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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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6,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,877
Reviews: 2,204
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 354
Gots: 1,124 | FT: 13
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Photo of mweso2000
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 mL bottle and paired with a prime rib dinner.

A-Pours a dark amber brown with a two finger head that disappears. No lace
S-Fruity with malt and yeast undertones. Not overwhelming.
T-Sweet malt with fruit flavors. Would have preferred a little more hops and yeast flavor. Did not really notice the alcohol.
M-Thick chewy fell with medium carbonation.
D-Very drinkable despite the high ABV.

Overall I would have to say I was slightly disappointed. I am going to chalk it up to the style. I just think that this type of beer is not my favorite. It was obviously well made and full of flavor. If you like this style, this is an obvious choice.

Photo of tbeckett
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have great experience with this beer. My first was in Utrecht, Netherlands at a cafe. I ordered it because it wasn't available where I live. As I was drinking it, I was asked by the two men next to me if I enjoyed it. I told him I did and he immediately bought me a second. Cheers to the Dutch and to Chimay.

Small bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark, dark brown, nearly black. Very murky and muddy with tons of sediment. Two finger off white head that fades to a cap.

S - Boozy fruits, some yeast. Very inviting. Mild but nice.

T - Great malty, sweet body followed by a good dose of fruits and a sweet finish with some yeast.

M - Carbonation right where it should be. Medium to full body.

D - Slightly less booze would be good. Couldn't have too many but still very solid.

Photo of bbb099
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours with tons of nice tan-colored head that dissipates within half a minute. Color was deep, dark brown with debris floating around.

S: The sweet cherry scent was pleasant. It's followed by the smell of yeast which takes a backseat.

T: The flavor was dominated by the sweet caramel-like malt and yeast. I tasted no alcohol, which is very surprising considering the abv for this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied. Quite highly carbonated, but does not interfere with the taste at all.

D: The appetizing smell and absence of alcohol flavor makes this beer incredibly drinkable.

Photo of harrymel
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 05/27/10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.

So, yum.

A: Foaming upon decapping, this beer always foams over. It's a deep, muddy mahogany color with little/no transluscency. Light brown, 1-2 finger whipped creamy cap on this one.

S: Sweet, light molasses, hin of sour apple and pear from yeast. Dates, figs.

T: Sweetened Ruby port flavor up front is accented by tones of maple, walnut, fresh pecan, brown sugar. Imagine these traits to develop with time in bottle.

M: Medium-full body with light carbonation allows you to really chew on this sticky monster. Every flavor is revealed as the carbonation is subtle enough to help move along flavor, not overbear it.

D: Drinkability: my ability to drink this is high. This is a goddam delicious brew and I plan to purchase a 750ml as they have the bottle date on cork and then lay it down for a couple years. Of the other Chimay's, this stands out for me.

Photo of mjyoung
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is a year old, split with bbb099.

A: Pours a dark amber with little to no head and lacing. It has a bit of an alcohol footprint, but only because I was looking.

S: Smells strongly of yeast and spices, with a hint of musty fruit lingering in the background. The overwhelming smell is that of an almost tangy, sweet clove.

T: Still get the yeast, but the fruit (currants?) comes much more to the forefront. This is without a doubt a great tasting Belgian. The spices, particularly the clove and a bit of a rum taste, follow closely after. It finishes quite smoothly. Glad I aged this bottle because you can't taste the alcohol at all.

M: Medium bodied with a slight viscosity that is at odds with an almost airy feel brought about by the strong carbonation.

D: Fantastic. It's got a great feel that goes down scarily smoothly.

Photo of thagr81us
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork date of 05/09. Served from bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Poured a hazy almost murky dark brown with a one finger off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, slight hop, and subtle alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew is quite excellent. I have had this one NUMEROUS times in the past and have just now gotten around to reviewing it. The flavor on this one is very nicely balanced and pleasant. It has a good aroma going on, but it is pretty weak in intensity unfortunately. Glad that this one is readily available in my area as this is a great go-to brew. A must try for anyone who has never had it before without a doubt.

Photo of DPFRD
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay Goblet.

A- Dark formidable with a beautiful brownish-white head.

S- Dark caramel malt aroma engulfs notes of biscuit, with things like raisin popping in and out.

T- Sweet and dry with a decent amount of hops accompanying, Chocolate and leathery notes under which a faint yeasty/grassy flavor can be detected. Complex and good.

M- Nice carbonation, full bodied but not overbearing.

D- Very nice. Any true beer lover must experience this.

Photo of AllFineThings
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice thick viscous type of body with raisin, overtones, the ABV is well hidden considering it
is 9%.

Thick body as mentioned above, with floaties that you can chew on, as well as drink.

Maybe all brewers should take a vow of silence, it seems to have worked for the monks.

Photo of mpcrump
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle poured into pint glass - multiple times!

A - Nice dark mahogany pour with a decent sized tan head.

S - Dark fruits like plums and figs comes to mind. Perhaps a touch of grains and a slight presence of alchohol. The smell seems lighter than the appearance.

T - Starts out fruity with oats and wheat in the middle and finishes with a nice warm alchohol taste. Seems sweet from beginning to end.

M - Very smooth and good carbonation.

D - Excellent and amazing beer. A class unto itself. Higher ABV and cost might limit your volume but you won't complain. This is one beer that I don't like to mix with others....

Photo of jmperez
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured my 11oz bottle into my sniffer.
It poured a hazy mahogany with a thin, short lived, off white head.
Fruity aroma, reminds me of raisons, also a bit of alcohol
Taste is of malty, caramel, spicy, slight alcohol warmth
medium body medium carbonation

This is a wonderful ale. Easy to drink, not so easy to pay for.

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A: Dark reddish brown, hazy. Thick white head and nice lacing.

S: Dark sugars, spice, dried fruits.

T: Strong taste of dark fruits and caramelized sugars. Intermittent bites of hops and alcohol.

M: Medium body, some carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, rich and complex.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle poured into a Chimay signature glass.

Look: hazy brown with yeast and sediment floating around. I remember describing Chimay Red as "Yeah, this looks like a beer that monks would make" and the same statement applies here. There are some red highlights as well. The head is one finger thick, so kinda thin and it doesn't leave a whole lot of lace but that's to be expected given the alcohol content and nature of this beast.

Smell: rich with dark fruit like currants and fig. Belgian, yeasty spiciness stands out proudly. There's some sugary aromas and a bit of alcohol.

Taste: dark, rum soaked fruit stands out along with some dark sugars, a bit of Belgian spice and yeast flavors, and a bit of fruitiness. There's no real alcohol flavor in this one for me.

Feel: sweet, medium bodied, not much alcohol warmth, nicely carbonated.

Drink: could drink quite a few of these and I find myself wishing I had a 750ml bottle instead of this undersized one!

Overall, I'm glad I finally got around to this beer. Its a very nice Belgian Dark Strong Ale and it does enough without trying to do too much. After having Chimay's three main offerings I can say that this is probably my favorite. I would certainly strive to give this one a try as soon as you can! Cheers!

Photo of dragonWhale
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

year old bottle. was hoping to hold onto this for a bit longer, but the cellar cleanse beckons.
sexy mahogany, dark and impenetrable. strong maltiness, smells thick and caramelized.
delish, caramel, sweet malt, slight bit of strong alcohol, some spice.
thick and enjoyable, very drinkable.

Photo of philphilphil
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml poured into leffe chalice.
Appearance is mohogany with thick off white head.
Smell is dark fruits and such maybe a little spice?
Flavour is same as smell very nice :)
Mouthfeel is close to correct. thickness is fine but could be a tad more carbonated.
Drinkability is very high until the price is taken into account.

Photo of TCMike
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GOOD STUFF! Poured into mug. The color was like dark caramel, and had a dense 1-1/2 finger beige head. The smell was very nice, but not overpowering, with a raisin, and spice hint. It had a champagne like carbonation, tiny bubble tickling the tongue. The taste was that of a hearty ale with hints of fruit, and spice. The higher alcohol content was barely evident in the taste. It was delicious. Way too drinkable for a beer that I paid $5.50, for a 12oz bottle.

Photo of amandebates
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick foamy head. Some cloudiness from all the 'yeasties'. Deep brown with some shade of red.

Smell: Bread, some fruitiness like prune and/or banana

T: Bready, fruit, tart/sour, some alcohol on the nose and spice felt in the nose as well, like some mustard spice. There was a nice finish of bitterness at the finish. There is a very complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent, but not overwhelmingly so. A very nice, clean finish.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink a few glasses of these in a night. Not too sweet or bitter or yeasty.

Photo of philosobeer
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer in my week of Trappist beers. A beer a day, one from each of the Trappist monasteries that bottle their beer. I poured this into a Chimay goblet.

A - cloudy, and very dark, brown with some orange-red notes. (Or is that red-orange?) White and tan in some parts of its sticky head. That head? Retained pretty well, by the way.

S - Anyway, this beer has a super yeasty aroma, you can smell the malt, but also some wine notes. It smells like a german white wine and lychee in a way that totally contrasts what I think of as a typical dark beer, even belgian dark beer. There's plum in the smell too. And maybe some raison.

T - The first thing I got here this time was some yeast and bread crust from darker malts. And some caramel flavors, that lead into sweetness and ... ahhh. Plum, fig, and date, seeds and nuts. It warmed a bit in the glass, and I tasted spicy notes, like grains of paradise. The alcohol is present and warm, but with a strong dark ale this is perfect winter drinking. I'd go on, but, for how could I? It might need a treatise.

M - Sharp on the tongue with its foamy effervescence, a touch of bitterness, and spice. High gravity, but not too high. which lends to its...

D - ...drinkability. Which is nice for a beer of its strength and complexity. But, uhhh, I couldn't drink tons of this, or probably have it every day, either. What can you really expect from this, though?

What a wonderful way to start a wonderful week,

Photo of mexikrainian
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: amber brown with two finger off-white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma: belgian spices, toffee, caramel and malty.

Flavor: chocolate, spices, and dark fruits with dry finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: smooth, classic Belgian style dark strong ale. would consider a session beer.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another top 100 I've never actually reviewed. Yet one of the first craft beers I ever drank. Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip.

A: Muddy brown crimson hue. Huge four fingers of light sand colored head. Retention is spectacular. The head looks like a root beer float. Soapy lace clings to the glass. Half inch cap remains.

S: Sweet toffee drizzled figs and sugared dates. Cloves, leather, tobacco and just a hint of alcohol.

T: Flavors are a bit more subdued than the nose. Mild sweetness of dark fruits without the sugar drizzle. Tobacco, clove, leather, dark malt and a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

D: A true standard in the beer world. Super drinkable yet rich and satisfying.

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark mahagony / brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: loads of malt sweetness with some dark fruits and a bit of hop presence.

Taste: nice malt profile with prunes, raisins, a hint of molasses, a bit of milk chocolate, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipping beer. Nice and malty, a nice change from the hop heavy beers dominating today.

Photo of AlexLMS
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown colour. Opaque with a reasonable amount of floating yeast. Foamy brown head, medium to low in size. Good retention with some lacings.
Aroma: vinous alcohol, molasses, sweet malts, spices and citrus.
Taste: sweet malts, dark chocolates notes, spices and molasses.
Mouthfeel: unctuous, medium carbonation, high but well disguised alcoholic strength and full body.
Finish: very long finish of warming vinous alcohol.

Overall: great beer. Very seasoned and spiced. Quite complex.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark cloudy brown. Decent tan head that last a good amount of time. No lacing at all on this one.

S - Smells of plums, figs and other dark fruits with a bit of brown sugar. Im picking up grains as well, maybe even a slight alcohol presence with a little sourness towards the end.

T - White grapes up front with a bit of alcohol. Then there are grains in the middle that sort of counter the alcohol and mellow out the sweetness with a nice earthy touch. Im picking up mainly wheat, maybe oats as well. It Then finishes off even sweeter but with a nice alcohol warmth.

M - Very smooth, with medium carbonation. Coats the palate evenly and gently. Exceptional.

D - Excellent. This is an amazing beer. Very well put together. I loved it from start to finish. Even with the high ABV the drinkability is still good.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz/330 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Aged between 1 and 2 years (lacked the foresight to mark...).

A: Dark and hazy brown appearance. ~1 1/2 fingers of tan, effervescing head, which dissipates to a few sparse bubbles fairly quickly.

S: Raisins and plums... dark fruits...a bit of a port aroma. Fairly sweet. Altogether, fairly subdued.

T: Dark fruits...raisins and brown sugar....cherry, and an touch of sweet chocolate...smooth peppery spiciness. A touch of well integrated alcohol presence. Just flat out outstanding.

M: Moderately high carbonation. Crisp, medium feel.

D: Excellent. Given it's 9% ABV....insanely drinkable.

Future outlook: I need to put more of this (and some other choice Belgian strong darks) down for some cellaring ASAP.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a bunch of times but just getting around to reviewing it. Kind of a chuncky pour, but great garnet color. A little less carb then usual. Amazing rich dry fruit aroma, raisins, plums, bread and grape skins. Tastes like a thick jam, again lots of dry fruits, yeast forward with a thick malt body. Deep flavor without being roasty. Despite all of this Chimay blue is rather dry and finishes a bit clean. Little alcohol is present, but a tad is detectable. What a great beer.

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

A-Murky brown in color. Creamy head. Doesn't leave much lacing.

S-Roasty and toasty. Yeastiness, and a hair of hop bitterness.

T-Very sweet. Deep dark roastiness. Like the nose. Alcohol is masked well.

M-On the heavy side with good carbonation.

D-I found it to be more drinkable than the two St. Bernardus I tasted alongside it but was not as flavorful.

Can easily see why this beer is one of the first belgians people try. Great for someone just learning the style (like me).

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,877 ratings.