Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
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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:
#515
Reviews:
2,387
Ratings:
7,864
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
531
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1,988
Trade:
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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank Chimay Grande Reserve from my 1 liter Disneyland cup. It is funny that is calledd Blue when in smaller bottles. It is a treat but I had many times before.

Look: dark brown with an inch thick mocca colored head

Aroma: raisin bread, banana

Taste: The taste is sweet raisin bread, figs, banana, maybe some yeast, it is a bit boozy, but very good.

Feel: medium to full body

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

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

Strong contender to Piraat, but would have to drink both at same time to know if I like it better.

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Photo of BeerRay
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nickwierda
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really flippin good beer. Super tasty and incredibly well made. Nose is dates, plum, some prune, clove, and even a bit like red wine. Flavor a bit less complex - sweet, malty dates, clove and banana show up a bit as it warms. No wine notes on the palate though. But really great execution. Paired it with Indian food, which was a pretty lovely experience overall. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DTBush
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Junior
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Cola brown with a foamy head.
S - Sweet malts, bread, caramel. Aroma is very muted.
T - Sweet malts, bready with caramel/toffee and spice. Warming alcohol on the finish.
M - Smooth and balanced. Full, very carbonated.
O - Excellent Beer. Not just one of the best Belgian Ales, this one is truly world class and can hold its own against any other style.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark soda brown with decent head and great lacing.
S: Malt, spice, bread, and wine.
T: Follows the nose, very nice wine/raisin flavors with a malt mix and a soft spice. Very smooth and pleasing to drink.
M: Medium
O: Exceptional beer, classic brewing and flavors are stellar.

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Photo of DrunkenSuperman
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SiepJones
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jtn
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlinD27
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisG523
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vaulmas
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erickc
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep dark brown with a slight reddish hue (barely).
Smell: Sweet and malty, boozy. Some dark roasted grains.
Taste: Sharp bite of alcohol right up front. Sweetens up a bit after the alcohol subsides. Belgian yeast flavors blast in. Slight metallic tang. Some charred wood and nutty flavors.
Feel: Medium - thinner fell than expected.
Overall: Very very good beer. Not my favorite "Dark Strong" style beer but very enjoyable. Complex flavors.

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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cinderblocks
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of scottvanbelois
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,864 ratings
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