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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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6,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,919
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 358
Gots: 1,176 | FT: 15
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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 WalrusJockey
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle, poured into Chimay goblets.

Appearance- rich, dark amber-to-the-point-of-brown. Head is khaki colored, and fades fairly quickly. No real lacing.

Smell- fruity, with yeast and malt. Not citrus, but berry or apple scents, along with a background hint of spices.

Taste- sweet with a hint of spice, malty, almost cider-like. Cloves seem present, along with other spices which are hard to pin down. Apples seem to be among the fruits, which are very noticeable, though also hard to pin down definitely; cherries seem very prevalent and I think grapes are also in there. Very malty swallow, with mellow, hoppy aftertaste. Even though this is a 9%, these is no noticeable taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- acidic and tangy in the mouth, carbonation feel is low, aftertaste is smooth and mellow. Very crisp.

Drinkability- decent; this beer is very deeply and complexly flavored, though the light, tart, crisp mouthfeel is mismatched by the weight of the beer in the stomach. This is very enjoyable, but drinkability isn't its strong suit, flavor is.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color. Very thin head that is an off-white color.

Smells like dark fruits, cider, cinnamon and other spices.

Tastes fruity with a little bit of spice all rounded out by the sweetness. Reminds me of a wine, or what I think wine should be.

Mouthfeel is thin and has little carbonation.

Photo of bum732
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, decent creamy cloudy head that dissipates within minutes. Nice lacing. Smells predominanately of raisin bread, hints of other dark fruits, little hops. Taste is very strong and delicious. Again, strong tastes of sweet raisins and cinnamon bread. Finishes first sweet then somewhat dry with a slight hop presence.

Great beer, my favorite of the Chimays, has much more flavor than the other two. Highly recommend.

Photo of Tolann
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark. small off-white head that settles quickly. yeasty sediments.

S - very wonderful and big. Dark fruits; raisins, cherry, apples. Sweet, cider. you don't have to search hard for the nose on this. Enjoy the aroma while its just sitting next to you. its really great.

T - sweet and light. No hops or bitterness. Lots of wonderful fruits. Some spice.

M - light mouth feel and small bubbles for a smoother sip. A bit of alcohol warmth. Its very right for this beer and there are no surprises.

D - easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. This is very much a beer to savor and respect.

Photo of eagles22
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured into a snifter..nice white head with a dark brownish body

Smell: lots of chocolate and roasted malts and a hint of alcohol

Taste: taste like it smells...LOTS of chocolate..i loved this beer..and also nice sweet/dry finish ..great beer

Mouthfeel: was okay nothing special but it was easy to drink

Drinkability: very high ...i could drink this all night

Photo of Finkel
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out, this beer has a deep brown/maroon color with a nice, white layer of head. Lacing surrounds the glass when swirled and sticks well to create a nice look. Additionally, tiny bits of yeast floated around in the beer. What a great sight...

A yeast scent as well as apples and raisins came through. Darker fruits also came through which overall, created a sweet aroma.

The taste of this beer was superbly friendly. Yeast, apricots, and grapes came through, which in combination, created a sweet, yet tart flavor. However, to balance out the sweet flavors, there was a slightly funky taste. Such a complimenting beer.

The mouth feel was also great. It was very balanced and creamy. The carbonation levels were perfect: the bubbles were very small and made this beer extremely drinkable.

In my opinion, this beer is spectacular and lives up to the name. Now all I've got to do is try the other Trappists...

Photo of stone3187
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a beer book that says this beer goes well with a cigar and the next time I have it that's exactly what I am going to do. It pours a golden red-brown with a smell of sweet and spicy malt. The flavor is full bodied, sweet, and spicy. This one has a wonderful character without being too complex. This is a must have it you like Belgian beer.

Photo of Mdog
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown and murky since I poured in the yeast, thin but foamy head.

Smell: Smells like a stronger version of the dubbel, floral, sweetness, and clove.

Taste: Rum soaked raisins, clove, a bit of spiciness. Pretty complex and difficult for me to describe, but good.

Drinkability: A little strong but tasty. The small bottle is a good idea.

Probably my second favorite from Chimay. Nice sweet and complex taste, glad I gave it a try.

Photo of Guzzler78
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown with orange hues. A nice light tan head that doesnt retain for to long. Leaves nice creamy lace.
Smells of chocolate and caramel malty goodness. A faint hop spice. Some alcohol on the back end.
Tastes great. A rich maltiness with cocoa and faint spice and hops.
A nice velvety, medium mouthfeel. Luxurious
A very enjoyable drinker. or should I say sipper.
A slight edge over Chimay Red (Dubbel).

Photo of echdk3
3.29/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11,2oz bottle into a snifter

A_Dark chestnut brown color with barely off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Disappointed with the head retention (I swear it was a clean glass), but it was a nice surprise having a beer this color with a head as white as it was

S_Very alcoholic and a bit fishy. Smelled almost like a fine vodka

T_Woody and earthy with a slightly sweet and mouth-puckering aftertaste. Mellow and a bit flat

M_Very chewy, coats the mouth very well. Medium carbonation

D_Fairly filling and high ABV, coats mouth and begs for a water or refreshing brew afterwards.

Photo of gonzogambler
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3 of the bottles out of the holiday chimay pack and I like this the best of the three, but I'd say the red and this share the same weaknesses keeping me from giving them a higher rating.

Appearance is similar to the red (red/orange hues with some light head). The smell is sort of muted; it has some dark fruit and a bit of spiciness, but it isn't coming through very strong.

The taste has some more punch to it which is welcomed. It has the spices and dark fruit with light carbonation. There is also a bit of alcohol on the finish, but its hidden pretty nicely.

Mouthfeel is a little weak at first but has a nice crisp finish, and the drinkability like the other chimay's is very high. Overall I'd say if you're gonna go Chimay go Blue, or if you're eating and want something a little tamer go with the White.

Photo of Seanibus
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belive the hype. This is good.

Pours a deep ruby with a dense thick head and some lacing. The aroma is malty, with traces of raisin and spice, and a little woodiness. The flavor is spicey, with hints of blackberry, cherry smoke, and a little flower on the finish with a hint of bitterness that develops slowly. It finishes too with a little bit of raisin and plum. The mouthfeel is thick creamy with strong sting of carbonation.

Considering the power of this beer, the alcohol is nicely balanced.

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

Small bottle. This is one really good beer. Dark brown/orange pour with a pillowy off-white head. Fruity aroma of dried peaches, orange peel, prunes, and yeast. Nutty sweet taste rich in spice and yeast esters. Fazir amount of cherries, raisins, prunes that you would fing in any Belgian Dark. Finishes malty and crisp. I enjoyed it, but probably best enjoyed in the smaller quantity.

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

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Eyes: Cloudy brown with a full cream head, with great retention!

Nouse: Sweet malt. a little notes of hops and yeast in deep...

Mouth: Good body, is Sweet and has a complex malt flavors in the laarge. Good balance of the hops with the sweet.
the bubble accion is medium, Great beeer.

Serving type: bottle 750!

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

A very dark foggy body with a short light head. A yeasty and malty aromatic smell to it with a hint of... citrus?
Delicious, smooth, malty flavor with amazing balance. Perfect hint of hops that sneaks past the full dark body. Good carbonated bite. Aftertaste is a bit more grainy than I would like, but the sweet malt wins it over.

Will drink again.

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

Appearance: Creamy, dark brown in color, extremely rounded, well balanced head, not over-barring, sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Yeasty, and a nice touch of grapes in the backbone, nice hue of fruit in the front, nice balance of hops and maltiness in the nose. Nice esters in the back too.. very natural smelling.

Taste: The malt plays a huge factor upon the first sip, esters are also very present towards the finish, a pretty complex combination of yeast and malt that explodes once consumed. Nice tartness, a little bit of roasty flavor, but not enough to drown out the natural fruit complexity.

Mouthfeel: Consistently carbonated, this one is so creamy yet it's refreshing enough to enjoy with a seafood dish. The body keeps in composure in the mouth without getting too wet.

Drinkability: An absolute must taste, the sheer excitement of popping the cork and smelling this beer easily tells you your in for a treat. This is a beer that gets better with every sip, even putting the bottle up to a light and seeing the fermented particles setting to the bottom of the bottle is a real sight to see. This is a beer that Einstein would have invented. This is one you sip slow, but is easily sessionable year round. An excellent brew from Chimay that should be tried by every beer lover.

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

I finally thought I should get around to reviewing my old standby, Chimay Blue. In Japan, this beer is probably THE most accessible of the Belgians (with Duvel a close second). You can pretty much buy this anywhere. Its also relatively reasonable...9 dollars for 750ml.

Appearance: Caramel brown.

Smell: Dark fruits, toffee. Grapes, with a hint of something zesty underneath that I cant quite put my finger on.

Taste: Simply excellent. More dark fruits with an enjoyable, lingering bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and easy drinking

Drinkability: A true classic that is deserving of all the accolades it has received.

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

Reviewed on 3/30/08. Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a 1 cm light tan head that persisted. Aroma and taste of dark fruits (raisin, prune, fig) and Belgian yeast. Some bitterness. A well-balanced beer. Excellent!
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 16/20

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

Dark malaise color

Soft smell of licorice and fruit

Deep fig and plum resin come through with a sweet malty fresh finish

This beer compliments the complexatiy of the other Chimay's, providing the alcholhol of the white and the flavor balance of the red. It is indeed the top shelf beer that it is intended to be.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: nice yellow brown color with strong off white head.

S: A lot of spices. Cloves and coriander. Some dark fruits sweetness and a lil alcohol. Powerful and really pleasant smell.

T: Almost exactly like the smell. A lot of spices (pepper, cloves and coriander). Some sweet dark fruits. Also, a kind of chestnut taste.

M: mid to high mouthfeel. Very creamy, which is not really common in those kind of beers. Carbonation is mid here, exactly how it should be.

D: Extremely drinkable. Don't know what to add here.

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

A: Deep walnut brown with good clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. Very active carbonation. Cream head is rocky and firm. Leaves a very generous lace behind.

S: Coriander and cloves dominate. There's a hint of alcohol behind that spice, plus some dark fruits.

T: Spices rule the day here. The spice theme from the nose follows into the flavor. Coriander, pepper and clove flavors give this beer quite the bite. The sweetness of grapes and black cherries holds things together into the dry and spicy finish.

M: Medium-heavy body feels somewhat slick on the tongue. Carbonation level is right where it should be.

D: Those monks know what they're doing. An excellent beer that's best consumed in small doses. Definitely worth a revisit down the road.

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into branded Chimay goblet.

Appareance: Dark reddish-brown color with a pretty thick tan head that leaves quickly.

Smell: Strong, licorice-like sweetness with alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and almost licorice-like. finishes with a bit of bitterness and a warming tinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Just like other Chimay beers, this one is medium-bodied and exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability: Also like the other Chimay beers, this is a top-tier beer. Definitely a sipper as well.

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.

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.

Photo of dasenebler
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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