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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
7,850 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 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark cherry color, with about two fingers worth of head. Great frothy head retention, not much lacing.

S- Very sweet fruity smell. Lots of pears and apples, but has a hint of an earthy smell.

T- Moderate amount of spice, but still very fruity! Lots of apples and pears, but it seems like there may be some grapes in there too. Maybe a hint of cinnamon, and you can definitely get a robust yeast taste with the beer.

M- Moderate mouth feel, and very little carbonation. A bit on the heavy side, but still and pretty easy drinker nonetheless.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. Very sweet and different from the usual American styles that I'm used to. Definitely would drink this again.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass. Two fingers of foamy head on a reddish/brown colored body.
The aroma is fresh bread, dark fruit (plum and blackberry), candy and caramel.
The taste is deep and dark. There's lots of fruit and bread going on here. The sweetness is present but maintains a low profile, which is nice.
The texture is slick with moderate carbonation and medium to thicker body.
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Massive bang from an explosive cork..

Puffy/tan/soapy foamy/airy head. Deep purple/red/clear brew. No lacing.


Thin/watery/smooth/dry/crisp/high carbonation/slight sweetness/very belgian/toasty/well malted/delightful/refreshing for a warm winters day

Recommended as an awesome macro transfer brew to Belgians or as a go to from smaller less distributed stores.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown corked/caged bottle, specially-painted for Chimay's 150th anniversary. Splitting this with my wife tonight, into two Chimay chalices, to commemorate the sadness of leaving behind my career as a medieval historian and teacher and a celebration of the next step (whatever that might be). Cheers!

Appearance: A warm, ruddy sienna brew, capped with a dark ivory cap which fades slowly to a thick patchy film. Not quite as much stick as I'd like, but still an attractive brew.

Smell: Wonderfully soft and inviting aroma, with dark sugared fruits (grapes, raisins, plums), sweet/baking spice yeast notes, and just a hint of cork and cellar. Elegant, refined, classic.

Taste: Soft dark fruits (maybe grape, and several others, but none really jump out). LIght notes of sweet yeasty spice. The lightest hint of toasted bread and something earthy on the finish. Sweet flavors, but ends dry.

Mouthfeel: Light as a whisper, almost fluffy. It's amazing that 9% can feel like this.

Overall: Wish the specially-bottled version didn't cost $14.00-plus, but the beer inside (the same as the regular Grande Reserve) is simply brilliant, and usually available for $12.00 a 750ml. I hadn't had this beer for years, and it was one of the first 'real' Belgians I had. I was afraid it wouldn't measure up tonight, honestly. No worries there. Not quite as complex as Westvleteren, perhaps, but this is a stunning beer and widely available. Someday, when I have a solid job, I'm definitely going to buy a case of this to cellar.

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Bottle opened on 1.26.13

A - Pours a medium cola brown with a one inch tan head that fades slowly.

S - Spices, figs, brown sugar.

T - Same as the nose, a touch sweet, a true Trappist.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - A nice spicy, nice fruity trappist ale. I can see how this one would age nicely.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,850 ratings
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