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:
7,782
Reviews:
2,368
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
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527
Gots:
1,933
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a La Trappe goblet. Allowed to warm as I drank it. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a muddy brown, cloudy opaque body with a perfectly carbonated 2" off white head that reduces slowly and leaves some lacing.

S- Candi sugar, citrus zest, orange juice, cloves, bananas. A deeper whiff reveals cocoa powder, coffee beans, apples, toffee, molasses, figs, tart cherry. One of the most complex beers I've ever smelled.

T- Starts off with spices, bananas, candi sugar, brown sugar and molasses, and develops into a more citrusy, tart fruit, cherry and apple flavor. The finish is slightly roasty. The long aftertaste is tart fruit, white grapes, and lemons. The flavors come through more as it warms, and it also gets smoother and more creamy.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body but drinks like a lighter bodied belgian.

This was one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. It took characteristics from every belgian styles and incorporated them intricately to create a masterpiece. An excellent representation of the style, others can only try to match it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, poured into a goblet. Bottled in 2012.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, red-brown color, with about 1 finger of tan head. The head quickly recedes to a lasting foam on top of the beer. Lacing sticks to the glass well as the beer is moved around.

Smell: There's a fruity, vinous character upfront to this one. Sweet, dark fruits (red grapes, raisins, plums). Also some hints of breadiness, mixed with baking spice (clove, cinnamon) near the finish. The aromas blend together very well. Picking up some more subtle elements of candied sugar and toffee notes as it warms.

Taste: Leads with a dark fruit sweetness, (plums, raisins). This gradually fades into a chewy, breadiness, retaining a bit of the sweetness, while combining with some baking spice elements (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg). Finish becomes slightly bittering and earthy, finishes with a crackling, black pepper spiciness. Some caramel notes, and a bit of the alcohol taste, come out as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Good body to this one. Starts with a medium feel on the tongue as carbonation scrubs over it. As this builds, the feel becomes thicker and creamier, almost chewy about the time the bready flavors hit the tongue. Tingling spiciness and some warming feel from the alcohol as it finishes.

Overall: This is a very enjoyable beer. While other Trappist ales are more to my liking, this is still very good in its own right. Very easy to drink considering the alcohol content, and also readily available just about anywhere. A bit on the expensive side ($14 per bottle in my area), but this isn't out of the norm for Trappist ales. Definitely worth a try.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black with a three finger head which disappears fairly quickly. Little lacing.

The smell is sugary, nutty, yeasty, dank like wet hay. There is also a trace of apple and pear.

The taste is very sweet, lots of sugar, probably brown sugar and maybe molasses. Apple and pear come in after the after the sugar and there is a cracker like taste on the back end. The alcohol seeps through just a little bit.

The mouthfeel is thin, creamy and cracker like. There is a lot of tingling after swallowing probably due to the high carbonation.

Overall this brew is good but I expected better after all of the raving about how good Chimay is. Perhaps some people like this much sugar in a beer but this is just a little too sweet for me.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,782 ratings.
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