Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,732 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

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, poured into a pint tumbler (shouldve poured it on a chalice, now i repent)

Pours a deep brown chestnut liquid, semi translucent, lots of visible carbonation and yeast strains, head 3 fingers white-light beige colored, medium persistence, poor lacing, persistent top ring, brown colored flakes of yeast floating around.
scents of apple and nuts, spicy hints, lil alcohol, dark fruit like plums, raisins, figs, typical BSDA aroma, lots of esters/fruit, malty/cereals.
palate is complex, very fruity (dark fruits), little cloves/cinnamon dashes, plums, figs, raisins, so sweet. residual hop bitterness, lasting flavor finish, hint of metallic ending.
medium body maybe a little bit more, lots of carbonation (good), bit creamy, lil boozy.
strong beer, warmth sensation, punchy, a little bit too sweet for me. complex rich sweetness
not really my type of beer, but a really good one, could have more of this on special occasion.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, served at the Cloverleaf with a matching Chimay chalice.

Chimay Grand Reserve pours a deep mahogany, with no real highlights noticeable. A finger or so of off white foam crowns the beer. Most of it fades away, but a solid iceberg like chunk remains long after. Lacing is pretty sparse. The nose is almost perfection. Lots of plum and fig, and spicy phenols are a secondary aroma. The flavor profile still has some dark fruit esters, and they're joined by a light caramel touch. The pepper and clove spicy notes are definitely more pronounced than in the nose, and just a hair too much so for my taste. The mouthfeel is fantastic, highlighted by a very well dried out body. The carbonation is plenty lively, but there's just a slight lack of creaminess to it. Chimay Grand Reserve is an absolute classic in the craft beer scene, and with good reason.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,732 ratings.
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