Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as a Christmas beer in 1948, this dark ale has rich flavors of mulling spices and caramel, with a smooth palate and warming finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,782
Reviews:
2,368
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
527
Gots:
1,933
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 7,782 |  Reviews: 2,368
Photo of jkblr
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a Chimay chalice at fridge temp 9% ABV. Bottle code is L14-374. The beer pours bright and medium brown in color. There are ruby highlights if the glass is held to the light. Head is dense light brown in color and leaves significant lacing. Aromas of caramel, dark sugar, cherries, plums and raisins all take turns presenting themselves with each sip. The taste follows with waves of flavor. Dark sugar, dark fruit, cherry and malt all intermix for a unique flavor combination. This beer is neither sweet nor bitter. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, gently carbonated from bottle conditioning, soft on the tongue yet finishes dry. Overall, excellent. This is great stuff and certainly not an experience to pass over.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To be fair, Belgian's are not my favorite, but this is pretty good.

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Photo of ntomich
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Atg1095
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcbridec6
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Willgooding35
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of saboliver
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, rich aroma with dried fruit notes – figs, dates, raisins. Not especially powerful, but very nice indeed. Wonderful first taste. Very smooth, without too much carbonation (though the carbonation may have been reduced on opening). Buttery, sweet, with some roasted malt and the fruits that were evident in the nose. A breadiness in the background and perhaps some caramel and brown sugar. A warming and sumptuous beer to savour.

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Photo of mcthfg
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbstrange
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of briandschorr
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best dark ales that I have had the pleasure of enjoying. The spices and caramel come through with a great balance. This beer has a smooth and warming finish. For me, this is my go to when having Shepard's Pie.

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Photo of greedysoul
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pau622
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RDW
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of MKV
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: clean brown, fair head
Smell: dark and grainy, nothing spectacular
Taste: full bodied grain and roast flavors
Feel: a bit acrid on occasion, oddly enough, but nothing horribly unpleasant

The Blue is a beer best served with a good food accompaniment. I had mine with a burger with Chimay cheese on it - it was an absolutely fantastic pairing.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch. Its flavour only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma , while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of Nishriver
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bwbrev
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,782 ratings.
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