Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,782 Ratings
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 7,782 |  Reviews: 2,368
Photo of bismarksays
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of SeaOfShells
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Hultkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BILF
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Clonies720
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color. Carbonation is almost non-existant. It's fairly clear despite the dark amber color. This beer looks alive and inviting. A thick, two finger head forms and then actually SWELLS up to the top of the glass before bubbling down after a few minutes. Leaves some truly stupendous lacing as it goes down

Smell: Starts off with some rich brown sugar, a lot of yeast with some medium malts with a whispy booze. A bit sweet with an earthy background note. Not a whole lot going on here really.

Taste- Very straight forward and clean flavors. Rich and a bit sweet with a good yeasty flavors. Like the nose it's malty with hidden booze that creeps up on you and dark fruits.

Mouth- A light medium body that is also rich and malty but a tad too bubbly.

Overall: I'd buy and drink it again. It's an extremely smooth, drinkable beer. Difficult to justify the price on it though to me.

 911 characters

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

You had this beer. Write a review.

Photo of gavroche
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mediajaw
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of scarnold8
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of abeldiaz
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Farky87
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Gasyou
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

 269 characters

Photo of LathouXaris
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of kylefurlong
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Headgoober
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,782 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.