Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium | website

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 Scott17taylor
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look merkey brown with solid 2 finger head
Smell deep sweet malts with alcohol
Tastes starts with dark fruit sweetness than transitions into a bit of yeasty funkiness with the typical Belgian yeast characteristics and finishes a bit dry and with an alcohol flavor that lingers.
Feel medium or light medium body with heavy carbonation. Leaves you wanting another drink.
Overall I tried rochefort 10 a while back and didn't care for it. I'm glad I didn't give up on the style this beer is great.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet and fizzy are the two words that come immediately to mind. Some bitterness at the close. Pretty complex all and all. Will schedule a future tasting to more adequately assess / discuss. It does hide the 9.00% very well. All and all though, one I can/would/will likely drink again. Lacing of tiny bubbles absolutely amazing in this one, whenever the glass was tilted or tipped, a cascade of bubbles would slowly trickle down the side of the glass.

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Photo of maputnam25
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured an amber brown color with a creamy half-inch head. Aromas contain dried fruit, maraschino cherries. Flavors of caramel, plum, red delicious apple, raisins, and yeast.
Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with a pronounced carbonation. An all around excellent beer - praise to the men of God who have bequeathed it to us.

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Photo of Bone53
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown pour with a hazy orange-ish red hue when put up to the light; Huge three finger thin beige head with big bubbles

Smell: Dark fruit (plum, prunes), banana esters, bready caramel malt

Taste: Sweet malts and fruity esters from the yeast upfront, then the sweetness fades into a dry breadiness and the yeast transitions into a funky, light banana quality

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down smooth initially but then my palate is assaulted by extreme carbonation

Overall: I think I'm picking up a pattern. Perhaps belgian beers just aren't for me. I think its the yeast. Too funky and strange fruity esters. The high carbonation also destracts from the flavors a bit. Overall not bad per se, but im not particularly enjoying it either. At $15 a "bomber", Its not something ill buy again

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Photo of manchester0325
3.26/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good beer overall but nothing to get crazy about. I'm really glad to say I have tried it and it is under my tasting belt, but there are many other beers that have much fuller flavor and much better scent that I would go back to before I got this again.

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Photo of kenoshagirl
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer so much I bought the specialty glasses! I've had the yellow and red, but blue is the best! The flavors of fig and dark fruit are amazing!!! When I drink this brew I truely feel I'm being thrown back in time. When I think "old world" brews, I think Chimay!

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Photo of cpeeler21
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really all around great beer. If you can get past the cost, atleast at my local shop. I've tried all of the chimay flavors more than once and had this on tap also. Highly recommend on tap if you get a chance. A must try.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Carrefour Camas. Playing KB Dark Side. Great beer, one of those youll never get tired of.

2nd take on 4th Nov 2015: In La Trappe Chalice. Watching Worst Week 1x07. Wanted to revisit this classic to compare with the Westy 12 recently taken. Good but softer and less intense in aroma, taste and body

8 June 2016: Good, but a bit of a letdown after taking yesterday its barrel aged sister. This feels lighter and has a liquorice-like taste. Overall 4.

9 Aug 2016: 1956 Special edition. From Saveur-Biere. It may be suggestion because from the fancy especial edición bottle, but this one seems yummier than the usual ones, without the liquorice I found in the previous take, a greatly adjusted carbonation and very pleasant to the nose.

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Photo of samshaw
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Translucent, dark brown-amber hue with medium tan head. Steady stream of suds rising.

S: Moderate caramel and fruit with light hints of something akin to brandy.

T: Caramel and brandy-like flavors both coming through stronger, while the fruitiness is somewhat more hidden.

M: Smooth with medium viscosity and seltzer-like carbonation.

O: Complex taste with a pleasant finish despite its high alcohol content.

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Photo of mkh012
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to say, this beer lives up to the hype.

Look: fairly dark brown with a thin tan head. pretty standard for a Belgian dark ale

Smell: Right away, I smell dark fruits like plums and prunes but also an interesting, more subtle breadiness on the back end.

Taste: Delicious. This is certainly a sipping beer at 9% ABV. The taste follows the nose nicely. I get a full-bodied burst of dark fruits and malty, fruitcake sweetness. The finish is quite smooth despite the high alcohol content which is always a sign of a good Belgian dark ale. I would love to sip on one of these with a nice hunk of medium rare lamb. It has almost wine-like complexity but is also very drinkable (though I likely wouldn't have more than one in one sitting)

Feel: creamy, medium-bodied. works nicely with the dominant dark fruit flavors at play here.

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Photo of Cannybrew
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks impressive poured into tulip glass. A healthy loose frothy cappuccino head, dark brown caramel colour body. Smells sweet, medicinal, orange. Taste is extraordinary. Smooth, sweet, easy. Spice and chocolate. Overall. Wooyah!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33 cL bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. Yeast was reserved in the bottle, then consumed in one (delicious) last gulp.

Deep ruby, almost brown color. Clear with a light haze. One-finger beige head with great retention. Rich malty aroma with a strong fruit sweetness comprised of figs and raisins. Slight spice picked up in the aroma that becomes more pronounced with each sip. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink.

How have I neglected this beer for so long? Given how memorable the Chimay Prèmiere (Red) was for me when I had it, I thought I would have had this a long time ago. Overall, this is wonderfully balanced and complex without being heavy or cloying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hp2skater
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've always wanted to try Chimay Grand Reserve- nothing but good things to be said. First, I'm not sure if there was a leak in my cork but the carbonation level was pretty weak. Second, from the other Belgian Darks I've had, the Chimay lacked the presence of that unique candied sweetness. Overall, a good BSDA but I prefer a sweeter profile such as that of Guldren Draak.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - really dark brown with a good tan head and great lacing
Smell - sweet boozy dark malty Belgium smell
Taste - similar to smell but with a slight fruit taste
Feel - creamy full body with medium full carb
Overall - great strong!

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Photo of Kyseber
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: plum, prune and raisin hues. Inviting bubbles.
S: Sweet currant aroma.
T: figs, dates. Quite smooth. Alcohol is well masked.
M: very bubbly but not effervescent.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Actually brewed under the close supervision of monks at Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey.

Glassware used: oversize wine glass

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a creamy thin tan head.

Smell: Flowery with inviting caramel notes. Sort of like when you are approaching a caramel popcorn stand on the boradwalk at the beach.

Taste: Dry with the caramel hinted at by the aroma.

Mouth feel: Very smooth but pleasantly crisp.

Overall: Very enjoyable and relaxing. The 9% ABV is well hidden. This is a finesse beer. It doesn't hit you over the head with a sledge hammer that a lot of beers with this ABV do.

It's brewed to age well. So, I put one back with a note to open it in 3 years.

Definitely adding this beer on my in home rotation.

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Photo of drmeto
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

-pours a hazy ruby-brown with a medium to big,frothy,beige head
-Follows the nose
-Medium to high carbonation
-full body
My favourite Trappist.Complex and Big

Update for a 2012 vintage (drank on april 3rd 2016):
With age this turns into a straight-up chocolate milk shake with cinnamon and Red Wine aroma

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Photo of Briancaldel
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Easy wind)
Dark brown look with a Nice creamy white head, complex flavor Carmel malt and floral with a smooth finish. Style Hides the high alcohol level well.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought two of these and had them over the course of two nights. Nice dark color with a thick tan head that goes down very slowly. It's a very nice beer that would go well with steak and potatoes. However, Beer Advocate has the ABV wrong, it's actually 10.0.

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Photo of lonestarnate
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have seen comments that it's to much for the money. But you get what you pay for if you want the best you pay for it ,while some of the other labels within chimay are great this one is outstanding. This is the best of its kind I have tried dozens of Belgium style beers and this is the best from the floral smell to the sweet taste it is so complex yet so perfectly balanced you will not be displeased with this one. if you are a true beer drinker stop being so cheap and treat your self to pure bliss on earth if God truly made a beer this is it!

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Photo of MrDell
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) – Year: 2014 Best Before: 2019

Aroma: Moist dark fruit like currants and raisins that have been soaked in brandy overnight. Fairly strong alcohol on the nose.

Appearance: This was very lively when opened and I lost a quarter of the bottle to the sink unfortunately, which seems strange as I have had this beer many times before and that’s the first time its happened – same situation with the Chimay bruin I had from the same box earlier this evening. Anyway, beer had a lively two finger off white head when poured into glass, the head soon disappeared leaving just one patch above the etching of the official Chimay glass. Colour is brown / very, very deep red, almost purple. I’m surprised at how little head there is on the beer now, just 10 minutes after opening it. Although it still looks great with its bright colour.

Taste: Yet again, this is another fantastic brew balanced brew from Chimay. Taste is as aroma, its got the dark fruits followed by a lovely warming bit of alcohol then a nice dry hop finish. There is, as with many of these dark sweet Belgian ales, the dark molasses treacle taste. I have been drinking a lot of trappists and strong dark ales recently and this is up there with the best of them.

Mouth feel: Like the Chimay dubbel, this is relatively low in body for the style, but again it works. Quite a dry finish.

Overall: I have sampled one of each of the three main Chimay beers this evening as I had a gift box with a bottle of each in it and while they are all obviously different stylistically, one can tell that they are from the same family. You just know, whether looking you are looking at the bottle, opening and pouring the beer into the lovely chalice glass or taking in the aroma and tasting, that you are dealing with a high quality product. I think that because the Chimay range is produced in such quantity and is so widely available and reasonably priced, the beers often get overlooked for what they are – some of the best in the world. 10/10.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little too yeasty for me. A very solid belgian ale... but if you are looking to spend $$$ on a belgian that is readily- available... would rather go with Unibroue or support my local micro- brews testing out new belgian brews.

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Photo of dhfreak
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You can't get much better in this category. It is pricey, but you get what you pay for. While some of the other Chimay styles are not the best in their respective categories, this one definitely is.

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Photo of demon
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have been eying the Chimay Blue on the store shelf for ages.

I knew holding the bottle that which was awaiting me would be an experience to be remembered.

Love at first sip. An amazing complexity. Very yeast and caramel malt forward, with the perfect balance of dried dark fruit--raisins, plums, cherries.

This is why I drink beer.

Instant favorite.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into an authentic Chimay chalice...
A: Dark murky brown, with a small off white head.
S: Dark fruit, especially plum & raisin. A slight yeast nose as well.
T: Follows the nose with a almost red wine quality, & a slight sourness.
M: Rich & sweet with a alcohol warmth in the finish.
O: An exceptional beer & MUCH better then the red IMHO. Great job Chimay, THIS is what a trappist beer should taste like!

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
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