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

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6,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,872
Reviews: 2,204
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,117 | FT: 13
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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 maddmaxstar
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chimay Grande Reserve (11/10 on cork)

A - Deep Mahogany Brown, dark and almost opaque. Gratious Foamy, sudsy and thick head that goes away slow.

S - Spicy, Malty, hints of prune, raisin and other fruits.

T - Hints of Prune, Black Cherry, taste fading into a Cocoa Powder finish, with a Slight bitterness at the back of the tongue. Alcohol seems to be well masked.

M - Velvety smooth, creamy, Good carbonation.

D - An amazing Trappist Ale. This is not a beer for those who wish to chug back a brew, but you knew that. No, this is a beer for sipping, an excellent beer for special occasions, for celebrations. A fantastic high quality beer that is complex, delicious and divine. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had, and one of the best beers...period.

Photo of mavbrew
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "mini" Chimay goblet.

A: The color is a deep auburn with a finger thick light tan/cream colored head that takes a couple of minutes to dissipate.

S: The smell has bready malts present, there is also a sweet cherry scent that is more noticeable when looking for it. Raisins are also coming through in the scent as well.

T: The taste is a lot like the smell, bready malt flavor to it up front and throughouy, very malty. The sweet cherries come through in the middle quickly and is followed by the raisin like taste. The finish is malty and mildly fruity, it's hard to tell what, maybe banana or fig.

M: Medium bodied with a tingly amount of carbonation. The feel is malty and complex.

D: I would say this is a great intro beer to Belgian beers. It's higher in ABV, but it's hardly noticeable. The beer itself is very complex but also very well balanced. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of searsclone
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

cork dated 06/10, review 04/11

75cl bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

dark ruby red-brown-golden color. tan head that goes

smells like raisins, wood, bread pudding, whiskey and vanilla ( I had a hard time picking up much smell, got most of the description from my wife, that is the only reason I gave it a 2.5)

tastes like fruit, toast, bread, smokey, and bitter raisins.

feels sharp, chewey, foamy, dry, crisp

this is fantastic. there is so much going on that I can't describe it all. just try it, you'll like it!

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. The Trappist's really know what they are doing, leave it to the Belgians. "Of all Gauls, the best brewers are the Belgians"

Dark, strong... and a sight for kings.

This one pours a rich dark brownish red, black...

This beer is great because it has the complexity, flavor...roast, sweetness from the malt, a nice balance with the hops.. and the abv level works perfect with the brew. Such an addictive beer...

A staple in beer.

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

The first one I tried I took one sip and poured the rest out . Six months later I tried this again and liked it.
I have no idea and don't want to know what mouthfeel is, aroma is good , don't know why head and lacing are important
I like this beer

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up a while ago.

Appearance- dark brown color, nice thick head

Smell- bit of banana, very sweet smelling, dark fruits

Taste- dark fruit, some banana

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied, very creamy

Drinkability- Very good, I would love to have it again.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A pours out a dark brown color which reminds me of muddy water. I didn't get much of a head due to the fact that the bottle foamed over when I opened it.

S The nose of this one is rich and full of figs and raisins with notes of some spice.

T The taste of this one is exquisite, with notes of figs and raisins coming through again with a malty bread dough note being present as well.

M The mouthfeel of this one is really thick and creamy it kind of coats your mouth when you drink it.

Overall I really liked this one. it had a rich flavor which made it a joy to sip on.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Chimay goblet

A: One finger, foamy tan head. Cloudy, very deep auburn brown. Yeast floating freely.

S: Slight banana-clovey aroma over a very little chalkiness. Sweet bread.

T: Light dried fruit and banana. Alcohol very involved in the flavor. Some pretzel/toast.

M: Carbonation is high enough to carry the high alcohol and subtle syrupyness.

D: Delicious and a great representation of the style. A classic (though I think some BAs think giving Chimay and automatic A/A+ earn them credibility somehow).

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chimay "Blue" has a thick, creamy, beige head with numerous streams of tiny bubbles streaming up, but not much lacing. It overflowed after I poured it. The appearance is a hazy brown. Aroma was nominal, I found. I just couldn't pick up much, aside from some sweetness. The flavor, however, was quite pronounced and strong- this beer is very wine like. There was a good balance between the barley and hops, so I wasn't really able to pick up one or the other ingredient. Lots of over-ripe fruits (prune?) show up here. And, alcohol really makes its presence known. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, and Chimay "Blue" finishes dense. This is a sipper for sure. Overall, I thought this was very good, yet not excellent. However, with all of the character this beer has, I know I need to drink it more than just once.


Photo of roadhouse
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow I cannot believe I haven't reviewed this yet. 750ml with 10/10 on the cork, maybe a little too young, but we'll see. Poured into a goblet.

It's a light gusher upon popping the cork but slow enough to be able to pour and save all of it. It's a hazy deep brown mahogany color with a one inch tan head on top that isn't going anywhere.

Aroma is very lacking to me but I'm getting some raisin and a bit of alcohol. A bit of sweet sugariness.

Taste is fairly bland as well. I get some raisin and burnt sugar at the beginning with a bit of phenolics coming in at the end but it also gets sort of watery.

Mouthfeel is super creamy and easily the best quality of this brew. It retains a certain thickness but it's light.

Well this one must need some aging, I think it's too young. Maybe at least another year on this and it might be much better. Quite disappointing.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle. "L10-602" whatever that means

I have long thought of this as my favorite beer. 'bout time I got to reviewing it.

A - The pour yields a murky dark brown body with reddish tinges around the edges and a great big bushy beard. I mean off-white head.

S - Dark fruits, cherries, plums, figs. Bit of yeast and spice. Dark roasted and chocolatey malts. This nose is exquisite. This is exactly how a BSDA should smell, IMO.

T - Damn I love this beer. Nutty and dark fruit flavors are at the front of the taste here. The forward sweetness has great counterparts in the more earthy malt flavors and the light Belgian tart spice. Very good tasting beer.

M - Smooth, big body, very full presence in the mouth. Carbonation is in check.

O (D) - I really love this beer. It's excellent in so many ways. A desert island beer for sure.

Photo of clayphilly
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A phenomenal beer. Had this first with Steve Fatim Pepjin and Arno in a bar in Brussels. Dark pour, has a very complex smell, taste, and mouthfeel. Belgium style, best with the Chimay Cheese. Held the "FAVORITE BEER" crown.

-bottle and tap
-The Monk, Brussels

Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle, with code L10-725. poured into Chimay branded goblet. drank right after a bottle of the Red, for comparison.

deep amber brown color. thin off-white head. a bit better looking than the Red. aroma if fruity, raisins, plum.

as expected, a bit stronger in flavor and booziness, an improvement too. not as complex as I hoped for though. body is better, thicker, smooth. but could still be improved.

overall - a good beer, but I was expecting more.

Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this one for years, in both 11 oz and 750 ml bottles, young and aged. Finally getting around to reviewing this one. Pours a nice mahogany color, with a creamy topping of meringue-like foam. Aromas of booze soaked fruits, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Rich, thick and full bodied, with flavors of brown sugar, Belgian yeast, chocolate, booze and raisins.

Photo of RickS95
3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown. The hazy soft brown makes it look a bit heavy. On top is an active explosion of bubbles. Retention is moderate, though lacing lacks a bit.

I didn't get much in the smell. A bit malty, but nothing else stood out.

The taste is all Belgian. Sweet dark fruits dominate the taste buds, with a little alcohol in the finish.

The mouthfeel follows the taste. Early on, it's sweet. There's some spiciness in the middle, as well as some cleansing carbonation. The swallow is all heat from the alcohol.

Despite the high ABV and the obvious heat from it, it's pretty tame for 9%. In addition, you've got the bite from the carbonation. It's an intense beer, but never is overpowering in any way and because of that, actually goes down pretty well.

Photo of skypup
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.33L Bottle served in a Chimay Chalice

Unfiltered Copper color; thick foamy head.

Definitive yeast/biscuit odor. Has a hint of fruitiness.

You can slightly pick up the alcohol, fruitiness and mild tartness; Smooth on the palate.

Good drinkability; this is a great beer, comparable with other Chimay Beers.

Photo of kojevergas
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A:Pours a two finger head of fair cream and nice thickness. Textbook dark amber colour. Good retention for the ABV.

Sm: Dark fruits. Typical of trappist ales. Quite lovely. Complex.

T: Dark fruit body. Complex; not as much as the Westy 12. Finish is too short; the notes don't linger as long as they ought to. Very balanced, but not as complex as it should be. Built well overall for the style.

Mf: Wet but coarse. Not decisively either category. Could be better.

Dr: Hides its ABV very well. Easily downable repeatedly, but not special.

Photo of blackcrow911
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang snifter
A - A redish brown color with a off white head, a coffee look to the head.

S - Yeast, like a bread.

T - Tastes like raisins, and grapes.

M - Very smooth.

O - Not what I was expecting in a beer, reminds me of a wine, but very good. Will buy again.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark brown opaque body with plenty of sediment. Slightly offwhite head with low retention, and a thin rootbeer type bubbling.

Smell - Alcoholic. Boring. Worst part about the beer.

Taste - Woah. That is good. Different and good. Strong yet very balanced.

Mouthfeel - Nice and active on the tongue.

Overall - I love this beer. Best trappist i've had since the Rochefort 10.

Photo of MufflnMan
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have a 2007 Jeroboam of this I can't wait to try. This pour was from a 750ml into a Chimay chalice. Everything you could want and ask for of a strong dark ale. Gorgeous contrast of the dark brown body with the white lacy head. Intensely complex smell of fruits and spices. Taste follows suit with the most incredible balance of flavors. Somehow, even with its complexity and 9% abv this is still so easy to drink, but I wouldn't dare do anything but sip this. Overall, as close as it gets to perfect.

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

Served in Chimay glass one (1) year after date printed on cork.
A: Hazy brown. with white head that is just perfect.
S: Yeasty with alcohol in the back
T: Indeterminante fruits with some hop
M: Flawless. creamy with perfect carvontion.
D: Almost too high not the type of beer that you would want to put back quickly but is so well made that it could be done easily. But at ~10% ABV you would not get thru too many.

Photo of chefelf
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one several times but never posted before. I love anything by Chimay. If you took a Heineken and crossed out the name and scribbled "Chimay" on the bottle with a Sharpie I'd probably enjoy it a lot more. Come to think of it, that may be a far cheaper way for me to get beers I enjoy.

I don't know if the blue label is my favorite of the Chimay line but it is very, very good.

Photo of MadCat
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Hazy brown with a short white-ish brown head, leaves good lacing.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, plums, grapes, berries, bread

Taste: Sweet, tart, and a little bitter at the same time, with sweet winning out. Theres hints of plums, grapes, cranberries, and other berries. Some hints of port in there as well. A bit of earthiness to it too. The flavors improve at it warms a bit, getting more complex, with the flavors melding better.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with crisp carbonation, relatively smooth, getting smoother as it warms, likely due to losing a little carbonation.

Overall: This is one of my personal top 5 beers. If I were rich, I would drink this on a semi-regular basis. Its a sipper, but drinks real easy for the abv. Will revisit this next time I get a 75cl bottle (or even the magnum!)

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

330ml brown bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A. Cloudy brown-red beer with an off-white, candy floss like head.

S. Some fruity notes, sugary sweetness and a trace of bananas lurking about too.

T. Cherry fruit like taste at the forefront. Dried fruit stones and a touch of honey.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Certainly NOT the beer it was a few years back when Brother Thomas was in charge of brewing, there's a lot of complexity lacking in there these days. For me, this can no longer be classed as a 'classic' Trappist beer.

Photo of BarleyStud
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted the 2010 Grand Reserve. The fun starts with the upside down and slow rotation to mix the yeast. This is followed by an explosive cork pop that wields a nice waft of carbon fog. A fruit filled scent precedes the pour.

A wine snob would call it complex with a long on the palate finish. A little too strong on the alcohol, but it had a good caramel flavor. A very nice, long laster with a mouthful of taste. It will definitely age well in the cellar. Loved it.

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