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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
7,823 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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Photo of CHADMC3
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky walnut brown with a foamy tan head that patiently dissipates amongst the lively carbonation leaving a thin layer atop the body throughout the beer and only traces of lacing on the inner glass.

The aroma is of dark fruit such as nectarine or plum with raisins, caramel malt and yeast, while a further inspection reveals some brown sugar.

The dark fruits, brown sugar, yeast, and even sweet nuttiness all blend together quite well. As the beer warms, a spicy character develops which is the perfect touch for the slight alcohol burn and I believe I pick up something resembling dark or rye bread as well.

Light to medium in body, with significant carbonation, and an amazing palate to mingle with the generous abv make the mouthfeel very impressive.

One of my favorite styles, and certainly one of my favorites amongst it. This is an excellent Belgian Dark, full of flavor and character, and 100% authentic.

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Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DemoniChris
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Photo of nater919
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KimenTshom
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Shiloh
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, is the best word to describe this beer.
Poured a darkish amber with a two fingered head which shortly left behind a frothy tan ring and light center lace.
The body is just above a medium.
Carbonation is very active.
The nose first is to a light yeast scent followed by a fruity mash, but short lived.
The balance is exceptional, starting lightly to the malts (licorice & fruit mash) and ending shortly after with a burnt nuttiness.
Also a slight alcohol warmth to finish.

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Photo of themind
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A quality trappist brew that leaves you wanting more. Chimay has hit the nail on the head and represents what a Belgium brew should be....and that's awesome! The only issue I have is that the carbonation may be a bit much lowering the drinkability.

Bottom Line: Top notch trappist!

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4/5  rDev -7%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dominic4beer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of projectflam86
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy brown/orange color with a huge white foam head that leaves some sticky lacing.

S- Nice nose full of spice and Belgian yeast scents. Easiest to pick out are aromas of clove, dark fruits, oak, and toffee.

T- Full dark malt flavor with waves of clove, currants, figs, sour apples, caramel, and a sweet Belgian yeast finish. The alcohol creates a very slight warming effect on the way down.

M- Medium/full bodied loaded with carbonation. Spritzy and clean.

D- Really nice full flavor. Highly drinkable.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Photo of hunteraw
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off-white one-finger head atop a rich brown body. Appears to be highly carbonated, constant stream of bubbles rising. Good head retention.

Smell: some malt, and the distinct Belgian yeast aroma, with a hint of spice.

Taste: Spicy, with some dark fruit character but it's in the background. Enough bitterness to balance, this one isn't overly sweet. Dry, slightly woody finish, with alcohol dominating the aftertaste. On the plus side, that means it finishes dry, which always helps drinkability for me.

Mouthfeel: wow, very highly carbonated, so much so that it gets in the way of enjoying the beer. Fairly light mouthfeel, thinner than I was expecting, I think.

Drinkability: too boozy to be highly drinkable. I really wanted to love this one, but I just like it. Didn't live up to my expectations, at least.

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Photo of jonb5
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a large tulip shaped wine glass. Dark amber colour with hints of ruby around the edge, almost opaque, 3 finger tanned head. Belgian yeasty aroma with notes of malt and raspberry. Tasted malt, caramel, raspberry, biscuit, plum and brown sugar. Booze very well hidden, balanced with a slightly bitter finish. Body was on the thick side of medium, smooth texture with decent carbonation. The depth of the beer combined with how well it hid the booze was very impressive, but I wouldn't say it blew me away. It might need to age for a year or two.

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4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle, cork dated 04/03. Pours a yeasty deep chestnut color with some rust colored highlights. Greyish beige colored foam. Yeasty, dark candi sugars and malty, some ripe fruit esters, and lighter, toastier malts are all traits of the nose. Dark malty taste, with a pungent yeastiness and dark fruit notes with a light astringency in the finish that is cleansing. Higher carbonation level keeps the beer feeling airy on the tongue. I feel this is the most tasty and complex brew of the Chimay line. I'm not sure why Chimay is treated unfairly; sure they may have tweaked recipes over time, but all of their beers are still world class. I'm not a beer snob, I just like good beer... and this is good.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of JTuomi
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DamageCase76
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of pwoody11
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of MJ64
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmo1030
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle
appearance: deep dark hazy brown with a huge craggy tan head.

smell: huge in rich fruit character, plums, figs, prunes, grapes. brown sugar sweetness. no hops detected. cloves are present as well as some slight citrus coffee and chocolate. the smell of this beer alone is excellent.

taste: molasses dominates here but remains delicate. carmel and a hint chocolate add some comlexity to the brown sugar, along with fruit, the plums, figs, prunes, and grapes from the smell are all present in the taste along with a mild sweet lemony flavors like biting a lemon wheel covered in sugar. minor hop bitterness to round things out. the alcohol is disguised well.

mouthfeel: this stuff is liek silk it's got a nice meduim body and a noticable, but delicate carbonation that when coupled with the taste make this a drink like few other things i've had.
an excellent belgian beer.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,823 ratings
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