Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,770
Reviews:
2,365
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
526
Gots:
1,928
For Trade:
17
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks a lot like the Red, but a darker shade of brown and more opaque. Mocha-colored head settles nice and slowly. No lacing, but that's likely my wet, overused glass.

S: Molasses and dark fruit. A little bit of alcohol.

T/M: Some smooth caramel malt mixed with alcohol. Much bolder than the Red, with more familiar flavors. Hint of vanilla. Warm, solvent alcohol on the finish. Medium/medium-heavy in body, with a very subdued and inoffensive carbonation. Alcohol can be a little much at times though.

O: Outshine its little red brother, but I'm still not the biggest fan. Too much alcohol and not enough other flavors to really make it worth it, in my opinion.

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

Poured into my Chimay Goblet, which I received as a gift about 8 years ago from Sam, thanks.

Pours an opaque brown with hints of red and gold. A large dirty tan head dissipates rather quickly to a 1/8" ring.

Smells of the special Belgian yeast, gotta love that. A hint of spice and fruity dark raisins are also present.

First taste is earthy spices, allspice and clove, but not overpowering. Middle is almost roasted malt and caramel, and that great yeast. There is a shadow of the alcohol here, but it's done well.

Feels very bubbly and not quite light. A tangy yeast accompanies the medium bodied beer. Though quite strong, this feels somewhat easy to drink.

I truly enjoyed this beer. It has all the spice and great flavors I like from this style. The balance and complexity are woven together in this excellent beer, which I will be drinking more often.

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A: This pours a very dark brow with a very thick creamy light tan head. The head quickly fades and leaves a lot of fluff and lace on the glass.

S: There is a strong amount of malt and dark fruit on the nose.

T: Man there are a lot of flavors in this beer. I am picking up some strong Belgian Yeast and and dark fruit. There is a bit of alcohol present and even a bit of caramel.

M: This is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had in my life. It has a fluffy feeling in my mouth and just so awesome. It's all around perfect when it comes to mouthfeel.

O: This is one of the better beers I have had. There isnt a single bad quality to this beer and I almost mistake it for a quad. For sure will be buying this as much as I possibly can. Just amazing.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,770 ratings.
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