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

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6,265 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,265
Reviews: 2,145
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 272
Gots: 718 | 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.

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Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

One of my favorite beers wanted to rate it for the Michael Jackson toast since he's the person I heard about a from on the Beer Hunter series years ago. Reviewed it on my birthday instead,named my German Shepherd after this beer and had it instead of wine at my wedding. My special occasion beer.

On with the review,poured into my Chimay glass (what else?) a mirky reddish brown color,looks like apple cider. Has a creamy,froathy light tan head that falls into a constant creamy coating that never dies. Extremely tiny bubbles very tightly knitted togeather screaming towards the surface. Love just watching it.

Spicy,very earthy,with a nutty character,lots of dark fruityness with a musty/woodsy scent.

Complex taste dark fruit raisins/dates/figs reminds me of a fruit cake. Delicate spicyness,very earthy with sweey syrupyness. Slighty tart with a touch of sourness. Finishes dry, with a warming booziness creeps up on you nicely, just enough,but not overbearing,nor does it drown out any of the other tastes of the beer. Perfect!

Very smooth and creamy has a light mouthfeel,velvety with some pleasing tangyness. Soothing beer goes down almost too easy. Very enjoyable haven't had this beer in a while almost forgot how great it really was. Won't wait this long again before I have another. Would be a great winter warmer beer. Must try beer.

10-18-2007 01:57:29 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of BeardedSquash


4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

I've enjoyed this beer many a times before, but this time, I hooked myself up with a little Chimay cheese to boot. So, this is a special double review, cheese and beer.

A: Beer pours a cloudy brown red body into my wide rimmed Chimay glass (yes, I went that Chimay crazy) topped by a 1-1/2 inch light tan, silky head. The head sticks around for a few minutes, but never leaves completely, setting down into a thin lace that constantly guards the prize.

Cheese is a shiny eggshell with a hard orangish hide. Room temperature, the cheese feels semi-soft, a firmer than a cold brie.

S: Beer has big fruity esters, backed by a wave of sweet and spicy alcohol.

Cheese is big, sweaty and salty, slightly sour.

T: Dry grainy sweetness with a peppery fruit swallow. The alcohol follows through from the nose. A slight washington apple tartness presides over the whole drink.

Cheese tastes a double dose of the smell, HUGE. The sour pungency follows all the way down, clenching the tongue will only subdue it so much. By itself, a little overpowering for me.

M: Beer is crisp and dry, very refreshing. Medium/high carbonation.

Cheese is creamy and soft. Holds the flavor close to the tongue and cheeks.

D: This is a very refreshing beer. Full flavored and satisfyingly sweet, while never becoming from being overpowering.

The cheese by itself is a bit much for me. I top out at a good Stilton for strong cheese. But, followed by a slow pull of this beer, the cheese becomes the perfect compliment. A nice combination all can enjoy.

10-16-2007 02:27:06 | More by BeardedSquash
Photo of MMAJYK


4.47/5  rDev +4%

A- Very foggy dark brown. Head is off white, and very thick and lacy. Head sticks around for the duration of the drink.

S- Smells of caramel, marshmallows, with lemony sneaking in from the side.

T- Taste is of caramel, nuts, and spices. I would have liked to give this one the 5 here, but I just can't do it.

M- Mouthfeel is very creamy and malty. Very pleasing to the mouth is this beer. Carbonation is perfect!

D- This is a very drinkable beer. I love this one. I could drink it all day if I had the stock. Stong brew, but very well hidden in the taste.

10-15-2007 13:41:34 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

A- Foggy translucent dark red/brown body that pours with creamy light tan head. Head slowly subsides to a big thick creamy collar and some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Nose is heavy on dark fruit-particularly raisins, and has a big spicy yeast background.

T- Dark fruit, particularly raisins, are upfront with a big hefty spicy yeast backbone. Hints of sugary sweetness also come through. The finish is mostly spicy yeast with a big presence of alcohol. What lingers on the palate is a big spicy yeast profile and hints of alcohol and fruity sweetness.

M- High carbonation and medium weight body heavy on alcohol and yeast. The alcohol is hard to swallow but the yeast smooths it out.

D- I find this more drinkable as it warms. The 9% ABV does not hide in this one at all. It is a complex and enjoyable Belgian ale meant to be treated with care. Good and something I am willing to revisit-but not sure it is worth $5 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

10-10-2007 04:41:48 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -4%

A - very dark red, but brilliantly clear. Effervescent, with thick tan head. No lacing.

S - raisin and spice. I'm not getting a lot of aroma.

T - What's lacking in aroma, is more than made up for in flavour. Big dark fruits, bready malt and a smooth spiciness throughout.

M - Noticable alcohol, very warming, but smooth. A little too carbonated to start, gives everything a "sting." Light body and ample carbonation gives the feeling of a fluffy fullness.

D - This is pretty good, but still no Rochefort.

I drank some of this on it's own, and then had it with some Chimay cheese... oh my god, the combination is fantastic. The cheese has a smoky burnt flavour, and then you taste the beer and the wonderful sweetness comes shining through.

10-08-2007 00:11:41 | More by markaberrant
Photo of sirpsycho


3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

Dated 2006, 750 ml. bottle. Dark, reddish/brown pour. Sweet, slight chocolate, carmel and very, very faint coffee-ish flavor, maybe a touch of raisins. Soft and warm mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden well. All in all an excellent Belgian Strong, it lives up to it's reputation.

10-06-2007 19:31:10 | More by sirpsycho
Photo of northernbrews


4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Had a mini quad tasting with HellsBells24 in April 07. Had this one after the Rochefort 10.

Picked up this 11.2oz bottle at Discount Drinks in Wyandotte.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown color with a 1 finger tan head. The head fades quickly on this one. Slightly red around the edges. There is a little bit of lacing on my snifter. This looks very similar to the others, just not quite as nice.

Aroma: Starts with some dark fruits and a slight alcohol burn. This is followed roasted malts and more dark fruits, possibly cherry. The aroma is more pronounced as it warms, just like the others. Not as pronounced as the others.

Taste: Starts sweet with some nice malt notes. There are hints of cherry and dark fruits. In the finish, there iswarming alcohol and some spicy hops. There is a nice malt background that balances all these flavors.

Mouthfeel: This starts creamy followed by the sweet dark fruits. These flavors hang for a short while.

Drinkability: This is very smooth too. This doesn't seem like 9%, but after a few, you know it is. I could put back about 4 or so of these, but it's best when comsumed slowly and enjoyed.

Overall. This finished last behind the Rochefort 10, Westy 12, and Abt 12. Another truely a world-class beer (as were the others) that's probably the most available of teh four we had. The flavors and aroma are not as pronounced as the others, but it's still damn good. Pick one or more up and see for yourself.

10-05-2007 22:35:33 | More by northernbrews
Photo of 0tt0


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

11.2 oz. bottle, decanted into a Chimay chalice.

Pours a chocolately brown with amber/ruby highlights at the edge of the glass. 1/4 inch of off-white head, loose but sticky. Malt dominates the nose, with the most notables scents being toffee, raisin, and freshly baked bread. A slight, slight citrus note as well. Much like the nose, the taste is of a slightly burnt sugar, raisins reconstituted in dark rum, and something akin to passion fruit. Finish is slightly dry, with some tongue-tingling carbonation in the middle and a medium decay. Mouthfeel is chewy and creamy, almost velvet-like. I am enjoying this one on the porch on one of the first cool nights of fall, and its ideal in these circumstances. Alcohol is extremely well cloaked. Not as complex as others in the style, but its no slouch at all and highly enjoyable given its drinkability. As an added incentive, its readily available at most decent bars and liquor stores, so there is always a terrific belgian close at hand. A consistently great beer.

Side note: I once paired this with some pulled pork and tomato barbecue sauce featuring molasses and it was outstanding. One of the better pairings I've encountered. The spiciness and sweet malt blend perfectly.

10-02-2007 22:20:12 | More by 0tt0
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

The night of the Chimay in my front room. All three beers to be drank in one session. Red, White and Blue, the colours of the 'Union Jack' .

This blue labelled 33cl bottle with its best before date of 2012 was taken with a whole round of Chimay cheese, also with the blue label. Both bought in Belgium on a resent visit.

Poured into my 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice glass, it looked fine, I ensured the whole bottle including the sediment got into the glass.

Dark and a little cloudy, because of my pouring, the off white head didn't hang around, pity.

Although some BA's can smell the scent of a randy fox from half a mile, I struggle to smell my own farts sometimes, so it is not suprising that all I can smell is burnt malts and plums in this fine beer.

The taste however is easier to detect, a good blend of malt and plum fruits are there for all to find, this is a flavoursome beer and the 9% alcohol doesn't kill the intermix of quality products this beer is obviuosly made from, allowing them to infuse without ruining them.

A very good beer indeed, the cheese from the Monks also helped to intensify the flavours, try them together if you ever get the chance.

10-02-2007 21:28:14 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of NCSUdo


4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Small head, deep hazy amber/brown/burgundy, little lacing.

S: Slight alcohol, malty, some nice tart cherry with some plum, caramel. A crisp smell.

T: Some alcohol again but not warming. More of a sweet finish that slowly drys. Well balanced and sweet with little hop character.

M/D: Full creamy body with light carbonation, pretty drinkable for 9%.

10-01-2007 01:03:20 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of Overlord


3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

My favorite of the Chimay .. though they aren't my favorite line of beers. Wish it was cheaper, as it's a decent effort.

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues, nice thick head that lasts for over an hour. Maybe too much carbonation. Complex sweet malt strains and a decent backbone of figs, raisins, and some lighter fruits (pears? apples? several?). Smells mostly of yeast, bread, and dark fruit. Too much alcohol, not robust enough nor thick enough to justify the high price point.

Nice finish and mouthfeel.

09-27-2007 06:51:30 | More by Overlord
Photo of McStagger


4.3/5  rDev 0%

A: Dark, murky, 40 year old tawny port brown with three fingers of off white/reddish brown head. Head dissipation is medium with good retention. Carbonation only visible in head.

S: Raisined dark fruit along with malt and some spice notes. Alcohol, mild phenols and black pepper also noted.

T: The same dried darkened fruits leap from the glass, along with molasses and fig. Caramelized brown sugar is mixed with the sweetness of ethanol in the mid and is carried into the finish, which is dominated by port and sherry overtones of raisins, toffee and roasted sugars.

M: Perfection. My words simply can't do justice to the body of this beer.

D: One of those rare beers you could pound or sip with equal enjoyment. Sipping is preferable...but sometimes you can't help yourself.

09-25-2007 10:10:50 | More by McStagger
Photo of LittleCreature


4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of aggressively bubbly, beige head, which rapidly reduced to a thin layer. The body is a very solid, dark brown with a little sediment moving around.

Smell - 4.5
Very smooth, alcoholic but not powerfully so. I can smell stewed dark fruits and a little burnt caramel, cloves, vanilla, some malt sweetness, and a tartness that I cannot put my finger on. This had very little aroma at first, but once it had warmed, smelt very good.

Taste - 4.0
A strong flavour, where alcohol plays the biggest part. Other flavours include currants, prunes, caramel and the bitterness of hops. The finish is slightly bitter and rather dry, and the aftertaste is smooth and full of flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Near perfect. The carbonation quite high at first, but reduces as the beer warms, although it always has tiny, champagne like bubbles that dance on the tounge. Weight in the mouth is moderate.

Overall - 4.0
Very good, I would love to have a second. Now I see why they make it in wine bottle sizes! You need to let it warm to truly shine, though.
I can't wait until I have a dinner party and crack open a big bottle of this instead of a red wine! Like many high alcohol beers, my opinion of this got better the warmer it got. Definitely better than the red (which is also very good), overall an excellent Belgian beer. Widely available and reasonably affordable for a trappiste beer, so I reckon the value is good!

09-23-2007 08:13:38 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of joeskirkie

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Popped the cork and went for the tulip.

It's a dark brown, completely opaque. Very nice fizzy head. Lovely.

There's mostly that spicy, clove-like Trappist/Belgian yeast scent first, I suspect from the head. Once you drink it and the head dissipates a little, it takes on a more raisiny scent.

When tasting; once again raisins are there, but with some chocolate and cinnamon. Theres a very pleasing burnt, oaky alcohol sensation on the finish with a lingering sugary sweetness and some mild spices. It's simply wonderful.

It's medium to full bodied, with mild carbonation and some detectable alcohol. I think I'm not alone when saying I tried this Chimay last among the red, white, and blue. I'm not sure why that's true, but I think I like this one the best.

09-23-2007 00:05:58 | More by joeskirkie
Photo of YonderWanderer


4.3/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a murky reddish amber with a nice tan head of foam. Visible carbonation makes it all the more appealing.

S: Fruits are at the forefront, raisins, prunes, some spices are present. Very inviting. Makes you want to drink it.

T: The smell becomes the taste. Fruits dominate the flavor, but not in a bad way. The maltiness of this brew is quite present with some sweetness. Sugars, spices, and a touch of hops balance this one out nicely. Alcohol contributes nicely without being overpowering.

M: Smooth and velvety, with a nice dry and crisp finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Quite tasty, and definitely worth drinking from time to time.

09-22-2007 02:58:27 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of perfectkaos


3.58/5  rDev -16.7%

poured from a 750 into a goblet.

a cloudy brown beer with a foamy head that recedes into a quarter inch ring around the top of the glass.

a balanced aroma, mostly fruits some alcohol.

definitely a pruney/rasinish feel to the taste, with some alcohol notes and some hops on the back end. a little sourness too.

Im still a bigger fan of the red than the blue, but this is still a beer i will enjoy everytime i drink it.

09-19-2007 03:52:03 | More by perfectkaos
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into the Chimay chalice. Beautiful brown color with a small tan head. Good lacing in the glass.
Smell: sugars, prunes, some coriander.
Taste: caramel, fruit, balanced with a bit of hops and a bit of spice. Incredibly smooth and tasty.
Mouthfeel: soft but carbonated.
Drinkability: Easy to drink. I could have several of these.
A beer which continues to impress. I haven't had one of these in a long time, but the more I have, the more I like.

09-16-2007 02:52:17 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of Matty1918


3.48/5  rDev -19.1%

I've had this beer many times and will continue to sample it.I usually like to chill it for a hour or two before popping the cork. I like the Chimay Red better though. You need to pour this into a Trappist chalice and enjoy the sweet aroma. Take that first taste and enjoy the many flavors. This is a quality beer and worth enjoying any time.

09-15-2007 18:24:17 | More by Matty1918
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured perfectly from old hand behind the stick at new B-Bar in NYC. I had the other two Chimay's in the past but found out why the Blue was not as available because a "winter" beer as I drank in August...

The head remained strong throughout the quafing which I account to the establishments fine pipes.

The taste was divince in all of it's accents of oakish or burnt taste.

Very smooth in character and hefty enough in the abv content to keep you smiling till the next.

09-10-2007 17:37:38 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of rdub


4.47/5  rDev +4%

From a 330CL bottle purchased in Beaufort NC. Poured into a snifter at around 50F. Medium head, looked pretty nice in the glass then went away to a thin coating as the glass progressed. The first one I poured the whole thing and wasn't impressed with the taste. Found out by reading the website to leave 1 cm in the bottle for the yeast sediment. Oops. The second one I tried had a great taste, medium mouthfeel and good drinkability for such a strong ale.

09-08-2007 03:35:22 | More by rdub
Photo of IntriqKen


3.43/5  rDev -20.2%

For some reason, I am not a Chimay fan...
That's just a personal palette thing, I'm sure.
Pours a moderately dark amber with a smallish head that melts very quickly to a mere white ring.

Aromas of burnt dark fruits and dark sugary malts with a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste is smooth burnt dark fruits like raisins and prunes but less sugar than in the nose and almost immediately the tongue encounters a pleasant hops bitterness balanced well with the malt. Alcohol follows and alcohol warmth follows that as you swallow.

Aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter but mostly alcohol.

09-07-2007 02:43:34 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of tonistruth


3.65/5  rDev -15.1%

A- lighter brown, syrup looking, 2 finger tan head, decent retent, cloudy

S- earthy, fruity, malty, spicy, faint alcohol

T- dried and dark fruits, syrupy sweet, alcohol perceived at finish, tart, woody, sugary, alcohol heat hits hard as brew warms

M- lively carbonation, medium body, light on palate, heat intense with warmth, sticky

D- fine sipping brew, well crafted, just not my thing

09-05-2007 18:24:54 | More by tonistruth
Photo of Maracuja


4/5  rDev -7%

Pours dark ruby with a great head that melds into "rolling hills" as the head ever so gradually dissipates. There's a pungent yeast aroma. Slight amount of fruity esters on the nose too. Fair amount of carbonation. Goes down the hatch fairly smooth for a 9% a/v. Either this beer is fairly bland or I just have a hard time identifying taste qualities in Belgian beers. I get a little sour tartness and a deeply hidden candied apple taste. I don't get much more. It is a very drinkable high alcohol beer without a lot of appealing flavors in my opinion. Blasphemy I know being such a highly regarded Trappist brew.

09-03-2007 21:08:49 | More by Maracuja
Photo of domtronzero


4.43/5  rDev +3%

Pours a hazy copperish red amber with a creamy white two-finger head. Lacing left all over. Aroma is very inviting, with hints of fuity esters and a nice grassy hoppines exudes from the glass. Taste is right on the mark, with a great balance of subtle banana and spice notes and a great hoppy bitterness, as well as piney grassy flavor. Mouthfeel is slick and refreshing, with a definite alcohol presence. Overall, this has become one of my favorite beers, and is easier to drink than Chimay red label. I recommend this beer to anyone wanting a good benchmark beer to start off their ardventures in Belgian brews.

09-01-2007 22:20:34 | More by domtronzero
Photo of diego


4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

It pours a uniform brown color that matches the glass of the bottle. The color doesn’t seem to thin at the edge of the glass like I usually expect.
The thin bit of head has a sandy color. It stuck around for a while.
The yeast can be smelled, tasted and felt. It’s the signature of the beer.
The rest of the taste is rich, roasted malt.
There is a little bit of a burnt flavor in the after taste.
This is good stuff.

08-28-2007 21:35:06 | More by diego
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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