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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,347 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,347
Reviews: 2,150
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 279
Gots: 759 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

From a short, fat, 11.2 oz bottle copped as part of a Chimay gift-set from Gary's in Madison, this strong, flag-ship sample from Chimay was very full-bodied, thick, creamy, and had alot of character... Pours a thick, foamy head leading to a dark brown, prunish appearance... taste had hints of chocolate, prunes, figs, and other dark fruits including a slight brandy flavor... Very rich and deep taste with a good mouthfeel, and a 9% ABV that is so unnoticeable that it will certainly throw you off if you're not careful... The rich complexity of flavors and the appealing aroma really make this a world-class, outstanding brew... I personally really loved Chimay Red, but this was without a doubt a superb example of a Strong Dark Ale... Excellent stuff... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of crwills
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Had a 12oz of this over Christmas. A fantastic beer, and I wish I'd had the other Chimays more recently so I could draw more comparisons. Poured a moderate, somewhat cloudy golden colour with a fairly large, white, frothy head. Aroma was malty, mildly spicey, with slight notes of bubblegum and candi sugar. Flavour is excellent and enhanced by a fantastic mouthfeel. I've had this sitting around for quite a while, but it seemed very fresh and might even have been able to use another year or so of aging. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it.

crwills, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Pitmonkey
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

My bottle says Peres Trappistes, not Grande Reserve, but the label is blue.

11 oz bottle. New to style and 1st time drinking this, away we go!

A: Rich brown with red hues creamy tan head.

S: Those fruity floral aromas I associate with Belgium yeasts. Undercurrent of maltyness to come.

T: Winey malt sweetness, light fruity notes. Yum. Sweet fades to tart at finish. Yum again.

M: Incredibly light and bright for 9% ABV, well carbonated. So clean...

D: Highly. You have no idea its packing 3x the alcohol of pre-2007 MN State Fair beer (before strong beer was allowed for sale). Yum.

So glad my bro-in-law got this for me for Christmas. I can't tell you how many times I have passed it by.

Pitmonkey, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of DavidEddie
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%

Murky brown in appearance with some off white lacing. Smells of mainly dark fruits and yeasty spice. Tastes as it smells but with some cherries and malt. Flavors are light and soft. Has a very slight bitter finish. The 9% ABV barely showed up. Mouth feel is creamy and full. Lots of carbonation. Drinkability is damn good. A very smooth drinker! Recommended!

DavidEddie, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

A - Pours up dark brown with a thick head that settles into a little cap on the top of the beers

S - Malt dominates the aroma, with fruit highlights. I smell raisins and apples.

T - Starts off with a malt taste with an apple like flavor, and fades to a wine like finish. There was a little cardboard flavor, but not too distracting.

M - Full mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

D - For it's strength, this is a remarkably drinkable beer.

hiikeeba, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of Deadstar
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured this out of a 11oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: A dark brown, little to no lacing left behind after the 1.5-2 finger head settled.

Smell: I took a few whiffs and noticed some sweet fruity smells; it has a nice aroma.

Taste: A bit stronger tasting than the Triple or the Red, but very pleasant, something nice to sip on. For some reason it reminds me a tiny (very tiny) bit of champagne/wine. Some alcohol comes out as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation, refreshing to sip on.

Drinkability: With all three of these beers (Triple, Red, Blue) I could only really drink so much. They are all great but as far as having a lot of it, I can't say that I wouldn't prefer drinking a few pints of another of my favorite brews over a similar amount of the Chimay.

Overall this stuff is great, I'm glad I had the chance to try all three so I could taste, smell, and experience their differences.

Deadstar, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a proper Chimay chalice.

A- The color matches the bottle almost to perfection. A nice 2-3 finger tan head resulted from a center pour.

S- Sweetness with a malt presence

T- Superb. Sweet, lively, with a nice alcohol kick in the back. Perfect balance of sweet/ spicy and alcohol.

M- Lively carbonation, smooth and silky.

D- This is an absolute necessity for anyone who appreciates beer. Pretty darn close to perfection. Not much else can be said.

usmittymc, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of elmore
4.47/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 330ml stubby bottle into a Chimay chalice. Deep brown-copper color with a 1 finger loose head that receded rapidly with little lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is similar with a bit of hop prescence to balance the dark malts. Smooth, medium carbonation with an alcohol prescence that is not overwhelming and makes it easy to drink.

A great dark belgian ale. Although, I think I am one of the few who prefers the Chimay Tripel.

elmore, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of jjayjaye
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

A 33ml serving from the blue labeled bottle. $3.99 every day from Fargnoli Distributing (Sam The Beer Man) in Binghamton, NY. Pours a slightly darker chestnut brown color with a loose, full finger, light tan head that fades fairly quickly. The smell is more reserved yet deeper than the Achel "Claus" product that i recently sampled. Visibly effervescent, as evidenced by small pools of surface disturbance with a bit more lacing. The mouth feel is notably creamy, in the same manor as the Achel Claus. The flavor is figgy but less pronounced than expected. The 9% ABV has a warming characteristic that is more noticeable than my favorite Strong Dark Ales. The dark fruit flavor is wonderful yet less pronounced than anticipated. A good drinker with significantly less character than Achel - Achelse Kluis. I guess "you get what you pay for!"

jjayjaye, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

i'm drinking this beer this evening out of a chimay chalice.

the beer poured an amber-brown color producing about a quarter inch of head that dissipated quite quickly leaving little to no lacing. lots of carbonation. memory hasn't served me correctly as i though this beer looked better the previous couple times i drank it.

this beer smells good, but it doesn't smell long at first, but i did notice the smells come back as the beer warms. the alcohol that was not present at first pour has no settled into the smell. the smell is of raisins and cherries.

this is a good tasting beer as well. again the taste is of raisins and cherries, fig also maybe a bit. i can feel the alcohol as it goes down my throat. nice.

the mouthfeel of this beer is excellent. it feels very full and carbonated. a very smooth beer.

the drinkability of this beer is very good, although the high alcohol content doesn't make it a very good choice for a session.

as per usual, this is a very enjoyable beer.

deepsouth, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of KodyBrannon
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured this beer into my chimay chalice. It poured a dark brown color with a tan 2-finger head that shrank down to a nice collar and had a good amount of carbonation throughout the duration. The smell was of fruits and dried fruits. With just a touch of date and cherry. The taste was exquisite, the fruity yet malty combination was perfection. The alcohol can really be felt about half way through, but it is not overpowering and leaves you wanting more. I would definatly recomend this beer to anyone looking for a quality belgium beer.

KodyBrannon, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

12oz bottle, served in a Chimay goblet. Slow pour, as I prefer to keep the yeast in the bottle.

A - deep brown color with noticable carbonation in the glass.

S - sweet, date/fig aroma.

T - very good tasting brew, sweet and fruity flavors are balanced well with some bitterness on the finish.

M - medium bodied with clean, crisp carbonation.

D - this brew goes down smooth and easy.

Final Note: I went through the Chimay Red, White & Blue lineup and this one was clearly my favorite. I will most definitely buy this beer again, highly recommended.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of marcpal
4.47/5  rDev +4%

11.2oz short blue bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Nearly brown, amber color into a round goblet that built a nice head on impact. Head lasted through the entire beer and the foam inside and on top of beer was impressive.

S: Strong fruits with that Belgian twist. Raisin and cherry alcohol. Appetizing as always. The yeast aroma matches the floating presences in the beer.

T: A tasty beer, consistently a hit. The fruits and dried fruits up front seem to be a bit sweeter in the aftertaste with a alcohol kick that leaves you wanting more. Malt presence gives some chewiness, great stuff.

M: Coating to the tongue and mouth with the mild spice.

D: High abv, but outside of that I could drink this one all night, and look forward to it. My favorite of the Chimays.

marcpal, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a good head that quickly recedes. Nose is heavy on the alcohol with a large sweet tone to it. Small yeast edge to it. Taste is smooth and sweet with a malty undertone. Feel is bubbly. Probably the smoothest drinking BSDA I have had to date. Extremely drinkable. Even with a 9% ABV. Overall it's good, but it isn't my favorite of the style.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of joekfsu
4/5  rDev -7%

750 ml bottle. Pours a dark amber with a 1 cm tan head that is mostly lasting. Aroma of cherry and raisin predominate with some sweet malt hanging around. Initial flavor is some dull fruitiness that becomes dry and yeasty on the back end. The alcohol comes through as it warms, but never terribly noticeable. Medium to full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, warm and clean finish. Drinkable in the sense that you could have a Belgian night and work it in, but too distinctive to mix with other styles.

joekfsu, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of AlexF
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Meilleure. Bière. Au. Monde.

Une couleur brune-rubis profonde avec une mousse persistante.
Odeur de banane/vanille/épices... sublime.
Goût sucré de bananes, de pain d'épices, de fruits rouges le tout très moelleux et liquoreux. Toutefois, pas d'excès : cette bière est remarquablement bien équilibrée, et son fort % d'alcool est dissimulé à merveille.

AlexF, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of SMark
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

I poured this beer from a 750ml bottle at 49° into what I think is a chalice glass. The beer poured with a slight effervescent head and a lot of carbonation. The beer was a medium mahogany in color.

Noticed malt aromas during the pour and confirmed that as roasted when inhaled. A syrup and candy presence was also detected. I keep trying to figure out what is in the background but cannot determine if they are spices or what. The bouquet is interesting.

A nicely carbonated malt taste hits the mouth first. I do not taste spices in the beer but am pleased with the soft fruit and sweetness detected.

This beer tingles somewhat due to the carbonation. Taste buds perk up and I am sure that those with educated palates pick up a lot from this. Sensations last a couple of minutes with a good feeling throughout the mouth.

This beer is getting better as it warms even more. More malt flavors are coming through with a somewhat pleasant syrup taste which is definitely acceptable.

SMark, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of zerofear13
3.43/5  rDev -20.2%

I had this 750ml bottle corked and caged ready since September. I opened it up and shared it with a few friends right before a final exam. In hindsight, that probably wasn't the most responsible thing to do, but we all had a bit, so no big deal. Poured out a dark color, but more noticeable than its color was its high carbonation and frothy head. Tasted very fruity but with an alcohol and malty-sweet kick. I can't quite put my finger on what the fruits were, but it was definitely fruit-sweet with malts. It was almost wine-like in that regards. Overall, I didn't particularly enjoy this because of the overly sweet taste, but it was significantly better than the last belgian strong dark I had.

zerofear13, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of coalcracker
4.3/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours with slowly dissipating fizzy head. Deep golden/copper color observed.

Smell: Fruity, some notes of fig, black cherry.

Taste: Slight carbonating bite on the palate immediately, then the smoothness of this beer comes through. Fruity taste with some caramel and cherry overtones as well. Malty backbone here with what tastes like just enough hop presence for balance. Mild alcohol warmth pulls through at the end. As the beer warmed, some of the more pleasant flavor notes pulled through.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Drinkability: The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Tasty brew that keeps you sipping, though at 9% ABV, more suited for sipping than session.

Overall: This is a nice, well-balanced beer. Yet another reason why belgian Trappiste beers have such a large following.

coalcracker, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of albern
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

This is a very nice Belgian Dubbel. The beer pours a cloudy, dark, chocolatey color with a light brown head, some retention, not much lacing. You will find that very typical yeasty carbonation from a Belgian, along with some candied sugar fermentation. The smell is okay, not all that pronounced, but you'll get the aroma of plums, cherries, spices, malts, and very typical Belgian candied sugars. The taste is very smooth, fruity, some spices, a bit tart, like green apples, but it is mostly the caramel, plum, cherry flavors that come through strongest. The down side to this beer, and it is a relative shortcoming, is that the consistency is rather light bodied for a Belgian Dubbel. I was expecting a much more robust, hearty, more syrupy beer. The alcohol is warming, it doesn't have that strong throaty finish, and the aftertaste is just right. It's been awhile since I've had a Chimay, but since my first experience, I've had better Dubbels. L'Chaim.

albern, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of baos
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

750 ml bottle into glass.

A: Awesome dark dark amber with a nice tan head. Lacing is nice.

S: Raisins and other dried fruit smells. Maybe a clove and a touch of cinnamon.

T: Dried apricots, raisins, rum and toffee. Warming, sweet, and smooth.

M: Very nice, indeedy.

D: This beer is really good. Better with food or after a meal, but the half bottle I had with this review went down about as good as any other beer has ever went down. Drink up.

baos, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%

Aroma: Spicey, yeasty. Dark fruit.

Looks: Deep, dark brown/black. Big beige head with poor head retention. When tilted on edge against a light background, you can see that it is quite murky.

Taste: Cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar. Cherries, raisins. Banana. Some alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall, I actually prefer the red.

BrewSomerville, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of allboutbierge
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

a 2007 750mL bottle bought from Julius Meinl in Vienna.

Appearance is mahogany dark brown with fat thick carbonation bubbles forming a thick luscious off white head. Smell is pungent of Belgian sugars, molasses, and dried cherry. Taste is much the same with a lingering of the sugar and cherry qualities. A little bit of carmel in there. This baby needs to finish puberty, but I couldn't wait. Months of mediocre Maerzens and Pilsners have left me dying for something different. Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

allboutbierge, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Douglas14
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

side-note: unfortunately this bottle is un-aged

Pours a deep, dark brownish-red color with an immensely billowy head that sadly resides too soon. Overwhelming notes of carmel, dark fruits, yeast and dough hit my nose almost immediately. The taste is of dark fruits, yeast, dough, carmel and simple roastiness. It's dryness actually accentuates the caramelized flavor quite well. All the flavors seemed to be accompanied by a sugary sweetness of molasses/ dark syrup. The Blue has a fairly full body that is nicely balanced by a surprisingly moderate amount of carbonation. Still goes down silky and leaves your mouth dry. Incredible beer...I would love to age this guy for a while and try it again.

Douglas14, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of DIM
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

note: This bottle was 2 years old.

a: Slightly cloudy copper in color. Pours with a gigantic white fizzy looking head that fades fairly quickly leaving some lace.

s: Some cherries and sweet raisins mingle with mild alcohol notes creating a fantastic aroma. Some earthy yeasts emerge as it warms.

t: Tastes very much as the smell would suggest. The sour yeasty finish after the mild sweetness from the raisin and cherry flavors is a fantastic combination.

m: My only complaint with this beer is a mild one, the carbonation leans toward fizzy rather than creamy. Otherwise the silky syrupy texture is wonderful.

d: I'm not sure why, but it took me a long time to get around to trying this. I can't wait to have another.

DIM, Dec 17, 2007
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,347 ratings.