Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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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
Ratings:
7,768
Reviews:
2,365
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
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527
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1,926
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Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, dull brown, red tinted, with a finger of greyish tan head which is noticeable in how it fizzles out. Good retention and a few streaks of lace.

S: Caramel and sugar coated plum, lots of plum, fruity esters, and a little booze.

T: Dark fruit malt, kind of confused mid palate (malt and some bitterness), and a little alcohol bite at the end.

M: Creamy texture, medium body, and medium-light carbonation.

O: Not bad, but doesn't really come together, and the creamy texture doesn't complement the flavor.

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S: Loaded with sweet raisin, fig and grape. Tons of brown sugar. Touch of earthy cocoa. Spicy. Very sweet and rich.

T: Up front there is some dark fruit, not as strong as in the aroma but still there. Raisin and maybe a touch of grape. Sweet caramel and brown sugar throughout but especially up front and in the middle. Nice cocoa in the middle and then a bit of bitter earthiness and spices kicks in and lingers into the finish. Finish is somewhat dry and earthy. Surprising grain alcohol taste in the finish and lingering between sips.

M: Very effervescent (typical of Chimay it seems). Makes it a bit airy and doesn't feel like 9% or even close to it.

O: An excellent BSDA. Honestly not the best I've had, it's very sweet and fruity but oddly hot and not as complex as a lot I've had. Not to knock it, it's an excellent beer, especially considering how easy it is to obtain.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,768 ratings.
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