Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
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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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4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of julian89
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank on 3/11/2012 @ 10:30 PM

Appearance: No head or lacing. An opaque amber brown color, much like rich brown sugar.

Smell: A traditional trappist belgian, fruit (plum, raisin) notes and a sugary maple base.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a good bit of frothiness.

Taste: The best of the three main Chimay beers I've tried. Excellent raisin and grape fruit notes. The carbonation is well balanced. It goes smooth and the transition across the palate doesn't create any bitterness.

Overall: Great beer, will definitely return to.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,865 ratings
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