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

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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Ratings: 5544
Reviews: 2119
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%

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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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Photo of Scrapss


4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pour into a Stella Artios goblet.

A: A beautiful deep red with an ecru 1 finger head, which dissipates to a thin disk eventually. It lasts all glass long.

S: Deep ripe fruit, cherries, aromatic hydrocarbons, spices, dried cranberries. Maybe some esters, very slight. Some weak caramel malty notes and non existent hop notes.

T: Smooth, with dried fruit like dark and tart cherry. Very mild cola nut and caramel malt notes.

M: Creamy due to tight little bubbles on head. Medium mouthfeel and a gentle drying finish. Outbreath gets hotter due to booze level. The ultimate finish is a pleasant dark cherry aroma. Very nice.

O: A wonderful strong Belgian with beautiful, complex dark cherry and caramel notes. Seek a pour of this complex and dark beverage. I'd never turn this brew down if offered some.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 00:10:49 | More by Scrapss
Photo of raindog814


4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably the most readily available take on the style, but it doesn't disappoint. I've had it several times before, but always served too cold and in the wrong glassware. It's a much different--and much better--experience when slightly chilled and poured in a proper chalice. This beer has fantastic flavor--notes of fruit and caramel, but enough spice that it's not cloyingly sweet. The taste belies the high alcohol content, but the booze gives off a nice warming feeling. An excellent choice for a cool night.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 04:16:07 | More by raindog814
Photo of jbaker67


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a dark, brownish copper with a moderate tan head. Aroma is lots of rich malts, Belgian yeast, dark bread, plums, and raisins. Very complex and rich. Taste, which mirrors the nose, is as intense and complex as the aroma. Great all-around beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 20:59:15 | More by jbaker67
Photo of a0lbudman


4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass
A-brown color with a good head
S-maltly,with some spice and a little alcohol smell
T-a sweet malt taste, and a a warming feeling in the aftertaste you can taste the spices in the end of the glass
O-this was an outstanding beer

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 23:24:12 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.25 CDN.

Appearance- dark red /roan / brown colour spills into the glass. A generous 2 fingers of head is poured, receding fairly quickly and leaving no lacing. A creamy, soapy tan remnants remain on top of the beer for the duration.

Smell - Dark fruits, burnt brown sugar, other fine malts.

Taste - Again dark fruits and burnt brown sugars, but cherries and plums specifically are noticeable from the dark fruit conglomerate.

Mouthfeel - Smooth an delicious, despite its richness, the beer is also sufficiently wet and thirst-quenching. Nice moderate carbonation lends itself well to the mouthfeel. Booze is barely noticeable.

Overall - Fantastically delicious, better the second time I had it than the first. One beer that hides its ABV remarkably well alongside Duvel and others. Must repurchase this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:19:50 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of Mello429


4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer on many occasions. I love this beer. Its great with bar food. The carmel notes that it gives off are wonderful. The alcohol content is high but its not detectable. It sneaks up on you but the flavor complexity is awesome. I dint get any strong fruity notes in the aroma, but overall its an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 21:22:07 | More by Mello429
Photo of J-Fidge44_


3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color: medium brown initially then takes on a tint of red

Smell: sweetness malty, caramel, grape and fig notes

Taste: caramel, raisin, slight oatmeal. almost hits the that hoppy bitter note towards the end then stops and finishes beautifully.

Texture: light creamy texture, makes your tongue tingle briefly similar to champagne.

Overall: very nice fall or winter beer for me. was not too heavy and i wouldnt consider a second or third. very unique pallet textures i have not experienced before which was thrilling!!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 16:10:10 | More by J-Fidge44_
Photo of BeerDreadz


4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber Bottle pour into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Nice dark caramel color with a light brown/tan foamy head.

Taste : sweetness, caramel, honey, spicy.

Great beer, Great overall, Feels awesome on the mouth. A will definitely drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:53:14 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of MagicJeff


4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bomber into my Bruery tulip.

A: Beautiful light to medium brown--almost cola like. Nice tan head which holds on for a while, and nice lacing on glass.

S: Intense raisin and fig. Slight candy sugars. Some bready yeast too.

T: Raisins, dates, and even some tart fruit mid tasting (green apple?). Sweet caramelized sugars. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: It is definitely full bodied, but it is pretty light drinking-wise. Very drinkable.

Overall: This is a great beer, simply put. A lot going on. Would love to age one and see how it progresses--this vintage is 1-13, and I suspect that this beer would change a lot given some time. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:25:40 | More by MagicJeff
Photo of barczar


4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium brief with garnet highlights and a billowing khaki head that lingers indefinitely.

Lightly burnt sugar, figs, dates, prunes, and dark berries form the initial aroma. Decidedly sweet and rich, with a touch of alcohol. Notes of pear surface late.

Flavor follows suit, with rich malty sweetness upfront, followed by underpinnings of dark fruit and a slightly dry finish. Bruised cherries, green apple, raisins, and figs ride a backbone of toasted, slightly nutty malt.

Body is full, with light carbonation, slightly spritzy, and significant alcohol warmth.

Great Belgian beer. Very solid. Rich malty sweetness, but there's enough dark fruit tartness to counter, and the finish is powdery dry.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 20:02:14 | More by barczar
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml poured into a Leffe goblet. ABV 9%.

A - Poured a hazy murly dark copper with a thin beige head. Head slowly reduced to long lasting surface bubbles. Decent lacing.

S - Dark dried fruit, hint of apple cider, some spice, some yeast.

T - Sweet, dark dried fruit, spicy, a hint of booze in the finish. As it warms there's a fruity sourness in the middle that becomes more apparent.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation, medium-heavy body, some prickliness from the carbonation, some stickiness, some heat in the finish.

O - Goes down quite easily. Like all the other Chimay products I've consumed this is another solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:59:26 | More by decimator
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New York

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle the pour was dark with a creamy foam. The head settled to a light ring. The color was dark amber. The smell was fantastic: strong with hints of... I don't know. The taste was wonderful: rich but not too much carbonation. A classic...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 00:34:36 | More by paleoplant
Photo of ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is the darkest brown. One inch of medium beige head that lasted right to the bottom of the glass. Some lacing but not tons.

Prunes is the dominate aroma along with grapes and sweet bread. Delicious. I could almost stop at enjoying the aroma but I continue ...

The taste matches the aroma. Prunes and dark chocolate and sweet cake. A soft hay-like hoppiness is very present. No alochohol taste at all.

A full mouth with good bite.

This is the best of my favourite beer style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:40:04 | More by ssmack
Photo of ADZA


4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Back to my old staple beer when I was younger and it pours a dirty hazed brown hue with a beautiful two finger khaki head that stays a long time just like an unwanted guest but in this scenario very welcomed and the leggy clingy lacing is sporadically placed,the smell is cognac,bready Belgian yeast,booze and candied figs such a true smelling Trappist and the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with tastes of Black Forest cake,toffee,dried fruits,cognac and finished with a boozy bready Belgian bittersweetness and overall everyone including me knows that this is a quality Belgium Trappist and ill say it even though we know ill always drink this beer if offered or on tap or the best option at some macro graveyard cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 12:26:42 | More by ADZA
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep, deep mahogany, almost purple, with a sizable foamy sand-colored head that lingers. Aggressive effervescence at all 360 degrees of my glass, carving trails through the head in its ascension to the open air.

S: Dark fruit like prunes, some burnt sugar or dark toffee, occasional warm spices. Some sniffs have a surprising floral aroma, but an unfortunate slight metallic scent is sometimes present underneath.

T: Same as above, with a slight sweetness coming from the prunes- not my favorite. Subtle spices (cinnamon) and some smoke, a bit of malt, even a bit of lemongrass coming and going. Has some intriguing characteristics, but ultimately its foundation is too far from my preferences for me to really get into it.

M: High carbonation, fills me up quickly, yet smooth. I wouldn't call it refreshing, but it does quench your thirst.

O: A beer full of flavor and history, unfortunately the former doesn't suit my palate well. Has great appearance and good depth, but the overwhelming characteristics aren't my style. The next time I go trappist I'll be drinking Chimay White.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 06:22:49 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of WoodBrew


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Chimay Grand Reserve was good....but not so good I would want seconds...thanks to the high ABV. The beer poured a darker brown color with virtually no head and no lace. The scent was a roasty Belgium sweet malt. The taste was a good combo of roast and caramel mixed with Belgium sweetness. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this was a tasty beer....but too big to try too much!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:10:46 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of laramis

South Carolina

4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured a murky brown with a 1 inch head the color was not only murky but also seemed to change in differing light

S: Dark fruits and a lot of spices very slight notes of yeast overall there is a very strong smell of alcohol but in a refined way like a nice liqueur or maybe a port

T: similar to the scent with the dark fruits upfront followed by the bite of spices again there is an overall alcohol character yet it is pleasant and deceptively subtle.

M:Thick almost creamy it compliments the flavor and rounds out the beer

O: really good i am biased i admit towards this style of beer and the Trappists perfected it this is everything i love about beer tradition flavor and strong alcohol it all clicks so nicely in this beer

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:58:54 | More by laramis
Photo of MistahBeah


4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/slightly ruby with creamy khaki head with decent retention. Opaque. Minimal lacing. Little to no visible carbonation. Fairly straightforward but inviting nonetheless

Smells of dark fruits and some spice. Plums and figs are evident. Cherries in the background. The spicy yeast brings aromas of cinnamon and cloves. Slight trace of alcohol

Tastes very spicy. Combination of cinnamon, cloves, a little nutmeg and a subtle warming alcohol character. The fruits are there too. Definitely plums and figs. Dates and some cherries. There's also a cocoa quality throughout that's slightly bittering and dry. Pleasant

Feels rich and full-bodied. Smooth and creamy. Warming and spicy

I enjoy this very much and I'm not surprised. This beer has a reputation that it holds up very well. Great

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 02:56:10 | More by MistahBeah
Photo of mscudder


4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

A - Deep, nearly opaque, mahogany hue with a rich ivory head. Retention and lacing is average.

S - Strong sweetness amongst dark fruits. Warmth from the booze brings more cinnamon and nutmeg into the picture.

T - Sweet flavors described in the nose, with full bready malts to provide the stage. Copious dark fruit flavors come through: fig, prunes, raisin and caramel coated apple. Not quite as refined as the top BSDA/Quads but a nice contender.

M - Like all Chimay brews, medium+ body with an overdose of carbonation.

O - A quality brew that is readily available. Sadly, my palette has experienced the full line of Trappist brews. Transitively revealing a pity attempt to rank with Westy, Rochefort, Orval, Achel and Westmalle (hell, even La Trappe).

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:55:52 | More by mscudder
Photo of Vestlake


4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle. Poured slowly and got a nice, off-white head with decent lacing. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruit and a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is pretty much the same with a touch of spice thrown in. Probably the best beer I have had the pleasure of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 03:15:09 | More by Vestlake
Photo of Roguer


4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly dark, with a reddish-brown glow if held up to the light. Thick, 1 1/2 finger dark creamy head even with an incredibly patient pour. Decent retention, fading slowly to a thin remnant. Incredible lacing.

Smell wafts across the room, carrying hints of dark fruit. Up close, I get a big whiff of candi sugar, plums and dates, maybe raisins or grapes. There's a slight nuttiness, but more subdued than their Dubbel.

Slightly tangy; dark fruits and nuts; huge sugar element. Complex, but it tastes so sweet and lovely that you don't have to analyze it at all; just sip and enjoy.

The only hint of the ABV is a slight warming effect after several sips. Full bodied, and thickly coats the mouth with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Frighteningly drinkable, although this is still very much a sipper.

"This is how wine should taste." -my wife. If there's a BSDA or Quad out there that fits my palate better, it's Rochefort 10. That said, this is a phenomenal and lovely beer, and readily available even in grocery stores and hotels.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:24:28 | More by Roguer
Photo of stakem


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

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew pours a clouded mahogany to brown color with a rich khaki head that lasts supported by constantly rising bubbles through solution.

The aroma includes noted of yeasty clove, banana, raisins, prunes, plums, molasses and an overall sense of dark belgian candy sugar with a mild touch of alcohol. Nothing to complain about here, everything smells enjoyable.

The taste is spicy like clove with belgian candy sugar hinting towards a sweeter side of the brew with a flavoring of banana, molasses and more burnt sugary notes. More sips reveal a fruited quality like plum and raisins or dates. Plenty of dark over-ripe fruit with every sip.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A mild warmimg alcohol feel and overall very well balanced. This is one of those brews that I have drank countless times and never bothered to review. Sad how it is taken for granted since it is always available in nearly ever real beer store you visit.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 14:34:11 | More by stakem
Photo of ahommell


4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark Brown. Opaque. Deep orange. Lots of carbonation. Fantastic head that if you let sit becomes a sticky finger head.

S: Malty. Yeasty. Carmel. I get the sense of some fruit: Prunes. Raisins. Malty. Nothing overpowers.

T: Malty. Yeasty. Spicy. Smell mirrors the taste. Like other Chimay products, this one has a taste that could be an amazing bread as well.

M: Creamier than I expected, yet the carbonation leaves that to be short lived. Spicier than I expected as well. Alcohol ends the overall feel and I am not disappointed one bit.

O: Well, I cannot say I am disappointed. Drinkable in any quantity. Wonderfully Belgian. Not giving it 5's across the board... BUT DAMN GOOD BEER.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:46:34 | More by ahommell
Photo of Mojo


4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Chimay Chalice

A - pours up a deep ruby almost brown with a nice fluffy two finger head, a thin retention ring, and not a lot of lacing.

S - raisins, figs, alcohol

T - cloves, figs, yeast, some alcohol, but at 9% I would have expected more.

M - pleasant in the mouth, just the right amount of carbonation, mild aftertaste

O - not a fan of this style, but this one was not bad, especially as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 02:23:19 | More by Mojo
Photo of Taz_Michael


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Slightly chilled (about 50 degrees).

A- I was impressed with the pour. I rather liked the frothiness and the color. I liken it to the foam at the edge of a meadow waterfall.

S- Would have liked to have something more enjoyable to smell. Definitely clove with some hints of caramel and figs.

T- The thickness wasn't overwhelming and neither was the flavor. I thought it was a bit champagne-like in it's bubble, but definitely a beer... a great tasting beer.

M- Medium to thick body. Sweet caramel/hop/clove mix. A bit fruity but doesn't let you forget that it's supposed to be a beer.

O- I'd buy this one again... even though the price was a bit high for my pocketbook.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:36:15 | More by Taz_Michael
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,544 ratings.