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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

6,805 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,805
Reviews: 2,187
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,049 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of sevenarts
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a big bubbly, frothy head that fades a bit at first, but then sticks around for pretty much the duration, leaving behind some wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Yeasty, fruity, sugary.

T/M: The taste is more of the same, very sweet and fruity up front. The carbonation typical of Belgians gives it a nice prickly mouthfeel.

O: This is a very fine Belgian ale, not too strong or complex perhaps but very tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of shoop12
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable and definitely educational beer with the deep mahogany appearance, aromas of dark fruit and malt, and complex taste. Initial taste is sweet but well balanced between dark fruits and malts with yeast and earthy spices building. Finishes with a nice acidity that is clean and subdued. Opens up and becomes even smoother and complex as it warms. I highly recommend this beer to all ale lovers. It might be one of the most commercialized Belgium beers in the states but truly a great beer.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (bottled 4/2010) poured into a chalice. Been looking forward to trying this one for about a year now.

Crystal clear mahogany brown color w/ a thick khaki head, good bright carbonation.

Aroma is dark malt and yeast with some fruitiness. Some raisins, figs, and alcohol detected as it warms - even later picking up some dry winelike characteristics.

Taste is caramel malt, candi sugar, some toffee/brown sugar and dark fruit. As I get toward the bottom of the bottle and the carbonation subsides it takes on a slighly vinous quality with the sweet acidic taste of dark grapes becoming increasingly evident.

Mouthfeel is dry, clean, and a little prickly from the carbonation. Smoother as time progresses.

Overall this isn't quite as complex as some other quads/Belgian strong dark ales - but I like that the sweetness is restrained and balanced by the dryness in the mouthfeel.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The GF and I had a quad-off: Chimay blue vs. Weyerbacher Quad.

This here bottle was a foamer. Runaway bubble explosion head surprisingly doesn't leave any lace and not much retention. Caramel color.

Aroma is wet bark, spiced rum cake and dates. Tastes like plum preserves, spiced rum and dark bread with steely, mineral undertone. Thin, fizzy carbonation.

My least favorite color of the Chimay rainbow but that's not saying much. Still a good beer.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,805 ratings.