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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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6,806 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,806
Reviews: 2,187
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 339
Gots: 1,059 | FT: 12
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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 spointon
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this Belgian ale from an 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A= This ale poured a deep reddish amber color with a 1/4 inch creamy off-white head that just wouldn't quit. The body was not as dark as many other BSDAs I have had. Seriously high carbonation release throughout the glass. Some lacing present.

S= This ale smells incredibly good. Initially it was too cold, but after letting it warm a bit, I could detect familiar Belgian aromas of malt, candy sugar, and funky yeast. There was a serious dose of that musty Grandma's basement in this one.

T= I found the flavors of this ale to be very good if a bit muted. I easily found sweet dark fruits, candy sugar, malt, and a bit of dry alcohol on the finish.

MF= This was a straight medium bodied ale that felt even lighter due to that effervescent Belgian carbonation.

D= Incredibly drinkable and really hides its ABV well. Each sip left me craving the next sip. Though it should be a sipper, I found it impossible to make this beer last for very long. A classic!

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: Big fluffy light tan head sits atop a hazy amber body.

s: sweet malt, spicy, dark fruits, and cloves.

t: molasses, sweet malt, raisins, spice and some light funk. Complex and tasty.

m: high carbonation works well in this one. light to medium body. smooth.

d: for many Chimay is their introduction to Belgian beer. It was the first belgian I saw and the the first I tasted. Because it is everywhere and is essentially mainstream Belgian, I think I have had a bias against Chimay. But I can't deny that they make some damn fine beer. I wish more people would branch out and try other Belgians, but Chimay is an excellent start.

Chimay Grand Reserve is a beer of wonderful complexity, great drinkability (really? 9% abv?) and high cellarability (wish I could afford to lay a few down).

Photo of TheTrevor
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep opaque brown with no discernible highlights and a fluffy two-finger head that dissipated to a single finger with good lacing. The smell is complex with some earthiness, fairly heavy malt, and some spiciness and yeast. The taste starts off with some bready malt that gives way to some spiciness in the middle with a small hint of alcohol at the end for some pleasant warming. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than watery with a nice slickness and medium carbonation. I wouldn't call this the most drinkable beer in the world, but likely one of the tastiest. I could imagine finishing off a couple bottles with a good rich dinner or a fancy cheese and meat spread.

Photo of bbeerman
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can be said about Chimay Grande Reserve other than exceptional.

Enjoyed a 11.5oz bottle with a snack recently. Quite possibly the best tasting, most deliciously aromatic beer I have had to date (I prefer the larger, corked bottle, but this smaller capped version is more than acceptable).

Those who profess to love beer, but have not yet had Chimay, should find and enjoy this brew as soon as possible. Tastes wonderful with good cheese, fruit and bread.

Photo of gab351
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a goblet from a chilled 33cl bottle obtained from the local grocery store (Geant Casino) here in Paris, and drank on 8/11

Appearance: nice deep mahogany with an off-white one finger head after pour. very enticing look.

Smell: Earthy, deep malts, lots of spice, very complex smell. A lot hits my nose all at once.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very spicy beer. A slight bitterness on the back of my tongue. Very heavy in my mouth like a rich creamy mocha. Woody notes coming out after it goes down, and I don't detect the 9% alc level anywhere.

Overall: This is what a beer should be like. Extremely drinkable even with the high 9%abv. Goes down very smooth. I enjoyed this brew very much.

Photo of jordoo
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poored into a Chimay glass.

It comes out a dark merky brown color with a large fluffy tan head that reciedes to a frothy covering. Left very little lace and was obviously highly carbinated. Smell is of spice, mainly clove, sweet dark fruits, toasted maltyness and slight alcohol. The flavor is very wide ranging malts. I picked out toasted nuts, molassas and sweet raisins. There is a veyr nice dry finish almost like wine. The high carbination does thin this one out a bit. After trying the Red I'll say both were excellent and very different while also sharing some unique flavor aspects. Guess I'll have to pick up a bottle of the white next.

Edited, had one score wrong.

Photo of eweneek83
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance - pours like liquid heaven a deep caramel nut brown color with a big maroon head, it looks like jesus himself crafted this brew.

smell - is fantastic, just full of malty yumminess, a yeasty aroma is also prevalent.

taste - is amazing. just a concoction of yeast, malt, and sugar wonderfulness. a world class beer. Belgium owns all.

Mouthfeel - smooth and sweet, the good brown sugary sweet. carbonated just right.

Drinkability - Very good thanks to it's smoothness. High abv may hamper it after you get through a couple gallons. Overall a great beer!

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The infamous Chimay Blue. Poured into a North Coast snifter. Possibly the most beautiful looking beer ever. The flavor is very subtle and you have to really concentrate on what is going on when you drink it. The aroma is light and refreshing, not too revealing - the taste is a little fruity, with some spice - the alcohol is masked brilliantly. The drinkability is top-notch - incredibly enjoyable and flavorful. If this was the only beer left on the planet, I'd be perfectly content. The flavors in the beer are not as outgoing or as obvious as Duvel, and in some ways I like that, but I'm not totally sure witch I prefer. This Chimay is highly recommended. Everyone must try this beer. I've showed this beer to a few friends that aren't into good beer at all and they were just blown away.

Purchased at Kokoman Fine Wines and Liquors in New Mexico.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Notes:

A: Rich brown, almost a cola color, off white head. 4.5

S: Sour apples definite Belgian yeast, fruity and very sour. 5.0

T: Very complex, distinctive yeast profile, fruity flavors really pop out as it warms up , no hops, balanced alcohol for being 9%. 5.0

M: Nicely carbonated, not too thick but still a big mouthful. 5.0

D: Easily drinkable at 9%, one 750ml does the job though. Drinking anymore of this would be a waste, but very fun. 5.0

Photo of 1fastz28
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours like liquid heaven a deep caramel nut brown color with a big maroon head, it looks like jesus himself crafted this brew. smell is fantastic, just full of malty yumminess, a yeasty aroma is also prevalent. taste is amazing. just a concoction of yeast, malt, and sugar wonderfulness. a world class beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, lightly clouded chestnut brown. Thick coarse light-colored chestnut head that fills half the glass settling to a quarter inch holding throughout. No noticeable lacing.

S: Sweet, bready, dark mats; not roasted, more nutty. No noticeable hops, maybe the alcohol aroma masks it - that was more distinct as it warmed.

T: Creamy and yeasty dark fruit (like dates and plums) and nut flavors. Hops are subdued at best. Pleasantly warming finish.

M: Thick, phenolic, mediciny taste follows full body. Carbonation in nice balance to taste.

D: Wow! Don't know about drinking a lot, but complexity, warming finish could take me well beyond what is reasonable to drink in one session.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Look was a reddish brown, good head, no lacing.

Smells of faint cherries.

Tastes of cherries and cider.

Mouthfeel is crisp and has good carbonation and is very smooth and thin.

Could drink a few of these.

Photo of katan
3.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz labeled 07-261

A - Pours a hazy light chocolate brown color. Lots and lots of head formed. Dissipating very quickly. The head is awfully dark as well.

S - Yeast dominates the nose in my mind - with a little bit of a grainy earthy aftersmell in the background. Can detect a little of the phenolic notes that are present with a high ABV beer such as this.

T - Starts out a fairly mild sweet malty note. The mid stream has a hair of balancing bitterness, but still awfully sweet. Finishes with a combination of caramel and raisin flavors.

M - The carbonation is strong in this one. As you swish it around, it has a hair of that sting. Once the CO2 has been squeezed, its much more creamy.

D - Halfway through the bottle I would have to say that this one is sitting heavy in my stomach. Just too carbonated. Couple that with the high ABV, and I may not find this that easy drinking.

Not a bad beer at all, just had a few characteristics that bugged me. Worth trying.

Photo of WillieMoe
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark-reddish color, with a nice foamy, off-white, head.

S-There's a lot going on in the scent. Primarily I pick up dark fruits,like maybe raisins or dates and cherries (are cherries considered dark? perhaps just misunerstood?). But there is a bready malt undertone present as well, that comes out more as it warms.

T&M- Has almost a roasted, nutty wood flavor mixed in with heavy fruit taste. Has some dark beer quality,with it's roasted malt flavor. Balanced well. The alcohol is for the most part mild, but shows up more as it warms. Goes down pretty smooth as the alcohol remains subdued and does not detract away from the drinking experience. Good work Belgium! I could see drinking this quite a bit, down the road.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL corked bottle into a textured crystal wine glass. Many thanks to Durge and ohoove for sharing libations!

A: Poured a slightly clouded ruby brown color with a thin veil of off white foam.

S: Smell is an interesting bouquet of lush red fruits like cherry, plum, dates and aromatic Belgian sugars.

T: Taste is fruity, sweet and delicious, with a distinct oak wood characteristic. The lush fruits combined with sweet Belgian sugars give this dark ale a really nice, mellow flavor that warms and satisfies. Dates, figs and plum rule the front palate, before a slight wooded smokiness imparts to a semisweet and dry fruity finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad chewy.

D: Not one to have everyday, though that'd be great, though probably best suitable for an after dinner cordial or special occasion. Beware the 9% ABV; your brain will crave more, but you body will get you for it later.

Split this between friends, and you'll be the hit of any shindig. Chimay Grande Reserve is the most complex of the Chimays I've tried, however the Dubbel remains a notch higher in terms of drinkability. Great brew, nonetheless.

Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe it's taken me this long to get to this one. Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and is topped off with a prolific off-white head that recedes slowly and leaves a thin skirt of lacing behind, while the carbonation works itself out fairly actively. Smells of grapes, plums, raisins, yeasts, sweet bread, chocolates and caramel. Most apparent to the palate are the fruits, chocolates and spices. In the background lurks some esters, malts, hops, and a bready sweetness. A good hint of alcohol heat finishes things off. Mouth-feel is medium to full-bodied and the active carbonation makes it a bit crispier than expected, but a little creaminess still exists. Pretty drinkable, and would serve well as a gateway brew for the initiate into more complex beers.

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

Poured this jewel from a bottle to my glass to present a log cabin syrup, melted tootsie roll/root beerish appearence. Smell = bold summer grapevine, roasted sugar and honey...say from a honey baked ham, cinnamon and sugar quakers oatmeal, and black licorice. Taste...hold up....a little warm...hazelnut, french roasted coffee, burnt marshmellow(if you've been camping w/ a authentic wood campire you know what i'm talking about), chocolate/caramel...milky way candy bar comes to mind. Mouthfeel: Bubblely at first at the top level of your gums, but it fades into a smooth overall state of oral bliss thoughout the mouth. I cannot believe I have put tasting this amazing trappiste biere due to it's high price tag, shame on me, shame on Ralphs and Bevmo for charging 11.99. I found this marvelous beer at the awesomest? liquor store in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca, Stadium Liqour on Foothill and Rochester Ave. for a reasonable $9.99. Salud!

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

750ml bottle, poured into a tuliped wine glass. This has been cellared now for over 7 months.

A - Big fluffy tan head sits atop a reddish-brown mahogony brew. Carbonation does not appear too visible unless held up to a light. Transparent but dark and hard to see through.

S - Toasted wheat bread with a malty back. Dark ripe fruits (plums and raisins). Sweet alcohol comes in on the back end, but not as strong as I thought it would come through.

T - Where to begin.... Great dark malt flavor followed immediately by a smooth, sweet candy sugar with alcohol following all that carries the taste of rum-soaked raisins. A nice sherry-like flavor lingers with the capability of developing a port-like flavor. The alcohol isn't nearly as pronounced as I expected. Perhaps the alcohol has mellowed during cellaring. Incredibly complex, the beer blows my mind. The beer changes flavors from the initial sip to the last as it warms.

M - Moderate carbonation that keeps this beer smooth yet has a slight drying effect. Slippery from the alcohol, this goes down easy.

So very good! I just love how different this is from any other beer I've had. Has some of the same malty characters as the Rochefort 8 but this has more of vinous, wine-like addition. A great dessert beer that I could sip all night.

Photo of Zadok
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured a nice deep amber with an off-white 2 finger head, no lacing once the head dissipated.

S-Fruity and hoppy at first smell, then relaxes into a mild fruit wine.

T-All kinds of flavor present, somewhere in there I can taste a dark red wine. Fruits and hops explode at first then instantaneously back off to not wear out their welcome.

M-Nice light to medium body, low carbonation.

D-Very nice drinkability, almost like sipping a nice brandy. Possibly the best tasting beer I have ever had...absolutely delicious.

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

Poured from 2005 1.5L bottle.

A - Clear dark amber with no head and little lacing

S - Sweet raisin scent

T - Strong crisp and sweet. Can't tell it is 9%

M - light body with medium carbonation

D - I could drink this very frequently

One of the first better beers I ever tried and keep coming back to. This is my go to beer for any body who already likes beer when I try to go them into better beer and especially Trappists.

Photo of philipquarles
3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cL bottle served in a Chimay goblet. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy-looking tan head. The foam dissipates a bit, but a good half-finger lingers until the glass is empty. Smells of bready, tangy yeast, banana, sweet malt, some caramel, and spice. Flavors of dark, slightly toasty malt up front followed by spiciness. Very light hints of fruit later on. Strong metallic phenols lead to a tongue-curling finish. As it warms it tastes more and more like cola. The alcohol is well masked, with only a slight warming sensation as it goes down. Pleasant feel.

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

First beer that I ever drank with the lady who would become my wife, 13 years ago now, and I'm just now getting around to reviewing it. I've always loved this beer. Some say that it is a shadow of its former self- I can't say for sure one way or another, as it has simply been too long since I've had some. I will say that I think it may lack a little sweetness and depth I thought it once had, but whether that is me or the beer I simply can't say. Pours a hazy brown with a decent head. Aromas of spicebox, alcohol, cream, and dark fruit. Not quite seemless, and the alcohol heat is definitely there. The taste is a bit deper, with some breadiness added to the equation and the flavors are more flawlessly integrated than the aromas as well. Nice mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess. Nice, but I think I prefer most of the other Trappist quads at this point over this beer.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown. Nice big fluffy head. Laces the glass till the last drop. Aroma is dark fruit raisin date plum chocolate yeast and a bit like red wine. Taste is great. The yeast and complexity is almost salty and beefy. A perfumey beef broth with a nice bitter and sweet balance. Finish is a bit boozy but is quick.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up this beer as part of a great deal on a Chimay gift set that included the 3 beers (Blue,red,Trippel) & a Chimay goblet.

Poured into the goblet a cloudy brown color, Off white head settles fairly quickly. Smell is absolutely amazing! Sweet malt flavor, raisins, fruits, dark bready aroma. MMMM!!! I've had some other belgian strong dark ale's that a really strong anise flavor that really turned me off, but not so in this one. Taste is amazing! Mouthfeel is smooth and moist, not harsh or bitter in the least. Finish is nice, doesn't linger any longer than necessary. This beer totally surpassed my expectations. As far as drinkability is concerned, let me say this. I've had many different beers, but never before has one made me want to rush out and buy a case of it. WELL DONE!

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark and cloudy raisin color with dense, fluffy, off-white head. Aromas start off smooth and creamy caramel like, raisins and other dark fruits, a vinous alcohol note with a very mellow phenolic ester overtone. On the palate, there's a dense malty sweet flavor that nearly coats the mouth, while nowhere near cloying. Some spicy alcohol notes blend well with the creamy Munich malt flavors. The finish is big and malty but with just enough bitterness to keep it away from being sweet. Carbonation is medium high, could be a touch higher. Overall, this is such a classic beer, perhaps only the second or third time trying, and one I hope to duplicate with my homebrew.

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,806 ratings.