Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of artdob
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost a root beer color, dark but not quite black. Tan foam head diminishes somewhat quickly, readying the beer for drinking without having to don a foam mustache.

On the nose, close your eyes and you might think you are in a bakery at early morning as the ovens are getting going - yeasty bread overtones dominate here.

On the palate, there is an initial sugary sweetness, almost like C&H liquid. This is followed with hints of dark fruits - plums and raisins.

Mouthfeel has a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of s4s
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of HarryPotHead
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Chimay Chalice.

A - chocolatey brown with copper edges. A one finger head that did not last long. Not much lacing. Some unsettled yeast in the bottom of the glass.

S - sweet smelling figs, raisins, and the scent of pecan pie come to mind. Very nice!

T - tasty but somewhat one dimensional or "well balanced" which makes it hard to pinpoint specific flavors. Not as sweet or fruity as the aroma would lead you to believe. Hops play a minor role here while malts and yeast flavors share top billing. Finishes warm.

M - silky smooth and slick with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - ABV is masked nicely so this brew goes down smoother than you might expect. Very enojoyable, but I felt it was missing something....can't put my finger on it though. Still a very good example of the style.


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Photo of SStein
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.75L split between my wife and me. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

It pours a solid deep red brown with about a finger width of light brown head. This quickly turns to lace, which is almost non-existent within minutes.

You get mild ether smells along with faint fruit smells, dates perhaps.

It has a semi sweet, mild fruit taste. You get more of the date taste, and a little bit of raisin.

There is decent carbonation, but it isn't overpowering. It sits easy and goes down the same.

Overall it is a pleasant drink, and one my wife enjoys as well, it will definitely be bought and drunk again.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of sbauer
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle bought in Switzerland.

A: Dark amber brown. Light lacing and thin head.

S: Dark malts, cherry cola, mild Belgian esters.

T: Caramel roasted malts balanced well with slight fruity esters, dates, creamy. Well attenuated.

M: Medium bodied. Well carbonated, crisp.

O: Great Belgian yeast flavors balanced with dark, flavorful malts. A hit among my less funk-friendly family. Flavorful and drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a revised review. The first bottle had gone a bit stale. Belgian beer clearly doesn't like long haul flights. Virtually everything Belgian I've brought to Korea with me has gone off but thankfully I can buy Chimay in Seoul now.

A: Mahognony with fluffy off-white head. The delicate bubbles make soft popping sounds.

S: Barrett's Refreshers, marzipan, plain white bread, some banana.

T: Tart breadiness, quite acidic, sweet, earthy and has a sharp fizziness to it. Has the usual sensual blend of dark dried fruits but they're not overly prominent but not dull either. There's a bit of coriander essence but it takes on more of a liquorish character, and while it's neither prominent nor subtle, it blends beautifully with a cooked rhubarb fruitness. A lovely balanced mix however, there is a slightly unpleasant burned flavour. Kind of reminds me of burned beef stock or even weirder, celery leaves. Shut up.

MY ORIGINAL SUMMARY (bad bottle): Not sweet enough. Smelled good but the alcohol was too bitter and there wasn't enough flavour (for me anyway). I remember it tasting better than this so maybe I've had a bad bottle.

MY REVISED SUMMARY (fresh bottle): Delicious. The balance of liquorish, dark dried fruits, rhubarb and general acidity has won me over. It's not quite as resplendent as some of the other Belgian dark ales, or I should say the flavours are not as exagerated, but it's beautifully balanced and very sensual. It'll be a staple when I finally leave Asia and go back to the UK.

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Photo of spakman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jacothom
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kalel
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of schoolboy
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this particular one yesterday and we are drinking it for lunch today (Christmas Eve). It almost tastes like it was pre-aged - very mellow.

It pours a cloudy murky mess with a lovely head. The aroma is the perfect Belgian yeast. I got some foam up my nose sniffing and it was heavenly.

The taste is thick like the appearance, with loads of yeasty goodness. It lingers nicely with a Belgian goodness. This was a good choice for an early Christmas treat.

Edit: Here it is, October 2015 and I have a couple of these that are from their 2012 anniversary special. $8.99 at Saveon, and these are pre-aged (don't tell anyone, they have lots more three year old ones). They are still big and strong and fruity, but they seem more tamed. Me thinks I should get at least one more and save it until 2017 or so. Time capsule (beer capsule - allow the beer to go back to the future).

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of UnoMasBelgian
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay glass
A: brown/reddish. Has a muddy look to it. it has good carbonation and a off white head. still as about about 1cm of head left.

S: The aroma is very fruity with a mellow caramel aroma.

T: Lost of sweet fruits, raisins, figs, and has a bold maltiness.

M: Carbonated/effervescent and tangy.

V: A good strong sweet ale

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,847 ratings
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