Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
7,810 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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A: Dark Brown. Opaque. Deep orange. Lots of carbonation. Fantastic head that if you let sit becomes a sticky finger head.

S: Malty. Yeasty. Carmel. I get the sense of some fruit: Prunes. Raisins. Malty. Nothing overpowers.

T: Malty. Yeasty. Spicy. Smell mirrors the taste. Like other Chimay products, this one has a taste that could be an amazing bread as well.

M: Creamier than I expected, yet the carbonation leaves that to be short lived. Spicier than I expected as well. Alcohol ends the overall feel and I am not disappointed one bit.

O: Well, I cannot say I am disappointed. Drinkable in any quantity. Wonderfully Belgian. Not giving it 5's across the board... BUT DAMN GOOD BEER.

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A - pours up a deep ruby almost brown with a nice fluffy two finger head, a thin retention ring, and not a lot of lacing.

S - raisins, figs, alcohol

T - cloves, figs, yeast, some alcohol, but at 9% I would have expected more.

M - pleasant in the mouth, just the right amount of carbonation, mild aftertaste

O - not a fan of this style, but this one was not bad, especially as it warms.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,810 ratings
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