Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,752 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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4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is always a pleasure to drink a Chimay...
When I cracked open the bottle and poured into a Chimay Chalice (of course)... I found a deep and cloudy reddish brown color topped by a light tan and medium density head. I pour the sediment into the chalice... I feel it ads character and therefore the cloudiness.
Smells of sweet flowers, bananas foster, maybe some grape, and yeast.

Sweet and strong. Tastes of figs and wine soaked bread. Alcohol is prominent throughout and I also taste a hint of grape and spices( coriander and clove mostly)

Pops on the tongue like a mild form of liquid pop rocks and the high ABV deglazes the mouth but it does not cling, linger, or lazy about. Very vibrant feel.

Fantastic beer.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS is what beer is supposed to be!

Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights, and a generous tan/off-white head with some lacing. Notes of spice, grain, toffe and yeast greeted my nose. As it warmed, I tasted cocoa, vanilla … its malty sweetness (one of the richest malts you’ll ever taste) blends with a spicy yeastiness and a wonderful warmth from the alcohol. Easily a 5/5.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was pulled out at the table, Happy Thanks Giving everyone! Poured this guy into a snifter.

A: Poured a rich, cloudy, oak brown color, with a half inch caramel head that vanished after a few minutes, reduced to rings and a little bit of patches around the glass, has some lacing.

S: Very aromatic, dark fruits, burnt sugars, can smell the alcohol, spices, malts, cinnamon, spices

T: Tastes incredible, it is outstanding. It's very sweet, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits, grapes, figs, malts, grains, very complex flavor, has a whole lot going on, but it all compliments each other.

M: its a very likeable beer, such a complex flavor, balanced with the warm kick of the alcohol, along with its mid-level carbonation, its outstanding

O: Its what I expected and more, was in awe when this was brought out on the table, this beer is incredible, such a perfect balance. Goes down smooth and its fulfilling. It's very expensive, but for those one time occasions, takes the place of the champagne. A must try for everyone, great interpretation of the style, the archetype.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,752 ratings.
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