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
Ratings:
7,779
Reviews:
2,367
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
527
Gots:
1,934
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 7,779 |  Reviews: 2,367
Photo of pau622
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RDW
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brl
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MKV
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: clean brown, fair head
Smell: dark and grainy, nothing spectacular
Taste: full bodied grain and roast flavors
Feel: a bit acrid on occasion, oddly enough, but nothing horribly unpleasant

The Blue is a beer best served with a good food accompaniment. I had mine with a burger with Chimay cheese on it - it was an absolutely fantastic pairing.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch. Its flavour only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma , while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of Nishriver
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bwbrev
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dharmelink
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of edrip222
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AJmon13
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ssippisam
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dleiner
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

The appearance had a dark brown colored body with a massive three finger white head. The head must last for about a good four minutes before it died. Minimal spider web lacing speckled the sides and slid fairly quickly down the sides of the glass. The smell had raisins and cherries with light pears and caramels in the background, slightly in a bready sort of way. The yeast is very subdued, but its there. The taste takes all of the previously mentioned flavors and combined altogether in a sweet bready yet somewhat earthy sort of way. The palate sat about a medium with nothing remotely close to having any sort of harshness on the tongue. As many times as I’ve had this, this is probably the smoothest most Belgian beer on the market. It leaves a sweet sticky aftertaste and a slightly dry finish. Though at 9%, I’d still say fairly sessionable. Overall, this is a Belgian I like, probably because the yeast is tamed well. Nice dessert and night cap!

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Photo of SpongeHop
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - red-brown beer, with a ruby glow when held against the light. Big hazelnut head. I almost didn't want to drink it.
S & T - raisins, slight candi sugar, dark chocolate on the back-end, toasty maltiness. Rum-raisin chocolate bonbons.
F - nice and creamy, so so smooth.

O - Take your time when drinking this. The tastes evolve and you discover more and more as you sip it over half an hour. It was quite the experience, and I'm not even that big a fan of the Belgians.

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Photo of Corrado42
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SmokySignals
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Uncorked 2016 into Mountain Layers Belgian Goblet. Pop! What a smell!

Head galore! 3/4 ths of the glass was fine light tan rich dense foam. Crumbling down to a nice even layer, it puts off a rich decadent brandy or port-like scent; dark sweet fruits and quite boozy (9% abv).
Deep dark golden brown appearance is perfect. It glows a fiery red orange with a phone light behind it, while tiny bubbles race to the top.

Taste follows nose; sweet, rich candied plums with and added alcohol punch, but a perfectly crisp dry finish. Decadent.

My favorite aspects of Chimay Grande Reserve Ale are its crispness and dryness, which fight to overcome the rich sweetness. A little too sweet out front and a bit too much alcohol smell for me, but certainly top notch for sure.
I should have warmed this up a bit longer, I think. The malts seem to start showing up as it warms.

May be perfect for a Christmas or New year party, after smashin favorites first.

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Photo of stortore
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 1/13/17.

Pours a dark brown, a little garnet on the edges in the light, fairly opaque, with a huge three inch foamy head on an average pour. Lots of foamy lacing. The smell is Belgian yeast, candi sugar, caramel, dates, figs, malt, some spices- cloves, for one. Light black pepper in the head, a little cola aroma. The taste is also strong on the yeast, much more malt than the nose, caramel, figs, candi sugar, dates. A quick flash of light bitterness up front. Smooth, creamy, a solid, medium body, well carbonated- a little on the high side.

A classic and top notch Belgian Strong Dark, with well blended flavors and a big, complex aroma. This is a beer everyone should try.

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Photo of priley
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,779 ratings.
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