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:
7,764
Reviews:
2,364
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
527
Gots:
1,924
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 7,764 |  Reviews: 2,364
Photo of thewimperoo
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevin73
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay blue is so well balanced and delicious I keep coming back to it again and again. A bit drier than other quads and highly carbonated. The dried fruit flavors are still there, not overpowered by the malts. Almost no bitterness or aftertaste. Nearly a perfect beer.

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Photo of LathouXaris
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Headgoober
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Seaba
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Note: 2 year old bottle.

Pours a nice translucent brown with a decent head that dissipates quickly while keeping lacing throughout the session along with a very thin spotty head.

Taste and smells of dark fruit and caramel.

Very nice carbonation, medium body, slight alcohol.

This is one of the most well known beers of this style and is always enjoyable.

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Photo of rpopescu
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of warrenout330
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle .... stored away for 2 years

A- pours a deep murky brown... big fluffy off white head.... good retantion still... dissolves to a thin sheet over the beer.... yeast visiable

S- swells of sweet malt, caramel forward... deep dark fruits ... caramelized raisins .... sweet candy....I pick up some cherry in the back

T- this beer always looses me here... not the same as the smell ... caramel malt dominate ....dark fruits, sweet sugary candy...

M- high carbonation still.... bubbly and prickly on the tongue ... medium body... slight alcohol burn on the tongue... feels like a numbing sensation...

O- this is a very easy beer to track down and probably the starting point for beginning in trappiest beers.... this beer becomes phenomenal with years of age.... maybe 2 wasn't long enough but I do know 5 is awesome ....

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Photo of wafels_and_schnapps
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,764 ratings.
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