Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BA SCORE
93.1%
Liked This Beer
4.3 w/ 7,801 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:
#504
Reviews:
2,372
Ratings:
7,801
Liked:
7,266
Avg:
4.3/5
pDev:
10.47%
Alströms:
4
 
 
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3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, burnt orange color with an off-white, 3 finger head. Decent retention, resulting in a thick, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Notes are clean, if not subdued. Hints at maple and a touch of raisin.

Taste - Starts sweet with heavy malt character; maple backed by notes of tobacco and raisin. Heat becomes more noticeable mid-taste, but not to a detriment.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied, with a lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and clean.

Overall - Good beer; clean and smooth with decent flavor. Is it worth the high cost? Probably not.

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Photo of rivethead23
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle Chimay Blue I cellared in my basement in a brown paper bag since I don't know when... the Code on it reads LAM-408 so I am assuming this beer is from 2004 thanks to a google search. I thought I had bought it in 2007 but I can't be sure. This beer was cracked open tonight because we sold the house (at a $40k loss.. ) where it was cellared and decided it would be a fitting celebration. (10-20-12)

Poured into a Chimay goblet (what else would be appropriate)

Appearance: Dark brown with a hint of red. Appears to have some nice globs of brown sediment in the bottom of the glass. May have poured too vigorously.

Smell - Vanilla and toffee

Head - when poured no head to speak of looked entirely flat.

Lacing - When swirled or imbibed a thick white lacing is left

Mouth Feel - Rich, Malty, virtually no carbonation.

Taste - Exactly as it smells - strong toffee and vanilla tastes with a hint of butterscotch when it hits the back of the throat that lingers for a long while.

My wife took one whiff and refused to drink it (she pretty much drinks pumpkin ales and blue moon belgian white so it wasn't unexpected)

Makes me wish I had cellared more than one bottle.

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With Chimay I can't tell when exactly it was bottled, this one is from 2012. Poured in an Orval glass.

Pours brown with some red. Quite cloudy but I might have poured a little bit of yeast with it. Head dissapears very fast and leaves just one small island floating around.

Smell is roasted bread with some chocolate and yeast. Dark sweet fruits, like dades.

Taste is quite light, nice and malty with some yeast. Then there's a nice sweetness with hints of fruits, but not that much. Light alcohol and some caramel or even chocolate. Some Coca-Cola even. Finishes with a yeasty bitterness. More bitter and less sweet than I expected/remembered. Maybe this is a younger one, who knows.

Mouth is medium with nice carbonization. Really drinkable, not something you feel like you have to sip slowly (even though that does make it better).

Overall this is a nice beer. It doesn't have the deep and complex flavours of a Rochefort, but it's drinkable and very pleasant. But I think I expected a little bit more.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 7,801 ratings
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