Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,783 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: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice bomber bottle shared at a BYOB in Phoenixville, PA (thanks OWEN !)

*A: Nice bottle, nice pour, very good white, tight bubbled head on each pour, consistent. Lacing as you swirled it in a small snifter glass.
*S: Classic triple, fruity, a bit of malt, but mostly orange, lemon, pineapple, grass
*T: More complex than the Allagash Tripel from earlier in the tasting. 2 levels of flavors from the initial tip of the tongue to the finish. Sweetness and tartness. Carbonation keeps it buzzing on your tongue. Alcohol is hidden, just a bit in a champagne sort of way (carbonation).
*M: Nice and creamy. Easy to sip.
*O: It is a Chimay--classic, have to try it at least once, experience where beer began and sip the 100's of years of tradition in a bottle.'re my boy!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged, 9/12 dated cork. Pour into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Came out of the bottle a red mahogany color, a bit cloudy. Thick full head, tan in color, with good lacing.
Smell: Crisp, sweet smell. You can definitely smell the booze, but as a whisky drinker I found that a big plus. Malty with a bit of herbs and tobacco.
Taste: Sweet, malty Belgian style. A bit boozy (see above), definite dark fruits with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with a long finish.
Overall: Good drink, pairs well with cheese. I will certainly be back for more.

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to LOOOVE this beer. Instead, I just liked it. Quite a bit, actually.

Look: When poured into a Sam Adams glass, it glowed with an auburn reddish brown and a tan head (surprising robust).

Smell: Average. Sweet.

Taste: Like a lot of Belgium beers, this has a rich, full tasting beer. I found that the slightly sour aftertaste was a nice compliment to the 9% alcohol taste. There is also a fruity taste mixed in (apricot??).

Mouthful: Very good

Overall: This is certainly a beer I would have again (and again).

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,783 ratings.
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