Bleue (Blue)
Bières de Chimay

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #2
Ranked #634
4.33 | pDev: 10.39%
Bières de Chimay
Bleue (Blue)Bleue (Blue)
Notes: Known as Grande Réserve in 0.75l bottles.

The Chimay Blue is a dark ale with a powerful aroma. Its complex flavor improves with passing time.
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Peach63 from New York

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a 1 inch tan head, which slowly fades. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma of cloves, raisins, caramel, nuts, roast malt, yeast.

Taste is cloves, figs, dates, malty, slightly sweet, spicy, Belgian yeast.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Semidry, spicy finish.

Now this is beer. Those monks sure know how to brew beer.

Monday at 03:56 PM
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 5/28/21

So, this is something of a classic beer we have here. That being said, my usual store doesn't carry it, so I was thrilled to see it while I was visiting New York! Realistically I could have found it at a different store closer to me, but I figured I might as well grab it anyways. I'm thrilled to try this one

Pours an opaque deep brown with 3 fingers of fluffy light tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose here is intoxicating, if not a bit simple for what it is. I'm picking up on aromas of plump raisin, brown sugar, overripe banana, brown bread, and toffee

It's definitely more spice forward in taste, but finds a nice balance between spice and fruity yeast. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting dark malt, black pepper, rich caramel, plum, and a touch of earthy hops. The swallow brings it back to more familiar territory, bringing notes of raisin, apple skin, toasted malt, candi sugar, and a touch of clove

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a surprisingly refreshing and light beer for the abv. Finishes mostly dry with a nice sweetness

A damn good beer! I can certainly see why it's considered a classic, better than the Rochefort 8 tbh. I wanna get some more to see how it ages

Apr 29, 2021
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chiarnglin from California

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deliciously complex. Nutty, bitter aftertaste hides the floral headnotes, you'll take some time thinking through what flavors are coming across. One of the best Belgian representatives I've had! Quite easy to drink actually.

Apr 14, 2021
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HugoBossk from California

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a dark brown/amber that shines slightly red in the light. Large head that lingers long after the pour with appropriate legs/lacing.
S: Smell approaches long before the glass reaches your nose. Smells quintessentially Belgian, with the yeast and spice coming through strongly on the nose.
T: Dark fruit and raisin flavors dominate with a tinge of spice, yet not as spiced as many Belgian holiday offerings. Hides its ABV well, eminently sippable, and grows in depth and complexity as it warms.
F: Light medium body with a good carb level. Incredibly smooth drinker.
O: Absolute classic, springs to mind first when I think of Belgian ales. Still retains its majesty after decades; a beer that deserves to be respected and loved!

Mar 26, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle. Label marking is 'L20-416'.
Ruby brown colored body. Back lit color is a reddish brown. Two fingers of off white head, which sticks around as a thick cap. Some partial lacing sheets left behind.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, caramel malts, and raisin/date dark fruit.
Taste is initially sweet with the caramel malt, followed by the dryness of the yeast. The raisin and date flavors swirl throughout. Kind of dry at the end, which follows because of the higher ABV%.
Thicker mouth feel with the drying tug. Good carbonation.
So good as an exploration into the Belgian yeast, with the other rich flavors of caramel and dark fruit. Easy to drink but conducive to sip and savor. Tastes Old World-ly and free of gimmicks and tricks.

Mar 06, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: super dark almost black with a think white head

Smell: malt, raisin, yeast

Taste: follows the nose with some plum/raisin, nice maltiness, and a good funky yeast

Feel: very smooth, rolls gently over the tongue

Jan 19, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep burgundy in color, almost black, however, against the light it's like brown sugar. Fine fluffy khaki-colored head, like it was made from marshmallow. I poured a 50°F glass into a regular cup and the foam was out of control. The label specifically instructs you not to use a regular glass, instead use a tulip glass. After switching vessels, the head now works as intended, receding into a thick dessert-like lacing. The bottle itself is made from thick expensive looking glass. The sound of the cork popping off is a real party starter.

S: It is well developed and the yeast did lots of work. The nose resembles candied prunes, par for the course of Belgian strong ale.

T: Roasty toasty malty notes. Not bitter as I anticipated, but bitter enough to counterbalance the caramelized sweetness of the malt. This is delicious beyond my expectations.

F: Surprisingly smooth. Can you believe it's 9%?

O: Despite it's intimidating appearance, it is a gentle giant. A lovely treat.

Jan 13, 2021
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GregBarleycorn13 from New York

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe my tastebuds weren't in a good place but this didn't taste much different than other belgian strong dark ales that I've had. The smell was on par with most.

Jan 02, 2021
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iamclifford from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best, obtainable belgians I've had. Always get the 750ml bottle and pour into wide mouth glass. Darker, malt and yeast nose. Taste is similar to nose and had a dry finish.

Jan 01, 2021
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summitsix from California

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tulip glass
2:30 in the afternoon on NYE 2021

L: deep mahogany brown, dense beer foam floating on the top
S: Belgian yeast galore, complex spice and fruit aromas
T: stone fruit, raisins, spicy, dry finish
F: pillowy
O: a world class brew from world class brewers, sip it slowly, it's complex, and improves with time as the temperature rises

Dec 31, 2020
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Burgundy, thin cap of off white bubbles.
Smell: Hay, grape, stone fruit, black pepper.
Taste: Brown sugar, raisin, wheat, oak, sweet booze, dry.
Feel: Perfect.
Overall: Good shit.

Dec 10, 2020
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Robinshutedrums from England

4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown strong Belgium beer. Tastes oak aged, like its been matured for few years, dried fruits and slightly sweet. One of the best beers going. This is a fantastic beer!

Nov 19, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Quite deep chestnut brown, pours slightly hazy with 1Cm pale tan head.
S- Quite deeply malty-rich.
T- Very Belgian Dark. Deep, quite pungent, deep rich malts, some liquor-ish edge which is hardly surprising given it's 9%ABV.
F- Rich deep and pungent and yet very smooth. Would make a great winter-time slow-sipping beer for the evening, or to accompany dessert.
O- Very nice, nothing seems at all out of place though overall it's arguably a bit of a blunt instrument which would benefit from more definable characteristics. The ABV% is also arguably a bit loud-and-proud given the 9% here is pretty full-on, but shouldn't be coming over as quite such a boozy brute.
330ml bottle Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. BB: 07/2025.

Nov 03, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanksgiving dinner beer.
Pours slightly reddish tinged brown with finger and a half of tight foamy tan coloured head.
Love the aroma - toffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, malty and doughy.
Tastes of dark fruit, fruit cake, dates, raisin - caramel, brown sugar, malty, just a touch of tart cherry note at the back with subdued boozy note.
Smooth clean medium full mouthfeel with plummy brown sugar sweetness fading to a crisp finish.

Oct 13, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours very dark. Another reviewer described it as burnt umber and that is pretty spot on. Huge 2 1/2 finger tawny head on an aggressive pour. Five minutes after pour the head is still a finger or more of dense bubbles.
Smell: Very subtle. Slight hint of esters, and a vague medicinal smell.
Taste: Brown sugar, plums and raisins.
Feel: Rich and full bodied, with a smooth dry finish.
This beer begs to be sipped by a fire on a cold winters night. The lack of smell is a significant weak point IMHO considering the beers worldwide reputation. My least favorite of the Belgian Quads on offer at the LCBO. For me it earns a B+

Oct 06, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Fantastic appearance. This beer pours burnt umber in color with very high carbonation, a beautiful 2" parchment head, and moderate lacing. It appears cloudy.

S - Heavy malt and bread on the nose. Clean and earthy.

T - Caramel, malt, barley, bread, yeast, coffee, and raisin notes come through quite profoundly; malt and barley being at the forefront specifically. This is a very complex beer. In the front of the palette this ale seems slightly sour and bitter. Though, in the back of the palette, this ale seems sweet. This offering is interesting and mysterious.

M - Pleasantly full yet non-lingering. This brew is dry but refreshing.

D - I wouldn't consider this a session beer due to its higher alcohol content. However, this is a very easy drinking ale considering its high ABV. I am by no stretch of the imagination a Trappist aficionado but I will say I highly recommend Grande Réserve. This is my favorite Chimay offering.

Oct 02, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoy this one. Not too expensive, excellent Trappist, lacks the creamy texture you might find in the more expensive and celebrated. Trul a belgian beer worth enjoying

Sep 30, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Belgian dark ale! The look isn't super-appetizing, but it's a got a nice lingering off-white head on top of a brown body. The smell for me was the weak point - there just wasn't much there. But the flavor was great, deliciously rich. The feel, for a 9% beer, was dangerously smooth and easy-drinking. In fact, I just finished a large-format bottle of this bad boy. At the price point, not an everyday beer, but definitely worth trying on a special occasion. I recently reviewed Bernardus' "12", and I preferred that one slightly to this, but they were both excellent.

Sep 29, 2020
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ELS from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I’ll admit that this isn’t my favorite style but still I have to say I wasn’t impressed with this beer. It looks good with a nice dark brown color and some tan foam. I had it on tap in a Chimay Glass. Smell was nutty, malty. Taste was light and the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Maybe this is a simple beer and I was expecting a little more complexity. I was looking for more malt and it was leaving me wanting. To be fair, I’ll try it again out of the bottle. Maybe on tap isn’t the best way to serve this beer although I almost always prefer draft beer.

Sep 17, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky, mahogany brown body; excellent head, thick and foamy. A little nutty, a little brown sugar, a little fig and date in the aroma. Dark, dry pitted fruit flavors reminiscent of figs and dates; candi sugar; minor presence of alcohol; rye-like malts. Heavy body; soft and velvety; outstanding residual sugar body; semi-sweet mouthfeel offset with a touch of boozy warmth.

Opening the chilled bottle produced a minor gusher, but not too much beer was lost. The smell wasn't very strong but yielded some soft and varied elements. The beer really shines through with the taste. It's well-balanced, not too sweet, definitely not very boozy, nicely malty. I like this beer and plan to revisit it more often.

Aug 24, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chimays are just fantastic and this is what I will tell you after each one I have. They are made with craft, still so very simple yet they are magnificent.
This one has everything right too, what I appreciated the most is its flavor, how the hops interplayed with the malty body, quite intensive hoppiness with not too sweet caramel malts, backed by that boozy punch just like when you’re having cognac cherry.
These beers are an experience, they give you something special when you’re drinking them, you don’t just chug one down. They surely gave me an introduction to the Trappist family of Belgian beers and boy am I grateful for that!
I will seek Chimay out and be glad every time I have them again!

Aug 21, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best trappist man can drink. Smooth yet delicate, complex and mature. Lovely hints of raisins, chocolate and a subtle hoppiness. Perhaps the best beer in the world.

Aug 13, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: dark plum
Smell: plum and Belgium sugar
Taste: sweet dark plum, prune, brown sugar, Carmel malt
Feel: medium full, more full than medium. Pleasantly carbonated.
Overall: an amazing Trappist beer. THE amazing Trappist beer? Perhaps

Jul 26, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-dark red-brown tap pour with a thin, fine foam cap and an aroma of candi sugar. The flavor is carmelized candi sugar with fig and a bit of cherry. It is rich and decadent. The finish is drying. This is superb.

Jul 20, 2020
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marcablanc96 from Missouri

4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is obviously an amazing beer. The only question is if it's better than Bernardus 12. While Bernardus seems to get more attention, Chimary Grande Reserve is, for me, the Archbishop of trappist beers. Simply the best. It is the beer I have on the most special occasions.

Jun 14, 2020
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