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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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6,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,922
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 359
Gots: 1,179 | FT: 15
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Ratings: 6,922 | Reviews: 2,216
Photo of heatmiserSD
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far the best beer I have ever tasted. I have tried quite a few belgium dark ales and this one really stands out at the top. I am not that fond of their white tripel but this one is exceptional. I will be buying this one regularly and will be my go-to special occasion beer!!!

Photo of benclimbs
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New years '09, I once again followed my new years party tradition and brought a beautiful, classic bottle of Chimay Bleu with me to celebrate revelry. Unfortunately the casino i was in on the strip made me pour into a plastic glass - tear. I hadn't had one of these since earlier in the year in France, but wasn't dissapointed. Great yeast, balanced malts, and rich beautiful wine-like deliciousness and complexity.

Photo of lhaqq
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Chimay goblet; tan quickly dissipating head. From the side the body is an opaque brown mahogany. From the top, though, it is a speckled brown--lots of yeast particles, gold on the outside and darker toward the center.
S: Smells of molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, raisins, and some spiciness.
T: Dark fruits--mostly raisins and figs-- are predominate. Also a lot of spiciness present.
M: Good and thick but not sticky. An alcohol bite at the end, but it mixes well with the spiciness.
D: Could maybe have a couple goblets, but too flavorful to have much more than that.

Photo of Jablonski
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Poured a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: darker mahogany color that is largely opaque; huge head and it takes a while to dissipate; no lacing

S: smells fruity and a little bit of bread

T: the spices rule this beer all the way through the aftertaste; sweet fruits initially (bananas that taper down into darker fruits (plums); as others have said, the beer gives a warming sensation

M: perfectly carbonated; not watery

D: I'd say the 750 mL bottle would be perfect; the smaller bottle I purchased left me wanting more; if you drink this beer to fast it will hit you though

I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of nighthawk
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750mL bottle with vintage date on cork and best before date on label. Poured into a chalice.

Pours a nearly opaque oak, though some carbonation is visible in the glass and toward the edges the colour softens to copper. Several fingers of white, bubbly fizzy head develop then sink to a ring. Bare amounts of lacing left on the glass.

Smells of alcohol, light fruit, plum, with a bready malt backbone.

Taste is remarkably complex, it seems each sip brings something else out. Alcohol dominates early on, but warms more than it burns. Fruit flavours (light: banana and peach, dark: plum and cherry) sweeten the palate. Slightly sweet bread and yeast flavours form a nice backdrop. Some medicinal flavours are tasted early on, but mellow out toward bubble gum as the beer warms.

Surprisingly light in the mouth, with nice bubbly carbonation. Clean and crisp finish that is only slightly dry.

The alcohol isn't hidden, making this a definite sipper, though the light and bubbly body makes this one fairly easy-drinking.

Wow, what a beer. Big and complex, a real experience to drink. Something to savour. I'll have to put a few in cellar and see where they go. Can't recommend this beer highly enough.

Photo of MerkinMan
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark red / brown with a big head. Many small bubbles from the bottle "refermentation".

S: Fruity esters are very prevalent. Caramel, Plums notes also. Faint bubble gum.

T: Complex, yet no single flavor dominates. Dark cherries are certainly noticable. Caramel and phenols also present. Hops are there in the aftertaste. Dark fruit character lingers on after beer is swallowed. Yeast is more fruity than spicey.

MF: Light bodied. A very dry finish. Impressive how such a strong beer can be so light.

D: Hard to review, but easy to drink. Complex to the hilt, but all the flavors work harmoniously. Never becomes overly alcoholic or harsh. Recommended.

Photo of kaseydad
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the best of the three! Pours a beige cloudy color with a finger and a half of foam. Spicy, fruity flavor with major yeast on the bottom of the 25th Anniversary Chimay glass. Highly recommended on this awesome brew!

Here's to another 25 years in the States for Chimay!


Photo of theclevername
3.46/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh Chimay... Greygoose of belgian beers... A good product with better marketing and distrobution. Used to drink this beer whenever possible, until I found rarer, better and unique beers.

I have had the blue all over NYC only available in bottles. Pours nice deep brown. Nose has a little too much alcohol for just smelling it. Flavor is nice malt. 9% abv is evident. Good overall, just not my fav.

Photo of brewbucker
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Chimay 25th anniversary glass. Pours a dark brown with a fairly large light tan head. Just stunning! Aroma is big ripened fruits, spiced malts and yeasts. Flavor is more on the tart side. Sourish malts, ripe fruits. Hints of banana and plum. As it warms the spices seem to come out more. A beautiful classy beer.

Photo of froghop
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark brown with orange tint, large beige head, very good lacing.

smell of dark fruit, cocoa, roasted malts, caramel, spice, and some nuts.

taste is chewy, roasted nuts, spice, malt, prunes, figs, raisins, slight amount of cocoa, ends dry and just a touch of bitterness.

Photo of chriskozma
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of brown with an off-white head. Smell is classic dark Belgian, raisins and dark fruit. It tastes like it smells plus some bread-like notes. Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight alcohol burn. Drinkability was good for a 9.0% beer.

Not a huge Belgian fan but this is pretty darn good.

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that just gets better the closer to the bottom of the glass you get. The spicy pepper sensation at the end blows me away every time. Heavy brown sugar flavor early on and the alcohol comes to the top a little but not in an obtrusive manner. Very very tasty.

Photo of mattffrost
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass. This is my first ever Chimay product to try.

Appearance Beer cloudy with noticalbe sediment on the bottom, color is a brown color with a light tan head.

Smell banana, cloves the smell from the yeast comes out.

Taste A nice fruity taste, very mild beer. does not finish very bitter. Very earthy, bread taste. Nothing over the top. A delicous, marvelous beer.

Mouthful mild carbonation smooth. Very good.

Drinkability. This beer is truly a delicous beer I could drink every week. Glad I tried it.

Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a nutty brown color that produced a fluffy light tan head that retained very well and laced around the glass well, also had lots of sediment in the middle

S - The aroma is defiantly lot of yeasts, but did have a hint of tart fruits hiding in the back

T - This beer has a lot a bready, yeasty taste and grainy malts, tart fruits, and even though the alcohol is hidden, is present in the finish of the beer

M - The mouthful was bold and thick, grainy on the tongue, slight carbonation

D - This was a really good a really good beer, very filing, but with enough flavor to keep you drinking, the Belgian Strong Dark Ale is a style I like on my first try, this beer will be a great introduction to the style

Photo of galante27
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer for that special occasion or just to treat yourself to a glass of pure heaven

A: Poured a golden color into my glass. a nice head that lasted

S: A slight hint of molasses and bananas waft out of the glass, but not too much else.

T: Very subtle flavors from the yeast, a nice molasses sweetness dominated throughout.

M: Well carbonated, smooth, crisp, almost a champagne-esque feel about it.

D: excellent drinkability

Photo of jwinship83
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle with "08/06" marked on the cork

A- the cork nearly popped out of the bottle when the cage was removed. this one was a major gusher. poured a dark brown, almost reddish, body under a massive fluffy khaki colored lasting head with solid lacing.

S- very complex and fruity. raisins, belgian yeast, prunes, and figs.

T- not as yeasty as it smells but equally fruity. ripe, dark fruits galore. cherries, plums, figs, and tobacco. finishes with a hint of booze

M- pretty light and thin with lots of (too much?) carbonation.

D- pretty easy to finish the bottle, but i wouldnt want to attempt another one right now. an often overlooked bottle because its so widely available, but one i should have more often.

Photo of beersheppard
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed in May of 2008.

Appearance: the color of caramel, slight cloudiness, retreating bubbly head.

Smell: clove and raisin

Taste: clove, raisin, banana, baked bread, caramel, yeast, delicous.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated.

Drinkability: A titan of the beer world. A great beer to enjoy on Christmas. Always a pleasure.

Photo of BarkingLeopard
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the July 2008 vintage on Christmas Eve 2008, from a 750 mL bottle split among family.

This is my first Trappist beer and my first of this style and brand, and it certainly won't be the last. The appearance and smell were both good, but the taste... oh, the taste!

There was an element to the taste, something that I just can't put a finger on at all to describe. This element was something that was just on another level, and was not something I ever thought I'd get from a beer, something that is more at home with an exceptional bottle of fine liquor. When combined with the extreme smoothness of the beer, this element of the flavor alone would make me buy the beer again, even if there weren't so many other facets of flavor to appreciate...

Absolutely phenomenal taste, and a beer that non-beer-geeks can also enjoy (though perhaps not appreciate quite as much). This is something that I'm going to buy in the future in place of a bottle of fine wine for hostess gifts or cocktail parties.

Just how good is this stuff? Let me put it this way: I have an uncle who is NOTORIOUS in the family for being very cheap and never picking up his part of the bill, and who (while interested in decent beer) isn't a beer geek at all. At the liquor store Christmas Eve, however, he never hesitated as he reached past the $13 price tag and grabbed a 750 mL bottle of this stuff. That's how good this is, and that's what kind of value it is.

Photo of thekanna
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2008 vintage of this for the first time in May, 2008 at Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium.

Appearance: Pours a pale coffee color with lively carbonation and some head.

Smell: Bready, yeasty malt with faint hints of clove, toffee, caramel, and molasses-like sweetness.

Taste: Malty, wholesome yeast, yet spiced. Just a bit of sweetness rounded out with the consistency of carbonated brandy. Ends on a slightly bitter note. Truly the standard by which other Belgian Strong Dark Ales are judged.

Overall: I can never get enough of this stuff. It is, for me, the quintessential Belgian brew.

I'm cellaring a bottle of Chimay Bleue every year (for that year's vintage). hopefully I'll be able to crack the 2007 bottle in 20 years or more and review how that turned out.

Photo of sanjosey19
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served out of bottle, into North Coast Brother Thelonious goblet. I had this one a while ago, and it turned me onto belgian ales. I have to say, I forgot how good this beer really is. Sometimes I find the sweetness of belgian ales a bit overwhelming, but not in this case. Chimay Grande Reserve looks great, smells great, tastes great and goes down a lot easier than your usual 9% ABV beer. I can usually drink a 750 mL bottle myself without getting tired of it. Tastes of raisens, dates, and apricots. One of the first world class beers I've had and still one of my favorites.

Photo of aubuc1
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 33cl bottle in to a chimay goblet

pours a cloudy dark brown with a thin off white head

smell is a plummy, malty, yeasty mellow delight

taste is bready fruity malt. good bread too.

full bottle conditioned mouthfeel.

not hot at al despite the abv


On 2-20-09 I opened a bottle dated 11-06. It was well worth aging. The taste was less sweet, was drier, and even slightly sour.

Photo of OldYoda
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at my 60th Birthday dinner recently - and definitely the highlight of my day. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. I was truly overwhelmed by how good this beer is - appearence, smell, taste, mouthfeel - all world class. This is a beer I will certainly seek out in the future. I only regret it took me until I was 60 to find it.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small lasting head.

Scent of rich malts and dark fruits, very full and strong, just great.

Taste of malts, candi sugar, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Truly a shining example of the style, though not perfect, this one is a classic.

Mouthfeel is full with a good amount of carbonation.

Photo of SirSketch
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice, thick head with very fine lacing and great retention. Dirty brown color with lighter highlights all around. Very cloudy, as well. The smell is heavenly, consisting primarily of Belgian yeast characteristics and exotic fruit (pineapple, banana, mango) and some clove, too. Very complex!

The taste is also hugely complex. More of the same as was in the smell, chocolate and peppery notes. Alcohol is hidden, but makes it's appearance in the warming feeling it gives you. Oh, so good! Very slick mouthfeel with a medium to full body.

One of the best beers on Earth, hands down

Photo of afoersch
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a Chimay goblet with this 11.2oz bottle, and definitely didn't regret it. Any other presentation will never live up, as far as I'm concerned.

Pours a deep golden brown, and includes a light tan head that's slightly darker around the edges. Dark, Strong, and Belgian in appearance indeed.

Not much smell at first, though that may be due to a somewhat clogged nose. The overall sweetness comes through, with tones of raisins and generic dark malts, but I'm unable to distinguish any other familiar scents - absolutely unique, but doesn't lead me in any sure directions as far as predicting the actual taste. Again, a runny/clogged nose may be my own shortcoming, here.

The taste is heavenly. Sweet, deep notes of pure cane sugar, molasses, and an ever so subtle hint of vanilla, with banana-type bitter and apple-type tart - incredibly balanced and well-rounded. Doesn't get much better.

Neither springy nor thick in the mouth, leading to a less-than-prime mouthfeel, but incredibly smooth and satisfying, with a great sweet and bitter aftertaste with a hint of saltiness that leaves me rather speechless.

Another new favorite. I'll be coming back to this one with some frequency, when possible.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,922 ratings.