Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,768 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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an extremely dark brown with a two finger off-white head that doesn't retain as well as you would expect and leaves no lacing.

S - Some Belgian yeast and bubblegum, followed by hay and dark sugar.

T - Lots of yeast and bubblegum, Along with moderate amounts of hay up front, Followed by some dark burnt sugar.

M - Light creamy body with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall, It was a solid Belgian brew. Far better than Bernardus 12, But no where near Rochefort 10.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into Trappist glass. Dark brown and cloudy with a two finger head that's not going anywhere. Smells like caramel apples, with a bit of chalky yeast. Some dark fruit such as raisin and plum. Aromatics are surprisingly restrained.

Lots of fruity esters and a touch of sweetness followed by a balancing touch of hop bitterness and alcohol warmth on the finish. Really nice lacing shows on the glass as this is sipped. Prominent dark fruit notes. Mouthfeel hits all the right notes: slightly syrupy, vigorous bottle-conditioned carbonation that scrubs the palate nicely without being too harsh.

Despite the fact that I enjoyed Chimay Bleu, it didn't wow me as much as I'd expected, given its pedigree. Better strong dark Belgians are available, but this is still a benchmark for the style.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 33 cl bottle into a chalice, a dark red orange brown with a huge light tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, almost clear

S: sweet dark fruits, figs, caramel, cherry, yeasty bread, vanilla

T: dark fruits, sour cherry, caramel malt, a light hop bitterness upon finish that dries the aftertaste, vanilla, toffee

M: full bodied with a nice mouth coating, alcohol well hidden, lively carbonation

O: an excellent Trappist ale, rich in flavor with lively refreshing carbonation

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A - Damn is this beer carbonated! I get well over two inches of head that take quite a bit to settle. Beer itself is a hazy dark amber brown. Gotta love a well crafted Belgium you get the the pillow effect on the head.
S - Very soft tones of dark fruits, mainly dates and fruity yeasts. Not noticeable ABV is always great.
T - Well it's quite good you get the mild fruit tones, some sugary yeasts. The finish is rather dry but as I said it's just light in flavor and well hidden with the ABV.
M - Drinks with a medium body very slick with a very well hidden ABV.
Overall its very light and well hidden ABV make it a exceptional Belgium Strong ale still I couldn't see picking up another one for 6 bucks.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,768 ratings.
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