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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
7,825 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 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A. A deep dark orangish red color with a couple of fingers of head which lingers, just a little lacing observed.

S. Some sweet dark fruits and that typical belgian malt aroma.

T. The sweet dark fruit start it off but it finishes with a little warmth from the alcohol.

M. A medium body with a little carbonation and an almost creamy texture.

O. This is a very good beer with a great balance of the sweet fruit flavor and the alcohol.

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Dark brown/red, with half-finger frothy white head and barley any lacing.

Scents of dark fruits, mango, caramel, roasted barley. Very pleasing. Could smell all day long.

Taste raisins, dark tropical fruits, little caramel etc. Thick, smooth body, with heavy carbonation. Wonderfully delicious all the way through.

Nice. Price just needs a little negotiating, and then it's a regular.

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From an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice.

A-The brew opened with a decent whoosh and the carbonation provided a long-lasting head that topped out a two fingers of khaki/brown foam. The beer was the color of prunes; brown, with some purple and ruby highlights.

S-Lots of sweet, dark fruit (raisins and dates mostly) and some brown sugar. I also picked up a decent wave of peppery alcoholic spice and a touch of fruity, doughy yeast.

T-Taste follows the smell to a t. I got sweet, boozy, slightly spiced dark fruit that was this beers defining characteristic. Also some brown sugar and molasses. Overall, the taste was a touch on the sweet side for my palate.

M-Medium to heavy feel, but not heavy when compared to others of the style. Smooth drinking.

O-This is certainly a great beer and one of the easier dark, strong Belgians to find when you're out and about. The flavors are solid and the feel is nicely balanced. However, it doesn't hold the same complexity or intensity as some of its Belgian cohorts or some of its North American competitors.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,825 ratings
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