Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,783 Ratings
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

Brewed by:
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - First thing to notice is the head, which is nothing short of mesmerizing. Light beige and thick like a meringue, it holds firm atop the murky burgundy brown body and doesn't seem to dissipate.

S - Sweet caramel and dark fruits predominate. There is a certain earthy/meaty/smoky aroma that I can't quite identify that smells appealing.

T - Raisins, dates, black mission figs, and other dark dried fruits are very forward. Note highly sweet in that sense, but more rich with a bit of fermentation tartness. Licorice/anise seed flavors are very mild but present on the finish.

M - Carbonation complements the body very well, i.e. light bubbles for higher viscosity. Very smooth and easy to enjoy another sip

O - Finally, I'm pleased to be able to try a tried and true, truly, world class beer which left no disappointment.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: A very nice amber/brown with good head and retention. Very good looking beer.

S: Malt, wine a maybe a bit of vinegar. Very nice.

T: Same as the smell.

M: Smooth with nice carbonation.

O: Pretty darn good. I wonder if I got a bad one with the vinegar and all.

If so, this must be truly outstanding.( It is, tried it again. No vinegar.)

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,783 ratings.
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