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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: 2,242
Hads: 7,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 409
Gots: 1,410 | FT: 16
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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 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. (423 characters)

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. (335 characters)

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. (263 characters)

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. (822 characters)

Photo of Nico4
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. I drink it out of a goblet. Pours very nice with about 2 inches of foam which will slowly settle. Good carbonation. T- it Is what you'd want out of a Belgian Trappist beer on steroids. All the hints of dates, carmel, and also has a nice spice. Overall this beer is a top five beer in my opinion. Good alcohol content and good on any occasion but preferably cold weather. I like to eat a steak and Caesar salad while drinking it. Price is the only negative (481 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Brownish copper. Malty aroma with some caramel notes. The flavor profile is definitely malt forward but there are dry notes on the finish. The alcohol is well hidden for such a high ABV offering. (198 characters)

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

Heyo! This one will grab you by the boo-boo! Outstanding indeed. Powerfully rich with accented spices. Zesty and slightly creamy going in and with a bang going down. After-feel is a bit dry but makes me smack my lips in satisfaction anyways. Alcohol flavor is strong -- so definitely will turn tamer tastes off -- but does not detract from the experience in my opinion.

This has been one of my favourites for a looong time and I always look forward to it when I'm feeling like a treat. (492 characters)

Photo of IKody
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Wow. Im speechless. I don't think a taste review would do this beer justice. All I can say is this was my first belgian strong dark ale and I'm hooked!
Cheers (159 characters)

Photo of gbarbee
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Appearance: Amber
Smell: Fruity and malty
Taste: Caramel and slight chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Full
Drinkability: A great beer and the makes me think of the classic Belgian Style. My favorite out of the three Chimays.

Serving type: bottle (236 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Review taken from notes Spring 2014. I've jotted down notes on more than 7 occasions with this brew.

750 ml brown Chimay trapping style bottle. Corked and capped in typical Chimay style. Label is blue in color featuring many great Belgian trappist monk artwork I have no less than loved from the beginning of kt craft beer days. Poured into an authentic Chimay trappist goblet.

A - massive head on the pour which displays a very unique tan color which you'll only find on authentic trappist dark ales. It settles after what seems like forever and leaves a thick ring of lacing leaving incredible like stick. Body color is trappist brown with hints of the brown side of dark, mahogany ruby gleaming through when held to the light. Yeast sediment and particles are at full force and only add to the experience.

S - doughy bread like yeast with a buttery sweet caramel note that's simply a trademark of Chimay. A nice semi hoppy note of orange peel and a faint whiff of ripe apple. The more Chimay Blue warms dark fruit really sets within the nose. A mild whiff of alcohol and spice in the background. A simple yet pleasing trappist aroma.

T - the flavor really takes on the simplicity of the nose and hammers home great monk style taste. Sticky, sweet, buttery caramel let off a near candy corn note within the mouth. Doughy Chimay style yeast with big dark fruit flavor. A soft candied orange note creeps up followed by a mild alcohol and spice finish. Delightful flavor.

M - upper medium in body. Displays spot on thickness as intended in this monk brewed ales. Just a perfection of a body for the style. A semi dry spiciness in the finish. Mild alcohol warming that adds even more depth and complexion to the mouthfeel.

O - Chimay Grand Reserve or Chimay (Blue) as most refer to it as, is a simple yet world class Belgian Strong Dark ale and really the perfect option to begin with exploring bigger Trappist ales. It's been a real favorite of mine since our first encounter, and one I'll grab on a few more than special occasions every year. Just a classy ale from a classy brewery. Chimay offering are all world class, but the blue is their way of showing you how talented and perfected a beer recipe can be. (2,222 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11%

This is a five year old bottle from my cellar.
Hints of sherry greet the nose with prune, dried fruit and alcohol notes.
It pours hazy brown with a slight, rapidly dissipating head that produces lace and has some legs.
The palate is mostly dried fruit and light sherry with some caramel in the background. Surprisingly, the beer has no big oxidized flavors even at 5 years and no discernible hops.
Medium body and above average carbonation. (444 characters)

Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11 oz Bottle poured into a firestone glass.Smell is very sweet.Lots of fruity smells.Apple.maybe pairs.The taste is sweet but not to sweet.A very nice 9.0ABV but well mixed so that the alcohol is not up front.Very easy to drink.Lots of spices mixed in.Give it a try.Can be found almost everywhere. (297 characters)

Photo of JackieKu
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Poured into tulip.

A: Dark brown. Hazy. Poured with a lot of foam, and long retaintion.
S: Toffee, somewhat lychee. (Esters?)
T: Malty. Medium- sweet. Toffee. Some alcohol if warmed. Fairly bitter but other flavors pull it down, a.k.a. balanced.
M: Full to medium bodied. Medium carbonation.
O: World-wide generally available, still excellent beer. Have drunk and enjoyed it several times. (404 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Got the Chimay gift box with the special goblet and one of each of their world renowned offerings.

A - Deep brown color that is almost ruby in the light. Medium white head with fine bubbles. Slightly cloudy from the yeast still in suspension.

S - Lots of the typical Belgian yeast spice character (phenolic) predominant. Just underneath that are the strong malt and caramel tones with some fruit character like dark cherry. No hops but this beer isn't made for it.

T - Very similar to the smell the Belgian character holds true but isn't the only player with lots of malty goodness sitting on a bed of the caramelized sugars. Has a lot of sweetness but the spice character helps and It's a complex beer that gets even more complex the more your tongue gets used to the Belgian flavors and it warms pulling you more in to the depths of this Belgian strong ale.

M - Full mouth-feel that isn't too cloying. Has some light bitterness and finishes complex with an aftertaste that isn't exactly the same as the flavor but doesn't stick to your entire mouth. Light carbonation making the flavors sit longer on the tongue letting you take in all of the complexity.

Overall, an amazing beer that has such depth and intrigue. Not a beer that I could drink more than 2 of but it is a delicious beer that I would strongly recommend. There is plenty to discover in this bottle and I would get this again. Give this beer a try and I'm sure that you will taste an adventure that you won't easily forget.

Glass- Chimay branded Goblet (1,523 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is dominated by a tart and fruity aroma in the vicinity of prune, raisin, and overripe apple; also present is some woodiness, clove-like spiciness, nutty and toffee-like malt, and soft alcohol. The (cider-like) body is cloudy and deep orange-ish brown in color; the light tan head is large and somewhat creamy. The flavor includes pronounced, bread-like malt and strong but smooth alcohol. It is also spicy (clove, nutmeg) with a dark fruitiness reminiscent of molasses, prunes. The finish is spicy but the malt lingers longest. It is highly carbonated with a carbonic bite; there is considerable alcohol warming; the body is on the light side but boosted by the carbonation.

Complex and intense. For my tastes it's a bit heavy on the alcohol, and the spritzy carbonation seems to detract from its potential richness, though to be fair these qualities are not uncharacteristic of the style. (902 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip on 03.31.14.

A: 4 finger head. Almost nearly opaque dark red/brown.

S: Dark berry, earthy, bready, wheat. Very complex. Some sweetness.

T: Dark berry, wheat bread dominate. Ripe banana, plum, malt, sweet yeast are there too. There is some alcohol burn on the back end.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: This was an impressive and very complex beer.

Rating: A+ (393 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Hazy brown color, highly carbonated, with thin well-retained head (3/3)
S: Strong raisin and banana with a lingering alcoholic and apple tinge (9/12)
T: Very strong fruity flavor profile, with the sweeter of the fruits’ sides above playing a starring role, a little bit of tannic coffee at the very end, but that may be an effect of the dryness (17/20)
M: Very bubbly up front and dry finish (4/5)
O: A very solid beer. It does a very good job of hiding its ABV behind the fruity flavor and aroma profiles. This beer begins and probably ends a night if you buy the large bottle. Drink with caution, but definitely drink it.(8/10)
41/50 (643 characters)

Photo of reop013
4.75/5  rDev +11%

One of the best beers I have had. Definitely a good dark Belgian Ale; not bitter, not too malty. Perfect balance.

If you can get your hands on one of these, you would be doing yourself a favor! (199 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
5/5  rDev +16.8%

The only disappointing thing here is that 'The Bros' don't rate this Divinely inspired beer a perfect "100." This is perfection in taste, appearance, mouthfeel, and everything else. As close to heaven as you'll get in this world brother. (239 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.28/5  rDev 0%

750 ml bottle, vintage 01/2012 according to the cork . My first encounter with a bottle of Chimay, and I think also my first encounter with a genuine Trappist ale. Expectations are high based on this beer's good ratings.

Poured into a Coca-Cola goblet.

A - It pours a beautiful reddish caramel colored body, very dark, with lots of particulate yeast sediment floating in the glass. About two fingers of bubbly foamy tan head that fizzles it's way out of existence. No lacing on my goblet. Looks very nice, either way. 4

S - I hate goblets for their lack of aroma, but I'm picking up notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, Belgian candi sugar, and a hint of alcohol. 3.5

T - The taste is very delicious. Sweetened dark fruits - plums, raisins, figs, Belgian candi sugar, toffee / caramel, & a distinctive yeast character. A slight metallic / well water note is discernable, but neither distracting or off-putting. Very delicious. 4.5

M - The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, & creamy. I am absolutely in love with the feel of this beer; smooth enough that I could drink it all day. Perfect carbonation. Goes down ridiculously easy for a 9.00% abv beer.

Overall, an extraordinary example of the style, and I can't wait to try more of these. This has definitely changed my outlook on what a great Belgian style beer can be. I would love to see what some serious age would do to a bottle of this stuff. Highly recommended; I can't wait to try more.

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) -----4.5/5 (1,493 characters)

Photo of titvs
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33cl - batch L14-273. AROMA: malt sweet aroma and esters reminiscent of vanilla. no hop aroma. faint metallic aroma in the background. APPEARANCE: coppery-brown color with a large ivory head with good retention. clear. TASTE: sweet malty flavour with vanilla notes. no hop flavours. some solventy-like flavour present. low bitterness and dry finish. PALATE: high carbonation with no carbonic acid. smooth alcohol warmth. medium to medium-light body. OVERALL: a slight above-average bulk belgian strong ale. (567 characters)

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

Appearance: Deep amber with an active, cream coloured head. Looks very rich.

Smell: Some bready notes over an undercurrent of slightly sweet autumn fruits – apples, raisins, and the like.

Taste: A sweetish wave of fruit and malt comes up front, followed by more bready notes with Belgian yeasts – a bit of sourness. The beer finishes out sweet, with more dark fruit notes, some caramelly elements, and a mild alcohol flavour that provides a nice warming and emphasizes some peppery, licorice-y flavours in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth, moderately heavy on the palate, very good.

Overall: A pretty exceptional beer – complex, interesting, well balanced and delicious. It goes very well alongside a nice chunk of Chimay à la Bière. (757 characters)

Photo of jaerendal
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Quality in a bottle. It has everything you need from a premium beer. The high alcoholic strength means it has more depth and the ability to carry all the flavours without being sickly. An antidote to the majority of english beers which often have impressive flavours but lack the depth the alcohol brings. Well done Monks and Brewers at Chimay (343 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 5.59/11.2 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Bottle marked L13-248 at cellar temp into snifter
Aroma of figs and dates
Head light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to partial ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown, nearly opaque
Flavor primarily of dates and figs, somewhat sweet, hint of alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

This is a decent Belgium dark, with a nice aroma and subdued taste. The fizziness and lack of head and lacing detract from the appearance for me. (498 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 25 oz. bomber into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Clear copper with an inch tall offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: None

t: Mellow ripe dark fruit. Dry finish. High ABV (9%) is incredibly well covered.

m: Medium, good body, almost silky smooth. Lots of carbonation tingle from the bottle conditioning.

o; An elegant-tasting treat, a wonderful sipper but would seem to go well with just about any meal. Well-deserving of its high rating. (492 characters)

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
95 out of 100 based on 2,242 ratings.