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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

5,924 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,924
Reviews: 2,134
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 236
Gots: 538 | 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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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-11-2013 14:38:15 | More by PhillyStyle
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Curtis

Utah

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Boulevard Brewing Co tulip glass I use when reviewing special beers, primarily Belgians. Nice plop from the cork, a strong indication of the carbonation level to come. Nice fizz with a thick head that dissipates very quickly. Very dark amber color, hints of ruby red. when held up to the light. Mouth feel is a little excessive from the carbonation. It could mellow a bit with more cellar time, like several months: I bought this one only two weeks ago and have been itching to try it.. Not real sure about this at first, wasn't at all what I expected. Starting to like it more and more with each sip. Noticing sherry, caramel, VERY mild hops, dark Belgian candy sugar. Nicely blended, well-crafted, a very good desert beer with chocolate. Alcohol content is hidden well, but still present. The only "knock" for lack of a better term would be very mild smell, and the slight over-carbonation of this particular bottle at this time. Smell would take away from the complexity of the blend. I really can see it mellowing with age and moving up a couple of notches. As the glass sits for a couple of minutes and the carbonation dissipates, the true nature of this beer comes out, especially the sherry, caramel roasted malt and the complexity of the blend..

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 06:31:58 | More by Curtis
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33 cl bottle smuggled back from Belgium into a goblet

A: Dark brown with a hazy hue, resembled a nice deep caramel. It was well foamy at first but quickly dissipated leaving a small halo at the top of the beer.

S: Fruity alcohol with a touch of the Belgian hops coming through. The fruitiness is quite prominent.

T: I tasted spices, dark fruits, yeast, and a fair bit of alcohol (more than I was expecting).

F: Strong carbonation, a nice medium feel.

O: This was not really what I expected. That being said, it was a great beer and well worth the year of waiting while it sat patiently in my beer cave. I found the alcohol taste a little more forward than I expected but it was overcome by the other qualities of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 21:58:07 | More by polloenfuego
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -7%

05-10-2013 21:14:56 | More by JamesStreet
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bunbury

Panama

5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-10-2013 14:58:16 | More by bunbury
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

05-10-2013 14:53:52 | More by twenty5
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Stugotzo

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-10-2013 12:57:25 | More by Stugotzo
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-10-2013 12:52:40 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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next_imaginaut

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-10-2013 11:04:36 | More by next_imaginaut
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BRoss242

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-10-2013 09:52:38 | More by BRoss242
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Compton25

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-10-2013 03:31:36 | More by Compton25
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ctreardon85

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-09-2013 23:33:48 | More by ctreardon85
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saiconotto

Maine

4/5  rDev -7%

05-09-2013 21:41:33 | More by saiconotto
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ItalianHopHead203

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-09-2013 14:22:43 | More by ItalianHopHead203
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RaphaelSC

Brazil

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm tasting a Chimay blue, batch 2012.

A: Dark brown caramel with a cloudy texture, just one finger head that dissipates in a couple seconds left just a ring of foamy.

S: A mix of alcohol sweetness with hops. Thin caramel notes can be found.

T:A delicate banana flavor, with woody notes like other trappists, a little alcoholic feel emerge in the end, but the predominant flavors came from the hops. Chimay blue feels to me less dry than its red sister.

M: Starts with toffe then become bitter with some alcoholic warmth, carbonation is ok, a very drinkable beer, but not differs itself too much of the Red version which dissapointed me.

O: A great beer, a little more complex than Chimay Red but for the same price, however for the same price of other trappists like Westmalle Trippel and Rochefort 10, Chimay cannot endure, at least to me, but it worth the try!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 04:46:38 | More by RaphaelSC
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iamshad

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-09-2013 04:17:29 | More by iamshad
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RRC03

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-09-2013 02:37:59 | More by RRC03
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Fubar1453

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%

05-08-2013 22:40:24 | More by Fubar1453
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dmhurdle

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

05-08-2013 22:37:11 | More by dmhurdle
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Sarmartay

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-08-2013 21:03:27 | More by Sarmartay
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caguiar

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7%

05-08-2013 20:10:23 | More by caguiar
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straightlambic

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-08-2013 16:44:18 | More by straightlambic
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter. Best Before 2018.

A - Deep amber with a slight copper glow around the bottom; otherwise opaque. One finger of tan coloured head.

S - Belgian yeast esters, clove and spice are dominant with dark fruit, brown sugar and raisins.

T - Yeast, spice and clove notes with brown sugar, toffee and raisin.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:54:36 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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BDstripp

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-08-2013 01:24:55 | More by BDstripp
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-07-2013 23:42:13 | More by cadaugherty
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,924 ratings.