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

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6,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,867
Reviews: 2,202
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,108 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Photo of GatlinSmeijers
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
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

Photo of darklordlager
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
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?

Photo of Reagan1984
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of bbothen
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of william5586
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Ljunkan
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Photo of kevinglin
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of jwweaver77
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged 2007 bottle into my snifter. $13.99 for the bottle marks the most I've paid for a single bottle of beer to date.

A- The beer pours a deep dark caramel brown color, with a fizzy 1 inch head, looks like this beer isn't lacking as far carbonation is concerned.
S- Smells belgian. Spicy with sweet caramel malts and tons of dark fruits.
T- Just like the aroma tons of dark fruit in the taste (plums, raisins, figs). The sweet caramel malts are noticeable in the taste as well. Also, I was surprised by how spicy the taste was.
M- Thick, creamy, rich and highly carbonated. A noticeable alcohol warmth is left coating the tongue and throat that reminds that Chimay is meant to be enjoyed slowly.
D- I'm honestly glad I'm sharing the 750 ml bottle, I don't think I'd want to drink the whole thing on my own. It would be too much of a good thing.

The price of this bottle of beer will probably keep me away in the future except for special occasions. It was great, but I don't see myself drinking it on a regular basis.

Photo of techtatu
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark caramel brown color with a finger width cream colored head. Floral aroma is very present and very pleasing. It goes down very smooth, and sweet tastes of caramel hit my taste buds with a hint of milk chocolate. It's not too sweet, its just right.

A very good beer to drink when found and something I would definitely drink again. It is one of the few beers that is quite pleasant to drink.

Photo of weasbri
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big substantial head. Nice reddish-brown color. The head gives the illusion of murkiness underneath.
Mostly malty aroma. Full-flavored with raisins and maybe even a tinge of dark chocolate in the back of the mouth.
Thin layer of alcohol coats the tongue and there is a nice bite from the carbonation as well.
Tremendous beer, the only disappointment was the aroma, but it doesn't distract too much.

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

Of all the places in the world I would expect to have my first Chimay Blue this would be one of the last of them. I'm yukata clad and sitting on the tatami mats of a ryokan in old Kyoto.

Pulling the paper screendoor open I set about looking for the utensils which will allow me to savour this Trappist wonder. I classily open it with the tines of a fork, as no bottle openers seem to be available. Poured into an earthenware teacup, which impedes the ability to judge appearance somewhat, but the 1,000 reviews below give a pretty good idea of what it looks like. Spicy aroma with lots of pitted fruit and raisins. Sweet spicy malts in the flavour, lots of dark fruit and bread. Slight alcohol presence provides warmth, but its actually very well-hidden. Full, slightly sticky body and moderate, almost subdued carbonation.

Nice brew, but it doesn't really wow me, and I think I actually prefer the tripel to this. Maybe not really worth 850Y.

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

A: Nice foam head with dark caramel color and very good carbination seen in the glass.

S - Slightly malty smell. Difficult to describe.

T - Very complex flavor with hints of chocolate and a spicy aftertaste.

M - Bitter with alcohol coating the throat. Full-bodied and incredibly rich.

D - Smooth and tasty

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,867 ratings.