Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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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 Dodt
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was surprised to find this on a new restaurant's beer list.
sort of wish the beer was served in appropriate glassware.
appearance a dark brown color , with a head that was light brown color.
taste wonderful the alcohol wasn't to strong in this beer .

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Keegan
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DegenErik
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SwillBilly
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz stubby bottle poured into my St. Bernadus chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich mahogany with milk chocolate brown and amber overtones with a light, frothy tan head that fades quickly to a sheer lacing. A nice, foamy lace ring rims the beer.

Smell: Subtle with caramel like candy sweetness, hints of dark fruit, possibly plums with a very slight chocolate aroma. Also, hints of fresh raisin bread.

Taste: Starts very nice with a rich maltiness, fruity sweet with a hints of fresh bread, raisins, dates and caramel. Yeasty to say the least. The middle moves you along to a finish that is full of more of the fantastic, malty sweetness with the ever so slight hint of hops that leaves a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy and creamy at the same time. Nicely carbonated which makes for a lively and crisp mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Notes: What a really nice Belgian Dark Ale. Malty sweet with a fruitiness that reminds one of fresh raisin bread. Hops make a subtle appearance in the finish which lends it a very slight bitterness to offset some of that malty goodness. Alcohol. What alcohol? Extremely well hidden for 9% abv, though a warmness does touch the face. Very flavorful, one I wouldn't get tired of drinking though the 9% abv would definitely make itself known. Overall, a delicious Belgian Dark Ale. Highly recommended and one I can't wait to have again. Seek and enjoy.

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Photo of henrysunset
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark but relatively clear, with some sediment floatign around and a tall head of tan foam.

scent is very aromatic, sweet, floral and spices, nutmeg perhaps. Pleasent, but worryingly sweet.

The beer is sweet, but thankfully the sweetness is very enjoyably rounded out by a rich malty flavor and mellow aftertaste. a little bitterness hits the tongue at first, and fades away as the sweetness slides in. really nice, and very smooth. 9.0% has never been this easy.

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Photo of beersarang
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark auburn, with a generous light tan head.

Smells great, aromas of raisin and sweet malts.

Tastes complex, many malt flavors cover the palate. Very fruity, finishes with sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is that of vibrant carbonation, not too thick.

Drinkability suffers a little because of the sweetness and slight overcarbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm tasting a Chimay blue, batch 2012.

A: Dark brown caramel with a cloudy texture, just one finger head that dissipates in a couple seconds left just a ring of foamy.

S: A mix of alcohol sweetness with hops. Thin caramel notes can be found.

T:A delicate banana flavor, with woody notes like other trappists, a little alcoholic feel emerge in the end, but the predominant flavors came from the hops. Chimay blue feels to me less dry than its red sister.

M: Starts with toffe then become bitter with some alcoholic warmth, carbonation is ok, a very drinkable beer, but not differs itself too much of the Red version which dissapointed me.

O: A great beer, a little more complex than Chimay Red but for the same price, however for the same price of other trappists like Westmalle Trippel and Rochefort 10, Chimay cannot endure, at least to me, but it worth the try!

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Photo of CheftoDeath
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Estarrio
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide glass from a 2/06 bottle. My best efforts could not thwart the large foamy head. Color was an opaque muddy brown with hints of red and yellow.

Very pleasing, complex aroma. Sweet malt, caramel, floral hops and fruity esters.

This brew has sweet malt and candied sugar flavors up front with lots of dark fruit esters. The doughy yeast really takes over in a tart, bitter and spicy finish. At 9%, there is a subtle initial impression of alchohol flavor, which becomes less apparent in the aftertaste.

Widely distributed, this beer is an excellent Belgian representative. The complexities and flavor really come out with cellaring.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was a good boy today, so I sprung for a bottle of the real deal. Wasn't disappointed.

Appearance: Great reddish brown with almost zero transparency. Thick head dies out pretty quickly, with very little lacing.

Smell: I can smell this one! Very pearish, with a little hint of roasted chestnut, and anise.

Taste: Black cherry, bananas, cloves. Wonderful. Can barely taste the alcohol, but I'm pretty shur its their.

Mouthfeel: Great malty feel, and very smooth, just a little fizzier than I had expected.

Drinkability: It is simply wrong for a beer this complex to be disappearing from my glass so quickly.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 7,801 ratings
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