Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BA SCORE
4.3/5
7,812 Ratings
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#503
Reviews:
2,376
Ratings:
7,812
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
530
Gots:
1,949
Trade:
17
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3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle from FMs.

A - dark brown with amber highlights, big fluffy head. It dissipates at an average pace. Decent amount of lacing

S - banana, some pine, malt, not picking up much else

T - wondering if I started this too chilled. I am picking up the standard chimay taste (kind of a dry taste I can't explain, I attribute it to the yeast), some bananas and dark fruit. Tinge (check) of alcohol.

M - slightly less than perfect, carbonation is on the low side, the finish slightly dry.

O - It has a warming effect. Gets more flavorful as it comes to room temp. Still coming around to fully appreciating this style.

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

A-dark brown with hints of red and a nice light tan head with good lacing

S-toffee, malt, spices, hints of chocolate, dark fruit

T-caramel malt, figs, raisins, plums, cinnamon, chocolate, yeasty overtones

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy, despite the ABV the alcohol was not very apparent

O-a nice sipping dark ale with a great blend of flavors

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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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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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,812 ratings
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