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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Photo of tylmorelli
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of hosehead83
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "stubby" 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Dark tea color, with a hefty cloud deck of bone-white foam that hangs around awhile.
Aroma-Subtle Belgian spicy yeast, background fruitiness.
Taste-Spicy yeast, apple, pear, orchard fruits. Herbal hops dance in and out, more spicy yeast, white raisins and plum notes. Very effervescent and super smooth. Effortlessly drinkable despite hefty ABV. Almost "gulpable", but take your time and enjoy this expertly crafted beer. Its complexity and balance make it a match for almost any fine meal. Truly a great beer.

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Photo of jordanmiller
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RedFox
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Popp24
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that I could drink everyday. It pours a warm rich brown and the aroma smelled really nice. I couldn't quite get what it was but definitely got the belgian yeast smell. The taste is just great. Nice carbonation and very easy to drink. The mouthfeel is just smooth and silky. I love this beer!

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Photo of RAFH
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jaylew61
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of buckyp
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of FoundersFanatic
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S- smells of alcohol, raisins, malts

T- pretty good, but not world beater good. Is middle of the road for the booziness, fairly complex, dark fruits, malt, yeast, raisins stand out. Good overall beer, have had it a million times in bottles and draft and it's always the same, good, but not great.

O- a really good Trappist ale that is probably the par for the course, but nothing special IMHO. La Trappe Koningshoeven Quad is better than this. I buy this beer often as it is available often and is a really good beer for the style, but there are much better Trappist ales IMHO.

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Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of mbmyers3
2/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of DTown
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of jkelley
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Bob2o0o
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jlb502
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TheEvilGenius
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of nighthawk3030
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Pieless
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip

A: pours a deep brown that is entirely opaque with two fingers of frothy light mocha head that lingers nicely and has large bubbles, the last couple drops that poured out of the bottle were deep brown and lingered on the top of the head, head leaves minimal spotty lacing on the glass
S: getting some very nice scent notes and interesting character of dark fruits but still sweet and a very slight bit of possibly molasses
T: woah, nice dark fruits but as i noted in the scent it has a nice sweetness, definitely has a nice depth, very slight underlying licorice note mid sip, leaves a taste of prunes? on the palate afterwards, overall really nice and extremely deep
M: drinks thick and yet smooth, medium carbonation tingle that lasts a bit into the middle where a very slight alcohol burn kicks in, leaves a bit of a burn in the throat that has nothing to do with the alcohol
O: a really nice beer, definitely couldn't drink more than one of these, has a great taste, scent, and appearance, mouthfeel is pretty good just the after burn in the throat brings it down for me

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Photo of arkansastroy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Jra1985
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a glass.

A-Dark brown with a good head.

S-The smell was a sweet candy like quality, brown sugar? Caramel? Very malty. This beer has wonderful aromas.

T-Excellent taste. Sweet candy and smokey flavors, very smooth for 9%abv.

M-Good carbonation, very smooth and has a thick brothy feel.

O-Outstanging beer. Truly one of the best in the world. Easily a good choice for holidays and special ocassions or if you just feel in the mood for a classy beer. This is a beer one can enjoy over and over again.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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