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

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Ratings: 6,933
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
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Gots: 1,183 | FT: 15
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 6,933 | Reviews: 2,216
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
4.0/5

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.

Photo of LadyGisellys
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a goblet, thin, beige, opaque head. Dark amber brown in color.

S: Fruity aroma. Very Inviting.

T: At first, the taste is very malty, then spicy and fruity. Something reminds me of raisins towards the end.

M: Perfect carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick--in a good way.

D: I would have another on another day. I wouldn't kick back 3-4 of these in a row. Delicious!

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass

Pours an opaque dark brown color. Light tan head diminishes quickly.

The smell is fruity, sweet and roasty all at once. Something in the aroma reminds me of cinnamon danish! Just a hint of estery yeastiness.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation medium. Just a bit of alcoholic bite to it.

Taste is very malty, almost brown ale like, but with a sour bite to it. Bitterness is minimal. Bitterness and roastiness help to round out the flavor for an extremely balanced beer. Aftertaste reminds me of some flavor in whiskey! Not sure what this is though.

Drinkability is awesome. Each taste leaves me wanting more, just to figure it out. This is a very complex beer.

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.

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