Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BA SCORE
4.3/5
7,810 Ratings
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:
#499
Reviews:
2,376
Ratings:
7,810
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
529
Gots:
1,947
Trade:
17
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3.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Forceful pop of the cork which let out some wispy steam, hefty carbonation that eventually oozed from the top of the bottle, tarnished copper to burgundy - 3.75, S: Sweet chalkiness, what I perceive as a touch of clove on the nose, quite yeasty along with some pitted fruits such as plum and maybe dates, a little milder than what I’d generally expect – 3.50, T: Dark fruits including figs raisins, quite sweet and bready, very noticeable alcohol that borders on being distracting, medicinal and spicy – 3.75, M: Medium bodied, hint of grit within a creamy mouth – 4.00, D: A very enjoyable beer and quite drinkable – 3.50

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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

sort of the classic trappist brew, highly available, highly acclaimed. its like the best of a dubble and the best of a quad in one. the pours is dark like raisins and molasses, with a fluffy bubbly Belgian yeast tan head, and the nose is basically the same, dried fruit, dates and figs, and the yeast. some mild spice notes, vanilla, and sweet Belgian candy sugar all make strong appearances on the palate, and the darker sweeter malts have a pronounced fruity character to them, like dried cherries and plums. alcohol is hot here, but it doesn't seem out of place at all. as sweet as it is, the finish mellows, and comes in very smooth, dangerously drinkable for such a rich and decadent brew. a little light on carbonation compared to its peers, and a little thick in body to me, but this beer is a testament to the great trappist brewing tradition, and a beer that deserves to be regarded as highly as it is. just expert.

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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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