Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Beautiful off-white khaki 2-finger head that refuses to dissipate. Nice carbonation streaming from the sides of the glass. Brew is a deep brown/burnt orange.

Earthy hops, grainy malts, raisins, currants and savory spice all play a big part in the nose. Very complex aromatics.

Chimay Blue kind of slaps you in the face with it's presence. It's huge; flavors ranging from dark fruits and sweet esters to the thick, rich and almost chocolaty malty backbone. The hops play a bigger role than I thought they would, offering a perfect, bitter yet fruity and EARTHY quality. The booze offers some nice spice in conjunction with the spicy yeasts. The mouthfeel is very full, like a burger in every sip. It's rich, satisfying, and complex. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I swear there is a very ancient quality to this beer.

Chimay, in fact Belgians are not exactly my style of brew but I really enjoyed Chimay Blue. The only reason I bought it was because I found a Chimay goblet for $3 and figured I might as well break it in with a bottle of Blue. I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these a night, but I wouldn't really want to. It's complex, sophisticated, and perfectly balanced. Worth a try even if you don't like Belgians.

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

Appearance: Dark brown, cloudy and opaque, but I can see my finger through the end of the glass. Amber and orangish hues are coming through the light. Head is beautiful, crème brûlée colored and pillowy, dissipates rather quickly. Lots of tiny little bubbles that you can barely see-4.5

Smell: Has that dark fruit, yeasty, spicy aroma that is typical of the smell. Plums, figs, bananas, citrus, vanilla, chocolate and coriander are what I get. Slightly astringent alcohol notes come through. I love it already.-5

Taste: Dark fruits, dark baking chocolate and some spices.-4

Mouthfeel- Consistent sharp, warm bubbles throughout, medium bodied, dry.-4

Overall: A great, great beer. One I would definitely recommend. This is my favorite style so far in my beer drinking adventure and this one would definitely be on my list of top BSDAs to try.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pours a rusty reddish-brown with a ridiculously huge and effervescent light brown head. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving just tidbits of fluffy lacing on the glass.

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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Plum aroma, almost no ethyl acetate
Caramell malty, maltbitter aftertaste
Lots of fine carbonation, medium thick body
Good Quad but other Trappists like Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren are more complex and better in my opinion

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 93.1% out of 100 with 7,803 ratings
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