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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

6,370 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,370
Reviews: 2,152
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 280
Gots: 773 | FT: 11
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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4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly dark, with a reddish-brown glow if held up to the light. Thick, 1 1/2 finger dark creamy head even with an incredibly patient pour. Decent retention, fading slowly to a thin remnant. Incredible lacing.

Smell wafts across the room, carrying hints of dark fruit. Up close, I get a big whiff of candi sugar, plums and dates, maybe raisins or grapes. There's a slight nuttiness, but more subdued than their Dubbel.

Slightly tangy; dark fruits and nuts; huge sugar element. Complex, but it tastes so sweet and lovely that you don't have to analyze it at all; just sip and enjoy.

The only hint of the ABV is a slight warming effect after several sips. Full bodied, and thickly coats the mouth with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Frighteningly drinkable, although this is still very much a sipper.

"This is how wine should taste." -my wife. If there's a BSDA or Quad out there that fits my palate better, it's Rochefort 10. That said, this is a phenomenal and lovely beer, and readily available even in grocery stores and hotels.

Roguer, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter. The brew pours a clouded mahogany to brown color with a rich khaki head that lasts supported by constantly rising bubbles through solution.

The aroma includes noted of yeasty clove, banana, raisins, prunes, plums, molasses and an overall sense of dark belgian candy sugar with a mild touch of alcohol. Nothing to complain about here, everything smells enjoyable.

The taste is spicy like clove with belgian candy sugar hinting towards a sweeter side of the brew with a flavoring of banana, molasses and more burnt sugary notes. More sips reveal a fruited quality like plum and raisins or dates. Plenty of dark over-ripe fruit with every sip.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A mild warmimg alcohol feel and overall very well balanced. This is one of those brews that I have drank countless times and never bothered to review. Sad how it is taken for granted since it is always available in nearly ever real beer store you visit.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,370 ratings.