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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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle, corked and caged with a vintage date on the cork.

LOOK: Deep garnet, very clear. Good lacing all around.

SMELL: Buckwheat honey, booze soaked raisins, tart apple, toasted bready, treacle, peppery

TASTE: Super smooth, creamy, full-ish body, date sugar, estery, warming, spicy, faintly medicinal, yeast, mineral, leafy hops, dried grass, toasted fruit cake, semi-dry finish

Still holds on to greatness as it is a few steps ahead of the middle of the pack, with that said there are other Belgian beers that easily surpass this but not so much that I would not keep on coming back.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to hophead101 for this blind c'c 750 from blind bif 6.

opens to a loud gunshop pop.

s: belgo yeasts, trappist dust perhaps? slightly metallic, then delicious sweetness. cotton candy, vanilla, plum and banana. thick syrupy currant nectar and faint carnations

a: brown and brown. nah, there's a touch of ruby, closer to burnt ember. thin foamy one finger of slightly off white head that is slow to subside.

t: cherry, clean, deep malt complexity. very mellow, has aged for some time. figs, raisins, currant and plums. sweet and smooth. slight oxidation, year apparent in carbonation which can be seen dancing in the buttles like small elephants wearing party hats. one has a kazoo.

m: medium, smooth and smoother, something nicely settled and aged, despite the lingering heat.

o: bsda, bsda, gonna guess an older chimay blue, based on c'c bottle. neorunner agrees. delicious and happy to have shared it b/c of higher abv creeping into my non-dinnered stomach.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet
Date on cork 11/10

A: Pours a hazy dark mahogany brown with just over one fingers width of light khaki colored head which dissipates down at a moderately slow rate to a solid thick film which remains throughout the drink, leaves effectively no lacing.  

S: Candied sugars, lots of dark fruits (plum, fig, red grapes), some clove and peppery spice, a hint of alcohol, caramel malts.  Very good aromas but could be more potent.

T: Complex and well balanced flavor profile.  I get candied sugar malt sweetness, heavy spice, clove and black pepper,a nutty character, oak,  dark fruits (raisin, fig), some caramel malts, bakers chocolate on the back end, and noticeable alcohol as it warms.  Very nice.

M/D: Relatively smooth, but with a biting carbonation (which I could do without but is pretty standard for the Trappist ales).  Coats the palate nicely with a chewy mouthfeel and drying finish.  Nice job of masking the ABV and all thing considered is very drinkable.  

O: Overall, a very solid brew.  The quintessential beer of the style, and certainly worth a try, however, i have had beers of the style which I think are better (Cuvée Blue).

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3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the 750 ml bottle of this beer. Cork is marked 08/11. Served in a tulip glass cool.

Pours a sandy and thick foamy head and a very dark garnet and walnut body. Smells like fresh fruit (apricots) and clay. Tastes earthy and fruity. Very highly carbonated. Booze are hidden in this beer.

I have to say I prefer the red more. Not as layered flavorwise. However, I can't complain, its still a great beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,907 ratings