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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

6,506 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,506
Reviews: 2,162
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 294
Gots: 827 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

ilikebeer03, Oct 12, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

Alex93se, Oct 12, 2014
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dryndantheman, Oct 11, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

OCSA_1978, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Got the Chimay gift box with the special goblet and one of each of their world renowned offerings.

A - Deep brown color that is almost ruby in the light. Medium white head with fine bubbles. Slightly cloudy from the yeast still in suspension.

S - Lots of the typical Belgian yeast spice character (phenolic) predominant. Just underneath that are the strong malt and caramel tones with some fruit character like dark cherry. No hops but this beer isn't made for it.

T - Very similar to the smell the Belgian character holds true but isn't the only player with lots of malty goodness sitting on a bed of the caramelized sugars. Has a lot of sweetness but the spice character helps and It's a complex beer that gets even more complex the more your tongue gets used to the Belgian flavors and it warms pulling you more in to the depths of this Belgian strong ale.

M - Full mouth-feel that isn't too cloying. Has some light bitterness and finishes complex with an aftertaste that isn't exactly the same as the flavor but doesn't stick to your entire mouth. Light carbonation making the flavors sit longer on the tongue letting you take in all of the complexity.

Overall, an amazing beer that has such depth and intrigue. Not a beer that I could drink more than 2 of but it is a delicious beer that I would strongly recommend. There is plenty to discover in this bottle and I would get this again. Give this beer a try and I'm sure that you will taste an adventure that you won't easily forget.

Glass- Chimay branded Goblet

dmgeng, Oct 11, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%

Bob2503, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ctwybeerguy, Oct 11, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Amazing, complex, delicious.

ThomasRosenthal, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JerryG, Oct 09, 2014
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mta11c, Oct 09, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is dominated by a tart and fruity aroma in the vicinity of prune, raisin, and overripe apple; also present is some woodiness, clove-like spiciness, nutty and toffee-like malt, and soft alcohol. The (cider-like) body is cloudy and deep orange-ish brown in color; the light tan head is large and somewhat creamy. The flavor includes pronounced, bread-like malt and strong but smooth alcohol. It is also spicy (clove, nutmeg) with a dark fruitiness reminiscent of molasses, prunes. The finish is spicy but the malt lingers longest. It is highly carbonated with a carbonic bite; there is considerable alcohol warming; the body is on the light side but boosted by the carbonation.

Complex and intense. For my tastes it's a bit heavy on the alcohol, and the spritzy carbonation seems to detract from its potential richness, though to be fair these qualities are not uncharacteristic of the style.

fipoceilz7, Oct 09, 2014
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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 6,506 ratings.