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:
7,752
Reviews:
2,363
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
526
Gots:
1,920
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 7,752 |  Reviews: 2,363
Photo of nousername
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of rabbott2
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alos31
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Truly exceptional beer. Rich in flavor and mouth feel. Flavors of yeast, apple, honey, bread. Excellent beer to have with a meal, such as roast pork, chicken, or meat pie. Works well also on a cold day.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Bujon
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, nice and full with a creamy head, which unfortunately does not stick around too long.
The aroma is pleasing too, but the taste is a shade on the sour side and fizz on the tongue is just disappointing.
Do not get me wrong, this is a nice beer and you can sense the Christmas beer specialness about it.
Like all Belgian beers, not to be confused with modern day craft ales.
Worth a try? Absolutely! As good as a Gouden Carolus Classic or Christmas? No!

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

I'm fairly new to the craft beer scene, but absolutely the best beer I've ever had. Rich foamy head, smooth taste, easy to drink. Not too sticky. Just the perfect beer, I would drink it every day if it wasn't so expensive where I live.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hackattack
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is AMAZING...and it better be for the outrageous price. You pay lot for a small amount.

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Photo of brewnme
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nater919
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calvin-
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of futiledevices
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served around cellar temp in a goblet.

Look: Opaque muddy brown with a gold-orange tint around the edges. Big fizzy head that dies quick.

Smell: Apples, pears, red grapes, alcohol, yeast, toffee, citrus

Taste: More of the same, with date-like sweetness, lots more toffee, fruit punch with caramel sweetness instead of typical sweetness, with a surprisingly bright, clean, caramely, citrusy, bready finish. Goddamn that is delicious.

Feel: Way too easy to drink, only a little warmth at the very end. Sticks to the mouth a little bit, but doesn't feel cloying or overly sticky. Lightly effervescent and clean.

Yeah this is delicious. Too easy to drink, and full of flavor and lovely mouthfeel.

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Photo of Macamah
2.91/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Biggtriksta
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tzinto
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 (1 year) versus 2013 (4 year).

2016:
Aroma is of Belgian yeast/ spice, some honey, caramel, and a bright citrus note.

Taste is nicely carbonated with a moderate mouthfeel. Nice malt character, dark fruits (prune and raisin), a slight spice, and pleasant citrusy finish.

2013:

Aroma is alluring. Cold, it smelled of pure apple juice. As it warmed, pear and a ton of prune juice were noted.

Taste is much lighter and almost thinner than the 2016. Very effervescent. The Belgian spice and yeast notes are a little muted. Still ample dark fruits and citrus.

Overall, regardless of age, this is a phenomenal example of the style. I found four years to be too much, as the beer became a bit too thin, but the aroma on the 2013 was far more complex. From this, I would say a 2 year age would be my reccomendation. It gets a 93/100 overall.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a chalice. This one is 2015 reserve.

Deep ruby brown hue, the pour quickly builds up majestic light tan creamy head that doesn’t go anywhere until the last sip with its exceptional strength of retention. The head looks very silky smooth and so velvety. There is vast amount of sticky lacing ring and wave along the way down.

Mild estery affair reminds me of prune, raisin, and dark cherry. Malt is biscuity, dough, caramelized, yet sometimes chocolate and toasted. Sugar, honey, treacle, spice, and floral notes draw down to add in more complexity.

The mellow fruity ester that exhibits in a nose also being displayed through the palate sensation with notes of prune, raisin, and dark cherry. Treacle, honey, and sugar sweetness reveal in the middle along with all those malty flavors of toasted bread, biscuit, slight chocolate, and caramel. Big phenol and spice is at the end together with peppery and medicinal hint while some hop bitterness also reinforces in the finish. The aftertaste is long-lasting with spice, bitter, sweet, and slight fruity touch.

Medium to full body with some bold touch through the palate, carbonation is quite low but it is crisp enough to carry all the things well under the smooth mouthfeel and pleasant palate. Finish is very dry.

Great example of what Belgian’s strong dark ale is all about by its sheer complexity without forsaking drinkable yet quaffable quality, it is so tasty and alcohol is very well hidden making me finish it so fast, excellent brew.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,752 ratings.
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