Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,753 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, with ruby tones. There is one full finger of light khaki colored head that take s bit to settle. There is a frothy ring of bubbles along the edges of the beer, and there is a touch of lacing as it drinks.

S: Thew nose is plums, prunes, brown sugar, soaked bread, and a touch of yeast.

T: Sweet to start, with big sugary fruit and bread notes up front. I get the stone fruits... dehydrated so that the sugar is incredible prominent. Yeast and bread are in the middle and the finish.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet to start, yeasty in the middle, a bit drying in the finish.

O: This is a great example of a Belgian Dark Ale. No doubt about it. It's not my favorite, but I can respect this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with white head.
Smell: It has an aroma of fruit with a touch of caramel.
The taste is sweet and the alcohol is more noticed in the end.
Overall it is a very good beer and without any doubts one of the best i’ve ever tasted.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark brown; ample head; disappears gradually; minimal lacing

alcohol burn; not well hidden. multitude of sweet molasses, rum, fruit cake, dark spices

not overly filling but taste is full malty; bakery smell

not a good value for the money, much better beers out there that are much more affordable.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorite belgian strong darks. one of the many masterpieces done by the trapiste monks.

served in the chimay glass

some dark fruits are present, along with mild yeast and spiciness to the finish. hints of vanilla and toffee. overall just flat out tasty.

this is a pricey brew, but it is a worth while one. if you come across the variety chimay pack with the glass, get it. you won't be upset with what you find.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Konings Hoeven chalice.

A- pours a murky brown with a huge 3/4 of the glass tan head (typical of Trappist beers). Some trails and small bubbles on the glass.

S- toffee, bread, big dark fruit notes, and spices.

T- sweet toffee and caramel, dark fruits and vinous notes, some bread/yeast flavors, and slightly spicy finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Definitely mellowed as it warmed, fairly light and mellow for the abv.

O- very good Trappist, up there with Rochefort and st Bernardus. Alcohol bite mellowed a lot after it warmed.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,753 ratings.
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