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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

6,261 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,261
Reviews: 2,145
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 272
Gots: 715 | 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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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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GABrew

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7%

07-02-2013 17:53:24 | More by swierczt
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-02-2013 04:16:12 | More by gskitt
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Mattyo421

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-02-2013 04:12:57 | More by Mattyo421
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Skwalk47

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-02-2013 00:50:11 | More by Skwalk47
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-01-2013 21:42:54 | More by mick303
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jzlyo

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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Invictus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-01-2013 01:04:18 | More by Invictus
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mverity

Florida

5/5  rDev +16.3%

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jborg

New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-30-2013 23:48:51 | More by Atomicskis5
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -30.2%

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Shagator

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%

Enjoyed immensely in La Grand-Place, Bruxelles and on my couch--each time poured from bottle into a snifter-goblet and consumed over roughly 25 minutes.

A nutty-red caramel brown color with virtually no translucency. Pours a one finger head with little retention. Endearing slow streams of bubbles continually rise to feed the speckled ring on the glass. Near the bottom, thick glycerin stares up from winey-warm sips.

The overall smell is of a light brandied fruitcake. Its bready malt draws in the mouth to take a bite. The candied plums, figs, and cherries are vibrant, and toasted walnuts suggest there will be some smoke in the flavor, as well. Caramelized banana fills the middle of each breath with some vanilla overtones. Orange and some lemon pierce the boozy air, carrying along a lingering cinnamon.

The alcohol and carbonation delay emergence of taste for just a moment while all those aromas crawl up the nose to set the stage. So, the banana is pressed down enough to allow more of a red sweetness to show in the form of cherries and currants. Lots of malt carries along some roasted pear. Orange peel with nutmeg and allspice bring to mind cidery holiday cheer. An aluminum taste-blade slices into the banana some more near the end of warmer mouthfuls. I would prefer a little less of the tropical fruit and just a bit more hopspice, but I know this is a centuries-old blend that's to be respected for what it is.

The tight, fine carbonation does a lively dance on the insides of lips and all over the tongue. Working together with the booze, it creates a bright burn that's mirrored in the gut as the 9% begins to collect. The tannic dryness of a wine offsets sweetness well and makes me reach for the glass again. Wait long enough between gulps, and buccal surfaces feel almost metal-polished--a reminder that there are hops doing their part. All these moving parts keep this fat, creamy monk from smothering you--he's jolly and round, but never too heavy. A true classic religious experience.

06-30-2013 02:31:11 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-29-2013 21:14:47 | More by NappyB
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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Florida

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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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Washington

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-28-2013 01:09:32 | More by Sokool
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,261 ratings.