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

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Reviews: 2,230
Hads: 7,143
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,382 | FT: 16
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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 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)

Photo of Gajo74
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice brown with a thick bubbly head. The lace retains well until the end of the drink, in which it disappears entirely. Great aroma that has elements of sweet malt, dry fruits and alcohol. Taste is malty, fruity, boozy and with a slightly bitter dry finish. Feel is full bodied. Little carbonation.
Overall, this is a good beer but not on the level of other Belgians I've tried. Still, I wouldn't mind having again. (423 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

APPEARANCE - Dark brown, with a 4-finger head that dissipates slowly. Not much lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Nutty, sweet.

TASTE - Fresh, sweet, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, smooth.

VALUE - $8 for 11 oz. bottle - low price for an import at a restaurant.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Good drinking beer. Not overly boozy. (335 characters)

Photo of jercasper
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I brought an Allagash White to a party once, thinking I was going to be treating my friends. But i was "one upped" by a friend who broke out a bottle of Chimay Grande Réserve. Even I had to bow. A bold flavor that's as smooth tasting as the sound of its name. (263 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Two fingers of large bubbled , almost beige head, cap the top of the beer, with lacing all down the sides of the glass. Retention was great. Cloudy brown in color, appearing downright murky. Aroma of red wine, fresh baked bread, dates, and a very subtle spice note. This beer definitely was aiming for more of the dark fruit notes found in quads v.s the spicy phenolic notes. On the palate the maltiness comes through more but the dark fruit hangs around too. Bready and rich on the palate. Finish is of dark caramelized fruits. Alcohol doesn't even exist in this beer. It leans on the sweet side but still maintains a nice balance. Carbonation wipes the palate clean and keeps the drinker coming back sip after sip. Maybe not enough spice IMO but none the less a great offering, easily available and a real nice sipper. (822 characters)

Photo of Nico4
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. I drink it out of a goblet. Pours very nice with about 2 inches of foam which will slowly settle. Good carbonation. T- it Is what you'd want out of a Belgian Trappist beer on steroids. All the hints of dates, carmel, and also has a nice spice. Overall this beer is a top five beer in my opinion. Good alcohol content and good on any occasion but preferably cold weather. I like to eat a steak and Caesar salad while drinking it. Price is the only negative (481 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Brownish copper. Malty aroma with some caramel notes. The flavor profile is definitely malt forward but there are dry notes on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden for such a high ABV offering. (198 characters)

Photo of PaulBenjamin
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heyo! This one will grab you by the boo-boo! Outstanding indeed. Powerfully rich with accented spices. Zesty and slightly creamy going in and with a bang going down. After-feel is a bit dry but makes me smack my lips in satisfaction anyways. Alcohol flavor is strong -- so definitely will turn tamer tastes off -- but does not detract from the experience in my opinion.

This has been one of my favourites for a looong time and I always look forward to it when I'm feeling like a treat. (492 characters)

Photo of IKody
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Wow. Im speechless. I don't think a taste review would do this beer justice. All I can say is this was my first belgian strong dark ale and I'm hooked!
Cheers (159 characters)

Photo of gbarbee
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Fruity and malty
Taste: Caramel and slight chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Full
Drinkability: A great beer and the makes me think of the classic Belgian Style. My favorite out of the three Chimays.

Serving type: bottle (236 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Review taken from notes Spring 2014. I've jotted down notes on more than 7 occasions with this brew.

750 ml brown Chimay trapping style bottle. Corked and capped in typical Chimay style. Label is blue in color featuring many great Belgian trappist monk artwork I have no less than loved from the beginning of kt craft beer days. Poured into an authentic Chimay trappist goblet.

A - massive head on the pour which displays a very unique tan color which you'll only find on authentic trappist dark ales. It settles after what seems like forever and leaves a thick ring of lacing leaving incredible like stick. Body color is trappist brown with hints of the brown side of dark, mahogany ruby gleaming through when held to the light. Yeast sediment and particles are at full force and only add to the experience.

S - doughy bread like yeast with a buttery sweet caramel note that's simply a trademark of Chimay. A nice semi hoppy note of orange peel and a faint whiff of ripe apple. The more Chimay Blue warms dark fruit really sets within the nose. A mild whiff of alcohol and spice in the background. A simple yet pleasing trappist aroma.

T - the flavor really takes on the simplicity of the nose and hammers home great monk style taste. Sticky, sweet, buttery caramel let off a near candy corn note within the mouth. Doughy Chimay style yeast with big dark fruit flavor. A soft candied orange note creeps up followed by a mild alcohol and spice finish. Delightful flavor.

M - upper medium in body. Displays spot on thickness as intended in this monk brewed ales. Just a perfection of a body for the style. A semi dry spiciness in the finish. Mild alcohol warming that adds even more depth and complexion to the mouthfeel.

O - Chimay Grand Reserve or Chimay (Blue) as most refer to it as, is a simple yet world class Belgian Strong Dark ale and really the perfect option to begin with exploring bigger Trappist ales. It's been a real favorite of mine since our first encounter, and one I'll grab on a few more than special occasions every year. Just a classy ale from a classy brewery. Chimay offering are all world class, but the blue is their way of showing you how talented and perfected a beer recipe can be. (2,222 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11%

This is a five year old bottle from my cellar.
Hints of sherry greet the nose with prune, dried fruit and alcohol notes.
It pours hazy brown with a slight, rapidly dissipating head that produces lace and has some legs.
The palate is mostly dried fruit and light sherry with some caramel in the background. Surprisingly, the beer has no big oxidized flavors even at 5 years and no discernible hops.
Medium body and above average carbonation. (444 characters)

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.