Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
7,811 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger off white head with decent retention and little lacing on a dark murky brown body. Aroma is a little light with mostly raisin plum and yeast. Flavor is also more of the less sweet dark fruits including fig strawberry raisin and plum. Medium body and moderate to high  carbonation. overall as with others in the genre this one is yeasty and drinkable. Sort of a go to beer for this genre

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep hazy brown color with hints of mahogany seen when held to the light. Upon pouring a one finger tan head is formed. The head fades with some swiftness to leave a nice amount lacing.

Smell – Dark fruits are heavy in the nose with nice prune, cherry, and raisin aromas. There is a yeasty, spicy, and malty aroma as well which meld nicely with the sweeter dark fruit aromas.

Taste- The taste starts out with a nice mix of dark bready malts and darker fruit flavors. These two tastes provide a very solid foundation with which the rest of the taste experience evolves from. More towards the middle the yeasty flavors detected in the nose come into fruition with some spice flavors coming into play as well. Toward the very end of the taste a lighter alcohol flavor develops along with a molasses flavor which when mixed with the bready malt and dark fruits leaves a rather satisfying aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is creamy and smooth. It coasts the tongue allowing all the flavors to really sit on the tongue to be experienced. The carbonation is on the medium side adding some tingling excitement on the tongue, but not too high to take away from the creaminess of the body.

Overall – A fantastic abbey beer. It’s renowned and a classic for a reason.

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Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and cloudy brown with a tint of amber/ruby red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a little bit of sediment. Solid four fingers of off white head that drops off into a thin patchy layer. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of dark fruits. Belgian yeast with a little clove spice. Some bready dark malts. Big presence of dark fruits with good hints of alcohol soaked raisins, plums, prune juice, figs, cherries, and a little banana. Also some hints of candied sugar and molasses. A very light hint of hops in the background.

Taste: Starts out with Belgian yeast along with some clove and pepper. Big taste of dark fruits follow with good notes of raisins, prune, plums, figs, and dark cherries along with a little banana. Solid background of bready malts. Some candied sugars and a little hint of molasses add to the sweetness, but the spices and a light earthy hop presence help balance things out. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and sweet but not overly syrupy. Very smooth. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good authentic Dark Belgian Ale. Good taste of dark fruits, yeast, and malts.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,811 ratings
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