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Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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4.3/5
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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,010
Reviews:
2,424
Ratings:
8,033
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
555
Gots:
2,091
Trade:
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Ratings: 8,033 |  Reviews: 2,424
Photo of Samnem
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of SaltofOH
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated L18-422. Great Lakes Tulip.

A: pours a deep brown with a finger of frothy sandy head, really bubbling away. Great mousse like head retention. Not much lacing, though.

S: sweet, malty, grape (not artificial) floral, delicate, and complex. I have a hard time describing the smells coming off this beer. Dried cherries. Most Belgian dark ales have an artificial grape aroma and high sweetness and alcohol. This is drier, more subtle, no alcohol on the nose.

T: dry, phenolic, malty arrival. Big spicy phenols. Light alcohol and then bubblegum with lingering spice.

M: active, tingling carbonation. Bubbly, frothy feel.

O: definitely the best Belgian strong dark ale I’ve ever had. I really have to be in the mood for these, but I could see buying a four pack of this and having this be a once a year treat. A must try for any beer geek, and for any fan of Belgian ales.

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Photo of JPadilla
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dukeandduke
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/10/19 (Chicago): $27.99 plus tax for four pack 11.20 oz bottles purchased 7/2/18 at Binny's on Marcey street. Bottle poured into snifter, dark brown pour, light puffy generous off-white head leaves light lacing. Very sweet aroma, fruity and malt, very nice. Sweet but balanced taste, raisins and plums blend well with the malt, outstanding Belgian pour.Carbonation holds well, light texture, very easy drinking. ABV masked at first but comes out as drink warms. Overall excellent pour.

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Photo of dafla67
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of officerbill
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A deep, rich brown with a thick and creamy dark tan head. Smooth and full over your tongue with a little bit of sweetness in the middle and enough tang at the end to clear it of of your tongue. Malt, fig, plum, some spices I can't identify, and maybe a hint of chocolate; it's easy to taste that this started out as a Christmas ale.
The blue Chimay edges out St. Bernardus as my favorite dark abbey ale because it goes with food a little better (this ale with a good reuben is a match made in heaven).
It is a little on the pricier side, but well worth it.
This will probably be the best Belgian dark ale you'll ever taste.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice. Look is very dark red, almost black with an off-white 1/2" head that remains. Smell is vibrant-- mostly candy sugar, malt, spices, plum, fig, and other fruits. Taste is very complex and well blended, with all the ingredients coming together and only spice and malt come out at the middle and end of taste. Mouthful is very even, moderate carbonation, with little aftertaste and mild stickiness.

This is only my 2nd bottle of the Grande Reserve that I have tried, it is a little pricey (around $6.50 a 11.2oz bottle) but this is a very good ale. Highly recommended!

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Photo of howardnss
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sitnsip
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lamar
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I aged a bottle for two years and it just keeps getting better. The caramel notes have begun to shift towards sherry like notes while maintaining a wonderful head. Great for aging.

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Photo of Aurascoper
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Hazy dark brown, almost black, with lighter brown highlights. Topped by a creamy off white head with great retention and streaky lacing.
Smells dried sweet cherry, plum, fig, date, brown sugar, honey, toffee, toast, caramel, and hay. Rich, sweet, and spicy.
Tastes of dried sweet cherry, plum, fig, date, raisin, brown sugar, honey, molasses, toffee, toasted brown bread, ginger, and hay. Fairly sweet and caramelized throughout, with a moderately spicy and lightly dry finish.
Creamy and pillowy, medium-plus mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation.
A fantastic Belgian ale! One of my favorites.

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

Photo of blee0891
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nass
3.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's very sweet with some dark fruit notes. This is not my thing & i'm not going to wait 5 years for it to age & mellow out either. Cheers! B-

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Photo of wc94wc
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tomais
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle. Today 2019-01-31.
I've tried this a few times and found it too sweet for my tastes: I'm no expert beer reviewer, and do have a preference for pils, so this is foreign to me. Then I tried it one time with a ripe characterful raw milk brie cheese, and I loved it.
This time round the bottle is a little older (not sure if that a factor). the cheese isn't so good, but I'm loving the beer:
sure it's sweet -- but it's complex sweet -- and there's a perfectly balancing bitterness comes through after.
Carbonation is very fine, like bottle conditioned, the phrase 'melt in your mouth' came to mind -- not logical yet I found myself sipping again and again to get that wonderful smooth prickly mouthfeel with that lovely bitter finish.

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Photo of Shantzak
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Muss42
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Rukeli76
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 8,033 ratings