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
Ranking:
#515
Reviews:
2,388
Ratings:
7,865
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into a Chimay chalice achieving a two-finger creamy tan head. Dark brown body, with great retention that leaves a silky film on top with sticky lacing along the glass.

The aroma is pleasant but not overpowering. Some dark fruit, bready yeast, and roasted malt all figure into the mix. Light notes of caramel and toffee, and a little fruity esters and alcohol.

Dense flavors that seem packed together. Plum, raisin, roasted malt, spices, and signature Belgian yeast dominate. Just enough tart in the background to keep it from being overly sweet. I get a note of chocolate as well.

Although the flavors are rich, the mouthfeel is smooth. Even more so as the brew warms up. The alcohol in the flavor is pretty well masked. Another superb Belgian.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a darm mohogany color with a light tan head. The head is thick and fluffy. It fades slowly, leaving a massive amount of laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I can smell some cloves. Also, I detect some yeast aroma. It has a caramel malty aroma also. The alcohol content is hidden well in the aroma.

This beer tastes slightly spicy. Some cloves lead into coreander. It has an earthy yeast flavor also. It tastes just a tiny bit sour..I can also taste some fruit. Cherries.

This beer is highly carbonated, complimenting the style. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aftertaste.

I think this beer would make a good session beer, except that it is just a little high in alcohol. But the flavor is great, and I can see myself having a few. Thanks David for hooking me up.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The blue pours a dark amber with a nice foam head an no lacing. The smell is terrific malt dominated aroma. I smell a little brown sugar and faint orange smell The taste is really smooth and it finishes sweet. Overall one of the best Belgian's I have tried to date. I would recommend this one to anyone.

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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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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Chimay Blue has a cloudy dark brown colour. The head lasts barely 25 seconds but since it is a fairly bubbly beer there are always some bubbles coming to the surface. The smell is fruity with a hint of yeast. This beer has a fruity flavour too and is quite acidic. Actually, it tastes like extra thick Champagne. Like all Chimay beers, it feels great on the mouth: foamy and thick.

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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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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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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.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,865 ratings
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