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:
7,734
Reviews:
2,355
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
1,908
For Trade:
17
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A -dark copper, off white froth, minimal to moderate lacing

S - malty orange, rye

T - nothing jumps out, unripe orange, a bit metallic and harsh

M - touch heavy on the carbonation, heavy, moderate after taste

O - not bad per se, but La Fin Du Monde is better, smoother

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Very thick head, roughly 3 fingers; foamy and light tan in color. Head holds well. Dark brown opaque color. Very bubbly.

S - Dark Fruits, sour, and malts. Hints of the alcohol.

T - Malty with almost no bitterness. Sweet at the front, then maltiness hits and holds. A little bit of fruitiness in the taste. Alcohol is there, but not extremely strong.

M - Very thick. Some burn from the alochol.

O - A very tasty beer. A slight sweetness and almost no bitterness. I really like the maltiness and thickness. One of my favorites.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Re-review, on tap 01/2017:
Appreciated more, adjusted rating of appearance, nose and tasteup a notch. No new review notes.

I expected stronger flavors from this beer (not sure why), but was instead impressed by how tasty the beer was without being powerful. I guess this is some definition of balance.

The beer was a dark amber, with decent carbonation and a fair to good head retention. The smell wasn't too strong, but a bit of raisin bread, maybe some fig.

The taste was very smooth and light, actually. There was a light sweetness, date-like taste over a typical abbey ale yeast flavor. There is also a nice carbonation to this pour which plays on the tongue with a light, neutral bitterness to end the taste.

Overall, I might say this is slightly on the sweet side, but it's distinction to me is in the balance and ability to produce a little depth in a balanced beer.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,734 ratings.
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