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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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2,263 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,263
Hads: 7,313
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 19.16%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,523 | FT: 16
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

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Photo of Tilly
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay challis a dark walnut haze.
Aromas of dark malts, pit fruits, and mild dates.
Tastes of cherry right of the hop. Vanilla, and some other fruits with mild alcohol at the finish.
Mouth feel is clean and creamy with a great carbonation that isn't over bearing.
I fell in love with Belgium beers through Chimay Red. This is a wonderful strong dark. Worth a try to be sure!

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Photo of Lovleystuff
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a my Chalice glass with a dark amber look to it and some haze. The head is very large and sticks around.

S: A light smell of dark fruits, nuts and cherries. Sadly the nose wasn't as appealing as I thought it would be.

T: After the disappointing nose I was pleasantly surprised by the taste as the rich darkness came to life with the dark fruits and nuts . Although it was rich and dark it did not overpower the beer into something of a required taste. Nice and smooth without any real taste of the %.

F: It had a really smooth feel and went down easily.

O: This is a good Belgian ale overall and helping out the monks has to be a plus :p

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Photo of tillmac62
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark amber (mahogany). Massive head volume, exceptional retention and normal lacing.

Nice, but somewhat light, nose of dark fruit (mostly raisin and date), grape and hints of cherry over caramel.

Light full bodied with a creamy texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, slightly complex but not well balanced due to the lack of alcohol coverage. The aroma flavors are present, but get overwhelmed by alcohol. It begins with dark fruit, then light caramel, over an underlying tobacco element. In the middle alcohol takes over and never relinquishes it's hold through the finish. Caramel and dark fruit notes are underneath, but are simply overwhelmed. Perhaps this bottle is old, but since it has no bottle date...

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Photo of gotweid
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge, off-white head thick as foam. Brown, amber in color and clear. Clingy lacing all down the glass on this one. Aroma of malt, grains and farm. Is slippery smooth, malty, a tad spicy, somewhat sweet & well carbonated and warming. There is a lot going on in this beer. Finishes semi dry. A perfect brew for anytime & season. Give this to your wine snobs.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy brown with a finger of dense, creamy head. Yeasty esters, bread, and lightly caramelized sugar take the nose.Tastes of bread, some alcohol, and a slight sweetness make this a great example of the style - a favourite of mine.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: A fluffy gold crown rests atop a churning haze of dark honey. You can practically see the viscosity of this famously "big" beer, which in true Belgian style, leaves the glass covered in lace.

Smell: Brings to mind the song "Elegantly Wasted." The strong scent is very much like a strong champagne cocktail. It is boozy yet bright, with a balanced cornucopia of both dark and light orchard fruit--dates, apricots, cherries, pears. Some oaky notes add to the alcoholic richness, and as the beer warms, it reveals some luxurious accessories in the form of rosemary, cloves, and cinnamon.

Taste: The initial taste is of tart golden apple cider topped off with a splash of bitters, but sweet and tangy apricot marmalade quickly takes over, and sticks around through the finish like honey. Caramel and brown sugar are curbed by a slightly harsh cherry cordial flavor. There are many strong competitors here, including a bell pepper taste associated with young red wine, but the malty flavor of freshly baked bread soaks them up in such a way that they are kept at a reasonable volume.

Mouthfeel: A satiny mouthfeel is clipped by an impactful dryness and sharp carbonation. The alcohol is so apparent in the taste, that it is less apparent on the throat and tongue.

Overall: This beer is all about juxtaposition, with clashing characteristics rising to such an intensity that they are on the verge of not quite blending. And yet, blend they do, when all is said and done. Chimay Grand Reserve is like a couture gown. It makes you cock your head and go, "huh?" for a second, but then all you can hope to do is marvel in its extravagant beauty.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Thick and creamy latte coloured foam head atop a dark cola like body with heavy streaming CO2 action.

Smell - Malty grain aroma is pretty strong here, plenty of brown sugar smells. Prune, raisin, apricot, plum and mild apple with some banana.

Taste - The flavor here is rather grape like almost towards a wine beer hybrid. There is light spice, mild smokey wood nuts and biscuit which combine to make a complex deep flavour that makes this immensely drinkable. There is also an abundance of fruit in the flavour here following from the nose prune, raisin, apricot, mild peach, plum, slight apple and finally some banana. There is also notes of honey in here making this a seriously flavorsome beer.

Mouth feel - Full and creamy this beer has some pretty good boozy warming tingle combined with the CO2 so there is a lot of activity in the mouth. There is a pretty cloying end to this beer as it is very sweet but it boasts some serious linger.

Overall - This beer is deeply complex in its flavour but it has some downfalls in the mouth feel so that it lost some marks there for me. Having said that no element of this beer drops below a four which makes it a winner

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a westmalle goblet. Dark brown with decent carbonation. Smell is belgian. Tastes like a strong dark belgian ale but I'm not a huge fan of the slightly bitter hop flavor which comes through especially in the aftertaste. Esters and sweet dried fruit are less prominent. A good dark belgian ale but for the price there are others I will buy first.

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Photo of Jasonkyeager
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

I was pleased with this one. It's hard to compare living in WV and not able to have a lot of great beer often. Tasted the floral hints after a sweet initial hit. Ended thick and wanting more. Had three with steak and stuffed shrimp. Excellent.

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Photo of RickyS
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is dark brown, almost coca-cola like, not quite as cloudy as I expected. Nice beige head, very creamy. The aroma is very nice. Dates, malts, brown sugar. The taste follows on the same notes with a bitter finish which I find atypical. Full bodied. Nice, but not up to my expectations.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark brown, poured a 2-3 finger creamy brown head that dissipated to 1 finger.

S - the alcohol gives a sweet smell. Dark fruits, raisins, dates, maybe some cherry notes.

T - Nice complexity of dark fruit flavors much like the smell. Definitely get those cherry notes. no clear hop presence other than a nice balancing bitterness for the sweet fruits. Finishes with some of the sweetness of the alcohol. Finishes dry and clean with little to no aftertaste.

F - Heavy almost syrupy, but works very well with the heavy fruit flavors, excellent.

Overall this is a very good beer, as I expected having tried the white and the red from Chimay. Trappist brews are quickly becoming some of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - At first pours a pretty dark brown, forms a white one finger head, which dissipates down to a film. After pouring the remaining yeast rich half inch, beer becomes very dark brown with cloudy yeast nuggets.
S - Notes of raisins, dates, and a mild malt presence.
T - Amazing, sweet, notes of raisins and bananas. Very fruity notes.
O - Extremely delicious beer. 5 stars.
V - Worth the price.

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Photo of thommo_nk
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary beer, probably the most well balanced ale I've ever tasted. This is the stuff hangovers are made off. The 9% abv is not overly obvious and it is so easy to drink.....this can lead to chaos.

On the negative side this beer is very expensive so you will need lots of beer tokens.

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Photo of snowman17
4.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far the absolute best ale I have ever had. It kind of spoiled me.
Been looking for a good cheaper replacement..... but as the saying
goes you get what you pay for. This ale is worth every cent I paid.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a light coating. Malty and nutty aromas. Smokey flavors but not too spicy, sour but slightly sweet, clear taste of alcohol at the end. Feels zesty, burnt, well balanced.

Overall : Very well crafted and balanced. Easy to drink trappist beer.

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Photo of Mike1962
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spent New Years Eve in Brussels. Asked in a restaurant for a good dark beer and given Chimay Grande Reserve (Blue). Amazing taste and after one glass set you in the right festive frame of mind. Great with cheese and understand matures with age. Brought several bottles home to UK. If you like dark beers, particularly Porters, then you will not be disappointed with Chimay Blue

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks: Translucent around the edges pale beige head comprised of tiny bubbles. Dark center mass wish copper highlights.
Smell: Right as I open the bottle I get hit with Belgian yeast, golden raisins apricots and pears
Taste: Dry and earthy with pistachios, almonds, toast and caramel and toffee flavor notes. Red apple on the warm up.
Mouthfeel: Dry and effervescent yet silken.
The bottom line? Available everywhere and a treat.
Overall: Dry and delicious. Toasty, nutty and full of my favorite Belgian flavors.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Christmas, and boy was it a Christmas treat. I really like the champagne-like quality of this dark, fruity brew. The taste of alcohol is definitely there (9% ABV) but does not overpower the drink. Taste is almost reminiscent of wine, with that bubbly texture on the tongue that tickles the senses. Overall, this is a very, very good Belgian Dark Ale.

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Photo of slee196
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Blue has a smooth Belgian body with soft carbonation and rich fruity taste.
Aroma is very pleasant. It smells like dates and caramel and some other dark fruits.
I like the aftertaste, not too bitter, not too thick; it's slightly heavy but pleasant.
Overall, it's a well-balanced beer, but I just don't think it's THAT special.
I think it's a bit expensive for the quality (a bit too much hype maybe? I personally prefer 3philosophers than Chimay)
Also keep in mind of its abv; it's 9% and pretty boozy.

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Photo of interzen
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens flute

Look: Dark brown - not quite as murky as the Première (red label) but still damn near opaque even when you hold it up to the light. Big, frothy head with considerable staying power.

Smell: Big malt up front, and quite sweet with it. Some toffee/caramel and burnt sugar notes too, with some vinegar as it warms up a bit. Overall, it smells as dark as it looks.

Taste:Very yeasty and malty up front with a certain booziness about it too, although at 9% ABV that's probably a given anyway. Others have noted a fruity finish but I can't honestly say that I got much of that, although there was a bit of vinegariness there. The malts run all the way through, although they're not as apparent in the finish. Not a massively complex taste profile.

Feel: Eminently drinkable, almost dangerously so. You've got to hand it to those monks, they've got the brewing thing down pretty much solid. Must be those years of practice and contemplation.

Overall: It's Chimay, so I was always going to like it. It's slightly heavier going than the Première but none the worse for it - definitely a beer for sipping whilst cogitating and a fine example of a Trappist dubbel. Widely available too, which is nice.

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Photo of gmattkennedy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Chimay. A little bit of after taste is probably the only thing bad I noticed....but that wouldn't discourage me to get it again.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice brown with a thick bubbly head. The lace retains well until the end of the drink, in which it disappears entirely. Great aroma that has elements of sweet malt, dry fruits and alcohol. Taste is malty, fruity, boozy and with a slightly bitter dry finish. Feel is full bodied. Little carbonation.
Overall, this is a good beer but not on the level of other Belgians I've tried. Still, I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

APPEARANCE - Dark brown, with a 4-finger head that dissipates slowly. Not much lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Nutty, sweet.

TASTE - Fresh, sweet, nutty.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, smooth.

VALUE - $8 for 11 oz. bottle - low price for an import at a restaurant.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Good drinking beer. Not overly boozy.

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Photo of jercasper
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I brought an Allagash White to a party once, thinking I was going to be treating my friends. But i was "one upped" by a friend who broke out a bottle of Chimay Grande Réserve. Even I had to bow. A bold flavor that's as smooth tasting as the sound of its name.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Two fingers of large bubbled , almost beige head, cap the top of the beer, with lacing all down the sides of the glass. Retention was great. Cloudy brown in color, appearing downright murky. Aroma of red wine, fresh baked bread, dates, and a very subtle spice note. This beer definitely was aiming for more of the dark fruit notes found in quads v.s the spicy phenolic notes. On the palate the maltiness comes through more but the dark fruit hangs around too. Bready and rich on the palate. Finish is of dark caramelized fruits. Alcohol doesn't even exist in this beer. It leans on the sweet side but still maintains a nice balance. Carbonation wipes the palate clean and keeps the drinker coming back sip after sip. Maybe not enough spice IMO but none the less a great offering, easily available and a real nice sipper.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 2,263 ratings.