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

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6,545 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,545
Reviews: 2,162
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 299
Gots: 847 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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 BirdFlu
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with a light tan/white head, a slight hue of red, but not much. Aroma isn;t too strong, but it has that trademark dark belgian estery aroma of sweetness but not a lot. Taste also has common Belgian dark taste but its not super up front like you often find it to be. Some dark fruit flavor (dark cherry, etc). Its subdued and doesn't linger long. Its sort of a dry taste, like a dry brute champagne. Its nice that its not too overwhelming. A bit boozey. Mouth is crisp and very carbonated. Dry champagne feeling, again.
The dryness is nice and its also good that it isnt overpowering with the belgian dark flavor.

BirdFlu, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of mbrasi
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles on March of 2007. Just got around to popping this for the first time today. I thought that this brew ages well so I'm in no hurry to try it out. Well the curiosity got to me tady after staring at this brew for the past 6 months. Appearance is nice deep mohagony with little floaties suspended thoughout. Head is medium to large at first but then dissipates to a clean lace of small bubbles not lacy though. Smell is fantastic floral with spice and a yesty smell that is kind of subdued for many Belgians (too much yeast is a turn off for me along with an ugly face and an annoying laugh).

Taste is great what a great balance of spice, alcohol and malt. Finish is amazingly smooth and clean; a miracle for a beer of this dominant flavor profile. Mouthfeel is equally fantastic medium feel, carbonation, and coating in the mouth. Unbelievable...Not heavy enough for the beer drinker to get sick of it. Just enough to make you want more without being watery. That also sums up the drinkability. What a quality brew, I'm getting more of this one, this one will be aged.

mbrasi, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of dasenebler
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in doses into a tulip glass. Rich mahogany with reddish hues. Healthy amount of yeast, sediment apparent. Nice creamy head. Oh that fruity belgian aroma; bit of alcohol and yeast in the nose.

Taste is excellent, to me pretty bitter at first. Then comes a caramel sweetness and a great malt presence, with some spiciness as well. Aftertaste of roasted coffee, hint of chocolate. Not as grape- or wine-like as I expected, but there are some heavy dark fruit flavors. Extremely fine carbonation, very nice. Slippery, rich mouthfeel. Pretty much a winner in every way, though not as complex as some other strong and dark belgians I've tried.

dasenebler, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of LadyGisellys
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a goblet, thin, beige, opaque head. Dark amber brown in color.

S: Fruity aroma. Very Inviting.

T: At first, the taste is very malty, then spicy and fruity. Something reminds me of raisins towards the end.

M: Perfect carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick--in a good way.

D: I would have another on another day. I wouldn't kick back 3-4 of these in a row. Delicious!

LadyGisellys, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of kylephillips
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass

Pours an opaque dark brown color. Light tan head diminishes quickly.

The smell is fruity, sweet and roasty all at once. Something in the aroma reminds me of cinnamon danish! Just a hint of estery yeastiness.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation medium. Just a bit of alcoholic bite to it.

Taste is very malty, almost brown ale like, but with a sour bite to it. Bitterness is minimal. Bitterness and roastiness help to round out the flavor for an extremely balanced beer. Aftertaste reminds me of some flavor in whiskey! Not sure what this is though.

Drinkability is awesome. Each taste leaves me wanting more, just to figure it out. This is a very complex beer.

kylephillips, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of GatlinSmeijers
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with slight amber edging under light, moderately opaque, moderate lacing in Chimay chalice, off-white head

S - raisins, lots of spices (cinamon, nutmeg, etc), smells kinda like a Christmas fruitckae

T - powerful and complex, dried fruit, spicy finish, long lasting after taste, awesome!

MF - mildly thick but silky

D - good

GatlinSmeijers, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of darklordlager
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at OddBins in Glasgow...The place is primarily a wine shop, with a few Belgians (Chimay Grande Reserve, La Chouffe, Duvel, Vedett) Lindeman's Kriek, and a few Scottish Ales...Not the widest selection. The reason I went though was particularly for this beer.

Served at cellar temperature, and slowly decanted into a Chimay chalice to avoid pouring the yeast. A good inch of tan foam with a hint of ruby clings to the side of the glass, and settles down to one half-to-three quarters inch to sit like a rock. The smell is a bouquet of fresh fruit--pear, plum, fig...very complex. Some alcohol is detectable as it warms...So many different things going on with the taste, it is hard to pick them all out...very velvety mouthfeel that just slides on down...alcohol is barely detectable.

Dangerously drinkable, astonishingly complex. Can it get any better?

darklordlager, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its time that I go back and re-review Chimay Red. I'd like to think that my beer taste has developed and matured. I really have learned to appreciate the Belgians beers and thank a buddy Brad for allowing me to taste his Chimay Blanche the other day. I really enjoyed it. (on a later date had my own and will review that shortly) Anyway, I had reviewed Chimay Red early in my involvement in this site and didn't like/appreciate it, at all.

I'll fix that.

Time for an experience with the Chimay Grand Reserve. I really enjoyed it.

It came with the proper Chimay glassware to ensure the proper experience. The head was creamy and off white to tan in color. Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Really dark. Not a great deal of lacing.

Aroma was fruity and deep. Some dates, pears, plums and raisins. Get a sense of the malt grains as well.

The flavor really showcased the malt and was rather interesting. Back and forth between some caramel/biscuit notes and the strong dark fruits. The same ones mentioned above with some real date/plum flavors. Pretty deep stuff. This is one that the slower you drink it the more you figure out. I figured out I like it.

Mouth feel was a little thick and a touch sticky. But neither were really negative characteristics. Drinkable in a "must savor" kind of way. I'll definitely have this again and really enjoyed it.

Reagan1984, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet, pours a brownish red color and is opaque in appearance.

Smells of dark fruit, grapes, raisons and some biscuit.

Grapes, belgian yeast a little vanilla. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more present.

Creamy and well carbonated, nice full feel.

Considering the alcohol this beer is very drinkable. I look forward to this beer everytime I have it.

alovesupreme, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark, ruby bronze color, with a frothy beige head that was mostly lasting.

S: some dark chocolate and creamy caramel.

T: The initial flavor was sweet with some sweet chocolate and caramel along with some spicy burbon hints. There was also some dried fruit (plums, raisins) and figs. The beer finished with a dried fruitiness (plums, raisins), light burbon hints, and a darken sweet caramelization with a nice lacing on the tongue.

M: lively from the carbonation, light and silky.

D: A wonderful warming alcohol and toastiness rounds things out making this an exceptional beer with wonderful qualities from the exceptional brewing techniques.

beerthulhu, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.03/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/24/2005 (bottle):

The pour creates a pours a dark brown colored body, with an off-white head. Has an aroma of spices. The taste also has that same spiciness, with some roasted notes. Some floral taste too. Good, but, not as good as the red in my opinion.

jujubeast6000, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Japerrault
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Grande Reserve pours a cloudy bown with a thick, full cream colored head. Head retention is good, dissipating to a skim.

S: Aroma is sweet rich malt and candy. No hops or yeast to note.

T: Sweet is the first sensation percieved with many rich malt flavors following. Hops must be holding balance with the sweet but are not noticed.

M: Terrific easy drinking beer. Carbonation is medium and SG is just right; not too thick and not too thin. Mellow drinker with a kick.

D: Very drinkable if you enjoy a sweet malty brew. I do, so I will be having another. This goes well on a cold night, sitting in a lazyboy in front of a fire.

Japerrault, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of generallee
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a stubby brown 11.2oz bottle into a signature Chimay chalice that came with the gift set.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful deep dark brown colored body with dark ruby highlights and a slightly hazy body. The head builds up tall and thick with an abundance of small tiny, tight packed bubbles. It has a creamy off white color and good retention as it slowly settles down to a light thin covering. Lacing is very slick and minimal.

Smell: The aroma has an intoxicating mix of sweet malt, earthy yeast and dark fruity esters.

Taste/Mouth feel: Ageing only adds more complexity and character and each sip will reveal different flavor notes. To start there is a nice lightly roasted, almost smoky malt with different layers of dark fruits that is revealed as it warms. Plums, figs, dates, dark and golden raisins are some fruits I noted and all is surrounded buy the presence of a pleasant warming port like alcohol. Its palate is full and well rounded with a smooth feel and mellow carbonation.

Notes: For me this is about as close to perfect as a beer could be. It is an absolute pleasure for all the senses.

generallee, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a big, bubbly, frothy 2 finger deep tan colored head.

Fruity, clove, spice, faint booze, sweet malts. Not the best aspect of this brew, but okay.

Fruity booze soaked fruit, plum raisin, dry tobacco, sweet maltiness, spicy pepper, yeasty, caramel & toffee candy like sweetness.

Moderately carbonated, medium to full bodied, rich, chewy.

A rich Belgian strong ale. 2 bottles was a perfect sampling for 1 sitting. For me anyway.

A classic. Although there are better examples of the style IMO, you can't go wrong with this one. Will gladly be buying this one again.

bbothen, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Rich dark brown brew props up a beautiful off-white cap of foamy bubbles at about a half inch with a reasonably careful pour. Near perfect lacing down the glass with moderate head retention.

Complexity at it's finest with swirling aromas of dark fruit, brown candy sugar, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel.

The flavors are at least as complex as the aromas but the come together in tight fusion that stays bonded through to the finish. The malts combine near perfectly with notes of fig or prune, hinting at sweetness without actually being sweet. Any hops present are for balance and are largely not noticed however the overall presence of the brew is so balanced they must be there. The finish is slightly wine like with a bit of alcohol warming on the way down. A classic.

If you haven't tried this one yet, what are you waiting for? There aren't too many others in this style that rise to this level. It is a standard to be judged against.

SIRIUS2, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of william5586
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I poured as slowly and as carefully as i could but a decent amount of sediment still found its way into my glass. The beer poured a rich tan color with a nice head that left good lace.

S- Pleasant fruity smell with some slight grape

T- Sweet on the tip of the tongue but bitter in the middle. It was a nice balance.

M- Medium. At first there was a lot of carbonation that ran up the glass from the bottom. I let the beer warm for a bit and when carbonation started to die down it became much smoother.

D- Very drinkable for 9%. the alcohol is almost entirely hidden.

william5586, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Chimay Goblet (What Else?)
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Dark, ruby accented, amber liquid. One-finger head of foam that dissipates to a thin film, rather quickly. Decent lacing is present.

Deep, dark fruits dance on top of sweet roasted malts. Caramel and brown sugar play a sweet song, written by toffee. Swirling overripe bananas dance by, barely able to stand, but still present and making a good show of it. Yeast is trying to hold them up but has been drinking Port all night and is now chewing bubblegum, trying to hide it.

Dark fruits and tasty, sweet malts dominate. Caramel and molasses. Nice spicy bite at the end. Good yeasty notes.

Nice and creamy feeling, but abit lacking, overall, in the mouth. Would benefit greatly from abit more 'oomph'. Great tasting, but just a tad too thin, for me.

Great drinking potential. Just watch out for the well-hidden 9% ABV.

coldmeat23, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle of the 1999 vintage @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad.

Pours a dark brown color with small, dying head. It's probably a lot due to the age and the alcohol.

Smell is amazingly vinous with notes of dried fruits, raisins, plums, portwine, some alcohol... extremely nice, I love it.

Taste is mostly sweet, but also vinous with lots of dried fruits, moastly raisins and plums. Very wine-like actually, but in a good way. It tastes great after almost 10 years... this is how a Chimay should taste like, I really liked it.

Palate is extremely filling, smooth, full-bodied and beautiful.

After almost 10 years this is still highly drinkable. Gotta love it!

Ljunkan, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of kevinglin
3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle dated 2013. Deep amber toward brown, no persistent head and a ton of yeast sediment floating in the brew.

Aroma of complex dark fruits, sweet malt and bubblegum. Interesting complex flavor - definite yeasty component with some spiciness as well as fruity esters and other dark fruit flavors with sweet malt. Medium bodied, fairly light mouthfeel, an alcohol warmth going down and a fairly dry finish.

Overall, a lot going on in this beer - definitely not a session brew you will drink all night, which should be expected when reaching for a 9% quad. Would recommend - next time I'd pour more carefully to avoid the large amount of yeast sediment in the glass just for my personal aesthetic preference.

kevinglin, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of xpimptastikx
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy medium brown with an inch of nice khaki head. A good amount of sediment in this bottle. Smells like figs, grapes, dates, it's dark and sweet. Taste is not as fruity as the smell leads on. A good body and feeling in the mouth. Excellent drinkability for the abv and flavor. This beer will always be a belgian favorite.

xpimptastikx, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Cylinsier
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl bottle. My first trappist.

The appearance is great, a deep cloudy burgundy brown, like a dark tea. Smells like dark fruits and sugars. The taste is similar but with hints of hops and and a warm alcohol after taste. The mouthfeel is tingly all the way down. I had high hopes for this since it was my first trappist and it met them. Probably the best beer I've had to date and easy to drink despite the rich flavor.

Cylinsier, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of jwweaver77
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL corked bottle. Drank during UFC 90.

Appearance: Very nice dark brown color with some red tint. About a finger of foam at the top.

Smell: Very heady, fruity, maybe figs?

Taste: Very smooth for such a dark beer. The malty flavor almost feels like it sticks to your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Excellent beer, One of the best I've had in a while. Was sad when the bottle was gone!

jwweaver77, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown body with some ruby notes in there. Opaque in the deepest center, becoming more and more translucent from there.

Some sweet dark malts that come through in the nose as dark fruits.

Very tasty beer. Dark fruits come through like figs and also apple. Sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Some notes of pepper come through also. Finishes with a great hoppy character that is grassy and earthy, noble hops. Just the tiniest bit of alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel is very light and well-carbonated. A lively feeling that slides across the tongue very nicely.

Extremely drinkable. Maybe the most drinkable example of this style I have encountered. A great beer.

Hojaminbag, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of caddybuyer
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

A-Deep brown nearly opaque in color, with a thick tan head. Ruby highlights when held to light.

S-Yeast, raisins, figs, and mince pies, aged well in a celler, with a sweet malty undertone. An earth and organic aspect to it as well.

T-Sweet yeasty goodness with a burst of alcohol....a cornucopia of rich dark fruits, a touch of licorice, sassafras all explode across the tongue in an orgy with molasses!

M-Medium and a bit chewy, yet smooth, and slightly overcarbonated as is the Belgian way.

D-A very pleasurable and drinkable sipper which I enjoy once in awhile when I am looking for this singular drinking experience. One of a kind.

caddybuyer, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a 750 mL bottle with a buddy of mine.

A slightly chilled Chimay poured beautifully into two large 16 oz. glasses, with plenty of creamy tan to brownish head that didn't dissipate for a while though not much lacing on the glass.

The aromatic bouquet was extraordinary, almost undescribable.

The taste is full bodied, a little on the thick side that coats the tounge and pleases the palate. For being such a high abv (9%) Chimay is surprising smooth and easy to drink. It definitely had a smoky characteristic much like some porter's I have tried, although much, much better.

Needless to say, my friend was amazed at its taste as well. If only I can find it on tap ... I remember Cole's in downtown Los Angeles offered on tap; that's where I first fell in love with Chimay Grande Reserve.

davexisxrabid, Oct 23, 2008
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
94 out of 100 based on 6,545 ratings.