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:
7,733
Reviews:
2,355
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
1,908
For Trade:
17
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass
A-pours a deep, cloudy ruddy brown. Has a nice thick light tan head that slowly fades away and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S-A great aroma. Malty, spicy, with a hint of alcohol sweetness.
T-big taste. Malty and fruity, if the beer is too cold it needs to warm up a little to get the full effect. A nice hint of spice/pepper on the finish.
M-A bit carbonated, but it's pleasant on the pallet and it adds to the pop of the spices on the finish.
O- a great example of Belgian strong dark ale. A good gateway to getting into all that Belgian beers offer.

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2012 vintage. 75cL corked/caged champagne-style bottle served in Chimay's own wide mouth chalice. Beer pours deep brown with a massive, delicious lighter brown foam. Aroma is way sweet, candi sugar, with a little bit of fruit, like dates.

First sip is explosive with flavor. Sweet up front, tangy on the sides, and rich through the middle. Super fine carbonation tickles the front of my tongue and dances all over my mouth. This compliments the malt flavors and contrasts nicely with the super heavy richness that the ale otherwise conveys. Oh, and it 9% ABV it's a great drink, not at all too heady.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,733 ratings.
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