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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 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, served at the Cloverleaf with a matching Chimay chalice.

Chimay Grand Reserve pours a deep mahogany, with no real highlights noticeable. A finger or so of off white foam crowns the beer. Most of it fades away, but a solid iceberg like chunk remains long after. Lacing is pretty sparse. The nose is almost perfection. Lots of plum and fig, and spicy phenols are a secondary aroma. The flavor profile still has some dark fruit esters, and they're joined by a light caramel touch. The pepper and clove spicy notes are definitely more pronounced than in the nose, and just a hair too much so for my taste. The mouthfeel is fantastic, highlighted by a very well dried out body. The carbonation is plenty lively, but there's just a slight lack of creaminess to it. Chimay Grand Reserve is an absolute classic in the craft beer scene, and with good reason.

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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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