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
Ranking:
#548
Reviews:
2,398
Ratings:
7,917
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of opieo
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RayCannata
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jripley97
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Michelleroo
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LauraMancini
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tim725
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoshJ
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chitoryu12
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep, opaque brown with a one-finger white head that remains for quite some time. Has a little hazy amber tinge when held up to the light.

Smell: Sweet fruits, almost like wine with a bit of malt and hops in the back.

Taste: Raisins, dark chocolate, and hops are the predominate flavors. Subsequent sips have some banana esters.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but quite carbonated.

Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had. The quintessential Trappist beer.

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3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stebbi7833
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pizzabutt
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.

appearance: poured with a nice 2 finger high foamy and bubbly head, closer to white than off-white but still ever so slightly tan. the beer itself is a beautiful deep garnet red. great head retention, stayed about 1/2-3/4 inch the whole time.

smell: smells strongly of raisin or prune. a hint of spice, like cinnamon and clove. very light molasses undertones. as the description alludes to, it smells like a wintery beer.

taste: raisin, spices. follows the nose pretty closely. an initial taste of dark dried fruit like prunes followed quickly by a mellowing out with a bit of spiciness (imagine almost an apple cider type spice). the aftertaste that follows is slightly bitter with a bit of the same flavors as before.

feel: nicely smooth. fairly slick, with some carbonation. the carbonation is strong enough that i'd consider this a good "summer cool-down beer", if not for the fairly heavy feel and complex flavors.

overall: a timeless classic. a great strong dark ale with lots of layers of flavor and a thoroughly enjoyable smoothness.

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Photo of phawks
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of johnlatona
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jamesefleming
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thankfully, the blue is more widely available in the U.S. than most any other quad or strong dark Belgian ale. When I enter a restaurant and request the beer list and see this blue is available, I sigh with relief. There certainly are better quads or strong dark Belgian ales, but I always enjoy this classic.

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4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cardfan212
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - Opaque dark brown with a mild white head that quickly tamed down.

Smell - Lots of dark notes like molasses, raisins, and plums. I'd love for a scented candle that smells like this.

Taste - Similar molasses and raisin tones from the nose, but also a bit of banana, cinnamon, and pear. Every sip was something new, and one 11.2 ounce bottle definitely isn't enough to experience it all.

Feel - Thick and creamy with a very low carbonation, almost a flat feeling. The 9% alcohol doesn't show itself.

Overall - Exciting and rewarding all around. Belgian monks sure know how to brew.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timon
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty well done. A good balance of malts, hops and sweet spice. However, too boozy for 9%, imho. You really feel every percentage point in your mouth and throat in the aftertaste. Rating would be a bit higher if they hid the alcohol better.

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,917 ratings