Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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95
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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:
7,779
Reviews:
2,367
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
527
Gots:
1,934
For Trade:
17
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into my Chimay goblet glass.

A: A dark copper/light brown color with a minimal off white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Yeasty smells with hints of sweet fruits.

T: Spicy yeasty flavors with a bit of mustiness. Sweet fruits, raisins, and a bready earthy flavors. Sweetness really prevails here with little to no hops flavor. Long lasting sweet finish.

M: Thick and full with a decent alcohol warming.

D: Medium to low. This is a sipper so much more so than the red or white.

Overall a very good beer, but just a tad bit to sweet for me. I'll take the red or white as they are more enjoyable in my opinion with more balance. Still this was a very good beer not to be understated.

Updated Sept 2012. I had a 750 bottle that I had sitting in the fridge for probably 2 years and I cracked it open on Labor Day. Upping the score on this beer as I can now really appreciate it (refined palate). Taste had a bunch more ripe fruit flavors with plum, grape, cherry, apple and a bit more caramel malt (probably due to the age). Not as sweet as stated in my initial review. Great beer, I had no problem downing a 750 over an evening. Still a sipper, but a fine one at that.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,779 ratings.
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