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
Ratings:
7,732
Reviews:
2,354
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
1,907
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 7,732 |  Reviews: 2,354
Photo of Prost76
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbelancic
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of pattysykes
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip from a bottle marked 2015.

Appearance a dark brown, quite cloudy with 1.5 fingers of fluffy light-tan head.

Fruity on the nose. I pick up dark fruit, cherries and a raisin sweetness.

The flavour is dominated by malt sweetness, raisins and cherries. Faint hints of vanilla and dark wood. Brings to mind a sweet Christmas cake.

Medium-to-full body, nice and smooth with enough carbonation that there's some crispness in there too. It makes for a good balance. The aftertaste is as boozy and warm as you'd expect from a 9% ABV beer, but it's masked by the lingering raisin and malt sweetness.

Overall I'd call it fruity, malty and a pleasure all around. Quite a lot going on in here and I look forward to the next time.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

The appearance is a pretty hazy reddish-brown. Has good lacing that lingers well.

The aroma is dark fruit, raisins, cherry, and big malt sweetness. Also some fruity esters from the yeast.

The taste is raisins, dark fruit, cherries, big malt sweetness, and estery yeast notes.

The palate is medium plus with a nice lingering sweetness. The maltiness lingers pleasantly.

Overall this is a world class Belgian strong that I am happy to have finally tried.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time enjoying this well-known beauty with the blue label. Poured garnet with a massive head that required a lot of patience. Gigantic. It was poured in a Pilsner glass so you can imagine. Aroma of plump raisins, dark cherries, roasted malt, fruity esters. Taste is cherries, fruitcake, raisins, honeyed malt, caramel and some boozy heat that warms the palate. Great beer - still stands tall.

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Photo of morrowd3
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nomis
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregaroo
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11-18-16 - In Chimay, Belgium and enjoyed a couple of these on tap at The Poteaupré Inn at Espace Chimay, about a kilometer from The Abbey Scourmont. Of course poured into the classic Chimay glass with awesome aroma and dark color. Light caramel taste that complemented Le Grande Chimay Trappist grilled cheese sandwich. Such a memory with the wife, who had the Cinq Cents

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Photo of Hudson2508
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MathieuTheard
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The head on this is incredible - always so velvety and reminiscent of a nitro beer. Smell mixes the traditional belgian aromas with a lovely array of spices. Taste is best when at room temperature. Dark fruits come through in the taste with some spicy phenolic notes. Feel is largely remarkable for the warming finish that leaves you happy and warm inside. Overall a lovely belgian strong dark ale - really one of the best examples of the style.

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Photo of Talonhawk
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kkarimi
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 60sFolks
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It presents itself through an inviting coppery color. The smell, dried fruit at their best. This nose sells it to my soul. The taste is a very full fig and wine grape.
Outstanding world class work from the monks.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of zuun
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown colored and quite creamy on the top with perfect thickness. Bottle looked like wine bottle, with cork. It smelled a little bit fruity, a little bit nutty. Quite smooth and creamy feeling on swallow. Overall one of the best dark strong ale I ever had.

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Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours coppery brown with a golden rim. Gloopy bubbles rise to the center of the glass as the head dissipates.

The aroma boasts toffee, wet brown sugar, butter, and fruit pudding with boozy raisins. There are some underlying autumnal spices which carry through to the tongue, but this is altogether more subdued and less complex than other, more ballsy quad-ish beers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ruddy brown pour. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Floaties. Small 1/4" off white head. Dark fruit and cherry smell. Lots of alcohol.

So much alcohol. Dark fruit. Raisins, plums, the usual suspects. Its just a style I can't get that down with. Brown sugar in smaller supply. Caramel, burnt. Carbonation good. I dunno, there's just a bitter toffee, overripe spoiled dark fruit thing going with pronounced alcohol that always has me wondering how this got to be so almost universally loved.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,732 ratings.
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