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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

6,515 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,515
Reviews: 2,162
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 294
Gots: 834 | FT: 12
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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

33cL bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter at home. 4 years from best before date/served at 10°C.

Appearance - Had to be extra careful pouring - obstinate airy cream coloured head, noisy at that, with crackles and pops. Deep leather brown which lets through almost no light and ember spot reflections. Head collapses into curvy lumps.

Smell - Can't help thinking of Tarte Tatin: caramelised cooked apples. As well as a subtle fresh outdoors smell.

Taste - Again, caramel but also licorice and almost salty. Very slightly bitter.

Mouthfell - Great mouthfeel: as in the glass, very frothy. Full and creamy. Almost a wine consistency, leaves a very wet aftertaste.

Overall - Great beer, which gets better once finished, amazing aftertaste. Looking forward to trying the other Chimays, as well as different Trappistes. Will be having this again and highly recommend it.

J4de, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

karatebartender, Nov 14, 2011
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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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 11.2oz Bottle, poured into a Stella Tulip.

A: Darker brown almost caramel color. Good strong 2 finger creamy white-brown head.

S: Slightly sweet with a malty aroma.

T: Delicious?! Starts sweet and fruity (fig?) with a malty middle and slight alcohol finish.

M: Medium body, just about perfect.

O: First time reviewing on BA. A fine example of a Belgian Ale.

WesM63, Nov 13, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - hazy iced tea, light tan head

smell - slight alcohol, vinous characteristics, big raisin notes, other dark fruits like plum, HUGE juicy concord grape, toasted sweetness, light caramel maltiness

taste - smooth sweetness, raisin, caramel. a bit of spice in the middle of the tongue. quite a big yeast presence. light bitterness on the finish, faint alcohol warming up from the chest slowly to the back of the tongue.

mouthfeel - prickly effervescence, creamy mouthfeel with a lighter medium body, but nice richness.

delicious beer, crazy how much it smells like a red wine or grape juice. dangerously drinkable. i wouldn't necessarily say it's a top 5, but it's for sure a world class brew.

shwhat, Nov 12, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750. A loud POP as the cork was removed set the stage.

Amber-brown and a bit cloudy, absolutely huge head with tremendous staying power and great lace, and lots of tiny rising bubbles.

Smell is a nice blend of fruits, lots of great malts, caramel and bready, brown sugar and Belgian yeast.

Tastes very good. There's an up front fruitiness, mostly dark fruits like figs and raisins, with some plums and pears. Malts are well represented, it's a bit non-specific although the smell reminds me more of caramel malt than anything else. Light brown sugar flavors make it somewhat sweet, but still with an element of dryness typical of the Belgian styles. Yeast flavors round things out nicely.

Body is medium and very well carbonated. Slightly dry, malty aftertaste. Alcohol warming.

Overall it's an excellent beer, as was expected from Chimay.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 12, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330cc bottle poured into a Chimay goblet
A: Dark brown with a one-finger lingering head.
S: Rich toasted bread/malt. Not complex but pure and bold.
T: Roasted malt, toast, fig... I don't know how to describe it but this tastes like the color brown.
M: Rich, toasted and bold. The 9% ABV is well integrated.
O: Tasty and enjoyable.

ONUMello, Nov 12, 2011
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,515 ratings.