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.

BEER STATS
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#994
Reviews:
2,419
Ratings:
8,019
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy dark brown, almost black, with lighter brown highlights. Topped by a creamy off white head with great retention and streaky lacing.
Smells dried sweet cherry, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, honey, toffee, toast, caramel, and hay. Rich, sweet, and spicy.
Tastes of dried sweet cherry, plum, fig, date, raisin, brown sugar, honey, molasses, toffee, toasted brown bread, ginger, and hay. Fairly sweet and caramelized throughout, with a moderately spicy and lightly dry finish.
Creamy and pillowy, medium-plus mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation.
A fantastic Belgian ale! One of my favorites.

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

Photo of blee0891
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nass
3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's very sweet with some dark fruit notes. This is not my thing & i'm not going to wait 5 years for it to age & mellow out either. Cheers! B-

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Photo of wc94wc
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

2017 bottle. Today 2019-01-31.
I've tried this a few times and found it too sweet for my tastes: I'm no expert beer reviewer, and do have a preference for pils, so this is foreign to me. Then I tried it one time with a ripe characterful raw milk brie cheese, and I loved it.
This time round the bottle is a little older (not sure if that a factor). the cheese isn't so good, but I'm loving the beer:
sure it's sweet -- but it's complex sweet -- and there's a perfectly balancing bitterness comes through after.
Carbonation is very fine, like bottle conditioned, the phrase 'melt in your mouth' came to mind -- not logical yet I found myself sipping again and again to get that wonderful smooth prickly mouthfeel with that lovely bitter finish.

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

Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rukeli76
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CisPiece88
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PJCarnell
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTVesely2019
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bottle, 2018.

Deep amber, lace.

Drive-by aroma is full of pear. Very strong and distinct. Taking a deeper sniff broadens that to phenols reminding me of Duvel.

Taste continues to concentrate on the fruit and the phenols with a bit of alcohol. Body is moderate, carbonation just right. A complex but not imposing bitterness envelopes the tongue, mixing a bit of hop-derived with yeast-derived notes. In a version this young, the phenols are still a bit rough around the edges, especially as the beer warms up. Alcohol is therefore a bit too prominent.

I wish this site allowed an easier way to review different ages of a beer. This one is still too clumsy to live up to its potential, yet it is already a very good classic. Having tried to clone Chimay myself, the nimbleness of this is actually quite impressive. The yeast very easily produces over the top aromas. Which gets tiring. Not here.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of -hr
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason_nwx
4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A Belgian Classic that was one of my first many many moons ago .
You can never go wrong :)
CHEERS !!

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

This is the Grande Reserve 2012. Pours a deep mahogany color with quickly dissipating khaki head. Nose is sweet malt and stone fruit with some holiday baking spices -smells really good. Taste is quite similar to nose. Finishes a little flat but it is 6 years old. It has held up quite well.

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

Photo of nasty15108
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1pt. 9.4oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

L - Poured a dark brown color with ruby edges. Had a nice rocky head of tan foam. Very impressive.

S- Slightly metallic with hints of bread, ripe fruit and baking spices.

T- Malty and slightly sweet with definite caramel and spice notes.

F - Medium bodied with a slight creaminess, slightly sticky, in a very good way.

A definite classic. Another one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of Heftklammer
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | 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 8,019 ratings