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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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6,252 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,252
Reviews: 2,144
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 270
Gots: 709 | 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 Lukie


4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured murkey brown with a strong thick head that settled into a layer on top.

Dark Chocolate, roasted coffee bean, almost bitter, and some fragrant spices all come out of this. It smells dry from the alcohol and spice character.

Not too much sweetness in this, but lots of spicy characters, with hints of dried dark fruit. There is a slight medicinal quality in the finish.

Lots of vibrant carbonation that actually helps make this drink easier. It is very lively and not too heavy. The alcohol is hardly noticable.

03-26-2008 14:03:37 | More by Lukie
Photo of schroe58


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

poured into typical pint glass

a- dark brown with thin lightly colored head that lasted, surprisingly, until finished. nice lacing on glass.

s- smells sweet, hints of caramel and spice and very slight alcohol

t-nose is somewhat citrusy, appearances of spice and slightly nutty followed by wheat rounded out by more spice and finished with more citrus flavor. all flavors blend well into a medium spiced citrus taste.

m-abundant carbonation up front, light clean feel accented by very very slight dry throat feel.

d-very drinkable due to the slightly dry feel in the aftertaste, leaves you wanting more. finished my 33cl in about fifteen minutes so i guess it goes pretty quick. didn't realize that it was 9% abv untill i was finished. can not taste the alcohol while drinking which i like in a Trappist ale.

03-26-2008 05:11:28 | More by schroe58
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

poured into my Westmalle goblet

Nice ruby chestnut color, although head retention not quite as strong as most Belgian darks

aroma of figs, caramel, and yeast spiciness and clove

well balanced taste with medium alcohol warmth

great effervescent mouthfeel and light to medium crispness to cut through the hop bitterness and sugar

overall a drinkable brew but not one of my favorite Belgian darks

03-25-2008 03:10:07 | More by Sixpoint
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New York

4.3/5  rDev 0%

This is absolutely fantastic. The balance is near perfect. Subtle sweetness and the light feel made this a rather refreshing beer. Carbonation made for a little dancing on the tongue and complimented the overall mouthfeel. ABV is hiding somewhere. Drinkablity is too good. I suspect that hidden abv will show itself.

03-25-2008 01:20:33 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of Goliath


4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a dark brown and completely opaque with one finger off-white head sitting on top. Aroma is beautiful. Dark ripe fruits, a little yeast, sweet malt, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is great. Dark fruits, malty sweetness, a little breadiness, and a slight alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Drinkability is moderate because of higher alcohol, but great flavors make for easy consumption and a pleasureable experience.

03-22-2008 17:50:45 | More by Goliath
Photo of wataazu


4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured from the 0.75 liter bottle into a .25 liter goblet. Seemingly dark brown with a slightly thin tan head (due to the shallow goblet) but it was very dark in the bar.

Spicy smell, malty taste with a hint of alcohol but the alcohol taste didn't linger. Usually with a beer this dark it takes me a few sips to get "used to it" but this beer was instantly in tune with my palette.

After drinking a third of it my fish and chips arrived and they went surprisingly well together. Even so I think I prefer the Red with something like fish but I'd like to try the Blue with a steak or stew sometime.

I saved the third glass for after my meal and it left me a pleasant taste in my mouth and honestly I was nicely buzzed when I left.

Definitely recommended!

03-22-2008 17:04:37 | More by wataazu
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4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured from the small bottle into a pint glass. I had heard a lot about this beer and it definitely lived up to the hype. I had it with a nice grilled ribeye steak and the two compimented each other perfectly.

The beer poured a dark reddish/brown with a thick head. The aroma was very pleasant and the taste was perfect. You can taste the alcohol in the beer, but it is not overwelming. For a beer with 9 percent ABV, this is a very drinkable beer.

I waited a long time to try this beer but I will definitely have more soon.

03-22-2008 04:00:04 | More by Mora2000
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Numero 3 of my Chimay sampler! This is just a 11.2 oz bottle, wish i had a 750 : /

Dark cloudy tawny brown. Head dissapeares quick.

I split this ingo 2 seperate pours. The first did not include any of the sediment, the second...all of it!

Super fruity and spicy aroma. Alcohol twang in there too.

Bright cherry and plum flavors. Spicy raisin too. Woody.

I liked the red and white a bit better than this one. I wouldn't mind getting another bottle and aging it. As it is, this seems overly sweet and not my prefered style.

03-20-2008 03:26:04 | More by SurlyDuff
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

From an 11.2 ounce bottle into an oversized st. bernardus wineglass Pours a dark cloudy chestnut brown with a bubbly tan head that dissipates rather quickly into a thin covering that last the life of the beer. No lacing to speak of. Smells of ripe dark fruits, raisins, brown sugar, tarry tobacco, bubble gum, black pepper, and a barely noticeable alcohol note. Very carbonated and fizzes quite a bit when lightly swishing. Rich malt flavor that translates into plum, candied dark fruit, cola, caramel, with an alcoholic finish that seems to prevent any cloying affect from the rich maltiness. The mouthfeel has a bit too much carbonation for me but it doesn't seem too out of the ordinary for the style. This may also be part of the anti-cloying. The mild alcoholic finish is nice and warming. There is also some residual flavor and bittness in the cheeks after a few sips. I could have another and would love to pick out more flavors. Quite enjoyable and I would say drinkable for being a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I would love to enjoy this with a nice aged blue cheese. It has the strength to cut through the sharpness and the complexity to create an interesting contrast.

03-19-2008 05:08:04 | More by beavers
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Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours brown/purple with a huge frothy white head. Wonderful floral aroma. Great balance of aromatic hops and rosted malt. Subtle combination of flavors, including vanilla, toffee, and dark fruits. Also has a vineous quality. Clean smooth finish. Beautiful, subtle, complex beer. A nice change of pace from the hit you over the head with malt and hops American RIS's and IPA's

03-19-2008 04:20:38 | More by RomanW70
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4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Had high hopes going into this with all the reviews and it lived up to the hype. Pour was a dark red brown with a very quick to form thick head( could have been my pour) smell was somewhat fruity with big hints of yeast on the nose. Taste was wonderfull and the mouthfeel was very non offensive. Wish it wasnt 9 dollars a bottle but between this and delirium nocturnium id choose this any day of the week.

03-18-2008 05:22:02 | More by jamesm7485
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Pours a deep brown with hints of red. An average amount of head stuck around for a while and lacing was good.

S - Nose is made up of yeast, caramel, bread, and bitter fruit. None of these really stand out enough to put in any particular order.

T - In the front of the flavor profile is a deep sweet caramel flavor mixed with a mild amount of spiciness. Next is yeast and bread followed by dark fruit. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation was good. Finish is slightly dry.

D - Drinkability is very good. This is what I would look for in a Belgian Stong Dark Ale. Highly recommended.

03-13-2008 03:13:43 | More by csmiley
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Pours a cloudy, dark red color with a large white, foamy, frothy head. Lots of lace as well.
S: Sweet and toasty malt and some dark fruits (plumbs, raisin's, dates, ect)
T: Sweet malt dominate, but it is not cloying at all. Caramel and dark fruits that follow the nose closley.
M/D: Smooth, rich, and creamy. Deceptivley easy to drink for the high ABV.

This is one of the first Belgian beers that I tried. I fell in love from the moment I took a sip. One of the best beers anywhere.

03-12-2008 23:38:10 | More by champ103
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

Brown bottle into chimay goblet. No date.

A: Poors a deep cloudy mahogany with almost no light passing through. Thick, off-white head that simmers to a nice lace.

S: Mild sweet malts are most noticeable, with caramel, pear, and hints of cola coming out later.

T: Smooth malty spiciness and a kick of alcohol. No bitterness to speak of.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, and silky smooth.

D: A true sipper. Great beer!

03-12-2008 13:32:00 | More by FleeVT
Photo of JEdmund


4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Half inch head that settles quickly; dark brown body

Brown sugar and raisins

Taste & Mouthfeel
Mouthfeel is excellent as the fine carbonation turns velvety with the slightest agitation; lots of brown sugar and malt flavor

Enjoyable and very drinkable, though not my favorite Trappist ale

03-11-2008 15:58:40 | More by JEdmund
Photo of jeonseh


3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured from one of the short fat chimay bottles into a chimay goblet and it is from the 2005 batch.

A - the beer seems to from the bottom of the glass towards the top to be at first a deep, dark, purplish red and then it seems to lighten up as there is an deep orange hue in the middle of the beer. There is a small head that sits on the top and never formed at all. See a lot of carbonation going up to attack the head from all sides and in the middle as well.

S - Smell is a dark grape flavors, also reminds me a bit of a red wine except sweeter and not as big either. That was the prevalent smell that came to me. There was also a hint of bread in there as well.

T - Hmm there seems to be a little bit of everything in here as I get some tart citrus orange and there is also the taste of candied dates that comes in a bit later and also get a bit of a bready yeasty flavor in there as well. Get a nice taste of the alcohol in there as well and with the fruity flavors reminds me of a brandy or brandy soaked dates. The flavor could even possibly be described as rum raisin bread pudding. This gives the beer a bit of a bite in the end of the taste as the alcohol makes itself known. Everything seems to transition together well and the beer is rather balanced.

MF - The beer seemed to have a good bit of carbonation which comes on strong at the beginning and comes with the orange flavor that I found so prevalent. That carbonation really adds some zing to this beer and to the initial feeling in the mouth. It then faded away as the deeper, darker candied, alcoholic date flavor came in. The after feeling is a nice warm feeling in the mouth that just chills out there and not much else.

D- Overall a good beer but not one that really seemed outstanding. It is balanced well and would be good to grab to maybe have with some duck or a dinner party or even to pop open to have with some cheese and fruits. It is one of the easiest to find Belgian strong dark ales but not one of the best, yet still good.

03-11-2008 03:47:03 | More by jeonseh
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

750ml corked brown bottle.

drank in a chimay calisse

A:nice brown reddish colour, foams a lot but it dissapeared fast
S: nice spices aroma
T: nice candy sugar, lots of spices, nice roudness, multi-layers, complex beer
M: round, full body, long
D: perfect sipping beer,

03-10-2008 23:40:16 | More by rodenbach99
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3.63/5  rDev -15.6%

I had this one in a small cafe in downtown Spokane. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a dusty brown color and is cloudy. A bubbly beige head caps the beer.

The smell is sweet with some dairy aromas, cream perhaps.

Taste is a mellow burnt sugar flavor, with a little dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with a hint of alcohol heat.

Drinkability is average for a strong ale. It's not an everyday sort of brew, nor is it sessionable, but it's passable as a single serving. It was overpriced in my opinion at $7 a bottle. I would not have it again at that price.

03-09-2008 18:00:51 | More by RJLarse
Photo of mattster


4.47/5  rDev +4%

Opened 750ml Bottle, poured into snifter. Bottle marked "L07-479"

Pour reveals nice dark brown - mostly opaque brew with bubbly tan head of 1/2" atop. Head dies down to a thin lace across top. (as head dies down, brew becomes less opaque).

Aroma is of yeast, dark fruits and sugars. Taste has a nice dark malty taste with really good flavors with excellent wine like qualities. Is not overly yeasty on taste and has an excellent mouth feel with really good finish. Bubbles are present, but not overwhelming, very drinkable, very smooth.

I plan on spending the rest of the evening with this bottle. Salut!

03-09-2008 06:10:05 | More by mattster
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

11.2 oz bottle with Chimay Goblet

2007 vintage.

This one is a dark brown amber color, very active and lively, especially the yeastie bits in the center of the glass. Gyser-like bubbles rushes to the surface to create a classic, brown-tinted, tight, soft, sticky three-fingers deep head. Disspates in moderate fashion for the style but leaves plenty of surface foam.

The nose is of sour-fruity yeast, toffee and mild chocolate malt with fresh, veggie, grassy scented hop.

THe balance of flavors is sublime. A clean, semi-sweet malt hits first. There's a rich fruity tanginess from the wonderful Belgian yeast. The hops come mostly in the finish with a very herbal and earthy effect.

This is a smooth, full-bodied feel but very clean on the palate. Lively carbonation keeps this crisp to the fisnish.

high quality stuff.

03-03-2008 15:46:07 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

25.4 oz. bottle, 2007 Vintage,

A: Pours a purple brown into a Chimay chalice with a fair off-white tan head, fair retention, fizzy.

S: Smells heavily of dark fruit, fig, and sugar.

T: Big malt flavour hits you at first then comes the fruit, grape juice, almost winey, prune, and fig, with complex yeast esters.

M: The carbonation gets in the way of the flavour too much sometimes in this one, but not bad for a BSDA, medium-bodied, smooth.

D: Chimay's best beer, a classic, I think there are better examples of the style out there, but this is still really good. Serve at a minimum of 55 degrees.

03-03-2008 06:59:19 | More by Halcyondays
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

My first review.

Poured from a short bottle into the closest I have to a goblet(Guinness pint glass).

Not quite an inch head that didn't stay too long. Very carbonated, both visibly and in your mouth. The reddish-brown color is very hazy from the yeast and looks beautiful when held up to a light.

I love the balance of this beer. Lightly fruity, somewhat malty and can definitely taste the alcohol in the end. Something I could relax and slowly sip on while reading a book.

02-25-2008 23:15:42 | More by supe11
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4.6/5  rDev +7%

Pours a dark reddish color. A nice 1 inch tan head. Lacing that coats the chalice then slides down. Lots and lots of yeasties.

Smells spicy and sweet with carmel. Not a lot in my nose now over all that peppery spice.

Ohhh man. My first tatse is almost heaven. Dominate carmel malts with just a touch of funkiness. Dark fruits abound. yeast yeast yeast, yum yum yum. Somewhat alcoholic but hidden well with the malts. This taste is not for the timid!

Mouth feel is sweet up front with a dry swollow. A bit too carbonated. Aftertaste is alcoholic and spicy hops. There seems to be at least 6 "layers" to this beer. Very complex. BUt each sip is consistant until the bottle is gone. NICE!

02-25-2008 01:03:25 | More by Trueant1
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4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

A--Poured from 11.2 oz glass shorty into glass goblet. Moderate tan head with some lacing. Deep raisiny brown. Thick and hazy.

S--Rich, sweet and fruity...and just a little boozy. Deep malt, molasses and raisin, coinciding with appearance. Modest overall scent. Detectable yeastiness but not overly sour.

T--Instantly delightful! More carbonation than it showed in pour. Unassuming but certainly not boring! Sublimely balanced, Up front sweetness and fruity maltiness, great booziness that is not overwhelming, then phenols briefly pop up, followed by just a faint twang of yeast and bitter to round out the balanced finish.

M--Loving the carbonation. Clean and crisp and feeling a lot lighter than a dark 9.0 ABV. Holds up in the mouth well enough to leave you with the gift of a sweet, bready aftertaste.

D--Uh oh. Amazingly drinkable at 9.0! I can see this being a year-round favorite too.

02-24-2008 22:14:59 | More by larsee01
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4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Poured beautifully into my goblet (unfortunately, it was a St. Bernardus rather than Chimays, but it all worked just the same). Poured a dark, murky brown... lightens towards the top, about 3/4 - 6/8 of the glass, topped perfectly just over the brim with a creamy, offwhite head.

S: Rich, dark fruits and alcohol spiciness. Caramalized sugars

T: A silky taste, very deep and complex... it blends together very well and I have trouble picking out distinct flavours. Dark fruits + ripe fruits, alcohol, something of a sweetbread.

M + D: Smooth and rich... an excellent sipper, and another that would compliment some sharp cheeses very nicely. Well deserving of the reputation of trappist quality. Something I'd like to come back to and try again after some time in the cellar.

02-22-2008 23:44:34 | More by Proteus93
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,252 ratings.