Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BA SCORE
4.3/5
7,812 Ratings
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:
#503
Reviews:
2,376
Ratings:
7,812
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
530
Gots:
1,949
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 7,812 |  Reviews: 2,376
Photo of BrewVenture2
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a great strong beer. With notes of chocolate and syrup. A very dark and savory beer. Would be great in the coming colder months.

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

Photo of Shortbox81
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xtonytx
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

L -- Pours a clear medium amber with a three-finger off-white head produced with gentle pour. Great retention and some lacing
S -- Warming sweet malts, blueberry, banana, fig, caramel, and raisin
T -- Lots of dark fruits, yeast, banana-like sweetness, clove, and brown bread. Teeters on the edge of being cloyingly molasses-sweet on the finish, but doesn't quite fall off
F -- Big and chewy. Well carbonated thanks to the bottle conditioning.
O -- Solid Belgian. Pretty expensive, though. I'd generally stick with Unibroue's Maudite

84/100

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Photo of Timothee
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding beer. My personal favorite. The complexity of the taste is delightful and will suit amazingly well any type of red meat. - A Belgian guy.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArnoldStotzer
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bdubz94
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL, 2016 vintage.

Pours a dark reddish brown color. Opaque at first glance but light shines through when held up. Foamy 3 finger beige head. Huge retention but minimal lacing.

Smells of caramel, malts, and dark fruit. Sweeter than I was expecting.

Taste is roasty, malty, and sugary. Caramel and raisins dominate. Belgian yeast are present.

Feel is medium for the style (heavy relative to other beers). High carbonation. Some alcohol warming but surprisingly drinkable all things considered. Perhaps a bit thin.

Overall fantastic. Smooth and sweet.

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Photo of jkblr
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a Chimay chalice at fridge temp 9% ABV. Bottle code is L14-374. The beer pours bright and medium brown in color. There are ruby highlights if the glass is held to the light. Head is dense light brown in color and leaves significant lacing. Aromas of caramel, dark sugar, cherries, plums and raisins all take turns presenting themselves with each sip. The taste follows with waves of flavor. Dark sugar, dark fruit, cherry and malt all intermix for a unique flavor combination. This beer is neither sweet nor bitter. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, gently carbonated from bottle conditioning, soft on the tongue yet finishes dry. Overall, excellent. This is great stuff and certainly not an experience to pass over.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

To be fair, Belgian's are not my favorite, but this is pretty good.

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Photo of ntomich
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Atg1095
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcbridec6
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Willgooding35
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of saboliver
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, rich aroma with dried fruit notes – figs, dates, raisins. Not especially powerful, but very nice indeed. Wonderful first taste. Very smooth, without too much carbonation (though the carbonation may have been reduced on opening). Buttery, sweet, with some roasted malt and the fruits that were evident in the nose. A breadiness in the background and perhaps some caramel and brown sugar. A warming and sumptuous beer to savour.

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

Photo of mbstrange
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of briandschorr
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best dark ales that I have had the pleasure of enjoying. The spices and caramel come through with a great balance. This beer has a smooth and warming finish. For me, this is my go to when having Shepard's Pie.

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Photo of greedysoul
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pau622
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RDW
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,812 ratings
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