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:
#556
Reviews:
2,399
Ratings:
7,925
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep, opaque brown with a one-finger white head that remains for quite some time. Has a little hazy amber tinge when held up to the light.

Smell: Sweet fruits, almost like wine with a bit of malt and hops in the back.

Taste: Raisins, dark chocolate, and hops are the predominate flavors. Subsequent sips have some banana esters.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but quite carbonated.

Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had. The quintessential Trappist beer.

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3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.

appearance: poured with a nice 2 finger high foamy and bubbly head, closer to white than off-white but still ever so slightly tan. the beer itself is a beautiful deep garnet red. great head retention, stayed about 1/2-3/4 inch the whole time.

smell: smells strongly of raisin or prune. a hint of spice, like cinnamon and clove. very light molasses undertones. as the description alludes to, it smells like a wintery beer.

taste: raisin, spices. follows the nose pretty closely. an initial taste of dark dried fruit like prunes followed quickly by a mellowing out with a bit of spiciness (imagine almost an apple cider type spice). the aftertaste that follows is slightly bitter with a bit of the same flavors as before.

feel: nicely smooth. fairly slick, with some carbonation. the carbonation is strong enough that i'd consider this a good "summer cool-down beer", if not for the fairly heavy feel and complex flavors.

overall: a timeless classic. a great strong dark ale with lots of layers of flavor and a thoroughly enjoyable smoothness.

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3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,925 ratings