Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,779 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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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of magpieken
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle. BB 2018. Amber brown colour with a dense, light tan head and left some nice lacing. Aroma of caramel, raisins, sherry and alcohol. Medium sweetness and minimal bitterness. Smooth, medium-full bodied with alcohol warmth. Like drinking a fine fortified wine. Delicious. I can't fault this one, one of my favourites. 10.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of hopkrid
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of shohen
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AL89BR
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Poured ever so slowly this highly carbonated ale create a bubbly, champagne like head. Beautiful bright ruby hue there was a touch of sediment that twirled through the murkiness.

Fruity sweetness hits the nose with cherry, date, prune and grape must. Wine alcohol aromas are hidden amongst candied, sugary sweetness. Slightly soft the aroma is weak but varied.

Very smooth on the tongue this is as diverse as any. Candied fruits like date fig and prune start but then a bready maltiness takes over. Alcohol warmth fills the chest as raisin and even licorice finish it out. Small amount of alcohol stays on the tongue but other than that this is a real triumph.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This cooper/ruby-toned beer has a creamy, lightly-tanned neck. The aroma only pronounces at the right serving temperature (higher than usual), showing a toasty/caramelly tone, with strong fruity esters (apples, pears, bananas, dark fruits). A little perfume and spice are also present. The taste displays the malt profile appropriately, which is harmonized with the alcohol here. The body is medium and well-carbonated, and the hops are very discreet. The end is dry, and the aftertaste appears as a crescendo, with sharp bitterness.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of csrbv
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of BigMikie
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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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 7,779 ratings.
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