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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

6,370 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,370
Reviews: 2,152
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 280
Gots: 773 | 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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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%

Beer_Chief, Sep 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Gators1in2014, Sep 13, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

JasW, Sep 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bdb2206, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

mbeerdino21, Sep 12, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

TomTC, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

thgreatrandini, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

JStampler, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jdash3d, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

diablo14, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ottodyer, Sep 08, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

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

mfnmbvp, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Fordknox, Sep 08, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +0.5%

Mididad, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

m_dub, Sep 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

pwoody11, Sep 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

AxlSkull, Sep 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

SCE2011, Sep 07, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

jimmyGdog3, Sep 06, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%

MikeD_beer, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

titvs, Sep 06, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -6%

TRiGS, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Hozat, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

goosebot, Sep 06, 2014
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,370 ratings.