Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,764 Ratings
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

Brewed by:
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into chimay chalice. Pours a deep brown with amber hue and slight off white head. Banana, clove belgian yeast aromas. Great banana clove, yeast, and dried fruit flavors with a nice booze flavor at the end. Great, smooth strong with nice boozey notes. Really a world class brew.

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Photo of ejwood
1/5  rDev -76.6%

Photo of yamar68
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stumbled upon a fresh bottle of this yesterday so I thought I'd give it a go - haven't had it in about three years but I absolutely loved it then.

It pours a muddy copper brown with a swelling off-white head that laces perfectly. Looks a lot like Westy actually.

On the nose there are dates, figs, toffee, leafy tobacco, spicy alcohol, caramel, some clove... just a nice, big smelling beer.

Smooth. Very smooth stuff. A bit of vanilla, Belgian yeast, figs, a touch of cigar smoke, plenty of caramel. Very slick, a bit cloying. Classic.

I don't know why it's been so long since I've had this. It's as terrific as I remember.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SierraDeuce
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of freditoj
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Darkish brown color, very inviting. Thick head that remained for a long time.

Smell - Malty, sweet aroma.

Taste - Incredible taste, great balance. Flavor is sweet, malty and some hops are noted. Amazing taste. This is what craft beers are all about.

Mouthfeel - Good balance, smooth.

Overall - Amazing beer, you need to taste this. Well worth the price.

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Photo of netshark
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/31/12

Appearance: Deep brown with some dark amber - pours with a creamy, beige head, very Belgian-looking - head lasts for a while and leaves sheets of lacing

Smell: Belgian yeast and dark fruits - yeasty, but not particularly aggressive - clove, banana, and some general spiciness - dark fruits like raisins and figs - light malty sweetness, and a dusting of candi sugar - cooked and caramel malts

Taste: Again, Belgian yeast and dark fruits - lots of fruit going on here, including dark fruits (raisins, figs) and some lighter, fruity esters (banana, apple skins) - spicy yeast with lots of clove - caramel, lightly toasted, lightly sweet malts - some candi sugar, but not too much - nicely dry, with some alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, some nice dryness

Overall: Good for the style, but not amazing

This is is very good for the often-vague Belgian Strong Dark Ale style. But it's really not as complex as I expected. It's mostly dark fruit and cloves. I bet it would be better with food.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,764 ratings.
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