbles throughout, which made it feel like champaign. There is way to much going on for me to identify it all. This is a different animal than what I am used to. It probalbly deserves a higher score than I gave it, but it just wasn't that great for me. I can't say I could drink this often. I can certainly respect what must go into making something this complex. Maybe I will give it another try later on.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 16:29:48 | More by lester619
Photo of PoisonedMushroom

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: This beer poured a nice, brown-red colour. I was glad that the colour was nice to look at because the head barely bothered to make an appearance. It was small, and left in what seemed like an instant.

S: Fruity and slightly spicy! Definitely, some pear noticeable, but I was unable to isolate this further. I did, however, enjoy the aroma immensely.

T: This one kept changing on me. At first, it was definitely sweet and fruity - almost like dates with a fair bit of spice thrown in. Just a whisper of pear and yeast. The finish was slightly bitter. Really, this was wonderful.

M: The carbonation in this one was felt in the tongue. I have to say, I was surprised by that. Even more surprising was the smoothness of the body, and the relative thinness of the finish. Alcohol was almost undetectable.

D: Possibly entirely too drinkable considering the 9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 07:18:38 | More by PoisonedMushroom
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours exactly the color you would expect, with a lively spritzy head that dies down to a thin but solid film.

Despite bringing this up to temperature and decanting it into a Chimay glass, I'm left here wondering what happened to the aroma. Some raisin and caramel is present. But that's about it.

All is forgiven as soon as I take a sip. Very treacly yet rounded flavors of sour cherries and sweet prunes and spice, like nutmeg and clove, with a dry peppery finish. Warming alcohol lingers a bit on the aftertaste. No hops that I can discern. An interesting melange of flavors working together harmoniously.

Highly carbonated with a bite that lets this beer down a little. Still, it went down easy. Too easy.

I planned a Belgian Strong Dark Ale night thinking I would go from weakest to best, those being Unibroue's Trois Pistole, Gouden Carolus Classic, finishing with this. But it might have actually gone the opposite way in terms of my preference. But it's slight degrees of difference as these are all fantastic, world class beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 02:09:34 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of mralphabet


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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass..

A: Reddish brow and foggy.... very nice 1 1/2 finger head that bubbles fervently and then died as quickly as it rose. No lacing at all.

S: A great mix here of dark fruit (cherries and raisins), brown sugar sweetness and some alcohol.

T: All the smells are here... Just a wonderful mix of all flavors.... With the alcohol I'm reminded of a very nice port... gets even better as it warms....

M: Mid bodied... a little thin at the start but thickens out as you go.

D: OK at 9% ABV you are not drinking a bunch of these... Sit back drink one of these wonderful beers and relax. Warms you up on a cool autumn night

Like all Chimay Beers this is a must try !!!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 04:08:20 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Fizzlybear

United Kingdom (England)

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours a misty dark brown, with a nice off white colouored head, that lasted.

S - The smell was very strong. I had bits of caramel and red berries, with a few spiced notes and a bit of herb.

T - A herb and malt taste was the first I picked up, with a hint of yeast thrown in too. This then turned into a sweet honey kind of aftertaste.

M&D - A very smooth beer that goes down nicely in hot and cold weather, the complex flavours make it great in the mouth and easy to drink.

Overall this is my favourite beer to date. I would score it 5's across the board but im adamant that there is a beer out there I will prefer!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 11:09:19 | More by Fizzlybear
Photo of sweemzander


4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked bottle poured into a tulip glass. 02/09 printed on the cork.

(A)- Pours a dark purple to black hue with reddish highlights that produced an effervescent white to off-white bubbly & foamy head with great retention.

(S)- Dark berry fruits amidst some bananna & yeast characteristics. A twist of lemon.

(T)- Nice and velvety dark fruits with some lemon & banana thrown into the mix. Very fresh and crisp. Some yeasty clay funk that is always good yet offers and edge into the complex body.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation that almost fizzes to life on the tongue, but it fits the beer and its style well. Has a superb balance with all components yet is layered and complex within its simple yet broad flavors. Superb alcohol (9%) integration. Incredibly smooth; only gets better as it warms up a bit believe it or not.

(D)- I always look forward to drinking this fantastic beer. Also, because of that, I never manage to hang onto a bottle for very long. I look forward to the day of having an aged bottle of this. But anyway, Chimay Blue is a fantastic beer that is even better when enjoyed with a friend, I was feeling pretty good after drinking the whole bottle!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:30:34 | More by sweemzander
Photo of beertunes


4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured that beautiful, deep, rich reddish brown that has come to be the standard for the style. The beer had a short tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving just wisps of lacing.

The aroma was rich and earthy, with the sweet fruit notes upfront and the solid malt foundation holding up the back. The flavors followed along but were even richer, fuller and more complex. There was a slight yeast taste mixed with the fruit flavors.

The body is full, smooth and substantial without being heavy. Drinkability is excellent, several of these went down very easy with a slice of rich chocolate cake while reading a book at one of local cafe's.

Overall, a standard of the style. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 20:59:17 | More by beertunes
Photo of mirish72


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

Had been saving a bottle in the basement for a while and finally decided to break it out tonight.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours a dark mahogeny with flecks of reddish brown, visible yeast in the bottle.

Has a sweet, fruity aroma, almost wine-like in the nose. Mild carbonation and a full, balanced and smooth taste.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer and a great representation of the syle, just wish I had the big bottle instead.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 03:45:49 | More by mirish72
Photo of seand


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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

A: Pours a dark, fairly opaque brown, with several fingers of foamy tan head. The head retains fairly well, but doesn't leave a great deal of lacing.

S: Earthy Belgian spices and a background of biting alcohol.

T: The Belgian spices are present, along with a mild sweetness. Finishes slightly astringent, but certainly not unpleasantly so.

M: Carbonation feels strong on the tip of the tongue, but finishes almost watery. Medium body.

D: Drinks easily enough, though watch out for the 9% ABV.

A pretty good example of the style; enjoyable, but I wouldn't call it outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 05:18:53 | More by seand
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

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

(From Notes)

Without a doubt, one of the best of its kind.

Full, deep brown color with a yeast-laden 9% woosh of a smell that possesses scents of dark sugars, Norton grape, and majoram (east Indian spice). Has an uber-creamy, light brown head that settles slowly and patiently. Floral taste flows into a yeast-centric raisin and fig body with a clove punch and an incredibly round, estery mouthfeel that warms in the mouth as the malt matures.

Fruity, but in a fig sort of fruity way, with a round, peppery, malty, incredibly complex and balanced body that also possesses a certain nuttiness to it. Very smooth. Very round. The sugars and the 9% ABV hit hard even after only a few months out of the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 02:00:56 | More by TLove
Photo of mightymoksha


4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in oversized wine glass.

Pours a cloudy mahogany. A frothy, beige head retains well, lasting all the way down, leaving thick lacing every step of the way.

Nose is very complex, with pleasant aromas of cloves, raisins, pepper/spice, dates, green pears and fruity esters. Brown sugar, wood and alcohol aromas are also present, albeit more subdued.

Taste is heavenly. A huge dark fruit character steals the show at first taste, with fig, date and raisin notes being the most prominent. The flavor then assumes notes of plum, smooth cacao, clove, brown sugar and a very faint cinnamon. Finish is beautiful, a slightly dry, slightly spicy velvety sweetness. As the beer warms, multiply this by 5.

The carbonation and high alcohol content tingle the palate, wonderfully complimenting that velvety smoothness referenced above. Swishing some around creates a decadent treat for the tongue.

Despite the high alcohol, it is quite drinkable. The alcohol, while present, is very elusive, making the temptation for another glass even more difficult to resist.

This is beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 04:07:12 | More by mightymoksha
Photo of corby112


4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark chocolate chestnut brown with dark amber edges when held to a light source and a thick frothy, pillowy light tan head. Excellent retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap that lasts throughout, leaving chunks of soapy lacing in it's path.

Slightly spicy peppery aroma with a lot of sweet estery Belgian yeast, chocolate, candy sugar and dark fruits; plum, raisin, prune, fig, etc.

Soft carbonation up front that subdues a bit when the beer warms. Lots of sweet dark fruit character with hints of fige, prune, raisin and plum as well as some silky chocolate and caramel. Very faint sour presence with some pleasant spiciness. There's some cinnamon, brown sugar and candy sugar that provides an excellent balance and complexity to this amazing beer. The alcohol presence is there but the high ABV is very well masked making it dangerously drinkable. One of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 08:04:38 | More by corby112
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a chalice, poured a deep dark brown, with two fingers of mocha-colored head and very good lacing. The aroma was a beautiful mix of tart cherry, plum, raisin, oak, clove, coriander, biscuit, and yeast. The flavor revealed all of the above in copious amounts, however the alcohol wasn't very well masked, and the after-burn was a little too much. Nicely smooth and surprisingly carbonated for a thick beer. Good to sip, but difficult to finish an entire 750ml in one sitting, especially because of the alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 04:32:32 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of Casey10


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

Finally got around to reviewing this one, actually had this from a 11.2 oz bottle.

A Dark Brown quick but samll head once poured into a beer chalice.

S - slight hints of sugars. clove, dark rasion/plum.

M - fizzy, carbonated, slight tingly feel as beer went down.

D - Without a doubt a great Belgian, must have. This is a must have beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 06:03:32 | More by Casey10
Photo of Whiteweasel


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh the anticipation...my adventures in craft beer have finally taken a giant leap with my first Belgian Trappist ale. This bottle has been sitting in my cabinet for weeks, just waiting for the right time to be enjoyed.

Poured into a wide mouthed wine glass/goblet from a bottle bought in Sept 09 with 09/08 marked on the cork. Enjoyed this momentous occasion with my roommate and fellow advocate Heissebier

Appearance: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful brown colour, almost opaque from all the sediment. Head was small, but this might have been from the serving temperature. It is very persistant however, and it mixes around on the surface which only whets my appetite even further.

Smell: At first the scent could only be described as "ohmygod"... However after a little thought, a very warm, sweet fruity and floral aroma, with something almost like pepper. Very estery with traditional ale banana and clove scents, only even better. There really is something almost indescribable about this scent. Transports me

Taste: Such a complex taste, this is going to be difficult...Definitely exhibits the traditional characters of the ale, a banana/clove taste, but also has something of a grape or red wine element to it that I've never really experienced before. It has a distinctive nuttiness to it probably from the yeast that Chimay uses. Fantastic finish; its so smooth and pleasant. The aftertaste is malty and wheaty and very sweet but not in an overdone sort of way. Absolutely incredible taste, and certainly the best beer I've had to this point

Mouthfeel: You can certainly feel the alcoholic content in this beer, and it leaves you a mild boozy warmth in your mouth and down your throat. Very nice level of carbonation which tingles in your mouth and compliments the booziness

Drinkability: I would drink this every day if I could. Hell, I would take a vow of silence and become a trappist monk if I could drink this every day. It's just that good. However the only thing that I hold against this beer is that it is 9% abv, and unless you have a friend with you, the bottle practically begs to be drank all at once, leaving you potentially giddy from something else besides the deliciousness of the Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 20:26:08 | More by Whiteweasel
Photo of heissebier


4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been sitting in my roommate's fridge since early September. After much admiration and anticipation, it's finally time to try this world class beer!

Appearance- Rich hazy color with a caramel colored head.
Smell- Incredibly complex. Lots of sweet floral scents with hints of pepper and malt.

Taste- The only way to truly appreciate the taste of this world class beer is to try it for yourself. Good carbonation with a melody of flavors and a sweet, fruity finish. As the beer warms up the flavor really comes out.

Mouthfeel- Orgasmic. Rich and complex without being overbearing.

Drinkability- A beer to savor, a little bit goes a long way. This beer has incredible staying power and the flavor continues to develop long after each sip. That being said, I could drink it all day every day. Leaves a warm feeling inside of you!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 20:26:07 | More by heissebier
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Chimay chalice

A: an off white bubbly head atop a very hazy brown brew. fades quickly to a thin layer of remaining bubbles in the middle of the glass (thanks to the etching in the glass)

S: chocolate covered raisin, belgian candy sugar, a slight smell of belgian yeast, and a smell of wood

T: sweet plum, belgian sugars, hint of alcochol, and wood flavor that finishes with plum, raisin bread, peppery notes and more candy sugar sweetness.

M: A medium-full body brew with a fizzy carbonation that fades to a slightly off-dry

Overall, This beer is a great classic. It's an easy drinker that is also complex and sophisticated. The abv is hidden well, or else covered up by rich flavor. The flavors become more pronounced as it warms, but this beer is best right out of the fridge in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 04:32:55 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of zoso493

North Carolina

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into my Chimay chalice

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany color with a fluffy one-finger head.

Smell: Smells of yeast and malts with some dark fruit mixed in there. Maybe some dates, raisins and apple. Also just a touch of toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: The dark fruit again come out with a big malty presence up front. Finishes with a wonderful sharp, dry burst of Belgian yeast. This is pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Almost perfect, for me. Full-bodied and just a pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: You'd never guess this was 9% ABV. Pretty drinkable for what it is, though.

Overall, this is a tasy, complex brew, as you would expect from a beer bearing the Chimay name. Signature of the style, it only gets more complex and interesting as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:50:23 | More by zoso493
Photo of david18

New York

3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure I understand the difference between a belgian dark strong ale and a quadruple, but anyway this is pretty good for either category. There are a few american brands actually that I prefer but this is a very solid version of this style. Good dark fruit, great dark color with some cloudiness, good aroma and good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:19:45 | More by david18
Photo of tang3nt


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a trappist glass brown with a light brown head. It had a dark cherry and chocolate nose to it. The start was slightly bitter with a strong roasted malt finish. Quite a full complex body. This is definitely a beer I let sit out for a bit beforehand though. All in all, this is great stuff - an old faithful when I'm out of town and cannot find a decent liquor store.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 07:46:12 | More by tang3nt
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,934 ratings.