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:
#976
Reviews:
2,417
Ratings:
8,008
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
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551
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2,083
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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

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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Photo of mwherritt
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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Photo of DMC43
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

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