Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,766 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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Used 2 different style glasses to bring out the full aroma and taste, an Orval Chalice and a standard Tulip glass.

A- thin cinnamon colored head in both glasses which was about 2 fingers high with no tilting on the pour. Faded away quickly in the chalice and lasted about a minute longer in the Tulip. Lots of carbonation rising throughout the pour.

S- biscuity/bready, plums, raisins, honey and booze.

T- biscuit, spices, aged raisins, plums, cherrys, candy sugar and a splash of alcohol in the finish. Sweet start with a bitter finish.

M- A bit too fizzy in the wide-mouthed Orval glass but it did better in the Tulip. Medium bodied with a semi oily finish.

O- Very easy to drink and I could sip on this. My favorite of the Chimay series. The blue edition stands in line with the other Trappist products.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into Chimay chalice

A: Pours a deep burnt red, ruby when held to light. One finger head that leaves very little lacing, quite a bit of carbonation. Looks great in the proper glass!

S: Rich, fruity aroma. Dark fruits and berries dominate, with a bready and malty presence too. It smells thick and full, and is pretty complex. Very inviting.

T: Sweet - very very fruity, once again getting berries. Surprisingly, got a definite taste of apple towards the end of the glass after every swirl. Malty too. I think I got a slight hint of toffee, hidden in the maltiness. Very complex, yielded new flavours as it got warmer and less carbonated.

M: Full bodied and rich. Slightly dry, very satisfying. Carbonation is initially lively on the tongue. Warming sensation of the alcohol lovely.

Overall: Stellar. One of my favourites now. It's been a while since I had the Premiére, so I'll have to try that again soon to compare, but the G.R. could very well be better in my opinion. Either way an extremely enjoyable beer, one that I would strongly recommend. A must for any Belgian Ale fan (or just ale fan in general). I've heard much about how this beer ages, so I'll definitely be buying a few more to cellar.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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1/5  rDev -76.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Cherry Red almost clear beer.

S: No dominant scent.

T: Quite foam feeling good bitter aftertaste. Even some sweet recognizable.

M: Good mouthfeel and good carbonation.

O: Although it is a good beer, I had just expected a little bit more. But that could also because I had some more beers today.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,766 ratings.
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