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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,242 Reviews
THE BROS
90
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Reviews: 2,242
Hads: 7,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 5.14%
Wants: 409
Gots: 1,409 | FT: 16
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, apparently I've never done a review for any of the Chimays... this was my staple go-to expensive beer when I really got into craft beer. I used to drink these all the time, so surprised I don't have any reviews. A great way to kick it off with a nice big grande reserve 2012 vintage.

Pours a decent looking fizzy bubbly, lots of bubbles, hits a finger surprisingly, but fades back fairly quickly, foamy lacing, murky darker mahogany ruby color, some sediment as well.

NOse is very rich, loaded with dark dried fruits, fig, date, raisin, plum, etc, nice fruity aromas, with some mild booze warmth, and attached are the nice phenols expected from the style. Surprisingly not sweet and sugary, perhaps the age helped, a little candi sugar and touch of molasses brown sugar but not much, mild toasted nuts and touch of a coffee syrupy kinda note, actually more like dark caramel . Then a mild apple note, with touch of booze and sweet candy, a bit apple brandy like aroma.

Taste brings lots of sweet candy, tons of it but not super sweet, but syrupy nonetheless, lots of candi sugar and molasses, brown sugar and caramelized sugars as expected. Then fruits, again tons of the dark fruits, fig and date right out front, candied raisins with brown sugar, plum juice, etc, again followed closely with the nice phenols and mild warming booze. The dark caramel and brown sugar add nicely to the fruits. Nice soft aged malts, brown malts with plenty of caramel and a mild biscuit toffee, actually decent toffee with a mild nutty flavor, toasted etc. Again a mild apple brandy flavor as well but mostly in the backend. Finish is a bit drier, mild candy lingering, lots more brown sugar and dark caramel, mild booze and phenols, lingering dark fruits as well and a touch of booze.

Mouth is med o heavier bod but syrupy, mild warming tingly booze, dry non-sticky finish somehow, nice carbonation too.

Overall a big time winner, the staple for a great quad or Belgian strong dark style, esp good with some nice age on it. Great dark fruits, sweet flavors without being too sweet, mild syrupy but dry finish somehow, mild booze, nice level of phenols, nice malty character, just well done all around. When I have that itch for this style of beer, this hits the spot quite nicely. (2,275 characters)

Photo of bendythumb
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A beautiful hazelnut coloured brew. In the light, a nice bright hue is present. A muted smell of smoky coffee. Tastes alcoholic yet pleasant, malty yet refined. A truly polished creation. The monks really thought this one through. Prost! (237 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-great beer lacing looks great in a goblet with a light brown head
-smell of dark fruits and bread yeast not sweet but balanced smell
- taste is amazing a overly smooth palate bouncing flavor of dark pitted fruit light tart and the classic Belgium yeast beer taste
-silk like smoothness , with a nice pleasant under bite with it has a predominate bread feel
- stands up to its name, understand why this is a famous Belgium beer! (430 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

February 23, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep, dark, mahogany brown, almost opaque. Over an inch of thick, foam head, light khaki in color, with fairly long retention. Thin layer of suds remains, along with some lacing.

S – Dark, raisins, black cherries, currant, rich caramel. Some mild earthy hops. Alcohol warmth very obvious on the nose, some fruity notes from that.

T – Plums and dark pitted fruit, candi sugar, cane syrup-like sweetness. A moderate hop-bitter bite, some herbal earthiness as well. Alcohol is warm but in balance.

M – Very high carbonation but still a thick, full, almost creamy body. Suds balance the hop bite and sweetness. Outstanding in this regard.

O – A fantastic, complex, tasty and still accessible quad. Had this with an aged cheddar, creamy gouda, and pungent blue cheese, and it was a great match with all three, and incredible on its own. Would drink this any time, anywhere. (939 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle poured into tulip. Appearance is brown with yeast suspended in the active carbonation that builds to a two inch head before collapsing to a cap. Little lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is clove, dried fruit, pepper, caramel malt, sugar, and alcohol. Taste is sweet bready malt, sugar-topped raisins, clove, and booze. Medium-full body, active carbonation, creamy texture, and a dry, slightly bitter finish. (420 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay challis a dark walnut haze.
Aromas of dark malts, pit fruits, and mild dates.
Tastes of cherry right of the hop. Vanilla, and some other fruits with mild alcohol at the finish.
Mouth feel is clean and creamy with a great carbonation that isn't over bearing.
I fell in love with Belgium beers through Chimay Red. This is a wonderful strong dark. Worth a try to be sure! (391 characters)

Photo of Lovleystuff
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a my Chalice glass with a dark amber look to it and some haze. The head is very large and sticks around.

S: A light smell of dark fruits, nuts and cherries. Sadly the nose wasn't as appealing as I thought it would be.

T: After the disappointing nose I was pleasantly surprised by the taste as the rich darkness came to life with the dark fruits and nuts . Although it was rich and dark it did not overpower the beer into something of a required taste. Nice and smooth without any real taste of the %.

F: It had a really smooth feel and went down easily.

O: This is a good Belgian ale overall and helping out the monks has to be a plus :p (657 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark amber (mahogany). Massive head volume, exceptional retention and normal lacing.

Nice, but somewhat light, nose of dark fruit (mostly raisin and date), grape and hints of cherry over caramel.

Light full bodied with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, slightly complex but not well balanced due to the lack of alcohol coverage. The aroma flavors are present, but get overwhelmed by alcohol. It begins with dark fruit, then light caramel, over an underlying tobacco element. In the middle alcohol takes over and never relinquishes it's hold through the finish. Caramel and dark fruit notes are underneath, but are simply overwhelmed. Perhaps this bottle is old, but since it has no bottle date... (796 characters)

Photo of gotweid
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge, off-white head thick as foam. Brown, amber in color and clear. Clingy lacing all down the glass on this one. Aroma of malt, grains and farm. Is slippery smooth, malty, a tad spicy, somewhat sweet & well carbonated and warming. There is a lot going on in this beer. Finishes semi dry. A perfect brew for anytime & season. Give this to your wine snobs. (356 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy brown with a finger of dense, creamy head. Yeasty esters, bread, and lightly caramelized sugar take the nose.Tastes of bread, some alcohol, and a slight sweetness make this a great example of the style - a favourite of mine. (235 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: A fluffy gold crown rests atop a churning haze of dark honey. You can practically see the viscosity of this famously "big" beer, which in true Belgian style, leaves the glass covered in lace.

Smell: Brings to mind the song "Elegantly Wasted." The strong scent is very much like a strong champagne cocktail. It is boozy yet bright, with a balanced cornucopia of both dark and light orchard fruit--dates, apricots, cherries, pears. Some oaky notes add to the alcoholic richness, and as the beer warms, it reveals some luxurious accessories in the form of rosemary, cloves, and cinnamon.

Taste: The initial taste is of tart golden apple cider topped off with a splash of bitters, but sweet and tangy apricot marmalade quickly takes over, and sticks around through the finish like honey. Caramel and brown sugar are curbed by a slightly harsh cherry cordial flavor. There are many strong competitors here, including a bell pepper taste associated with young red wine, but the malty flavor of freshly baked bread soaks them up in such a way that they are kept at a reasonable volume.

Mouthfeel: A satiny mouthfeel is clipped by an impactful dryness and sharp carbonation. The alcohol is so apparent in the taste, that it is less apparent on the throat and tongue.

Overall: This beer is all about juxtaposition, with clashing characteristics rising to such an intensity that they are on the verge of not quite blending. And yet, blend they do, when all is said and done. Chimay Grand Reserve is like a couture gown. It makes you cock your head and go, "huh?" for a second, but then all you can hope to do is marvel in its extravagant beauty. (1,649 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Thick and creamy latte coloured foam head atop a dark cola like body with heavy streaming CO2 action.

Smell - Malty grain aroma is pretty strong here, plenty of brown sugar smells. Prune, raisin, apricot, plum and mild apple with some banana.

Taste - The flavor here is rather grape like almost towards a wine beer hybrid. There is light spice, mild smokey wood nuts and biscuit which combine to make a complex deep flavour that makes this immensely drinkable. There is also an abundance of fruit in the flavour here following from the nose prune, raisin, apricot, mild peach, plum, slight apple and finally some banana. There is also notes of honey in here making this a seriously flavorsome beer.

Mouth feel - Full and creamy this beer has some pretty good boozy warming tingle combined with the CO2 so there is a lot of activity in the mouth. There is a pretty cloying end to this beer as it is very sweet but it boasts some serious linger.

Overall - This beer is deeply complex in its flavour but it has some downfalls in the mouth feel so that it lost some marks there for me. Having said that no element of this beer drops below a four which makes it a winner (1,184 characters)

Photo of LordofthePings
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a westmalle goblet. Dark brown with decent carbonation. Smell is belgian. Tastes like a strong dark belgian ale but I'm not a huge fan of the slightly bitter hop flavor which comes through especially in the aftertaste. Esters and sweet dried fruit are less prominent. A good dark belgian ale but for the price there are others I will buy first. (376 characters)

Photo of Jasonkyeager
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

I was pleased with this one. It's hard to compare living in WV and not able to have a lot of great beer often. Tasted the floral hints after a sweet initial hit. Ended thick and wanting more. Had three with steak and stuffed shrimp. Excellent. (243 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown, poured a 2-3 finger creamy brown head that dissipated to 1 finger.

S - the alcohol gives a sweet smell. Dark fruits, raisins, dates, maybe some cherry notes.

T - Nice complexity of dark fruit flavors much like the smell. Definitely get those cherry notes. no clear hop presence other than a nice balancing bitterness for the sweet fruits. Finishes with some of the sweetness of the alcohol. Finishes dry and clean with little to no aftertaste.

F - Heavy almost syrupy, but works very well with the heavy fruit flavors, excellent.

Overall this is a very good beer, as I expected having tried the white and the red from Chimay. Trappist brews are quickly becoming some of my favorite beers. (716 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - At first pours a pretty dark brown, forms a white one finger head, which dissipates down to a film. After pouring the remaining yeast rich half inch, beer becomes very dark brown with cloudy yeast nuggets.
S - Notes of raisins, dates, and a mild malt presence.
T - Amazing, sweet, notes of raisins and bananas. Very fruity notes.
O - Extremely delicious beer. 5 stars.
V - Worth the price. (397 characters)

Photo of thommo_nk
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary beer, probably the most well balanced ale I've ever tasted. This is the stuff hangovers are made off. The 9% abv is not overly obvious and it is so easy to drink.....this can lead to chaos.

On the negative side this beer is very expensive so you will need lots of beer tokens. (291 characters)

Photo of snowman17
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far the absolute best ale I have ever had. It kind of spoiled me.
Been looking for a good cheaper replacement..... but as the saying
goes you get what you pay for. This ale is worth every cent I paid. (204 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a light coating. Malty and nutty aromas. Smokey flavors but not too spicy, sour but slightly sweet, clear taste of alcohol at the end. Feels zesty, burnt, well balanced.

Overall : Very well crafted and balanced. Easy to drink trappist beer. (257 characters)

Photo of Mike1962
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spent New Years Eve in Brussels. Asked in a restaurant for a good dark beer and given Chimay Grande Reserve (Blue). Amazing taste and after one glass set you in the right festive frame of mind. Great with cheese and understand matures with age. Brought several bottles home to UK. If you like dark beers, particularly Porters, then you will not be disappointed with Chimay Blue (382 characters)

Photo of Roxie_B
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks: Translucent around the edges pale beige head comprised of tiny bubbles. Dark center mass wish copper highlights.
Smell: Right as I open the bottle I get hit with Belgian yeast, golden raisins apricots and pears
Taste: Dry and earthy with pistachios, almonds, toast and caramel and toffee flavor notes. Red apple on the warm up.
Mouthfeel: Dry and effervescent yet silken.
The bottom line? Available everywhere and a treat.
Overall: Dry and delicious. Toasty, nutty and full of my favorite Belgian flavors. (515 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Christmas, and boy was it a Christmas treat. I really like the champagne-like quality of this dark, fruity brew. The taste of alcohol is definitely there (9% ABV) but does not overpower the drink. Taste is almost reminiscent of wine, with that bubbly texture on the tongue that tickles the senses. Overall, this is a very, very good Belgian Dark Ale. (368 characters)

Photo of slee196
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Blue has a smooth Belgian body with soft carbonation and rich fruity taste.
Aroma is very pleasant. It smells like dates and caramel and some other dark fruits.
I like the aftertaste, not too bitter, not too thick; it's slightly heavy but pleasant.
Overall, it's a well-balanced beer, but I just don't think it's THAT special.
I think it's a bit expensive for the quality (a bit too much hype maybe? I personally prefer 3philosophers than Chimay)
Also keep in mind of its abv; it's 9% and pretty boozy. (511 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens flute

Look: Dark brown - not quite as murky as the Première (red label) but still damn near opaque even when you hold it up to the light. Big, frothy head with considerable staying power.

Smell: Big malt up front, and quite sweet with it. Some toffee/caramel and burnt sugar notes too, with some vinegar as it warms up a bit. Overall, it smells as dark as it looks.

Taste:Very yeasty and malty up front with a certain booziness about it too, although at 9% ABV that's probably a given anyway. Others have noted a fruity finish but I can't honestly say that I got much of that, although there was a bit of vinegariness there. The malts run all the way through, although they're not as apparent in the finish. Not a massively complex taste profile.

Feel: Eminently drinkable, almost dangerously so. You've got to hand it to those monks, they've got the brewing thing down pretty much solid. Must be those years of practice and contemplation.

Overall: It's Chimay, so I was always going to like it. It's slightly heavier going than the Première but none the worse for it - definitely a beer for sipping whilst cogitating and a fine example of a Trappist dubbel. Widely available too, which is nice. (1,246 characters)

Photo of gmattkennedy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Chimay. A little bit of after taste is probably the only thing bad I noticed....but that wouldn't discourage me to get it again. (153 characters)

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 2,242 ratings.