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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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6,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,413
Reviews: 2,154
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 285
Gots: 790 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/slightly ruby with creamy khaki head with decent retention. Opaque. Minimal lacing. Little to no visible carbonation. Fairly straightforward but inviting nonetheless

Smells of dark fruits and some spice. Plums and figs are evident. Cherries in the background. The spicy yeast brings aromas of cinnamon and cloves. Slight trace of alcohol

Tastes very spicy. Combination of cinnamon, cloves, a little nutmeg and a subtle warming alcohol character. The fruits are there too. Definitely plums and figs. Dates and some cherries. There's also a cocoa quality throughout that's slightly bittering and dry. Pleasant

Feels rich and full-bodied. Smooth and creamy. Warming and spicy

I enjoy this very much and I'm not surprised. This beer has a reputation that it holds up very well. Great

MistahBeah, Aug 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

rredshift, Aug 07, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

A - Deep, nearly opaque, mahogany hue with a rich ivory head. Retention and lacing is average.

S - Strong sweetness amongst dark fruits. Warmth from the booze brings more cinnamon and nutmeg into the picture.

T - Sweet flavors described in the nose, with full bready malts to provide the stage. Copious dark fruit flavors come through: fig, prunes, raisin and caramel coated apple. Not quite as refined as the top BSDA/Quads but a nice contender.

M - Like all Chimay brews, medium+ body with an overdose of carbonation.

O - A quality brew that is readily available. Sadly, my palette has experienced the full line of Trappist brews. Transitively revealing a pity attempt to rank with Westy, Rochefort, Orval, Achel and Westmalle (hell, even La Trappe).

mscudder, Aug 07, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 ounce bottle. Poured slowly and got a nice, off-white head with decent lacing. Aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruit and a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is pretty much the same with a touch of spice thrown in. Probably the best beer I have had the pleasure of drinking.

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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
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,413 ratings.