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

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6,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,413
Reviews: 2,154
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 285
Gots: 790 | FT: 12
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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Photo of atomicbeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Cloudy medium brown with red reflections. Sediments pour out and settle to bottom. Small light tan head with a small eruption at the center that persists. The aroma is boozy rum soaked fruit cocktail of berries (earthy blueberries and raisins/currants) and bananas. Clove and banana come out with warming. The taste is rum fruit. The 9% alcohol blends well. Tasty.

atomicbeer, May 14, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chimay Blue

A- pours a very dark and cloudy brown that resembles murky water (in a good way). Less than a fingers worth of off white head that dissipates quick.

The nose brings an array of dark fruits. Plum, fig, and raisin. Some sweet bready malt scents flower through as well. The alcohol is well hidden.

The taste offers mass for my palate. Where to begin? The dark fruits noticed in the nose blast my senses and are much more definable at this point. Apples and bananas throughout. Some earthy notes are noticed alongside some bready flavors.

The mouthfeel is crisp and delightful, yet full bodied and beastly. Well rounded to say the least.

Overall, great flavors mixed with balance and mass enjoyability. Thank you Mr. Monk

ChugginOil, May 07, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #600 last night, I thought this would be a nice way to go, a classic Trappist ale.

A- Dark red with some haze and a huge off-white head. Great retention and size seems to be a Trappist tradition. Big pillow leaves spotty Belgian lace.

S- Dark brown sugar malt, raisins, dark cherry fruit and a nice Belgian yeast profile to round it all out, some spice and bread.

T- Good balance of Belgian yeast (bread, spice, coriander, clove), brown sugar malts and dark fruit. Nutty, floral, apple, grape, apricot and sweet hints in there as well.

MF- Insanely foamy and carbonated, like champagne level. The cork pretty much shot out like a gun so I was expecting it. Some bitterness.

The only complaint is the huge carbonation, it really ends up drinking like foam instead of liquid but that is minor problem because the flavors are nice. I would be interested to try this on tap.

cbutova, May 07, 2011
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and hazy auburn pour with a sturdy head that does not dissapear easily. Very sweet aromas of fruit, apple, sweet malt. Sweet taste with a cider tartness. The medium bodied brew is smooth and in no way aesthetically unpleasant. This is a fantastic beer whose alcohol warms in the winter and whose malt fruitiness refreshes in the spring and summer. Further the cider notes make it a great room temperature brew in the late fall. I have tried this beer across many different meals and all of the seasons and have yet to be dissappointed.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 07, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had enough but never reviewed.

my average between the good and bad.

pour is nice and belgian frothy. a murky brownish red with about a finger and a half of head but unforeseen retention. nose of typical beer straw, toasted malt and plums preserves. a bouquet delicate palate with subtleties. palate that is extremely dry in a characteristic way i've never really thought about before. a sweetness that isn't syrupy. a tad husky. a tad grainy. plum, grape and fig qualities. herbal bitter finish. lingering prune... for several minutes. but not coating the tongue but hints. this is an old bottle.

rtepiak, May 06, 2011
Photo of STKPICR0720
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was yet another great Trappiste brew. Caramel in color, sweet smell but had enough alcohol to be tolerable and not over powering.

A very good belgian ale that never tasted like a 9% abv.

There are hints of sweetness that may suggest figs or raisens something a little more surgery than your typical fruit. All in all I would search high and dry for this beer and loved every minute I had while drinking it.

STKPICR0720, May 05, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(11.2oz bottle). Pours a cloudy caramel color with red hues and khaki head. Aroma of caramel, port wine, raisins, and candied sugar. Taste is sweet but not cloying with a touch of bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is slightly bitter and smooth. This beer is, simply, world class.

trappistlover, May 05, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very thick and cloudy brown with a yellowish hue. VERY opaque, like an unfiltered dark ale. Big khaki head with nice lacing.

S: Complex arrangement of candied fruits, molasses, caramel apples. Floral and earthy aroma. Alcohol is present in the nose.

T/M: Smooth candied fruit like apples, bananas, and oranges, paired with a mild hop bite on the initial sip. Full bodied, fairly well-balanced. A little hard on the fruit, but it's complexity is well put together. Bubbly, medium carbonation (bottle conditioned). Smooth lingering fruit and alcohol burn on the aftertaste.

D: Nearly perfect. A Fantastic ale.

YouSkeete, May 03, 2011
Photo of danmcg62
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark reddish/brown with a finger width head. Just a beautiful looking brew.

S-A tart, fruity smell. Grapes come to mind. A sweet, chocolately smell is there too.

T-A fruity front end with a malty sweetness at the back end. A mild hop spice comes through with a second sip. Just a delight to drink.

M-A thick, creamy feel throughout the mouth.

O-This is what a beer should be. A complex mix of flavors that usually never disappoint, very drinkable for a beer of its style. Just a fantastic beer all around.

danmcg62, May 03, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been dancing around getting one of these for some time. Finally splurged!

A - Pours a dark murky ruby red colour, finger of beige head with decent retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - The dark fruit, plums and raisins come off the top, some bubble gum and cloves come through on the finish. Although I was expecting the ABV to dominate, a nice sweetness is present.

T - Much like the scent, though the buggle gum, bananas and cloves tend to dominate. Some sour apple and raisins come through on the finish alongside a bit of pepper and spice. The high ABV goes incredibly well hidden.

M - A bit overly carbonated or my liking, resulting in a bit of a prickly feel going down, though it does finish nicely with a touch of dryness.

O - Definitely a top quality dark Belgian Ale and a great example of the style. Full flavoured offering which wasn't overly sweet and whose ABV was well controlled. Most definitely on the rotation for Belgians in the future.

andrenaline, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Joplisan
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To be honest, this is one of the best beers I've tried so far. If served in Chimay glass, the beer is a beauty to look at. Nice white head, which (mostly) lasts 'till the last sip and a dark, cloudy brown color, if put towards the light, a little reddish. Smell is nice, but not very strong... some sweetness, a little bit of yeast and dry fruit, maybe... Taste? Awesome. I think this beer masks the alcohol really well, as I can't taste it much, a little bit of bitternes at the end, very smooth. Quite a lot of carbonations at the start, warming feel at the end. A decent slow-sipping beer that's perfect for special occasions or, for the lovers of the type, even everyday beer. I strongly recommend it! Cheers.

Joplisan, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of longbongsilver
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Figured I'd try another Trappist brew.

Mug fills a dingy brown, huge creamy tan head makes a decent pour kinda difficult. Random floral type smells, plus tangerine, orange, & a slight biscuit backbone. Finally get to taste, and...comes off a bit flat for the complexity it gives off before the first swig. The sweetness and slight heat evokes rum, oddly enough, and it goes down smoothly without being watery. Character is what I'd call average.

For the presentation (and price), this was a bit of a letdown IMO. Wouldn't say it's crap, but I've had better.

longbongsilver, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark reddish brown color with a decent head. Not much lacing to speak of though.

Smells pretty fruity with a bit of malt coming through.

Taste is slightly sweet with malt character throughout. The finish is a little bitter with some alcohol coming through.

Light mouthfeel on this easy drinking beer.

Overall a pretty good beer. I enjoyed it.

richkrull, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of acwaest89
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 75cl bottle into a snifter.

Look- Amber, when light hits it, overall very hazy and dark. Small amount of white lace circling the top.

Smell- mostly yeast and malt, somewhat fruity, however it is complimented more by its taste. Smells somewhat strong, the alcohol does not hide.

Taste- The taste offers a lot of grain and malt, with a nice kick of fruitiness that really hits the taste-buds, defiantly a nice sipper. Slightly bitter, not hoppy at all, very smooth. Very complete in taste, the alcohol is disguised well, behind the fruity after taste.

Mouth-feel- Offers a carbonated feeling to an extent, but it flows well and tastes even better.

Overall- Its hard to stop at one glass, the 75cl bottle offers more than that, so I couldn't see anyone stopping at one. Behind the smooth taste, and slightly carbonated flow, its easy to throw back a few of these and forget about the 9.0 alc which is greatly disguised with the smooth and rich taste. I would highly recommend picking up a bottle.

acwaest89, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Jeriacor
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl bottle with cork bearing the date 10/10. Poured into a snifter.

Look: Dark amber with about a 1 inch, thick white lacing that fades relatively slowly. Looks inviting.

Smell: Smells of yeast, malt; and grains. It smells somewhat of tree fruits to my nose, nectarine or apricot.

Taste: Tastes initially of malt and grains, with some flavors of brown sugar, nectarines, plum, and a little orange peel. Hops are downplayed in this beer, but add a nice grassy taste at the front of the mouth and mild bitterness. The tastes grow more complex as the beer warms, adding a sort of berry flavor, rasberries or currants maybe, as well as deeper complexity of the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Although carbonation is apparent, this beer is very smooth and quite drinkable.

Overall: A fine beer. It gets better as it warms (both itself and the drinker) and practically cries out for a second glass (fortunately, I have a second glass!). If you are looking for a fine beer that's relatively easy to obtain, Chimay (especially the Grande Reserve) is a great beer to turn to.

Jeriacor, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of maddmaxstar
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chimay Grande Reserve (11/10 on cork)

A - Deep Mahogany Brown, dark and almost opaque. Gratious Foamy, sudsy and thick head that goes away slow.

S - Spicy, Malty, hints of prune, raisin and other fruits.

T - Hints of Prune, Black Cherry, taste fading into a Cocoa Powder finish, with a Slight bitterness at the back of the tongue. Alcohol seems to be well masked.

M - Velvety smooth, creamy, Good carbonation.

D - An amazing Trappist Ale. This is not a beer for those who wish to chug back a brew, but you knew that. No, this is a beer for sipping, an excellent beer for special occasions, for celebrations. A fantastic high quality beer that is complex, delicious and divine. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had, and one of the best beers...period.

maddmaxstar, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "mini" Chimay goblet.

A: The color is a deep auburn with a finger thick light tan/cream colored head that takes a couple of minutes to dissipate.

S: The smell has bready malts present, there is also a sweet cherry scent that is more noticeable when looking for it. Raisins are also coming through in the scent as well.

T: The taste is a lot like the smell, bready malt flavor to it up front and throughouy, very malty. The sweet cherries come through in the middle quickly and is followed by the raisin like taste. The finish is malty and mildly fruity, it's hard to tell what, maybe banana or fig.

M: Medium bodied with a tingly amount of carbonation. The feel is malty and complex.

D: I would say this is a great intro beer to Belgian beers. It's higher in ABV, but it's hardly noticeable. The beer itself is very complex but also very well balanced. Overall a very good beer.

mavbrew, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of searsclone
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

cork dated 06/10, review 04/11

75cl bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

dark ruby red-brown-golden color. tan head that goes

smells like raisins, wood, bread pudding, whiskey and vanilla ( I had a hard time picking up much smell, got most of the description from my wife, that is the only reason I gave it a 2.5)

tastes like fruit, toast, bread, smokey, and bitter raisins.

feels sharp, chewey, foamy, dry, crisp

this is fantastic. there is so much going on that I can't describe it all. just try it, you'll like it!

searsclone, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. The Trappist's really know what they are doing, leave it to the Belgians. "Of all Gauls, the best brewers are the Belgians"

Dark, strong... and a sight for kings.

This one pours a rich dark brownish red, black...

This beer is great because it has the complexity, flavor...roast, sweetness from the malt, a nice balance with the hops.. and the abv level works perfect with the brew. Such an addictive beer...

A staple in beer.

StevenBilodeau, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of tckattt
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first one I tried I took one sip and poured the rest out . Six months later I tried this again and liked it.
I have no idea and don't want to know what mouthfeel is, aroma is good , don't know why head and lacing are important
I like this beer

tckattt, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up a while ago.

Appearance- dark brown color, nice thick head

Smell- bit of banana, very sweet smelling, dark fruits

Taste- dark fruit, some banana

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied, very creamy

Drinkability- Very good, I would love to have it again.

jeffjeff1, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A pours out a dark brown color which reminds me of muddy water. I didn't get much of a head due to the fact that the bottle foamed over when I opened it.

S The nose of this one is rich and full of figs and raisins with notes of some spice.

T The taste of this one is exquisite, with notes of figs and raisins coming through again with a malty bread dough note being present as well.

M The mouthfeel of this one is really thick and creamy it kind of coats your mouth when you drink it.

Overall I really liked this one. it had a rich flavor which made it a joy to sip on.

beerandcycling88, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Chimay goblet

A: One finger, foamy tan head. Cloudy, very deep auburn brown. Yeast floating freely.

S: Slight banana-clovey aroma over a very little chalkiness. Sweet bread.

T: Light dried fruit and banana. Alcohol very involved in the flavor. Some pretzel/toast.

M: Carbonation is high enough to carry the high alcohol and subtle syrupyness.

D: Delicious and a great representation of the style. A classic (though I think some BAs think giving Chimay and automatic A/A+ earn them credibility somehow).

ForWhatAlesYou, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chimay "Blue" has a thick, creamy, beige head with numerous streams of tiny bubbles streaming up, but not much lacing. It overflowed after I poured it. The appearance is a hazy brown. Aroma was nominal, I found. I just couldn't pick up much, aside from some sweetness. The flavor, however, was quite pronounced and strong- this beer is very wine like. There was a good balance between the barley and hops, so I wasn't really able to pick up one or the other ingredient. Lots of over-ripe fruits (prune?) show up here. And, alcohol really makes its presence known. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, and Chimay "Blue" finishes dense. This is a sipper for sure. Overall, I thought this was very good, yet not excellent. However, with all of the character this beer has, I know I need to drink it more than just once.


RonaldTheriot, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of roadhouse
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow I cannot believe I haven't reviewed this yet. 750ml with 10/10 on the cork, maybe a little too young, but we'll see. Poured into a goblet.

It's a light gusher upon popping the cork but slow enough to be able to pour and save all of it. It's a hazy deep brown mahogany color with a one inch tan head on top that isn't going anywhere.

Aroma is very lacking to me but I'm getting some raisin and a bit of alcohol. A bit of sweet sugariness.

Taste is fairly bland as well. I get some raisin and burnt sugar at the beginning with a bit of phenolics coming in at the end but it also gets sort of watery.

Mouthfeel is super creamy and easily the best quality of this brew. It retains a certain thickness but it's light.

Well this one must need some aging, I think it's too young. Maybe at least another year on this and it might be much better. Quite disappointing.

roadhouse, Apr 16, 2011
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,413 ratings.