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
Ranking:
#543
Reviews:
2,394
Ratings:
7,897
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber, copper color. Hazy and translucent without floating yeast. Head is big on the pour than recedes to a creamy blanket. Excellent retention and spots of lace.

Sweet aroma of ripe plums and crushed grapes. Hints of yeast.

Dark fruit flavors, matching the aroma, are most prominent from beginning to end. Caramel malts and corn meal are detectable in the middle. Mild hop flavor, just enough to provide an herbal, slightly medicinal bitterness and a dry character.

Medium bodied and a tad over-carbonated. Mildly grainy texture.

Good brew. Complex and tasty.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a delirium tremens snifter. this beer was my eureka moment in craft beer, and remains a staple; finally getting around to a review.

pours a dark, opaque mahogany tone with a solid finger and a half of a beige-colored head. decent retention, good lacing, and a lasting cap. if not the prototype for how a BSDA should look, i'm not sure what is.

aroma, while pleasing, is not quite as robust as i remember; maybe i've been spending too much time with rochefort 10 (a quad, technically, but that's another debate). spice, yeast, and brown sugar evident.

flavor takes it up a notch. smooth and tasty, the nose characters pull through with greater strength and are accompanied by dark fruit and a very faint hops presence. very tasty. as with all BSDAs, as it warms the flavors really open up.

medium-plus bodied with appropriate carbonation. for a big beer i could definitely drink a lot of this so a high drinkability score. easily the best of the chimays, and a great trappist BSDA... that said, there are others i like better (which isn't a knock on grande reserve so much as a testament to said others).

original review on: 10-19-2010

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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a chalice.

A: Dark copper/light brown. Pours with about an inch of head which dissipated fairly quickly to about an eighth of an inch. Lacing on the glass is pretty well defined.

S: Candy sugar, molasses and dark malt. Slight belgian yeast character. Subtle yet appetizing.

T: Lots of dark sugar and molasses character, with some slightly bitter hints. Finishes fairly dry. Slight alcohol on the finish as well. Very nice.

M: Perfect feel on the mouth.

O: Very good belgian dark ale, definitely one of my favorites.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe cause I've started a new love affair with barley wine ale in the last few weeks. Maybe cause I still prefer the Rochefort Trappistes family as far as Belgian ales are concerned. Maybe...just maybe cause I've also grown fond of beer straight from the tap rather than the bottle too in recent weeks.

For whatever reason, I found this beer to be good, not great. Maybe it's not fair as my comparison of styles is not a true "apples for apples" comparison. The blending and subtleties of flavor of the Rochefort Trappistes family as well as barley wine have captured my attention.

However you cut it, this beer isn't bad...it has a nice monolithic flavor but not as complex as the beers mentioned above. Ooops there I go again in the unfairness department. I'd perhpas try this again if I could get it on tap but with the other options out there in from similar styles, I would call this beer overrated.

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330ml bottle poured into a chalice

a: pours a deep brown, white head quickly reducing to a thin film.

s: malts, dark fruits such as plums, raisins, and figs, some yeastiness

t: fruity and rich, high carbonation, dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar, giving a very light richness to the beer. almost a bubbly champagne-like quality, while still full-bodied.

o: a very enjoyable BSDA, very widely available as well, perhaps a bit high carbonation, but very nice regardless.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,897 ratings