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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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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,921 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,921
Reviews: 2,134
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 236
Gots: 537 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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grumpygerman

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-14-2012 02:57:31 | More by grumpygerman
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skatterbrainz

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2012 00:12:51 | More by skatterbrainz
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 15:41:22 | More by Hojaminbag
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BeerNutta

Australia

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

Chimay Grande Reserve, Was given this by my boss when my work contract ended. It was part of a beer hamper with different types of beers. (He was a top bloke)

Anyway:

Appearance: The bottle was distinct in style, 750ml with a cork top. Poured dark red, with a nice 1/2 inch foam head.

Smell: Strong fruity aroma.

Taste: Fruity, almost black current taste.

Mouthfeel: Good, not too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, would drink another. However the beer is a bit pricey. Stops me from drinking too many.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 06:45:56 | More by BeerNutta
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nkaran

Greece

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-19-2013 11:00:00 | More by nkaran
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jsladky

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-08-2012 12:54:52 | More by jsladky
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LibrariansLoveBEER

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-10-2012 14:43:01 | More by LibrariansLoveBEER
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-25-2014 15:21:50 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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delta490

Virginia

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

Poured a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass
A-pours a deep, cloudy ruddy brown. Has a nice thick light tan head that slowly fades away and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S-A great aroma. Malty, spicy, with a hint of alcohol sweetness.
T-big taste. Malty and fruity, if the beer is too cold it needs to warm up a little to get the full effect. A nice hint of spice/pepper on the finish.
M-A bit carbonated, but it's pleasant on the pallet and it adds to the pop of the spices on the finish.
O- a great example of Belgian strong dark ale. A good gateway to getting into all that Belgian beers offer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 09:55:54 | More by delta490
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tipofthetongue

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

09-09-2013 03:30:29 | More by tipofthetongue
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wogreen

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-07-2013 15:48:24 | More by wogreen
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valdieu2

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-04-2013 01:59:41 | More by valdieu2
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Steelers42

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-01-2013 14:09:21 | More by Steelers42
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demgoth

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-21-2012 05:15:44 | More by demgoth
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Haroldmillercota


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2012 02:07:36 | More by Haroldmillercota
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jharkins07

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-10-2012 21:05:17 | More by jharkins07
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mitchellaneous

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2012 01:53:21 | More by mitchellaneous
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oliverwren

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-09-2012 00:09:56 | More by oliverwren
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jburd19

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-24-2013 02:12:12 | More by jburd19
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Kaveman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-25-2013 21:24:28 | More by Kaveman
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

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

Looking at my reviewed beers, I was surprised to find that I had not reviewed Chimay Blue yet, as it is probably the Belgian I drink most regularly. When I get a bottle, I just want to sit down and enjoy it with friends, not sit in front of a computer and rate it; and I suppose that is just the type of beer this is: a sociable, delicious and truly enjoyable drink.

The simple but attractive blue-labelled Chimay bottle with a best before of 2008 on the back right corner poured a dark chestnut liquid into my chalice, topped with a head befitting for a Trappist. A dark beer, untransparent, dense and full looking. Held to the light the red becomes apparent, as does the caramel-tinged edges. Against a purely white background though, this beer is dark rosewood or chestnut. A very light brown head, dark cream coloured. At first it was a good mixture of medium and small sized bubbles; after a few sips, the head formed up and became dense and solid, though not exceptionally large. From above, this beer could pass for the top of a moccha coffee. Swirling the glass creates a lighter-coloured swirl, like a hurricane seen from the top. Fine screen lacing that fragments quickly. The nose is all fruits and malt at first. I get some green apple peel, figs, prunes, red grapes(red wine for that matter), and raisins. The malt translates as light caramel, fresh yeast, extremely sweet chocolate, but NOT the same chocolate character as in some stouts. The mustiness of the yeast is also present, but only behind the sweet malt and yeasty esters. As in all complex beers, there are some aromas that seem to defy identification. Little hop presence in aroma, or taste. The taste is sweet, but less so than the aroma may have led you to expect. Instead, the alcohol is quite noticeable, gently abrasive to the tongue. Grapes and malty sugar at first on the tongue, the phenols in the middle, and some metallic maltiness in the aftertaste, also leaving some unexpected bitterness, but it does not taste like hop dryness--this is more metallic in nature, like iron or some wines. Indeed, the finish is slightly bitter in a red-wine manner, leaving a red wine taste on the palate quite strongly. A medium carbonation, perfect for the style, sufficiently creamy but tingling in the mouth; and for a strongly flavoured Trappist, the drinkability is magnificent. This pairs agreeably with aged cheddar, or even medium cheddar. This is a Trappist that needs to be tasted repeatedly, as all the nuances can simply not be detected on the first try. In addition, different food pairings can make this beer exciting and different almost perpetually.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 06:33:29 | More by Cwrw
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blackfoot86


4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-02-2012 04:23:13 | More by blackfoot86
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-02-2012 03:13:33 | More by rcatalano
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awellusedwallet

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-04-2012 17:11:16 | More by awellusedwallet
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dflatau

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2013 02:07:09 | More by dflatau
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,921 ratings.