Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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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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Photo of Rutager
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first craft beers I had. It's about time I reviewed it.

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a little orange when held to the light. Topped with over a finger of light khaki head.

Smell. Brown sugar and spicy belgian yeast, bruised apples, some cloves and sweet malts, even a little orange.

Taste. Brown sugar, spicy belgian yeast, light spices, apples and some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel. Meidum+ body, medium-strong (but soft) carbonation.

Overall. Pretty hard to say anything negative about a beer like this. A standard for the style and never a disappointment.

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Photo of DonDonLongJohn
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brycki
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of gnikola
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TWHartman
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide, trappist style glass.

A- Pours a dark amber with a clean white head that reduces down to thin lace. Carbonation steadily diffuses up from center of glass. Mine has little black flecks in it visible when holding it to light, I'm not sure if they are supposed to be there, there look like finely ground black pepper

S- Dark dried fruit, like raisin, plum or dates. Sweet, honey or treacle smell.

T- again, dark dried fruit like raisin, plum or date, but also with a sharp tart finish, like green apple. It has an almost Dr. Pepper flavor with a crisp, tart finish.

M- This is actually my favorite part of the beer, there is a lot of carbonation diffused in the body of the beer that pleasantly fizzes up in the mouth, almost soda like. From the smell I was expecting a syrupy, cloying mouthfeel but the carbonation makes it finish light and crisp despite the sweetness.

I generally dont like to drink trappist beers, but this was a nice experience, gained a new appreciation for the style and maybe I will have to drink more.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of schwemjw
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: murky brown, a one finger head that seems to be sticking around. poured like champagne

s: Nice caramel malt, a biscuit quality that morphs into dark fruit. figs and an overly rip grape.

t: wonderful! sweet figs, raisins, brown sugar up front with a citrus undertone. a yeasty, oatmeal raisin cookie middle and a finish reminiscent of cherries and molasses. wonderfully complex

M: medium bodied. there is a bit of alcohol in the finish with just enough carbonation. this bad boy definitely lingers.

O: complex, yet easy drinking. There is alot going on here to think about. but it drinks fairly easy. this is exactly what i think about when i think of a belgian beer; tart, sweet, bready, yeasty, malty and oh so good. if you are looking to get into belgian beers, this is a must try.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of olilitewu
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is wonderful.
only issue to it is probably its smell, which is nothing too special, but with lots of fruity notes.
Beer has malty bitterness, caramel, plum-dark red fruity notes with plenty of sweetness
Lots of complexity and layers of flavors in the beer, but without clashing with one another.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Cvescalante
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of zachattack555
4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 7,801 ratings
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