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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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Reviews: 2,276
Hads: 7,389
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 449
Gots: 1,617 | FT: 17
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Bières de Chimay S.A.
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Photo of theozag
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

start to finish, this brew looks exactly the same. it'd be a good pint to hide behind, in fact, because it is totally opaque. its color is a slightly-dark brown and it sports a beige-to-tan head that remains a few minutes after pouring.

aroma of this beer is not particularly noticable, but it does have a very pleasant dark chocolate note.

chimay blue starts outstandingly sharp with its roasted malt flavors immediately obvious. it hits your tongue with a distinct bite and from the first sip your tastebuds are "off to the races." settles on your tongue with a distinctly full body and all the richenss you might expect from a high-end after-dinner chocolate. flavors of this brew include carmel, whipping cream, cinnamon, coffee - all over a chocolate-like foundation. finishes much sharper than it starts or settles, as it rolls from the tongue with a strong hop bite and leaves behind a creamy but markedly long-lasting aftertaste (which thankfully isn't too oppressive).

in a single sentence, the best way i can explain this beer is: "like drinking a coffee-dipped chocolate bar that finishes stronger than it starts."

pour and enjoy!

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Photo of Brian700
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark brown with a tan head that sticks around for a long time. Excellent aroma. It smells of dark fruit, alcohol, and a little spice. The taste is also a little spicey with flavors of some of the darker variety fruits such as dates, plum, and raisins. The mouthfeel is good. Perfect amount of carbonation for this brew. I would say this is a very drinkable beer considering the Alcohol content. I would definately recommend this beer to anyone who likes great beer.

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Photo of Andreji
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've finally managed to age a beer for further than 6 months.

Poured from a year old 75cl cork-top bottle.

As always, the appearance is as stunning, a creamy tan top, with a good retention, the remaining foam stuck to the sides of my glass, no internal fizzyness, quite a still head.

The smell is fantastic. alcoholey, yes, but with a scent of rum...red fruits, just a slight astringency that is nonetheless discarded, i dunno how to say this, but I'm definetly taken to my mother's christmas dark cake....

The taste...I wish I was more eloquent in my english. the bitterness comes ahead rather than at the end, but blends with a beautiful fruity sweetness, a bit cola-ish, a bit citrusy at times...even a bit floury.

The mouthfeel is just right for the style. the alcohol shows off undiscrete, around a fizzy, yet medium to heavy mouthfeel...

The drinkability, well, as always. i've said it- the alcohol is there, no one's hiding it. but god, don't I crave for another?

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Photo of rousee
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml brown bottle that I have had in my fridge for a while.

Purple-brown cola like color forms a 3-5 mm head of active foam which is of a violet tint. Settles quickly.

Berry-currant mixture on the nose with some mustiness. Smell is milder than most Belgians of this style.

Fairly smooth floral taste with some grassiness present also. There isnt a real dominant maltiness or hoppiness with this beer. It does finish slightly sweet but not sticky. Pretty tasty actually. Mouthfeel is better than average for this style. It doesn't blow you away with excessive carbonation but it does have some prickly feeling on the back of the throat. No 9% abv heat either. Pretty well done.

Its a tad better than average on drinkability for this style. A little too strong abv-wise for me to really consider it very drinkable.

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Photo of misterscooter
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It is odd. As I was tasting this beer for the first time, I wasn't sure if it lived up to the expectations but as I look at my ratings for the five categories, it really was a great beer.

This is a great looking beer, especially poured into the right kind of glass. Big, healthy head with a dark chocolate color on the beer. I expected it to look lighter but this one poured dark. The smell is lightly sweet and malty. Nothing too much but simple and pure, with perhaps a bit of flower fragrance.

This beer feels great in your mouth. You notice the carbonation but only because it is there, not because it gets in the way. The bubbles are very fine, like champagne, and add to the feeling. It is smooth and chocolatey, a great malt flavor when it first hits your tongue. As it moves back and you swallow it, the light, dry hops add some bite. This is the reverse to a lot of beers I've had where the dryness leads and the malt finishes. The alcohol content wasn't noticeable, either. It blends in well. And since it is a beer you want to slow down and savor, it shouldn't be a problem as you enjoy it.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had been on the fence about this beer because of all the Trappist beers, this seems to be the one I see the most. I guess that's a good thing considering the quality of the beer.

A truly beautiful appearance, creamy head that took a minute of so to setting. Gave off wonderful aromas- peach, clove and that unmistakable Trappist trademark of alcohol esters. Tremendous lacing.

Phenomenal taste. I find myself inhaling the vapors before every sip. Each sip starts robustly and ends smoothly, tickly on the mouth. Warming me on a miserable late spring New England afternoon.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish copper with a about an inch of head. Half of the head fades away. It's highly carbonated and there is lots of yeast floating in it. The smell is awesome, quite strong and you can instantly smell malt and fruit. The taste is very smooth and strong with hints of fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonation.At first I didn't really care for this ale, but after just a few more sips it grew on me rather quick. The only thing that might turn some people off is the amount of yeast in the beer. I've never seen so much yeast before, but I definately still enjoyed this one.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark purply brown. Foamy head, light carbonation. Not much in the nose. Smells like a sugary Belgian. Taste is citrusy, plum and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, I expect more fullness from a strong dark. Despite the alcohol bite, this is a smooth beer. I prefer the red over this, but I wouldn't pass one up if offered.

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Photo of hefevice
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy (as far as I could tell) dark chocolate amber with a good creamy head and plenty of lacing. Aroma was much more subtle than expected, with very little hint of the high alcohol content. Subtle sweet caramel malty notes. This extends through to the taste which starts sweet and malty and finishes with a slightly dry alcoholic bite. Mouth is quite creamy, I think the carbonation is about right. This is a very smooth, subtle strong dark which seems to improve with each sip.

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Photo of beercollector
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tonight was my Belgiam night. This was teh second and probalby should have been the finisher rather than the Triple.

This pours into a Chimay glass with a big frothy light brown head. The head is long lasting and has good lacing. This pours with a light cloudyness.

It has a mild aroma of malt and some alcohol.

Thhis is a malty full bodies beer with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. It has an average flavor duration with a moderate to heavy sweetness. Light acidity and bitterness offset by the sweet malt that has a caramel flavor that lasts as a nice aftertaste.

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Photo of gotbeer
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle with a 10/03 date aged one and a half year.

This was the first Trappist ale that I ever tasted, and it is still a solid choice. It may not have the mystique of Westy 12, or the incredible complexity of Rochefort 10, but it's flavor may be overlooked due to it's availability. It has a lot of flavors and complexity. It has great fruit flavors, and nice complexity. It's a great beer all around.

It's easy to find bottles on the shelf that have been aged for a year or two, and they are great with a couple years under their belt.

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Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have aged this bad fucker for a whole year, and I was told by the somewhat trustworthy man at the store that it was a year old when I bought it. And now it's time to consume.

Pours like a nice BSDA, if that's even a proper abbreviate acronym. Dark amber, like maple syrup, only all hue-y, like it's lighter at the bottom of the glass than it is at the top and it's not just a trick of light because I've gone all over the place with this glass and it keeps doing the same the thing.

Smells like malt, fruit, and flowers. Grape and daisies. There's no smell of alcohol, which is great.

Tastes wonderful! Grapes upfront, plums in the middle moving into grain and a fantastic fruity zip at the end. This is so smooth I cannot believe that it's 9 percent ABV. Complex and fantastic.

Truly a beer that lives up to its hype.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my Chimay chalice a deep brown with hints of red shining through from the light. A head of tightly grouped bubblies sits on top. Aromas are floral and spicy with hints of candi sugar, raisins, fresh bread and fruits. A bit mellow, yet intriguing at the same time.

First sip brings a floral and spicy onslaught with hints of cinammon and cloves. There's a nice candy sugar sweetness with some fruitiness and a tasty yeast profile. Almost champagne like with the carbonation and body. A tasty brew..but I was expecting a bit more.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with a hefty amount of carbonation. I'd like to see the bubbles cut down a bit as it's a bit much. For a 9% brew this is very drinkable...I'm only drinking the 11.2oz bottle..however a 750 would be no problem.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a stubby 11.2oz into a chalice. No dates.

Dark ruby with a tan head of a couple inches that falls to a thin, ringed veil with decent lacing.

I found the smell to be a disappointment. There's some bread made with dark fruits back there, but you really gotta reach/sniff for it.

Tastes much bolder than it smells. Fruity with a decent malt backbone, quick notes of sugar and spices with a mellow hop finish. No alcohol detected.

Has a mouthfeel that is perfect for what I prefer in this style: Full but not sticky like an Impy Stout. The abv and price (I paid $7+ for an 11.2oz!!) hurt this one on drinkability.

This is a great brew, but for the money Uni's Terrible, Trois Pistoles or Maudite is a better choice

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Photo of Pingotas
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long pour of red-rock, earth-toned and slighly less aromatic brew than others in the class.

Coarser fizzling to the tongue. There is a remote suggestion of aged, smoked canadian bacon (honest) that curiously enhances the flavor of the fruit ester medley. It works, but the lingering taste of some phenolic residue limited my drinkability score.

Nonetheless, an impressive contender in the line-up.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a glowing ruby red with a thin collar of head that is a creamy beige.

Smell: The smell is of sticky sweet malts and loads of candi sugar.

Taste and Mouthfeel: It's very fruity, the predominate fruit being grape, with a suprising amount of fizziness that I feel is uncalled for. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden, and the beer is balanced very well. The mouthfeel is way too thin, and isn't satisfying.

Drinkability and Overall: A classic ale that may be a bit overrated. It's a very good beer, but not as good as it could be. A tad dissapointing, but enjoyable none-the-less.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

every once in a while you're at the packey, and you start thinking about all of the thomas hooker, lagunitas, westvleteren, etc. in your closet. a few years ago, i'd be drinking chimay as my 'special' beer.. now it's a liquor store staple that defines any place with an import section. instead of passing and dismissing, i thought i'd indulge myself in a little 'christmas past'.. picked up a blue stubby.

served at cellar temp in proper chimay glassware.
dark ruby color, practically solid. little light gets through. head all over the place leaving a wispy yet resilient lacing on the chalice.
odor is very doughy, dissipating along with the head. notes of banana and lots of spice back up the bread nose. cinnamon and clove are most prevalent here.
tastes as i remember it.. smooth and yeasty with a slight metallic tinge and the subtlest hints of dark fruits. not overwhelming in any way, but still mighty flavorful. this beer floats around the middle of the way for trappists.

tastes the most like unibroue's dark ales.. more than almost any belgian except for the unibrew (?) lucifer, et al.

next step is to try more of this aged. a solid brew for sure. the king of beers for the uninitiated holds up to nostalgia.. somewhat.

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Photo of Wonka
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 PT. 9.4 FL. OZ.

Appearance – slightly opaque red/brown body with misty particulates floating; massive, frothy, almost cream-colored head early that holds strong; bubbles constantly rising to feed the head; lace is a winner

Smell – yeast with a bit of astringent; dark fruit, grains and candy sweets work in the back

Taste –really nice balance; yeasty; almost-medicinal alcohol close is a bit too strong along with a bit of tartness and some grains

Mouthfeel – rising early from a rather full point; enjoyable (and its fullest) in the middle where an army of tiny bubbles fill the void between the tongue and the roof of the mouth; alcohol cleans the palate to close, but occasionally the fullness can barge right through the end of the feel

Drinkability – relatively smooth but I imagine it could be better with time; the feel can be great but the close is a bit overpowering at the moment; it’s the time between the sip that sticks with me here

This one tastes ripe. I’d like to come back to Chimay Bleu 09/04 at 2 6-month intervals.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown color, with a nice creamy mocha chocolate colored head. Mixtures of alcohol malt and spice in the nose. Taste starts lite, with roasted malt on the tongue. Finishes with a strong dose of alcohol bite, which leaves a tingle on the taste buds as it fades away ever so slowly. Outstanding!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dirty brown colot with a 2 finger head that stuck around rather well. The nose was light, with a slight raisin and slight spiceyness. The flavor was nice, with a raisiney and spicey quality with a touch of alcohol to accentuate the spice. The feel was moderate with a decent carbonation. I would like a touch more body on it. Overall, everything seemd a bit thin for me. I enjoyed it though.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a chalice/goblet.
I was expecting a lot more from this beer, particularly for the price I paid for it. A bit more bitter and a a lot less complex than I was expecting as well; much less sweet than other trappist ales I've had, which can be good or bad depending on your mood.the lack of cloying sweetness is appreciated. Perhaps burned or almost burned caramel is a fair comparison as far as flavor goes.
The alcohol is too noticeable in my opinion and the mouthfeel is pretty flat.
Pours a lovely deep, dark brown and is a lovely amber when held up to light.
Didn't get too much of a bouquet from it. What I was able to smell was relatively pleasant.
In my mind, certainly an above average brew but far from superior.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark opaque brown onyx hued pour with no light escaping save for scant glints along the sides and bottom. Topped off with a tan khaki foamy ½” head cap steeped into a CHIMAY goblet.

Mixed dark fruit bouquet of figs and yeasty scents abound.

First swigs: Delicate flavors of fig, raisin and biscuit dry malt background. Sweet candied caramel notes peak out. Some lingering almond notes. Clean aftertaste nodding towards fig. Better towards room temp.

Mouthfeel is slightly diluted and flat but the overall feel and enjoyable nature leads to a quite drinkable brew.

Last swigs: CIMAY Blauw is a dry clean fig and raisin drive by hit. My favorite of the CHIMAY big three stable. 9.0 % ABV is hidden.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle.

This one pours a deep shimmering brown with a thin but substantial off-white head, quite nice to marvel at. Nose is quite strong and fruity but seems less than spectacular I must admit. I was initially a bit let down upon first taste, it seemed quite smooth and rich but a tad one dimensional. As I sipped further though the intricacies and subtleties started to become apparent. There is a nice woody character to the brew with strong fruit tones that are difficult to differentiate from each other. Overall quite smooth and a pleasure to sip but it lacks any certain "wow" factor, so I would say it's rather understated in character. It's a bit thin yet refreshing thereby making it rather easy to drink and the ABV isn't noticable at all, it just adds a nice and cozy warming factor.

I quite enjoyed this brew and may return again, maybe sipping in front of a fireplace with a blanket reading Yeats. It's that sort of beverage.


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Photo of horndecker
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the squat 33cl bottle.

Such a deep singed walnut color. Fine active tan head with lasting lace.
Aroma of roasted malt, butterscotch, sweet corn on the cob, citrus notes, chocolates, caramel, raisins. As the brew warms, more and more of these hints show themselves.
First taste brings roasted malts and stewed fruit. A little sense of Sarsaparilla follows, with a mildly bitter herbal flash at the end. The center is juicy but not overly sweet. One is left with a slightly bitter, very satisfying malt lingering on the tongue.
It's not as full-bodied as the appearance would have you believe, but very smooth and silky.
This brew varies a bit from bottle to bottle and year to year, as it should. I have never before caught a whiff of sweet corn in the nose, as I did this evening. But it's always delicious, satisfying and complex.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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)


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.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 2,276 ratings.