Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,780 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into tulip. Paired with gouda and manchego cheese.

Appearance: very dark beer, 1 finger fluffy off white head.

Aroma: very sweet dark fruits, grape, sweet mango and apple

Taste: a lot sweeter than other trappist beers. Raisins and bread notes in the aftertaste, with a sweet wine like finish. Alcohol is pleasantly disguised by the sweetness. As it warms im almost getting notes of apple and coriander. Very subtle citrus taste in the beginning.

Mouthfeel: very high carbonation, gets a lot smoother as it warms.

Overall: Honestly, i like Chimay Red more. Everyone seems to like the Blue the most, and i've yet to try the Yellow, but this one was just too sweet for me. It is still a very good beer that i will be buying again and again as i'm a huge fan of trappist beer, but i really thought the red was more balanced. Which is weird because I usually like the higher abv beers more. If you've had other trappist beers, this one is probably the most unique out of the 6 trappidt breweries i've tried. Not the best, but a great beer worthy of trying, if they are sold out of Chimay Red...

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,780 ratings.
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