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

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6,636 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,636
Reviews: 2,166
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 309
Gots: 904 | FT: 13
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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 TommyW
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Deep, dark body with purple hues. Thin white head that fades to a ring.

S- Lots of dark fruity aromas and definitely some rock sugar notes are present. Bready/toasted malt base is subtle but there(more noticeable as the beer warms.).

T- Perfectly balanced in my opinion. Malty notes along with dark fruits and rock sugars all jump in. Hops are not really noticable, but they are definitely there keeping the sweetness balanced.

M- Smooth full body with a carbonation that makes those dark fruit and rock sugar flavors jump on your tongue.

D- Simply an awesome beer.

TommyW, May 15, 2009
Photo of n0315
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best Chimay. Good appearance, goes down smooth, with wonderful taste. I will take the advice of others around here and age some, see how it works out. Sharp bust good taste to the mouth, with steller mouthfeel. A must have if you're a trappist beer drinker.

n0315, May 14, 2009
Photo of bulletrain76
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 33cl botle in Lund. A beautiful dark opaque chestnut color with a big and wild off-white head that leaves a delecate layer of foam after a few minutes. The Aroma is of brown sugar and spiced apple, with a hint of bitter orange peel topping it off. The flavor is sweet with lots of maltiness and some citrus, but the finish imparts some bitterness with the high ABV showing up to close it off. The mouthfeel is syrupy and thick, with good carbonation. This is a good beer, maybe great, but I might like Chimay Red better because of its great balance of flavors. Blue is definitely a complex and intense beer. I'm looking forward to trying another (8 4 8 4 16) - - - rerate: 750ml bottle, served in a Chimay glass. This time around, I didn't pick up nearly as much of the flavor that I remember from before. There was less sweetness and more yeastiness, and thats about it. I really wasn't impressed. It's possible that this was a consequence from coming across the pond this time, but a brew like this should stand up to that. Disappointing. Next up. I need to cellar some to see if it improves for me, like so many people claim that it does.

bulletrain76, May 12, 2009
Photo of Moxley
3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chimay is great. Everyone knows that.

Pours a syrupy caramel color with a nice off white head. Lots of sweet malts and berry undertones. I do get a sense of fig and maybe some molasses.

A little over carbonated for me. I think if this was a little less carbonated I 'd love it.

Definitely need to try if you're a beer review on this site.

Moxley, May 08, 2009
Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dark cinammon color that left a 1.5 finger tan head. Left a slick of lacing that clings nicely to the chimay glass.

Smelled like berries, fig, and a light alcohol scent.

Tasted lightly of berries, malt, fig, hops, molasses. Key word light. Nothing overpowered the other.

Thick feel with a medium carbonation. Smooth and easy drinkability.

Held up to the light there is a lot of sediment in suspension. Fine with me. A very good, well balanced beer.

SirDrinxAlot, May 06, 2009
Photo of Harfatum
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The rich aroma matches well with the robust yet very drinkable taste. All in all, this is a very balanced and enjoyable beer. There are, surprisingly enough, notes of balsamic vinegar - this is the first time I've tasted that in a a beer. This is one you should definitely try - if you can spare the change, as it's quite pricey.

Harfatum, May 05, 2009
Photo of atpben
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay glass. Pours a nice brown-raisin color with a rapidly dissipating head. Aroma of mostly cherries, alcohol and caramel. Lots of caramel and candy apples in the taste. Also got hints of fruit cake and rum? Carbonation reminds me of champagne. Wow what a great brew. It gets better as it warms I have had this beer many times and have found different flavors each time. I always have a bottle of this and the Chimay white in my fridge. Excellent.

atpben, May 04, 2009
Photo of mjaskula
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a large wine glass. Pours a dark amber-brown with a thin tan head that fades and disappears. The color is really great, but there's some suspended sediment that gives it a weird look. Perhaps I should have left a bit in the bottle.

The smell is great, strong of molasses and dark fruits and alcohol. The taste is amazing, sweet and malty with a cherry and dark with the fruits continuing. Seemed a bit over carbonated when it was cold, but that went away as it warmed. Overall a great beer.

mjaskula, May 04, 2009
Photo of SpencerSauce
4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle without any occasion whatsoever. Just wanted to wet my whistle ya dig.

A- Dark, still bubbly, nice head if poured right.
may be sediment floating but thats ok.

S- Slight yeast smell. dark fruits like black cherries, figs, dates, plum. something close to that.

T- dark fruits, slightest wine-like taste. May just be because of the abv. Nice yeast. Balanced beer.

M- crisp and bubbly slightly sweet.

D- i would say easy drinking.

SpencerSauce, May 02, 2009
Photo of infi
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10/08 on cork.

Pours a nice dark golden-brown with around a one-finger head with constant yeast action from the bottom of glass. Smells nice and yeasty with hints of fruit and earth. The taste is incredibly smooth and sweet with the fruit presenting itself afterward. Also you can hardly taste the alcohol - it's masked pretty very well for a 9%. Has a nice bready taste in the mouth with subtle notes of sugar and barley. It's very drinkable and savory.

Definitely doesn't disappoint!

infi, May 02, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split and poured into a Chimay Goblet. (I'm assuming) brewed on date of 09/08 on the cork.

A - Dark ruby brown with a good chimney of carbonation. Loose tan head that had some decent retention. *Tulip would be much better for head and aroma here.

S - Sweet malts surrounded by dark, ripe fruits and some fruity esters. Yeast, raisin, some light wheats and banana hints. Bread and a small bit of clay.

T - Strong malty sweetness with some good fruit bouquets coming up. Complex in a very subtle way but not amazing. Towards the end I added some sediment which really made it spicy.
*Poured into a Triple Karmeliet Tulip after a few sips. The Chimay Goblet with the metal ring on top imparts a metal flavor making it totally useless...

M - Smooth but with a very slight carbonation bite. Medium to full in body with just a bit of alcohol warming.

D - The alcohol hides well behind a delicate flavor that is an easy drink for this style but in the end it's not overly fantastic to me.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of keplertronics
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Sahara Mart East. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a rich, slightly cloudy chestnut brown with a creamy, pleasantly short- lived head

S: Dried fruit ,dates/ raisins, berries

T: Begins rather sweet, but then subtler tones of fruitiness break through the initial malt- shock.

M: Level of carbonation is perfect for me; Very smooth and sweet at the same time though. Wow! Very well- balanced.

D: Don't know; it's delicious and all, but a bottle of this is not going to last very long, especially taking the price into account ($11). This is definitely a beer worth savoring, though.

keplertronics, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled one of these out of the fridge - haven't had one in a long time. Best before 2013, so about a year old. Served in my Darkness tulip.

A - Two fingers of quick-dissolving tan foam with minimal lacing. Opaque dark raisin-brown color, with streams of tiny bubbles visible at the edges. I wish there was a little bit more retention and lacing, but otherwise it's pretty solid looking.

S - Roast barley malt, caramel, Belgian yeast, berries, candy, and a touch of booze as it warms up. It's a very good-smelling brew, and probably the baseline for the style - it's just that after all the other crazy Belgians I've smelled this seems awfully tame.

T - Lots of caramel and bready malts, but with plenty of fruitiness and brown sugar elements, and maybe a bit of spice in there as well. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Lively carbonation on the upper lip and tongue, a little too much for my liking. Medium body, and with a surprisingly dry finish for something so sweet. There's definitely some warming that is quite nice.

D - I'm not sure I'd want more than one, but it's remarkably easy to drink for a 9% brew. Still, the carbonation and ABV would make this an evening-ender instead of a starter.

Like I said - it's the reference point for the style, and while it's been surpassed it's still a terrific and worthwhile brew, particularly in places like Ontario where there are limited options.

MasterSki, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle -

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a restrained, pillowy head. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Dark fruits like raisins, prunes, figs with a characteristic belgian yeast. Alcohol is well hidden. Candied sugar.

Taste: Very sweet on the front. The dark fruits come off also very sweet. All around this is a very malty beer. The yeast gives some classic belgian spice that help to balance the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy carbonation with a medium to full body.

EatsTacos, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice.

Pours a murky dark brown with a two-finger, fluffy, creamy off-white head from an aggressive pour; recedes to a still-substantial half-inch dense cap that lasts and lasts.

Aroma is starts off with a big dose of raisins, spicy alcohol and some earthy yeast blending a nice bit of brown sugar.

Taste is dark fruit (raisins, red grapes), spicy alcohol bite is prominent, and a body that pulls out thoughts of brown sugar-laden spice bread. Earthy finish balances the richness with a nice, semi-bitter alcohol, raisin, and red grapeskin bite after flashes of spicy brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, fluffy, beautiful Medium bodied, soft, fliuffy carbonation just slides along the tongue. Alcohol is big in the exhale but manageable, alongside a bit of earthy yeast.

Drinbkability is excellent for the size - full flavored and delicious, with a hefty alcohol presence that always seems well-integrated, balancing, and flavorful rather than out of place.

JohnQVegas, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of pradipta
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage. Belgium to Singapore via Australia, so probably a bit travel weary. Exceptional, still. Not much of a head, subtle spices in the nose, delightful pungency and same subtle spice taste, light subdued carbonation in the mouth, aftertaste of spices, caramel and an undefinable pleasant bitterness lasts practically for ever. Exceptional beer!

pradipta, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of RuudJH
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My old time favourite. I've had this in the 80s, and I allways remembered the taste.
The beer is very dark, the smell is florally, with sweet malt, fruits, the taste is full and complex, clear sweetness of apples and dried fruits, a little caramel, bread and roasted seeds, coffee and choco, you can allmost chew this beer.
And the aftertaste is very stable, pleasing and longlasting, it gives a real nice warm feeling.
This is the beer I've allways, and will now, recommend to all the lager-drinkers, to give them a sense of what beer could really taste like.

Such an excellent brew.

RuudJH, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly-dark brown with some reddish streaks. Decent head.

S: Lots of candied sugar to go along with the Belgian yeast. Some dark fruits.

T: Similar to the smell, although not as strong and complex as I'd like.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium-to-heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

D: A very nice sipper, especially out of the Chimay goblet.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of bloberglawp
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky a yeast infused dark redish brown, a good head but dissipates quickly, no lacing.

Aroma of belgian yeast and liquid candi sugar, soft dried fruits and some oaky must.

Flavor of undermodified malt and some hints of banana and prune. Finished quite malty with a faint lingering hop astringency.

Very good, but I think red is better.

bloberglawp, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of ecoastman
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I wish this beer was available more often in stores around my town. I had this from a small bottle at the Bier Markt in Toronto and then a gift pack from the liquor store. Outstanding and is superior to the white and red labels - by far my favourite of the three.

It pours dark velvet with a dense tan coloured head. Against a light there is some rose hue but the beer is virtually opague. The head recedes but is very well retained with a thin, dense layer. Sadly, no lacing in my new and rinsed Chimay chalice.

Sweet malt and bread along with the characteristic complex Belgian style aromas. Dark fruits in light alcohol and chocolate. All of this and not over powering.

Ultra smooth as the malt hits the palate. All of the aromas deliver in the form of flavour. No bitterness or coursness in the finish. Deception is the description for the ABV - stealth like. Very drinkable but you've got to be careful...

One of my favourites. Reminds me of Avintinus, another one of my favourites...but even smoother.

ecoastman, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.18/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 4-17-09

Pours an excessively deep red color, impossible to see through unless held to a bright light. A fizzy off-white head settles to a nice layer, leaving rings of short-lasting lacing.

Smell is dark fruit, lots of raisin, very clean with not a lot going on. With some effort, I pick up blueberry and a slight vanilla.

Taste is very clean, thin, with an soapy flavor. Not complex, not even flavorful, if not for the alcohol that comes in at the very end. What a disappointment.

Mouthfeel is extremely thin and watery, with quite a bit of carbonation, which doesn't help.

Drinkability is decent, but not what I look for in a $13.99 beer.

Overall, I've wanted to try this beer for a long time, and I was better off before.

BMoney575, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of johnmichael712
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. There is no freshness date on the bottle. This beer pours a dark, rosewood brown that has orange highlights when backlit with a lamp. The gorgeous, fluffy, whipped head is an off-white color and is supplemented by a ridiculous amount of small carbonation bubbles rising from the depths of the glass. The head lasts for an absolute eternity, and a thick layer of foam remains on top of the beer throughout the entire drinking experience, but it leaves no lace behind.

Smell: The nose of this beer has an exceptionally strong clove smell, and it's no secret that both this yeast strain and this beer comes Belgium. There is also an abundance of sweet malt in the nose, and it brings with it hints of caramel and toasted bread. Despite the appearance of pale hops in the taste, they don't show up in the nose.

Taste: Chimay Blue starts out with a rich infusion of pale, spicy hops mingling with the same clove yeast that was so pushy in the aroma. Following this, the toasted malt comes into play, and it is moderately sweet and very rich. There are also notes of raisins or prunes, and perhaps a bit of molasses, and this leads to a strong taste that is very reminiscent of the crust of fresh toasted bread, eventually culminating in a slight alcohol taste and a spicy, clovey finish that is slightly drying on the palate.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an absolutely fabulous mouthfeel, and it is heavenly soft and creamy on the tongue. There is moderate carbonation, but no carbonic acid "bite"; one of the reasons for the excellent mouthfeel. Medium body, perhaps not as full as it could be, along with a good dose of alcohol warmth, this beer is like a nice, warm bed for the tongue.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, and these 11.2 oz disappeared much faster than expected. The pleasant, spicy taste and the wonderfully soft mouthfeel make for one easy drinking beer, and when you combine that with the 9% ABV this little guy boasts, Chimay Blue becomes one deliciously dangerous beer.

Notes: This is definitely the best of the Chimay offerings, and it's a damn fine beer. Further tastings of other Belgian Strong Dark Ales must follow this one in order for me to make a claim on if it is overrated like most other BA's seem to think, but right now, on a cool spring night, I can't see how this beer could be called anything but excellent.

johnmichael712, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this highly talked about Belgian strong Ale.

A- Pours a very solid barley see-though brown hue with beautiful one inch head that hangs around for a minute or so leaving some lacing.

S- Smell is of strong fruits including raisins, plums and brown sugar. Noted toasted malts as well.

T- Let me think how to put this.... Very prominent dark fruit flavors are very crisp. Firey burnt malts and barley hit you midway through. The warmth of the alcohol hits you in the end. Excellent.

M- Almost dangerously smooth with how much alcohol this Belgian is packing. Fresh and invigorating on the mouth, light carbonation is the key to making the drink easy.

D- Very easy to drink and i will buy many next time im in the store. I cant wait to try the other two.
(05-13-09)NOTE(All red, white, and blue are great.)

wesbrownyeah, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a caramel brown with a big white head. The fruity esters in the aroma are wonderful, a mix of dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with dark fruit notes and finishes with a pleasing amount of alcohol. The brew is medium bodied and has a nice creamy mouthfeel. I am dissapointed I did not buy the big bottle, really good stuff.

bonkers, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of cnally
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy amber color with good even sediment displacement.. two finger off white head dissipates down to a ring of lacing.

scents of caramel and malt. orchard fruits in the background.

beautiful flavor. even keeled mix of sweet malt and woodsy chocolate and malt. mild coffee flavors linger between the kick of malt and sweet. euphoria. but subdued.

probably the greatest mouthfeel I have experienced from a beer. initally, there is a fizz and punch, which quickly fades through its creamy texture..

just a good,solid beer, exemplary drink, near perfect execution. it is so balanced and subdued, it feels like the first love that you wouldn't think is the best overall. but still you evoke memories, filling you with that good feeling.

cnally, Apr 12, 2009
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,636 ratings.