Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BA SCORE
4.3/5
7,810 Ratings
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:
#502
Reviews:
2,376
Ratings:
7,810
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
529
Gots:
1,947
Trade:
17
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Photo of C_Pel
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Metalsnota
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robrio89
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

From a 2016 750ml bottle. Pours dark brown with big, fluffy head. Slightly sour smell with some sweet malt aromas. Medium feel. Very smooth taste with dried fruit, sweet malt, and yeast flavors. Very good.

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Photo of Phineasco
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Brown, clear, with large white head. Medium high carbonation.
Smell: Caramel, toffee, and raisins.
Taste: Caramel, toffee, banana, and clove.
Mouthfeel: Medium
Overall: A solid Belgian dark ale from Chimay.

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Photo of crawmcgraw
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dandy14
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kookaburras
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of mizzydawg
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First Trappist ale I've tried. Unbelievably smooth. Smooth texture I've not found in anything else. Very balanced. Not too sweet not too bitter. Just right. Favorite dark ale

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

Photo of pegelstrand
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mollykats
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skabiski
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Vidblain
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csmrx7
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewVenture2
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a great strong beer. With notes of chocolate and syrup. A very dark and savory beer. Would be great in the coming colder months.

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

Photo of Shortbox81
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a clear medium amber with a three-finger off-white head produced with gentle pour. Great retention and some lacing
S -- Warming sweet malts, blueberry, banana, fig, caramel, and raisin
T -- Lots of dark fruits, yeast, banana-like sweetness, clove, and brown bread. Teeters on the edge of being cloyingly molasses-sweet on the finish, but doesn't quite fall off
F -- Big and chewy. Well carbonated thanks to the bottle conditioning.
O -- Solid Belgian. Pretty expensive, though. I'd generally stick with Unibroue's Maudite

84/100

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Photo of Timothee
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding beer. My personal favorite. The complexity of the taste is delightful and will suit amazingly well any type of red meat. - A Belgian guy.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,810 ratings
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