Grande Réserve Oak Aged
Bières de Chimay

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Bières de Chimay
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #6
Ranked #2,000
4.29 | pDev: 6.99%
Apr 02, 2022
Dec 04, 2015
Grande Réserve Oak AgedGrande Réserve Oak Aged
Notes: Aged in wooden casks

2019: 40% French Oak, 60% American Oak
2015: 64% French Oak, 36% American Oak
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4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Greywulfken from New York

Nice... I'm not a huge Chimay Blue drinker, but respect and appreciate the base beer as style-defining/style-classic strong Belgian dark ale... So this is that aged in oak barrels - there are/have been whiskey and rum versions, but this version is plain oak barrels... Great stuff - absolutely elevates the beer, adding toasty notes and drying elements to the base dark fruit and spice impressions... Medium-bodied, mild bitterness, moderate sweetness, subtle carbonation... Now, brace yourselves - this 12.5 oz. bottle cost $20.99 at Total Wine - whoa, right? - so the beer is great for the style and a definite win *but* that price is a big ask, and the reason this may be a one-time buy - though I'd pick it over the standard Chimay Blue every time...

Apr 02, 2022
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 22, 2022
4.21 by smithj4 from New York on Jan 30, 2022
4.23 by TheHammer from Canada (ON) on Dec 27, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

This is a great beer to close out the Christmas weekend.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Reddish brown color with with thin beige head and thin lacing. Pleasant smell and taste of dark sweet fruit. Dates, dark raisins, prunes. Warm spice, all spice. Sweet chocolate covered cherries. Smooth rich taste and feel. Nice beer to have on special occasion!

Dec 27, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mwilbur from Minnesota

2020 vintage
Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark ruby hue with 2+ inch bubbly light tan head with decent retention.
S: Dark cherry and dark dried fruit (soaked in booze) with warming spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), almond, vanilla, and a soft fresh wood note. Lovely and layered!
T: Dark cherry, cola, brown sugar, warming spice with soft wood, almond, and vanilla. Herbal mint and dark dried fruit. With warming, a vinous note emerges.
M: Medium body. Drinks surprisingly fresh and vibrant. Layers of malt sweetness. Some nice oak barrel elements with dry tannins. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: A lovely brew to be sure. The fresh and vibrant quality was a pleasant surprise and not typically found in barrel aged beers. Definite a brew that would go well with a holiday dinner.

Nov 11, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Bitterbill from Wyoming


Pours a dark brown with a long lasting head of foam. Good lacing.

Tons of dark pitted fruits in the smell. Vanilla and wood from the barrel.

The wood and barrel add some interesting aspects to this grande reserve that is lacking in the regular. Dark pitted fruits, Vanilla, booze...taste is to my liking.

The body feels on the thin side for a robust beer like this.

Very nice overall but at +$40 a bottle, one and done.

Nov 04, 2021
4.48 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 25, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Light fizzy head, low retention, dark brown color

Nose sweet malt, toffee caramel, dark candi sugar, dark fruits, toasted oak,

Taste big raw oak, toasted oak, mild sweet, candy sugar, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, little bitterness, smooth alcohol

Mouth is fuller bod, med fizzy carb

Oct 10, 2021
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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by dougchia from New Jersey

I’ve been waiting 50 years for this!

Apr 16, 2021
4.31 by VashonGuy from Washington on Mar 21, 2021
4 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Feb 20, 2021
4.71 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB) on Jan 27, 2021
4.18 by smi69 from New York on Jan 26, 2021
4.25 by archero from Texas on Jan 15, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Clear coffee blackish-brown with a tall khaki foam head that will happily tower over the glass if you let it, settling to a lumpy, airy foam leaving spongy thick lacing all over.

Smell is delicately spiced, like gingerbread but only lightly toasted, with hints of just baked pumpernickel and softened, warm apples and pears.

Taste is less toasty and also even softer in expression for the style and at such strength. It's ultra drinkable and incredibly inoffensive in every way. The nose takes the leads in flavor, where the delicate phenol becomes spiced pear with a touch of pumpernickel.

The body is smoothly rounded and silky smooth, with a fine, lightly tingly carbonation leading into a super quaffable semi-wet finish that's got a bit of perfumey herbal anise in the exhale. Jesus Christ I could chug this entire bottle...not only is there no booze at all for the ABV, it's just so crushable in all other aspects as well.

Jan 03, 2021
4.8 by Vylo from New Jersey on Dec 27, 2020
4.23 by SpaethJam from New York on Dec 25, 2020
4 by Mortarforker from Texas on Dec 23, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

Bottle into goblet. Pours a very dark brown with a minimal head. Initial impression is chocolate and oak, but there is a lot of subtle stuff going on in the background. Mouthfeel is medium; alcohol is quite well hidden. Finish is milk-chocolate sweet, with a slight spiciness. Overall, very interesting and very drinkable.

Nov 22, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

750 ml bottle, 2018, poured into a goblet

A- A brownish ruby red with a two finger off white head.

S- Dark fruits, figs, bananas, oak, earthy, hints of whiskey, floral.

T- Dark fruits, bananas, figs, hints of chocolate, oak, touch of whiskey, floral, earthy, hints of caramel.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- Barrel works well with this, amount of banana is a nice surprise.

Nov 07, 2020
4.7 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Sep 23, 2020
4.1 by Beer21 from Florida on Aug 16, 2020
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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by BelgianHops from Belgium

The best of Chimay. Even better than Rochefort 10 in my opinion. An amazing trappist. The taste is silky smooth, complex, delicate, refined and well balanced. The body is very good. The aged variant of the Grande Réserve is one of the best beers in the world. Outstanding.

Aug 13, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

Not a particularly attractive ale. Significant floaties and particulate, perhaps not on part with Rochefort 10 but close. Dark brown/light cola body. Small head production, and just as quickly disappearing to a ring around the edge.

Boozy nose wrapped in oak; the way the malt and yeast play with the oak, it almost gives off an impression of whisky or port barrel aging. Prunes, oak, dark bread, pepper, raisin, rum, brown sugar, fruit bread, pecan, a hint of cherry. The oak gives it a semblance of oxidation, but that doesn't actually seem to be the case.

Almost a touch fizzy up front, but it quickly settles down. Overall feel is smooth and full bodied, really engaging more and more as the sip settles. Long wet finish.

Chocolate, oak, and a slight meaty smoke, all blending with more traditional BSDA/Quad notes of prune and raisin. Strong caramel and brown sugar comes along on the second half, still wrapped in a blanket of oak. Touches of pepper.

The oak aging has really added something special and unique to this beer; it really hits like red wine up front. It makes for a completely different Quad experience, at once familiar and yet unique. Probably the closest analog is Pannepot.

Jul 19, 2020
4.16 by Birdlegs from Washington on Jun 11, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Mahogany brown in color with a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is of dark Belgian candy sugar, sweet malt, and oak. I’m tasting lairs of oak, Belgian candy sugar, and sweet, doughy malt. The mouth is smooth and yet moderately carbonated and crisp.

Apr 05, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Zorro from California

Clear brown ale with a small brown colored head.

Smells sweet. Scent of apples and fruit. Faint scents of cinnamon and brown sugar. Get the scent of apple brandy. Every sniff makes me thing fruit preserves. Defiantly an apple butter scent.

Starts out Spicy and sweet. Slight sour fruit note. Slight tongue sting. Something like a baked apple taste. Distinctly wine like. Doesn't say what sort of barrel but I think one was chardonnay. Certainly more complex than Chimay Blue.

Mouthfeel is good, it really gives your tongue a punch.

Overall completely different. Not sure I would pick this over Chimay Red but it isn't bad.

Mar 29, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

I had this with Dinner for valentines day poured cellar temp in a glass
The color is dark with opaque clarity and thick tan head with lasting retention.
The smell is very caramel dominant with a slight prune-raisin type sweet aroma. The smell of barrel in the aroma comes out more as it warms with mild vanilla quality.
The taste an feel have a lot to be desired - smooth and full of body with flavor of dark caramel and woody essence of barrel aging present and mild alcohol to round out with a mostly dry finish.
This is a great Belgian ale in its own right without any added barrel finish but it is great with the extra time in a barrel which compliments the base very well.

Feb 26, 2020
4.69 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Feb 02, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by pkalix from California

ryan nailed this in his review in April '19.... sorry to plagiarize but his 'smell' is exactly my 'taste'!

Stewed prunes and tart currants. Fruit cake, coffee cake, molasses, brown bread, bakers chocolate, slight hint of Concord grape, allspice and other vague baking spices, whiff of clove, and a soft backing off dusty oak.

i think i prefer the original more, and this definitely isnt worth the price i paid for this, but it's an interesting 'experiment' in a brew so many would have expected this from.

Jan 18, 2020
4.85 by VicBorghiani from New Jersey on Dec 27, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

I had the 2019 version of the Barrel Aged Chimay Grande Reserve. It tasted pretty similar to Chimay Grande Reserve (blue) with a note from the barrel aging.

Look: dark brown with a thick off-white head

Aroma: banana bread, dark fruits

Taste: The flavor is bread, perhaps raisin bread or banana bread, plum, raisin, hint of banana, yeast, a hint of oak and maybe liquor.

Body/Overall: medium body.

Dec 01, 2019
4.48 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska on Aug 19, 2019
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4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Wg1041 from Alaska

Pours coke brown. Mild carbonization. Good head.
Tastes of creamy fig and grapes. Sweet taste. Very smooth. No big alcohol flavor, very light. Funny, but it slightly tastes like port.
Love it! Excellence in a bottle

Jun 16, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

750ml bottle poured into a chalice. 2015 "oak aged" vintage.

A: Dark brown color with tinges of ruby. Off-white creamy head is present for as long as there is beer in the glass. Clarity is good. Lacing is spotty and minimal.

S: Stewed prunes and tart currants. Fruit cake, coffee cake, molasses, brown bread, bakers chocolate, slight hint of Concord grape, allspice and other vague baking spices, whiff of clove, and a soft backing off dusty oak.

T: Follows the nose. Deeply complex. Starts out sweet, with malt bringing layered flavors of brown bread, raw honey, fruitcake, and cocoa. Quick hint of Concord grape deep within. Prune and currant. Burnt crust. Bananas foster. Yeasty intricacies of clove, allspice, and other vague spices. Soft and subtle "dusty" oak flavors round things out. Dries quite a bit and finishes with a lot of lingering spice.

M: Full body with some weight that presses in gently, though the ample carbonation lifts a lot and helps keep it feeling airy and whipped, like heavy cream. Easy and warming in a very soothing way.

O: The barrel aging here seems to have been done not to imbue any sort of spirit influence (in fact there really isn't any), but to allow the beer to gain complexity through aeration and interaction with the wood itself. It works pretty well. What comes out of the barrel is one of the best beers in the world, with even a little more complexity and maturity that enhances things just one degree more. In particular I notice an uptick in ester contributions. This was a pleasure and a rare treat. I hear the later vintages are more spirit influenced, with congnac and rum editions. While I'd definitely be interested in trying those, it's tough for me to imaging them being better than this.

Apr 22, 2019
3.95 by CoreyC from Wisconsin on Mar 10, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

L: deep brown, tan head with tight bubbles, minimal lacing
S: plums figs Belgian yeast, not much bourbon
T: delicious, hints of Belgian yeast, bourbon, maybe cinnamon notes and plums
F: silky smooth, light whiskey on the finish
O: Chimay Blue has always been on of my favorites, and this is a nice variety

Dec 31, 2018
4.25 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Dec 29, 2018
4.21 by goopy from California on Dec 01, 2018
Grande Réserve Oak Aged from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 82 ratings