Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

7,753 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 phishsihq
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chimay Grande Reserve pours a hazy mahogany-brown with a thin rocky head that settles down to a thin lace. Sweet nose, features hints of maltiness, figs, brown sugar, candied sugar, and floral undertones; so much to enjoy here! A rich mouthfeel is joined by a good amount of carbonation. Dark flavors hit the pallet immediately, notably raisins, dark cherries and brown sugar, but are balanced well with the hp bitterness. Very complex beer, truly one of the GREAT beers of the world.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Illtryit
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short, Blue labeled, 11.2 ounce bottle. No sate that I can find. L11-483 Printed on back label.

Pours a murky, "dark tea" color with beige head. Lots of beige head. Three fingers high. Foam stays around for a while.

Smells of sweet dark fruit, cedar wood.

The first thing I taste is the heat from the alcohol. Not all that impressive to be honest. Second drink is still alcohol powered, but I am getting a little roast and toast. Woody flavored. The more it warms up, the better it gets.

Full bodied and hearty feel in the mouth.

This is my first trappistes style so maybe I'm just missing the whole point, but I am not too crazy about this one. Maybe I just got a bad bottle. I'll probably give it another shot one of these days, but @ $6 as bottle, it might not be until next Christmas.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of zakyj
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Excellent. Deep murky and dark mahogany color with a three finger head with good lacing. good amount of transparency as well.

S - Floral and fruity and what seems to be mixed with slight hint of cocoa. cant quite put my nose on it.

T - Definitely a hint of chocolate malt. Fruity initial taste followed by a subtle spiced aftertaste. an absolute must for Dark Ale.

M - Indulgence. Heavy body with a mild carbonated sensation that lasts until the end. Encompasses the entire pallet and sits in the mouth for sometime.

O - A beer the way its suppose to be. outstanding is the only word that seems fit. it has a absolutely everything you would expect from a Belgium Strong. Body, taste, smell, the list can go on but why do it? just go out and get it.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Agent1
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Being such a sucker for Chimay's Dubbel and Tripel, this bottle of the official Blue Cap is almost guaranteed to deliver. Founded inside Scourmont Abbey, in the Belgian municipality of Chimay in 1862, this beer has a staggering history and worth every dollar spent. Let's see what it has to offer:

Appearance - Very dark (almost black) with heavy caramel/ brown coloration when held up to the light. Looks to be rather heavy and complex, like melted brown sugar and molasses. Excellent head retention with a mouth-watering texture. Incredibly creamy. Awesome lacing, too.

Smell - Malty and sweet. Lots of figs and brown sugars present. Bread and yeast are noticeable as well with subtle lemon and hops. Toffee and dark cherries. A faint spice is traceable. So much to pick up here!

Taste - Dark cherries, rich brown sugar, figs, coriander, light coffee/ spice, bitter orange peel (not much, though), a little woody with a peppery aftertaste. The dry hops with coriander really balance out the fermented sugars. Quite complex. The 9% alcohol may not be fully disguised, but it almost adds a certain 'bite' to this Trappist ale.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, but not. Again, the alcohol creates a clean, cutting edge to this ale. Perhaps not quite as hidden as I would like, yet it still works. Also, not the most chewy or thick of the Trappist beers, but it really sits in the mouth well and stimulates the palate throughout.

Overall - The strongest of the three ales produced by Bières de Chimay. I am a big fan of the Tripel, and the Dubbel is great, too. But the Grande Réserve is a step above. Boasting strong characteristics, it is no wonder that this beautiful Belgian Quad is held in such high regard under the "Authentic Trappist Product" name. A wonderfully complex beer that is mind-blowing every time. A personal favorite.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,753 ratings.
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