Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,764 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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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a Trappist kick lately, so good. I am new to Chimay so I picked up a bottle based on the advice from the knowledgeable beer salesman who said this is his favorite. Poured from bottle to Duvel tulip. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with huge 3 finger tan colored head. Excellent retention and lacing. Bits of yeast sediment settle slowly. The aroma is nice, belgian yeast with it's characteristic clove aroma thought subtle is detectable. Thick malts, almost syrup like character. The taste is incredibly smooth: mild sweetness with mild bitterness, fig/plum fruitiness, thick caramel, hints of pepper. Very rich. Well crafted. I am amazed at how these Trappist brews hide their high alcohol so well. I could drink this all day long. Higher end of medium bodied and well carbonated. Very pleased with this beer. Highly recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did a little sit down with the Red, Blue and White Chimay's after many previous individual samplings...

Pours a chestnut brown, small cap of khaki froth, spotty retention. Scent leads with dark fruits and aromatic spices, some dark, sweet malts and dark bread also present. Taste leads with full notes of dark fruit, blends well with strong notes of clove, moderate sweetness and breadyness. Medium bodied, lightly bubbly. Overall, while many would rank this #1 or #2 on the Chimay scale, it falls down to #3 for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing chestnut and an athletic loose but creamy and lumpy beige head that fades to a puckering steady layer of film that webs. Muted nose - clove, spice cake and a bit of beeswax candle.
Ginger cake, light plum, some toffee crisp, hints of incense, and a kaleidoscope of spices to end.
Chutney finish and numbing clove linger. Light to medium, gently fizzy, some chew, creamy.

Beautifully seamless, like so many of the greatest beers. And yet I find myself wondering if that's the case here, or if there's actually not that much there. I know the rep of this beer has taken a hit over the years, and this is just not as deep, distinctive or compelling as it's classic status would suggest. The skill of the brewers is undeniable; the beer, sadly, is only very good.

Part smoke and mirrors, part real magic.

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with a big tan head. Lots of dark sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Tiny tan colored bubbles dissipate to a nice cap of head with fantastic retention. Small amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Subtle syrupy smell

T - Taste is very smooth and subtly sweet, flavors of dark fruit (plums?), caramel with some alcohol and floral notes, a smooth pleasant, slightly peppery finish. Well carbonated.

M - Medium mouthfeel which seems lighter due to the bubbly carbonation feel in the mouth.

O - An incredibly smooth, rich and flavorful beer. The best by far of what Chimay has to offer. What I can buy in stores here in the US tastes just as good as the one I had outside the abbey in Belgium. This is one of my top choices as a recommendation to friends who want to try a dark Belgian.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle in my fridge for about 2 years now, and I decided that today would be the day I finally try it. I poured it into the Chimay chalice that came with it. The glass has certainly seen better days, but I expect the beer will be better than ever!

It pours a very dark brown that looks more amber when held up to the light. It's surprisingly clear, and I can see a bunch of sediment floating around (poor pouring technique on my part). The head is thin but very fine and fluffy. It's exactly what I imagine when I think of a Belgian beer in terms of appearance.

The aroma is outstanding! Age has done a lot to smooth out some of the sharp yeast and carbon dioxide aroma that I noticed with the other Chimay beers. Hints of vanilla come through very faintly, and hints of dried fruits fill things out. There is a hint of banana in the background. The whole aroma is wrapped in a faint spiciness. Nothing is too overpowering here, and the aromas remain subtle.

The taste is very smooth, and much less intense than I remember. The malt profile is complex, starting out sweet, and smoothly moving through several smooth toffee/vanilla/cake stages. it leaves some lingering sweetness and an aromatic and slightly woody aftertaste. The alcohol is undetectable.

Overall, this is a nice ale and surprisingly easy drinking. At the same time, it's hard to say exactly what makes it distinctive. A good brew nonetheless.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,764 ratings.
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