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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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6,249 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,249
Reviews: 2,144
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 270
Gots: 708 | FT: 11
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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:
No notes at this time.

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


4.6/5  rDev +7%

Had this at my 60th Birthday dinner recently - and definitely the highlight of my day. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. I was truly overwhelmed by how good this beer is - appearence, smell, taste, mouthfeel - all world class. This is a beer I will certainly seek out in the future. I only regret it took me until I was 60 to find it.

12-25-2008 01:33:02 | More by OldYoda
Photo of paco1029384756


4.43/5  rDev +3%

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small lasting head.

Scent of rich malts and dark fruits, very full and strong, just great.

Taste of malts, candi sugar, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Truly a shining example of the style, though not perfect, this one is a classic.

Mouthfeel is full with a good amount of carbonation.

12-24-2008 23:49:07 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of SirSketch


4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Nice, thick head with very fine lacing and great retention. Dirty brown color with lighter highlights all around. Very cloudy, as well. The smell is heavenly, consisting primarily of Belgian yeast characteristics and exotic fruit (pineapple, banana, mango) and some clove, too. Very complex!

The taste is also hugely complex. More of the same as was in the smell, chocolate and peppery notes. Alcohol is hidden, but makes it's appearance in the warming feeling it gives you. Oh, so good! Very slick mouthfeel with a medium to full body.

One of the best beers on Earth, hands down

12-22-2008 01:21:37 | More by SirSketch
Photo of afoersch


4.58/5  rDev +6.5%

Bought a Chimay goblet with this 11.2oz bottle, and definitely didn't regret it. Any other presentation will never live up, as far as I'm concerned.

Pours a deep golden brown, and includes a light tan head that's slightly darker around the edges. Dark, Strong, and Belgian in appearance indeed.

Not much smell at first, though that may be due to a somewhat clogged nose. The overall sweetness comes through, with tones of raisins and generic dark malts, but I'm unable to distinguish any other familiar scents - absolutely unique, but doesn't lead me in any sure directions as far as predicting the actual taste. Again, a runny/clogged nose may be my own shortcoming, here.

The taste is heavenly. Sweet, deep notes of pure cane sugar, molasses, and an ever so subtle hint of vanilla, with banana-type bitter and apple-type tart - incredibly balanced and well-rounded. Doesn't get much better.

Neither springy nor thick in the mouth, leading to a less-than-prime mouthfeel, but incredibly smooth and satisfying, with a great sweet and bitter aftertaste with a hint of saltiness that leaves me rather speechless.

Another new favorite. I'll be coming back to this one with some frequency, when possible.

12-19-2008 05:20:46 | More by afoersch
Photo of scootny

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

A 33cl stubby bottle. Poured into, ( What else? ) a Chimay chalice. An eggshell white head of a finger or so that stays for a minute and dwindles to a thin coating over the cloudy dark mahogany brew. Spots of lace to tag the glass. Some carbonation is evident but it is gentle.

Smell is an intoxicating blend of raisins, molasses, alcohol, figs, and roasted malt. A hint of clove and white pepper. Apples and grape peek in and out. Banana in the back. You could sniff all day and discover new scents each time as it develops as it warms.

Taste is as good as it gets. All of the players from the nose with the addition of anise and a touch of licorice. Hops cut the fruits short and lead to a drying finish. Licorice makes a comeback on the palate and blends with dark whole grain breads and a soupcon of alcohol heat to warn you of the power of this exceptional brew.

Mouthfeel is silky and sweet to the tongue. A touch of cream in the carbonation. The dryness of the finish adds a quenching aspect that draws you back for more. Just superb.

Drinkability is better than a beer of this abv should be. Of course part of it is you just want to keep drinking it to pleasure the taste buds. Still it goes down way too easy.

A benchmark ale for this style and brewery. It just reeks of excellence.

12-19-2008 03:54:47 | More by scootny
Photo of colts9016


4.6/5  rDev +7%

I have heard from a few people that this beer is great.

Appearance: Dirt brown with a sight reddish hue. It is cloudy and very hard to see through. There was a one finger head that dissipated to a half. There are pockets of brown bubbles amongest the dark tan head. Carbonation rises from the bottom to the top producing the bubbled head portion.

Nose: This has got to be one of the few complex head that took me a while to try to figure out. There is roasted caramelized malt, earthy musty aroma, bananas, alcohol, and esters. There are hints of hops, apples, grass, nuttiness, spice, phenols, and molasses.

Taste. A nice roasted malt with esters and some cloves. This is a complex well built ale. There are notes of molasses, figs, bananas, grass, alcohol, and hops.

Overall. There was a slight astringent mouth coating with a slight bitterness following. The makers of the beer laced the alcohol very well in with the beer. I could hardly tell the alcohol was there. I was left quenching for more. I could not believe it, my mother actually like this beer. She is one who hate the smell of beer and the taste. I just wished I would have bought a few more.

12-19-2008 01:54:01 | More by colts9016
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance is brown with a nice whitish head.

Aroma has dark fruits, spices and yeast

Taste is mainly dark fruits (raisins mostly) and some taste of apple coming through. Bitterness is slight in the finish

Mouthfeel is light...decent carbonation. goes down well.

Drinkability is actually high for something that is 9%...its hard to taste the alcohol in this thing. Tastes great, mouthfeel is great and I can have a couple. But it is hefty..be mindful of that

Highly recommended

12-17-2008 03:37:09 | More by kshankar
Photo of WalrusJockey

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

33cl bottle, poured into Chimay goblets.

Appearance- rich, dark amber-to-the-point-of-brown. Head is khaki colored, and fades fairly quickly. No real lacing.

Smell- fruity, with yeast and malt. Not citrus, but berry or apple scents, along with a background hint of spices.

Taste- sweet with a hint of spice, malty, almost cider-like. Cloves seem present, along with other spices which are hard to pin down. Apples seem to be among the fruits, which are very noticeable, though also hard to pin down definitely; cherries seem very prevalent and I think grapes are also in there. Very malty swallow, with mellow, hoppy aftertaste. Even though this is a 9%, these is no noticeable taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- acidic and tangy in the mouth, carbonation feel is low, aftertaste is smooth and mellow. Very crisp.

Drinkability- decent; this beer is very deeply and complexly flavored, though the light, tart, crisp mouthfeel is mismatched by the weight of the beer in the stomach. This is very enjoyable, but drinkability isn't its strong suit, flavor is.

12-15-2008 01:10:29 | More by WalrusJockey
Photo of ocelot2500


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours an opaque brown color. Very thin head that is an off-white color.

Smells like dark fruits, cider, cinnamon and other spices.

Tastes fruity with a little bit of spice all rounded out by the sweetness. Reminds me of a wine, or what I think wine should be.

Mouthfeel is thin and has little carbonation.

12-11-2008 23:55:20 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of bum732


4.3/5  rDev 0%

Pours a very dark brown, decent creamy cloudy head that dissipates within minutes. Nice lacing. Smells predominanately of raisin bread, hints of other dark fruits, little hops. Taste is very strong and delicious. Again, strong tastes of sweet raisins and cinnamon bread. Finishes first sweet then somewhat dry with a slight hop presence.

Great beer, my favorite of the Chimays, has much more flavor than the other two. Highly recommend.

12-11-2008 05:00:25 | More by bum732
Photo of Tolann


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

A - very dark. small off-white head that settles quickly. yeasty sediments.

S - very wonderful and big. Dark fruits; raisins, cherry, apples. Sweet, cider. you don't have to search hard for the nose on this. Enjoy the aroma while its just sitting next to you. its really great.

T - sweet and light. No hops or bitterness. Lots of wonderful fruits. Some spice.

M - light mouth feel and small bubbles for a smoother sip. A bit of alcohol warmth. Its very right for this beer and there are no surprises.

D - easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. This is very much a beer to savor and respect.

12-11-2008 03:36:39 | More by Tolann
Photo of eagles22


4.43/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: poured into a snifter..nice white head with a dark brownish body

Smell: lots of chocolate and roasted malts and a hint of alcohol

Taste: taste like it smells...LOTS of chocolate..i loved this beer..and also nice sweet/dry finish ..great beer

Mouthfeel: was okay nothing special but it was easy to drink

Drinkability: very high ...i could drink this all night

12-11-2008 03:30:56 | More by eagles22
Photo of Finkel


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured out, this beer has a deep brown/maroon color with a nice, white layer of head. Lacing surrounds the glass when swirled and sticks well to create a nice look. Additionally, tiny bits of yeast floated around in the beer. What a great sight...

A yeast scent as well as apples and raisins came through. Darker fruits also came through which overall, created a sweet aroma.

The taste of this beer was superbly friendly. Yeast, apricots, and grapes came through, which in combination, created a sweet, yet tart flavor. However, to balance out the sweet flavors, there was a slightly funky taste. Such a complimenting beer.

The mouth feel was also great. It was very balanced and creamy. The carbonation levels were perfect: the bubbles were very small and made this beer extremely drinkable.

In my opinion, this beer is spectacular and lives up to the name. Now all I've got to do is try the other Trappists...

12-09-2008 17:42:56 | More by Finkel
Photo of stone3187


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

I have a beer book that says this beer goes well with a cigar and the next time I have it that's exactly what I am going to do. It pours a golden red-brown with a smell of sweet and spicy malt. The flavor is full bodied, sweet, and spicy. This one has a wonderful character without being too complex. This is a must have it you like Belgian beer.

12-09-2008 17:21:17 | More by stone3187
Photo of Mdog


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

Appearance: Brown and murky since I poured in the yeast, thin but foamy head.

Smell: Smells like a stronger version of the dubbel, floral, sweetness, and clove.

Taste: Rum soaked raisins, clove, a bit of spiciness. Pretty complex and difficult for me to describe, but good.

Drinkability: A little strong but tasty. The small bottle is a good idea.

Probably my second favorite from Chimay. Nice sweet and complex taste, glad I gave it a try.

12-07-2008 23:49:54 | More by Mdog
Photo of Guzzler78


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a deep brown with orange hues. A nice light tan head that doesnt retain for to long. Leaves nice creamy lace.
Smells of chocolate and caramel malty goodness. A faint hop spice. Some alcohol on the back end.
Tastes great. A rich maltiness with cocoa and faint spice and hops.
A nice velvety, medium mouthfeel. Luxurious
A very enjoyable drinker. or should I say sipper.
A slight edge over Chimay Red (Dubbel).

12-07-2008 08:57:39 | More by Guzzler78
Photo of echdk3


3.33/5  rDev -22.6%

Poured from a 11,2oz bottle into a snifter

A_Dark chestnut brown color with barely off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Disappointed with the head retention (I swear it was a clean glass), but it was a nice surprise having a beer this color with a head as white as it was

S_Very alcoholic and a bit fishy. Smelled almost like a fine vodka

T_Woody and earthy with a slightly sweet and mouth-puckering aftertaste. Mellow and a bit flat

M_Very chewy, coats the mouth very well. Medium carbonation

D_Fairly filling and high ABV, coats mouth and begs for a water or refreshing brew afterwards.

12-07-2008 08:16:22 | More by echdk3
Photo of gonzogambler


4.13/5  rDev -4%

3 of the bottles out of the holiday chimay pack and I like this the best of the three, but I'd say the red and this share the same weaknesses keeping me from giving them a higher rating.

Appearance is similar to the red (red/orange hues with some light head). The smell is sort of muted; it has some dark fruit and a bit of spiciness, but it isn't coming through very strong.

The taste has some more punch to it which is welcomed. It has the spices and dark fruit with light carbonation. There is also a bit of alcohol on the finish, but its hidden pretty nicely.

Mouthfeel is a little weak at first but has a nice crisp finish, and the drinkability like the other chimay's is very high. Overall I'd say if you're gonna go Chimay go Blue, or if you're eating and want something a little tamer go with the White.

12-07-2008 06:29:12 | More by gonzogambler
Photo of Seanibus


4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Belive the hype. This is good.

Pours a deep ruby with a dense thick head and some lacing. The aroma is malty, with traces of raisin and spice, and a little woodiness. The flavor is spicey, with hints of blackberry, cherry smoke, and a little flower on the finish with a hint of bitterness that develops slowly. It finishes too with a little bit of raisin and plum. The mouthfeel is thick creamy with strong sting of carbonation.

Considering the power of this beer, the alcohol is nicely balanced.

12-07-2008 01:02:22 | More by Seanibus
Photo of magictrokini


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Small bottle. This is one really good beer. Dark brown/orange pour with a pillowy off-white head. Fruity aroma of dried peaches, orange peel, prunes, and yeast. Nutty sweet taste rich in spice and yeast esters. Fazir amount of cherries, raisins, prunes that you would fing in any Belgian Dark. Finishes malty and crisp. I enjoyed it, but probably best enjoyed in the smaller quantity.

12-05-2008 22:18:44 | More by magictrokini
Photo of gerardoluna


4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Eyes: Cloudy brown with a full cream head, with great retention!

Nouse: Sweet malt. a little notes of hops and yeast in deep...

Mouth: Good body, is Sweet and has a complex malt flavors in the laarge. Good balance of the hops with the sweet.
the bubble accion is medium, Great beeer.

Serving type: bottle 750!

12-04-2008 23:09:58 | More by gerardoluna
Photo of Irie


4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

A very dark foggy body with a short light head. A yeasty and malty aromatic smell to it with a hint of... citrus?
Delicious, smooth, malty flavor with amazing balance. Perfect hint of hops that sneaks past the full dark body. Good carbonated bite. Aftertaste is a bit more grainy than I would like, but the sweet malt wins it over.

Will drink again.

12-03-2008 03:56:55 | More by Irie
Photo of thespaceman


4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance: Creamy, dark brown in color, extremely rounded, well balanced head, not over-barring, sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Yeasty, and a nice touch of grapes in the backbone, nice hue of fruit in the front, nice balance of hops and maltiness in the nose. Nice esters in the back too.. very natural smelling.

Taste: The malt plays a huge factor upon the first sip, esters are also very present towards the finish, a pretty complex combination of yeast and malt that explodes once consumed. Nice tartness, a little bit of roasty flavor, but not enough to drown out the natural fruit complexity.

Mouthfeel: Consistently carbonated, this one is so creamy yet it's refreshing enough to enjoy with a seafood dish. The body keeps in composure in the mouth without getting too wet.

Drinkability: An absolute must taste, the sheer excitement of popping the cork and smelling this beer easily tells you your in for a treat. This is a beer that gets better with every sip, even putting the bottle up to a light and seeing the fermented particles setting to the bottom of the bottle is a real sight to see. This is a beer that Einstein would have invented. This is one you sip slow, but is easily sessionable year round. An excellent brew from Chimay that should be tried by every beer lover.

12-03-2008 00:49:02 | More by thespaceman
Photo of vikingmike

Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +14.7%

I finally thought I should get around to reviewing my old standby, Chimay Blue. In Japan, this beer is probably THE most accessible of the Belgians (with Duvel a close second). You can pretty much buy this anywhere. Its also relatively reasonable...9 dollars for 750ml.

Appearance: Caramel brown.

Smell: Dark fruits, toffee. Grapes, with a hint of something zesty underneath that I cant quite put my finger on.

Taste: Simply excellent. More dark fruits with an enjoyable, lingering bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and easy drinking

Drinkability: A true classic that is deserving of all the accolades it has received.

12-02-2008 12:06:36 | More by vikingmike
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

Reviewed on 3/30/08. Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a 1 cm light tan head that persisted. Aroma and taste of dark fruits (raisin, prune, fig) and Belgian yeast. Some bitterness. A well-balanced beer. Excellent!
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 16/20

12-02-2008 03:14:50 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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