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
Ranking:
#919
Reviews:
2,408
Ratings:
7,972
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
547
Gots:
2,059
Trade:
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3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mschrei
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy/dirty brown with thick lasting foam. Classic example of the style. Taste has slight lemony notes. Only complaint is a slight metallic taste/feel. Not something I'll constantly drink, but worth having now and then.

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Photo of robebo44
3.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wolvmar
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Copper color, 2 finger light tan head. Really beautiful.

Nose: sweet bready malt, caramel, sugar, dark fruit.

Taste: toasted malt, sugar, bitter chocolate, sweet dark fruit. Some caramel, bread and oak. Call moles but extremely balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation and less than I expected given the style. Creamy full feeling.

Overall: this is as good as advertised. True to the style with plenty of complexity to enjoy.

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Photo of Cheddar
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CEEALAN
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into branded goblet. A classic trappist delight, with a thick creamy head and a smooth nose. Toasted caramel is consistent throughout, with a light feel that belies its dark color. Overall, this is a very smooth historic Belgian that separates itself from the numerous recent competitors through its wonderful level of refinement.

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

Photo of EdFed
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CMA
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eleimbach
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle, this beer is a mainly clear, dark copper/amber brown color with a light tan head that’s well over an inch thick when first poured that to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some decent lacing. Aromas of toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness along with some dark fruit notes of dates, plums, and a hint dark red apple. The taste is pretty much the same, with toasted, bready caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some toffee notes, a bit of Belgian candy sugar, a bit of Belgian yeast, and the aforementioned dark fruits. No discernible hop presence of course. Has a smooth, slightly prickly, yet smooth and slightly frothy, creamy, dull views mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a good, sweet aftertaste. A good beer here.

Eric

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Photo of Rileford
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer that lives up to the hype in every way. Truly a marvelous beer, one of the best I've had.

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3.76/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of quadmad
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of charlesharworth
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Natesalciccioli
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of petrusek23
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Nosferatus
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warm, malty sweetness, a little understated but thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MRLott
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,972 ratings