Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
7,810 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this stubby bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a thick, frothy, brown, 4-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace and a partial trail down the glass.

S: Sweet, spicy, Belgian candy, and yeast aroma with hints of dark fruits.

T: Sweet rich ale with a good caramel and dark fruit backbone. Hints of Belgian Candies and yeast. Lots of complex flavors here.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome strong Belgian dark ale. A nice sipping beer @ 9 % alcohol by volume.

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It poured nice dark brown with hints of red, nice smell of dark cherries, raisins and biscuity bread. Clean malt taste with a bit of fruit in the background. Very complex beer. Lots of carbonation in the mouth, which seemed to mask the alcohol (9% ABV), which worked well. Some citrus smell when it warmed up a bit. This is a world class beer that eveyone should try at least once.

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330ml bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a murky ruby color with a foamy, light tan head. Pretty dark looking beer. Pretty good retention, little lacing.

S - Smell is at first very subdued and muted. Dark fruits here and there, yeast and some dark malt. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T - Like the other Chimay ales, this one also feels very simplified, but sort of muted. Dark fruits, a little bit of spices, yeast, the usual, but nothing really stands out. Alcohol is easily picked out, but the flavor somehow still remains exceptionally drinkable. Maybe some figs, a touch of licorice, and plum.

M - PERFECT smoothness. Thick body, low carbonation. Makes up for a flavor profile on the weaker side nicely.

D - Nice simple BSDA. Nothing exceptional, but nothing off. Easy drinking, but that alcohol will sneak up on you.

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foam can right out of the bottle when the cap was popped off.

pours a murky somewhat light brown with a khaki one finger width head that hangs around for a little while not leaving lacing behind

nice sweet, fruity malts. kind of remind me of apple juice in a way, mild hoppyness. as it warmed up i got more of the alcohol in it.

bready, fruity and good. again like the nose it reminds me of apple juice with alcohol in it, and some hoppy bitterness is left of the back of your pallet.

light medium bodied, good carbonation. not to much (as i was expected seeing it foam out when the cap was popped) and not to little just right. very smooth going down and leaves the mouth watery.

overall very enjoyable and easy to put down the hatch.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,810 ratings
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