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

This one was a gusher. Poured from a 25.4oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Murky light orangish-brown, with a lively off-white head.

S: Slightly metallic. Strong dose of yeast, milled grain, dried fruit, sugar. Subtle alcohol comes out as it warms.

T: Rich yeasty brown bread, with overripe plum, hints of dark grape, brown sugar, sweet raisins. Alcohol is behind it all, but very subtle and smooth. This beer is smooth as all hell, a perfect balance between the yeast, malt, and alcohol. Not aggressive at all.

M: Dense carbonation is frothy on the tongue, but not as stinging as other trappists I've tried. Becomes creamy after a second on the palate. Alcohol is only slightly perceptable.

O: A delicious trappist brew, strong but not a quad; more of a strong brown ale. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden, making it very drinkable. Flavor profile is incredibly smooth. Classic.

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

A: 2 fingers of very gassy head quick produce large bubbles that dissipate to a delicate lacy trim. Mirky chestnut brown with reddish tones when held up to the light.

S: Deep dark scent of malt and extra dark honey. Smells of dark dried fruits, raisins, cherries and plums all mixed together. All the scents smell slightly toasted - as if left to caramalize until a sticky heady scent. Try the smell over and over as the beer warms - it changes incredibly form start to finish.

T: A mixed combination of complex flavours make this beer a sipping beer over a refreshing thrust buster. Flavours of dried raisins, cherries, plums, mixed with toasted maltiness and coco powder balance together with a hint of pepper and cloves. It's not that far off the flavours of a good panforte (christmas cake), without the over sweet cloyiness that might be associated with rich sipping drinks like port.

M: medium bodied and starts out high carbonate. you might find a little alcohol burn, which I actually enjoy.

D: I feel this is a great sipping beer, the flavour and smell is too deep and complex to drink quickly, better not enjoy slowly and with attention. Enjoy it leisurely and with good chocolate, or dried fruits to help you look for those flavours in the taste and smell.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,881 ratings