Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay

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

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

Had it with Rochefort 8 and Gulden Draak. Dark brown, almost black in colour, dark and dried fruits on the nose and palate, pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. It deserves to be on the top of the list of this beer style, right there with Rochefort 8. Don't drink it cold!

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours two fingers of mocha foam. Dark opaque brown colour, have to hold it up to the light to see the dark ruby Amber colours. Looks handsome.

First scent is grape juice and figs and hints of burnt brown sugar. Fruit scents are really bursting here. Smells like it's going to be sweet.

Taste is richer than the scent, bright fruit juices turn to dried fruits like prunes and dates and Thompson raisins. Baking spices for a rum cake roll over the tongue. Reminds me of traditional German Christmas desserts Kompot and Stollen. Finish is booze burnt caramel, and I may detect a little bitterness for half a second.

Quite a bit of carbonation on the tongue with a fairly thick juicy feel to it.

Overall it's incredibly rich and full bodied, more so than the red, with smother and more well rounded fruit flavours that are expected in this type of Trappist ale but oft not as well executed. Simply great and the sweet ness which I can often find overbearing is nicely checked throughout.

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Photo of zebco
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 11.2oz bottle into the widest glass I had clean...a pint glass. Shame on me but hey, I was thirsty. Being somewhat new to the world of "tasting beer", I have recognized the Chimay label quite often but never tried it. A creamy, off-white head atops this red-orange, cloudy brew. Fruit, caramel, and brown sugar aromas. The fruit aromas roll onto tounge. Figs. Raisins. Has a full-bodied mouthfeel. Somewhat dry also. The 9% abv is well hidden IMO. A great, flavorful brew. A classic from the other reviews I'm reading. I'd like to try the other Chimay colors before I revisit this one. Maybe even buy one of those expensive varitey packs that carry them all and then I can compare all three.

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Photo of kylephillips
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a wine glass

Pours an opaque dark brown color. Light tan head diminishes quickly.

The smell is fruity, sweet and roasty all at once. Something in the aroma reminds me of cinnamon danish! Just a hint of estery yeastiness.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation medium. Just a bit of alcoholic bite to it.

Taste is very malty, almost brown ale like, but with a sour bite to it. Bitterness is minimal. Bitterness and roastiness help to round out the flavor for an extremely balanced beer. Aftertaste reminds me of some flavor in whiskey! Not sure what this is though.

Drinkability is awesome. Each taste leaves me wanting more, just to figure it out. This is a very complex beer.

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Photo of Almasrik
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice.

Pours a murky dark brown with a two-finger, fluffy, creamy off-white head from an aggressive pour; recedes to a still-substantial half-inch dense cap that lasts and lasts.

Aroma is starts off with a big dose of raisins, spicy alcohol and some earthy yeast blending a nice bit of brown sugar.

Taste is dark fruit (raisins, red grapes), spicy alcohol bite is prominent, and a body that pulls out thoughts of brown sugar-laden spice bread. Earthy finish balances the richness with a nice, semi-bitter alcohol, raisin, and red grapeskin bite after flashes of spicy brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, fluffy, beautiful Medium bodied, soft, fliuffy carbonation just slides along the tongue. Alcohol is big in the exhale but manageable, alongside a bit of earthy yeast.

Drinbkability is excellent for the size - full flavored and delicious, with a hefty alcohol presence that always seems well-integrated, balancing, and flavorful rather than out of place.

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Photo of Dreizhen
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a Cantillon chalice. Bottled 2012.

Appearance: Poured a one-finger head. Quickly dissipates in thickness, though a thin layer of foam remains on top. Cloudy, red. Moderate carbonation

Smell: Dark fruits and some chocolate. Some spice. Some malt.

Taste: Dark fruit carries over, but the chocolate really swells here. Spice and malt towards the end. Beginning is certainly not weak, but it builds into something really special. One of the stronger middles I’ve tried out of all of the Trappists I’ve had so far (especially compared to say the Rochefort 8). Good finish.

Mouthfeel: Light for a dark Trappist, but still somewhat heavy. Good carbonation, silky smooth.

Overall: Surprised me in a very good way. I somewhat stuck my nose up at it as one of the most common Trappist beers. Very solid beer, especially for the price and availability (3.50 Euros here to $11 back in the States). Pairs great with Belgian frites.

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

2011 Vintage

A- Light brown in color with just enough transparency to see some carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Thick and frothy tan head goes down quickly, but leaves a nice layer of bubbles for the duration.

S- Belgian yeast, tree fruits, hazelnut, tart cherries, grainy bread, raisins. Really eclectic aromas in this one.

T- Quite a bit of sweetness comes through, with the fruity esters leading the way with the nutty and grainy flavors balancing it out. Aftertaste of fruit preserves, with a little bit of hazelnut.

M- Very bubbly and carbonated. The coating in the aftertaste is tremendous. This one is full bodied, but has a fizzy feel to it.

O- I was extremely impressed with this beer the first time I tried it. Comes close to a quad, with very diverse flavors and a great feel.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Epopt
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jlb307
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a slightly chilled 11.2 oz glass into a small pilsner glass. Had on a night out with the wifey.

A: Deep brown and silky. The head was retained the whole time I drank it. Left nice rings on the glass.

S: Fruitier than I was expecting. Hints of black cherry and even strawberries. Very nice.

T: A long lasting alcohol finish. Dark, sweet, and mildly smokey.

M: Very thick and very carbonated, but not in a bad way.

D: Very nice, even on a cold night. Been wanting to try this beer for a long time, and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very beautiful deep red with a smooth creamy head.

S- Dark fruits and biscuit malt. Faint raisin aroma and slight hops.

T- Very complex taste with a lot of flavors bursting onto my tongue. Fruit, raison, biscuit malt and hops. Also a warm taste of alcohol.

M- Great mouthfeel, very smooth with the perfect level of carbonation. I like it very much, yum.

D- Very smooth and easily drinkable, however at 9% ABV it will catch up to you sooner than later.

A very good dark belgian, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.

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Photo of slee196
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Blue has a smooth Belgian body with soft carbonation and rich fruity taste.
Aroma is very pleasant. It smells like dates and caramel and some other dark fruits.
I like the aftertaste, not too bitter, not too thick; it's slightly heavy but pleasant.
Overall, it's a well-balanced beer, but I just don't think it's THAT special.
I think it's a bit expensive for the quality (a bit too much hype maybe? I personally prefer 3philosophers than Chimay)
Also keep in mind of its abv; it's 9% and pretty boozy.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn-amber in color, with a huge head of carbonation. No lace.

Aroma is exquisite...tangy fruit, spices.

Taste is right in line. Rich and complex, beginning sweet on the tongue with some dark berries and spices. A hint of caramel and yeasty rolls also make fleeting appearances.

A slight alcohol finish closes this one out. A delicious and perfectly representative of the finest abbey ales.

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Photo of livingregret
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Large Bottle of goodness

appearance: Very dark Burgundy. Pours w/ a slight head that stays for a short period of time. About 2 fingers when first poured

Smell: Sweet, fruit in the background. Spice comes through the more I enjoy the smell...very refreshing

Taste: Hops and malt spice toward the end. Very good flavour. The fruits that you smell toward the beginning do come through while drinking. So to recap malt/hops at the beginning, toward the middle of the drink you get a touch of sweetness from the fruit and ends w/ some nice spice. VERY good

Mouthfeel: Medium body w/ carbonation. A touch fizzy? Very warm at the end

Drinkability: A nice drink to enjoy but not one I'd have every night. This would be great w/ a savory dish. Not a drink to chug or pound down but a nice sipping drink.

Edit: as the drink warmed up some it unlocked some more of the drinks potential. More of the fruit unlocks toward the beginning of the drink instead of just the middle, and the spice picks up a little while the warmth stays!! Good drink while Ice cold out of my fridge and GREAT when it warms up some.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of infinitebruner
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

February 23, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Deep, dark, mahogany brown, almost opaque. Over an inch of thick, foam head, light khaki in color, with fairly long retention. Thin layer of suds remains, along with some lacing.

S – Dark, raisins, black cherries, currant, rich caramel. Some mild earthy hops. Alcohol warmth very obvious on the nose, some fruity notes from that.

T – Plums and dark pitted fruit, candi sugar, cane syrup-like sweetness. A moderate hop-bitter bite, some herbal earthiness as well. Alcohol is warm but in balance.

M – Very high carbonation but still a thick, full, almost creamy body. Suds balance the hop bite and sweetness. Outstanding in this regard.

O – A fantastic, complex, tasty and still accessible quad. Had this with an aged cheddar, creamy gouda, and pungent blue cheese, and it was a great match with all three, and incredible on its own. Would drink this any time, anywhere.

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Photo of Foley67
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a Chimay chalice at fridge temp 9% ABV. Bottle code is L14-374. The beer pours bright and medium brown in color. There are ruby highlights if the glass is held to the light. Head is dense light brown in color and leaves significant lacing. Aromas of caramel, dark sugar, cherries, plums and raisins all take turns presenting themselves with each sip. The taste follows with waves of flavor. Dark sugar, dark fruit, cherry and malt all intermix for a unique flavor combination. This beer is neither sweet nor bitter. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, gently carbonated from bottle conditioning, soft on the tongue yet finishes dry. Overall, excellent. This is great stuff and certainly not an experience to pass over.

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Photo of Tolann
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very dark. small off-white head that settles quickly. yeasty sediments.

S - very wonderful and big. Dark fruits; raisins, cherry, apples. Sweet, cider. you don't have to search hard for the nose on this. Enjoy the aroma while its just sitting next to you. its really great.

T - sweet and light. No hops or bitterness. Lots of wonderful fruits. Some spice.

M - light mouth feel and small bubbles for a smoother sip. A bit of alcohol warmth. Its very right for this beer and there are no surprises.

D - easy to drink and even easier to enjoy. This is very much a beer to savor and respect.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Purchased from LCBO for $3.25 CDN.

Appearance- dark red /roan / brown colour spills into the glass. A generous 2 fingers of head is poured, receding fairly quickly and leaving no lacing. A creamy, soapy tan remnants remain on top of the beer for the duration.

Smell - Dark fruits, burnt brown sugar, other fine malts.

Taste - Again dark fruits and burnt brown sugars, but cherries and plums specifically are noticeable from the dark fruit conglomerate.

Mouthfeel - Smooth an delicious, despite its richness, the beer is also sufficiently wet and thirst-quenching. Nice moderate carbonation lends itself well to the mouthfeel. Booze is barely noticeable.

Overall - Fantastically delicious, better the second time I had it than the first. One beer that hides its ABV remarkably well alongside Duvel and others. Must repurchase this one.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice!

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Photo of OnThenIn
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a chimay glass with a finger of head. the color of the head is a slightly tan color, while the beer is a rich brown color.

Smell: The smell is pungent. There are a lot of dark fruits like plums and raisins in the nose, along with some alcohol notes. There is some malt sweetness.

Taste: Upfront this beer has a beautiful sweet dark fruits and peppery spices kinda flavor. Just really complex. There is a little bit of hop bitterness peaking through towards the end. There is a bit of a molasses sweetness that I usually associate with a beer like Old Foghorn.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium to full bodied beer with the carbonation being on the lighter side, giving it a barleywine-esque chewyness.

Drinkability: The heavyness makes it a slow drinking beer and the alcohol is more present than the 9% would have you believe, without giving a straight up alcohol taste (I mean there is a bit more burn than I would expect). Surprisingly, this alcohol characteristic goes great with the rest of the beer and I am really loving this beer. It's a sipper and a great one at that.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,865 ratings
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