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

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5,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,932
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:
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Photo of greengorilla


4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this beer out of a 33cL bottle into a tulip glass. It is a dark brown with a bubbly thick light tan head.

The appearance was really beautiful, but it only got better from there. This is how a beer should smell and taste. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

If I could rate the mouthfeel above a 5.0, I would.

It is really exceptionally drinkable no matter what its ABV, but at 9% the drinkability is insane.

This rivals the Rocheforte 8 for my favorite overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 12:29:27 | More by greengorilla
Photo of donteatpoop


4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been told to buy this by countless people, and for once I listened. One of the beer stores mislabeled five bottles as $3.99 while the rest were all labeled $8.99. I told one of the guys who manages the store about the mislabel and he said "Well, you might as well buy those $3.99 ones up since they're already in the computer."

Fuck yeah.

So I did. And MAN is it awesome. Just awesome. Dark ale with head that retains throughout the entire fucking drink. I'm really excited about it. Glad I finally bought it, and even more glad that I got an awesome deal.

Smells of bread, grain, nuts, and sweet malt.

Tastes fantastic, goes down really smooth. And not even "Man, for 9% alcohol this is really smooth," either; just smooth.

Sometimes I think smooth should be spelled with an e at the end, but i'm pretty sure that's wrong.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 06:15:15 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper/garnet pour, big persistent off-white head.
Yeast aroma, some dark fruit (cherries/plums), soft perfumy alcohol, caramel malt. Subtle.
Flavours are fuller: caramel and toasty malt, doughy yeast, spicy phenols. Alcohol is more pronounced to the point of being full-on in the finish. All in all the taste is very nice, but it is a shame about the alcohol.
Carbonation is good: high, but not too prickly.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 09:28:32 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of WakeandBake


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

A cloudy dark brown color pour with a thin tan head , spotty lacing , highly carbonated. Aroma of sweet malt , Belgian yeast , bread, rasins,lightly flopral and a hint of apple. Flavor is slightly bitter, nice sweet caramel taste, dark fruit , bread and a hint of spice. The high ABV is pretty well hidden and with the tiny carbonation bubbles helping to give a dry finish, well balanced , Full body with a smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable , and quite enjoyable all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 00:16:13 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of strangemusic

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, chocolatey brown with burgundy highights, and a smallish, quickly dissipating off-white head. Plain, but elegant.

Smell: Big-time yeast/bready aroma, cloves, ginger and potent alcohol for the most part. Sugary undertones. Characteristic Belgian "hayfield" aroma. Very nice. Do I detect a bit of juicy strawberry?

Taste: That weird strawberry inkling has followed here! Rich, and flavorful, with sugars and caramel dominant, spiciness of cloves and hits of ripe red fruit and citrus, then alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Very soft! So nice! Rich and full in the mouth, smooth going down. Mild-medium carbonation just enough to excite the palate. To me, this is almost the perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, thanks to the pleasant honeyed aftertaste of the beer, the carbonation level and the smooth, smooth mouthfeel. Savour this beer, don't rush!

For me, the major challenger to this beer, in terms of beers that I can realistically drink often, would be Trois Pistoles from Unibroue, which is stellar in its own right. Chimay Grande Reserve is a "bona fide" Belgian, more subtle in all ways than TP but also much more complex and interesting, and probably better "all-around".

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:48:38 | More by strangemusic
Photo of br3wmeister


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

A-Medium sized light tan head good retention nice lace, dark hazy brown orange beer.

S- Very sweet nutty aroma, caramel, vanilla and lots of spices.

T- Large caramel and sweet roasted nuts, great spiciness.

M- This is a full bodied beer with a nice silky smooth mouth feel.

This is a very nice Belgian quad, lots of nice aromas and flavors in this beer. I will be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 01:49:18 | More by br3wmeister
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml squat bottle, on the patio at the Sugarbowl.

This beer pours a very dark, murky, orange-brick brownish hue, with two fingers or so of thin, rather fizzy pale beige head, which leaves some stark coral reef lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of ripe dark bananas, pear syrup, fresh red plums, raisins, cloves, yeast, a rather candi-sugar informed caramel malt, and faint earthy, musty hops. The taste is more quite sugary caramelized, and somewhat bready malt, fairly spicy cloves, dusty yeast, muddled dark fruit smoothie, a hint of citrus, and a subtle nod towards warming alcohol.

The carbonation is decently sturdy, a wee frothiness kicking up a times, the body a pretty solid medium weight, smooth, and ethereally creamy. It finishes off-dry, the reserved malt and broadly sublimated fruitiness mostly countered by the linger spice and floral notes.

BSDAs are quickly becoming the yin to my DIPA-lovin' yang, and this one is right up there in terms of quality and enjoyability. More contemplative musings on a hipster patio than down 'em if ya got 'em, but that's all right by me.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 19:51:48 | More by biboergosum
Photo of aristeros


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

A vigorous pour into a Chimay goblet from a bottle. An opaque and cloudy red-brown, with two fingers of off-white head that fades fast with some lacing. A little carbonation evident.

Smells of coriander or nutmeg, and sweet dark fruit. Sweet malts. Somewhat dry smell.

Moderate carbonation, but not aggressive. Dark fruit--figs and dates--and some red fruit. Spices, mostly up front, and bready sweet malts throughout. A bit of molasses and alcohol on the back end. Smooth and boozy, lots of character.

Good drinkability and smooth mouthfeel for the style.

Chimay red on tap was one of my first craft beers, though it's taken me a long time to get around to grande reserve. Would like to catch this one on tap, as well, and it would probably make for an even better experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 04:05:53 | More by aristeros
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into the Chimay chalice, beer is a deep, murky brown color with an active, quickly fading, cream colored head. The smell is a mix of spicy yeast, slight fruitiness that reminds me of fruit punch and an alcohol sweetness. The taste starts of with the slightly sweet, dark fruity flavor that was present in the nose and transitions to a slightly bitter, dry, warming alcohol finish. Raisins and figs, slightly spicy. Complex yet simple and difficult to discribe. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin, whispy carbonation. Overall, a very drinkable beer that one would not expect the high ABV that is present in this beer. Drink with care.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 03:18:59 | More by gmfessen
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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a goblet with a 3 finger light brown head. Deep brown, red hues. Good Lacing. Subsides to a few fine bubbles.

S- Yeastie sweet bread, malty, Dark Prune and raisins

T- Very sweet malt. Belgian spices followed by a deep dark fruity taste. Well rounded.

M- High carbonation. Finishes with a sweet fruit taste.

O- This is the beer that started me down the road to craft beer. It might not be the best Belgian Trappist beer out there, but it is quite good. I will always recommend to start with this beer for someone looking to get into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 05:36:55 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Anthos restaurant in NYC with a braised lamb shank. Served from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a muddy brown with a tinge of red. Nearly transparent with some murk caused by carbonation. The relatively thin, tan head dissipates pretty quickly. There is very little lacing.

S: This smells wonderful. Chocolate, caramel, and tinges of red fruit and molasses. Alcohol comes through a bit.

T: Tastes very similar to the smell, with chocolately malt upfront followed by a sweet midpalate of red fruits. It reminded me a bit of an old painting of a fruit bowl, except imagine the fruit bowl was covered in molasses and caramel. Dark flavors of cherry, fig, and chocolate. The finish has great retention, and leaves the palette with a bit of a burnt caramel flavor. The alcohol is slightly apparent at the end but overall extremely well hidden. Really good.

M: Mouthfeel is heavenly. The sparse, fine carbonation perfectly balances the dark flavors, giving it a lightness that you wouldn't expect from the ABV and flavor profile. Nevertheless, the maltiness and ABV also lend a creamy counter point to the carbonation.

D: This is dangerously drinkable. At 9.00% ABV it's not even close to a session beer, but flavorwise it damn well could be. A sipper you can gulp.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 12:06:42 | More by petroos
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with reddish hues and lots of sediment. There is about a finger of fizzy white head, that doesnt have great retention and doesnt leave much lace. Aroma is of caramel, raisins, soft spice, and fruit.

Taste is a blend of fairly sweet caramel, dark fruit, molasses, a touch of clove, and a dry cocoa powder finish. Finish is slightly tart. The 9% is pretty well hidden, though slightly noticeable in the finish. A pretty good Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 01:34:14 | More by hckyfn9999
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped it open and it immediately spewed. A very cloudy amber with a head that doesn't retain. Sediments settled at the bottom of the glass. That may be due to the sporadic opening.

Smells of toffee and carmel. It's spicy, some cinnamon, gives the nose a little kick to it.

The taste is sharp and complex. There's a whole slew of mixtures to tantalize the tongue. There's fruit, plums, pears that go well with a carmel and brown sugar that, seemingly polar opposite, work in conjunction to soften the blow that could be overwhelming. The subtle chocolate and malts can smooth a brew, but instead of threatening to be boring or too close to a porter, but the sharper notes keep your tongue on its proverbial toes. It stains the tongue with a not too drying middle, and slightly convolutes the following sips. I like that.

The carbonation seems to be just right. It's a bubbly cushion that helps combine and sooth. But it doesn't fall out too easily, which is nice. I don't pay for a beer that is there and gone without even recognizing it.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 09:46:25 | More by pants678
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with no apparent head. Aromas are of molasses, caramel malt, fig, alcohol, fruit, yeast, spice. The taste is initally of a molasses, spice and then the figgy and fruity flavors kick in with the alcohol flavor and warmth. The alcohol is noticeable, but the beer is incredibly smooth and delicious. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than it's brothers but it still has that carbonation tingle that adds to the body and smoothness of the beer. One of the best beers I've had. Delicious flavors, definitely won't pass this up if I'm out and it is available.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 02:23:53 | More by Kromes
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North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a goblet. Purchased at Lowes Foods in Apex, NC.

A - Brown with a thick beige head. There appears to be a haze but it's a bit dark to tell.

S - Spicy with cloves, bananas and brown sugar.

T - A nice combination of Belgian spices and bready, biscuity malts. Very complex and satisfying. The 9% alcohol is well hidden at first but becomes more apparent as it warms.

M - A creamy texture with a carbonation that starts strong but ends low.

D - An outstanding beer. I can't believe it's taken me so long to actually log a review.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:22:27 | More by GJ40
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml stubbie poured into chimay chalice.

Appearance: pours with a small head which dissapates into a thin bubbly soapy lacing. Bubbles line the glass however congregate in the middle. Appears a dark nearly nearly opaque coca-cola brown. Lacing clings to the glass like soap bubbles with every swirl as I agitated it for smell.

Smell: alcoholic, yeasty with dark malt hues. Fruity and spicy.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dark malt with spicy, chocolate and caramel warmth notes, a dark pitted fruit taste followed by an alcoholic warmth. Rather carbonated but very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel due to the thicker lacing. A very pleasing mouth feel A+

Drinkability: Well due to the high ABV and darkness its not really something you're gonna sit down and have four in a row. You'd be drunk and you're stomach. So it is a sipping beer. But for the ABV and everything else its a pleasure to consume and finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:52:57 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of ectomorph


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

Belgian Strong Dark... Classic big bottle with cork/wire hood.

A - Deep mahogany with the huge Belgian off white head that clumps away slowly in patches.

S - Sweet figs and molasses. Smells sticky if that makes any sense...

T - Not as sweet as the smell would have you think, very well balanced for the style. Nice sweetness with a hop bite in the finish.

M - Light and crisp with tons of carbonation. Nose tickles.

D - Surprisingly high for the ABV, I will be finishing this with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 23:06:36 | More by ectomorph
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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All I can add is that this beer has an incredible finish. Some malty sweet nougat at the end that masks the hop bite.

Actually, its finish is most reminiscent of the Dogfish Head Midas Touch, which uses honey, saffron, and grapes. So, what the heck is Chimay using? I thought it neutralized the alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 21:50:35 | More by Palmcroft
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a commemorative Chimay goblet.

Pours a cloudy red-tinted chestnut brown with a short-lived fizzy light tan head. Very lively.

Nose is sweet dark fruit with lots of spice character. Dark fruit flavors dominate, with a sense of spicy apple cider throughout. Medium to heavy in body, with a thick stickiness cut by lots of tiny bubbles. Tingly, highly carbonated finish. Alcohol shows up--quite strongly--in the second half of the glass. I'm not sure why it appeared so suddenly and so strongly, but it kind of took center stage once it did, hurting the drinkability aspect.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 18:51:24 | More by wnh
Photo of Evil_Pidde


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Grande reserve (blå)

I'm at the finishing-line. I've already tried the Chimay Premiere (graded A+) and the Chimay Tripel (graded A+) tonight. It feels rather nice knowing that I still haven't opened the third one yet. But here it goes:

A: It pours a dark amber-tone. This cloudy beer with a thick rich head that has a light brown colour (almost beige) looks so tasty.

S: The smell is rather complex, with lots of different smells. It's most definitely roasted, but there is also a fruity smell as well as some hops. This sweet-smelling beer also has an alcohol-tone.

T: It's obvious that this is the strongest of the three Chimays, since the alcohol is present in the taste. This is a roasted beer with some yeast-tones. But there is also fruit (dark) and some hops in it. The taste is very complex. The aftertaste is long with a nice fruitiness, but again - the alcohol is noticeable.

M: Powerful and a bit dry. Even here is the alcohol an issue.

D: It's a great beer (as any beer graded A)!
I think this is the Chimay-beer you should prioritize last on your wishing-list. It is a must on your list, but if you have to choose between this or the other Chimays this one is a clear third choice. When I try these three again (I have three of each in my beer-storage) I will change the order and possibly the ratings will change as well (bare in mind I already had two other, rather strong beers with lots of flavours before this one).

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 07:12:19 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown with a thick tan head and smells of bread and yeast; tastes malty and spicy with a sweet fruit and yeast finish that's on the dry side; very good beer that's balanced and goes down smooth, yet still has a bite and complex flavors.

The alcohol is not a factor, so it's very easy to drink or sip as it warms up and allows more flavors to prevail. Overall a very good beer and quite enjoyable. I've had this on many occasions and enjoyed it every time.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 02:49:47 | More by CHickman
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4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big tan head of big bubbles. Twany colored beer, no real haze...but not quite clear.

Smell: celery salt, biscuit, caramel, whole cherries...all wrapped in a high quality supple leather.

Taste: yeasty, caramely malt, white pepper, mulit-layered malt with strong biscuit and caramel flavors. Quite dry finish. Brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: very highly carbonated - giving it a slight carbonic bite. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 14:46:26 | More by davedahl
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on multiple occasions, but since it became part of the BA Top 100, I feel obligated to review it! Poured into my Ommegang chalice...

A: Pours a dark mahogany/burgundy with nice chill haze and a whopping two finger tan head. Very nice yeast floaties (the small kind, not the colossal chunks of yeast) floating around the glass.

S: Smell is nice and abundant with dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs) accompanied by a touch of cinnamon, clove, over-ripe banana and mucho yeast spices. Overall, a pretty dry scent and not too sweet.

T: Nice and dry with the aforementioned qualities. Nice dry fruit, prunes (the kind of your grandfather eats), raisins, and abundant spices. Again, pretty dry and not as sweet as I would think.

Overall, a great representation of the style. As far as Trappist breweries go, I would put this towards the bottom of the list, but that isn't saying much considering the qualities of those beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 12:52:31 | More by treyrab
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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep reddish brown with an off white head. Head dissipates after a few minutes and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells of darks fruits, sugar, bready and with a touch of spice. A bit of alcohol comes through as well.

T- Caramel malts up front, dark fruits, and spices to start. Followed up with some bready flavors and alcohol. Overall pretty complex here.

M- Medium to full in body and low carbonation.

D- Super easy to drink and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 04:59:04 | More by nrbw23
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4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a challis produced a finger worth of tan head on top of a murky brown body brew. The head last quite along time then transforms to a nice lace across the top of the glass

The aromas of grapes and other dark fruits are up front in this brew. After it warmed the alcohol did show itself.
The flavor is very much like a red wine to me a huge amount of dark fruits, grapes being the chief of them dominate your mouth .It did get a little warm alcohol wise as it warmed. The brew had a nice full to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

I love this brew, it is one of my go to brews. Although this is the first time I sat to review it the drikability is of the charts. This is the brew that got me into Belgians and is well worth the effort to try

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 20:43:30 | More by joepais
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,932 ratings.