Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
7,812 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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Photo of jcomp21
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! It was like cherries and strawberries with a smooth finish. It was my first trappist and I didn't know what to expect. I somehow thought I didn't like Belgian ales but I tried it with a bunch of other beers and it was my favorite BY FAR. Soooo tastey!!

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Photo of Trioxin245
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Tebuken
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers i have ever tried.

A- Dark brown to reddish ,1 inch tall lacing amber froth,it remanis on top several minutes.

S- Complex yeast and dark malts melange scent,very nice.

T- Plums,figs,blueberries and dry fruits present,a slightly warm touch coming from alcohol,sweet and dry finish,hops are present just to balance malty flavors.

M- Medium to full body perfectly carbonated.

o- Wonderful beer, i think yeast makes here a great job,the most important factor, i think.

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Photo of Bockerdoppel91
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BrownNut
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

They say to age this, but I didn't want to wait. So take into account that this review is of a version only eight months in the bottle.

A - Dark copper. Loose, fizzy, foamy head that bubbles down to a stable, solid film within five minutes and erodes slowly after that

S - Pleasant combination of fruit and yeast that meets in the middle somewhere near wine. Also caramel and maybe butter. The caramel is more evident deeper in the glass

T - Initially there's somethinge bordering on metallic that, later in the glass, merges into caramel. Behind that, and more noticeably on the exhale, is something more pleasant, a combination of fruit and booze. It hides the alcohol well.

M - Initially dry yet somehow still soft in the middle and then ending dry again. Interesting!

O - Pleasant, but less complex and robust than I'd hoped for. Wish I'd cellared it. I'll buy one more and try that. Otherwise a second one wouldn't bring me back.

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Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of MichaelBuck
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Jerone
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The appearance is a slightly hazy brown and red color kinda like a raisin. Two finger cream colored head that eventually fades to nothing and won't come back, No lacing due to high abv I suppose.

S - Best part of the beer, lots of dark fruit and carmalized sugar on the smell, with a touch of vanilla mmm.

T - Lots of sugar, dark fruit - raisin/fig/date, and vanilla (too much vanilla imo). The ending leaves a taste of vanilla and is dried out a touch by the hops. Alcohol is present and in this beer I don't enjoy it showing its ugly head.

M - medium to full bodied with a relatively smooth mouthfeel, needs to be drank at 50 degrees +

O - A good beer for the holidays or dessert but not my favoritve.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Danny1217
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of neubert1974
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Nyskizy
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Whitrabbt74
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of awellusedwallet
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ThirstyTorpy
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of splendidsplinter
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of muskiesman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of martja
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dave128
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on pint night at pazzos pizza pub in Lexington KY. Poured from a 750? into the signature chimay glass. Already halfway drunk by the time i am writing this review so I apologize.

A - Dark cloudy brown with ruby highlights. Lacing is superb and the head lasts forever. With this glass, you can see the bubbles almost oozing to the top from the etch in the middle of the glass. Awesome.

S - Probably the weakest point of this beer. Smells of yeast and dark malt. Kind of get some dried fruit smell in there but not too prevalent.

T - Dark and sweet. Caramel and plums galore. Indescribable flavor. It manages to capture great aspects of many different styles. There is a slight hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium to heavy body with ample carbonation. Maybe even a little too much.

O - An amazing experience with an amazing trappist ale. This one was definitely a great treat.

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Photo of puffgolie27
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of videofrog
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of chrispoint
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,812 ratings
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