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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
7,846 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: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Chimay Goblet

A- Pours a muddy brown with red highlights. Large white head that settles into a thin white line, very little lacing.

S- I smell dark fruits, apples, pears, and strong caramel malts. Little bit of yeast funk towards the end with an overly sweet bread smell also.

T- Starts with a very upfront malt taste that goes into a fruitiness mostly apples and cherries to me. Finishes up again with the overly sweet bread taste that I can't describe well. Does have a nice earthen note throughout though.

M- Lively. Sticks to your mouth and lingers which is not a bad thing at all when it tastes so good!

Overall a very strong performer in a category loaded with great beers. This is a truly must try.

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750 ml Poured into a Chimay glass.

A - Murky brown with a tight one finger mottled tan head that dissipates quickly
S - Grapes, tart cherries, wine,
T - A lot different from the nose. The dark fruits are at the front but they go away almost as soon as you realize they're there. After that it gets really complex with a sour hoppiness to it. I had a hard time pinning down exactly what I didn't like about it.
M - Champagne like fizz and a cola mouthfeel
O - Since I'm a rookie in the craft beer world I plan on revisiting this beer after I've developed my palette a bit more.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,846 ratings
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