Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,753 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy; dark copper

Aroma: spice from the yeast; malty; vinous fruits, almost wine-like

Taste: spicy up front; malty in the mid; finishes with a fairly dry aftertaste

Remarks: My favorite of the Chimay line. Also got to try it at the Inn at Chimay.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Dreizhen
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a Cantillon chalice. Bottled 2012.

Appearance: Poured a one-finger head. Quickly dissipates in thickness, though a thin layer of foam remains on top. Cloudy, red. Moderate carbonation

Smell: Dark fruits and some chocolate. Some spice. Some malt.

Taste: Dark fruit carries over, but the chocolate really swells here. Spice and malt towards the end. Beginning is certainly not weak, but it builds into something really special. One of the stronger middles I’ve tried out of all of the Trappists I’ve had so far (especially compared to say the Rochefort 8). Good finish.

Mouthfeel: Light for a dark Trappist, but still somewhat heavy. Good carbonation, silky smooth.

Overall: Surprised me in a very good way. I somewhat stuck my nose up at it as one of the most common Trappist beers. Very solid beer, especially for the price and availability (3.50 Euros here to $11 back in the States). Pairs great with Belgian frites.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: hazy, murky deep brown, tan foamy head,

Aroma: Sweet malty notes of fig, raisin, slight fusel note detectable,

Taste: Malt heavy with strong flavors of raisin and fig, slight bitterness on the finish,

Mouthfeel: fizzy and well carbonated, full bodied, leaves the mouth tingling after each sip

Overall Impression: With strong and well developed malt flavors in balance with finishing bitterness, this Quad stands up with the best of them

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and dark brown with just a little bitterness on the nose. Little head that went away fast. Opaque and doesn’t smell too fruity sweet like it’s brother the Chimay Red. Patchy lacing, nice cap. Strong carbonation, toasted malt. floral hops. Medium body and the sweet fruit is in the short finish. A Chimay is guaranteed civility.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,753 ratings.
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