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:
#543
Reviews:
2,395
Ratings:
7,898
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Ratings: 7,898 |  Reviews: 2,395
Photo of cardfan212
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a glass.

Look - Opaque dark brown with a mild white head that quickly tamed down.

Smell - Lots of dark notes like molasses, raisins, and plums. I'd love for a scented candle that smells like this.

Taste - Similar molasses and raisin tones from the nose, but also a bit of banana, cinnamon, and pear. Every sip was something new, and one 11.2 ounce bottle definitely isn't enough to experience it all.

Feel - Thick and creamy with a very low carbonation, almost a flat feeling. The 9% alcohol doesn't show itself.

Overall - Exciting and rewarding all around. Belgian monks sure know how to brew.

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

Photo of timon
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty well done. A good balance of malts, hops and sweet spice. However, too boozy for 9%, imho. You really feel every percentage point in your mouth and throat in the aftertaste. Rating would be a bit higher if they hid the alcohol better.

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Photo of Monoceros
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zurc
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKbrew89
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stephens14ad
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mchegash
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Sevinup07
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Pohr10
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccox11
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpaceBeagle
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zknight
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not a dark beer guy, but ... Wow. Leave it to folks in an Abbey in Belgium to make mind blowing beer of all genres. Dark but not heavy...full taste, but not overdone. A perfect blend for a dark delicacy.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cliudy brown color,medium body and just above average carbonation. Aroma was malt,yeast,brown sugar,raisins and bananas. Taste was similar,dark fruit and banana was up front,not too sweet at all. An excellent beer

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Photo of jasadewi
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, rich brown color with a creamy tan and puffy head.
S: Banana bread.
T: Banana, bread, raisins, slight taste of alcohol.
M: Medium bodied, I'd say.
O: I honestly loved this beer. Went very well with my steak and robust french cheese.

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Photo of Summersoldier
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The intensity of a Lars Von Trier film with the beauty of Rembrandt's shadowy portraits. You can picture the Monks slumbering in their coffins when you breathe in the heady malt. A Sweet, dank dose of brown sugar and original sin. You can almost taste the solemnity. This beer is going to make you ponder your mortality and glad you find yourself among the living.

The Rochefort 10 was tried side by side and suffered from the comparison.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 0Nyxee
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,898 ratings