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:
#954
Reviews:
2,414
Ratings:
7,995
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
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548
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2,078
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoneast
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JDJR
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VoxRationis
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a custom nonic pint; code L16-638, bottled in 2016.
A: Pours a clear, copper color with three finger, tan to light brown, foamy head with very strong retention, but modest lacing.
S: Lightly tangy/tart at first. Aroma of caramel to molasses malt and toffee.
T: Lightly sweet. Palate follows the nose. Bitterness a little in excess of what would count malty sweetness.
M: Light to medium bodied with solid, persistent carbonation.
O: Creamy, smooth, and delicious. Complex and flavorful. An excellent Abbey Ale.

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Photo of SleazySmurf
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly one of the best overall beers I have ever enjoyed. Very pleasant sweet and spiced maltiness with virtually no bitterness. The smell is of spice and reminds you of holiday cookies. The deep bronze color and ample off white head signal you that you're in for a treat.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Beautiful coffee color with creamy head
S: Malty scent with fermentation with an unique spice scent. A great scent of bakery was also notices. Slightly hoppy.
T: Sweet, light syrup taste. Premium malty flavor. Balanced taste. Creamy feeling in mouth. Excellent.
F: Balanced with rich body.
O: Smooth, sweet finish. A bit stronger and sweeter than Chimay Premiere.

Great Abbey bier, great buy. In the US, pilsner and india pale ale overwhelmingly dominate the market, but it feels good to go back to the basics and the fundamentals. Abbey bier for life.

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4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WJL2112
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay goblet.
Look was a deep reddish brown, with a large head that hung around for quite a while.
Smell was of malt and spice.
Taste was again spicy, a little bitter, but great complex flavors.
Feel was silky smooth, good carbonation, easy drinking for 9% ABV.
Overall, a great dark ale true to the Trappist traditions, and so very enjoyable.

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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kutrati
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

It pours a deep dark color with a foamy head that stays with it throughout the drink. Smell is sweet not sure from what but pleasant. Taste is where it shines, dark fruits coming in and a sweetness like molasses. The alcohol is there but it manly comes in in the aftertaste. Overall very good I really enjoyed it.

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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MinerBob
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Think Dr. Pepper of beers.

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4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elnachooo
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerveza de color rojo intenso, con una gran cabeza blanca que perdura por bastante tiempo. En su aroma frutal se distingue ciruelas y cerezas además de almendras. En boca es una cerveza dulce, cremosa, con notas de pan y caramelo.

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4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jeven1
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chensey13
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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2.96/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ahypercube
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first Belgian Ale I have had that is decidedly tastier than La Fin Du Monde.

L: Pours with a deep red cola body, so dark it seems opaque unless held to light. If you don't stir the sediment, it comes out very clear. Beautiful arcs of fine bubbles lace the glass and the khaki film of head lasts forever.

S: Soothing, sweet and creamy, with soft notes of brown sugar, vanilla and coconut held up by rich almond and black cherry, prune and fig. The base of the finish is soothing oat bread with clove, tobacco and a hint of toffee, with toasted acidic notes trailing off like sourdough crust.

T: Nutty almond swirls dives into sweet vanilla and creamy macadamia nut, beaching on a shore of dried apricots and raisins where coconuts and tobacco are getting toasted nearby on an oak fire.

F: Nutty, creamy, fuzzy, and dry. Perfect.

O: My first time giving a beer full marks across the board. A delicacy, without a doubt. Then again, it's fifty cents an ounce.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,995 ratings