Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

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 Damian
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 26.4 fl.oz. bottle
2008 vintage
Best before end: 2013
Served in a Chimay goblet
Thanks to Douglasjamjak for including this as an extra in our trade.

The liquid poured a cloudy, ruddy brown color and was topped by a bubbly, frothy crop of light brown foam. Excellent head retention. A thick, resilient film clung to the surface of the beer. Unfortunately, there was no lacing.

The aroma was simply amazing. Tons of phenolic, fruity, Belgian yeastiness with underlying cotton candy notes. Ripe figs instantly came to mind. Raisins and prunes were apparent as well. Spicy and moderately boozy. Strong bready notes. Some toffee. The nose had a sweet, pastry-like aspect to it. Subtle brown sugar notes appeared as well, most likely from the addition of dark Belgian candi sugar.

While noticeably different from the nose, the flavor profile was rather impressive. Sweet, bready malts came through up front. Strong dark fruit notes. Quite raisiny. Lots of Belgian yeastiness. The sweet malts were nicely balanced by a slightly acidic, tart apple quality. The finish was crisp, dry and moderately bitter with a bit of alcohol warmth on the swallow.

The beer was medium bodied for the style. Ideally, I would have preferred a bit more heft. The bottle conditioning however contributed a prickly, finely bubbled effervescence that gave this beer a light, frothy creaminess found only in the best examples of Belgian ales.

I was never won over by the fresh bottles of Chimay Grande Réserve that I sampled in the past, but this three-year-old bottle was a totally different experience. If you have the space (and the patience) I would definitely advise cellaring a case of these and sampling one periodically.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown and almost reddish color. like a burgundy. An off white thick head forms and lots of yeasty sediment floats around.

S - A malty and fruity smell right off the bat. raisins i definitely smell. the alcohol is present.

T - The dark fruit taste comes out and the Belgian yeast adds to it. The light warmth of alcohol at the end.

M - Medium bodied and a good dose of carbonation.

O - Very good. I love this style and this represents it perfectly.

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Photo of Crittervision
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps the beer I most desired before traveling to Antwerpen. A chalice of 1984 graciously shared by Tom at Kulminator on 12 August 2011. Room temperature.  I. need. food. 

Thin. As transparent as dark brown can be. Thin and holey off-white sheet.

Smell is primarily raisins. Sweet.

Taste is Biska, super sweet alcohol a la Porto. A little bit of melon and coffee. Oxidation.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Happily carbonated. Soft. 

Maybe I re-review with a fresh bottle. I much prefer it fresh. Yum.

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Photo of capeannbass36
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light blocking, dark mahogany...almost black, brown, but not quite as dark as coca cola...almost...topped with a 2-1/2 finger khaki colored head. Great looking head with zillions of micro bubbles. Little lacing though, not a lot by any means.

S- Dark fruit, raisins, a hint of caramel and malt...but not too sweet for sure.

T- What a dilema...not really sweet, certainly not bitter. Want to give it an "A+" but won't....fussy so-and-so that I am. Tastes so good I do not know what to compare it to!

M- Pretty well carbonated. Somewhat warm on the swallow. A little oily.

O- Sat on this for 7 months. Had another quite some time ago. Loved it, did not rate it...at the time. One of the best beers I have tried in a long time. Very difficult for me to describe. Guess I am not worthy? Ha ha ha...

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Photo of theRooster90
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark, yet light almost like a Coca-cola. The head on mine was actually a little disappointing. At first it was a khaki color about one finger. After about 2 sips it was almost all gone.

Smell - Sweet and think. I thought of a thick syrup. Hints of dark fruits.

Taste - Pretty carbonated. Had almost a hybrid feel in my opinion of a darker malty beer and a red beer. Spicy at points of long draw and sweet on the down.

Mouthfeel - At first I noticed a slight film begin to form around my mouth with an almost oily texture. I took a bigger swig and swooshed it a little and it went away.

Overall - My first true Belgian beer. It was good but not the greatest.

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Photo of Phelps
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Opaque, muddy burgundy with amber highlights and one finger of everlasting khaki head. The foam recedes only very slowly, becoming denser until it gets to half its size and looks thick enough to walk on. Spongy walls of lace.

Sweet nose. Candy sugar, raisins, plums, a light bit of bubblegum. Deep and syrupy, it smells like it would be good on pancakes.

The flavor: juiced raisins, figs, blueberry syrup — all the best notes of dark fruit. Hints of toast, brown sugar and lightly floral hops are spiced with the heat of ethanol. There are spices as well, though they would be impossible to pick out individually. Black peppercorns? Anise? I would say I have a plethora of flavors going on.

Medium, prickly carbonation in a buttery medium body, with very soft fizziness. Alcohol fumes can be picked up in the nose and throat, but complement the beer rather than distract from it. Smooth, fairly clean finish.

A sweet, spicy masterpiece. There's a reason it's a classic.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Bottle exploded when opened. Then... Dark brownish red color, with a bunch of floating sediment. Huge 2 finger light tan fizzy head that quickly disappears into almost nothing. Can hear the head fizzing. No lacing to speak of.

S: A very wine like aroma, slight alcohol. Big dark fruits, cherries, figs, raisins. Sweet malts. Belgian yeast. Light chocolate and vanilla notes.

T: Sweet dark cherries on the tip of the tongue with a slight alcohol sting. The rest of the dark fruits come next, with figs, raisins, plums and grapes. A peppery spiciness along with a faint chocolate in the finish. A alcohol bite after note.

M: Medium bodied. High carbonation. Alcohol sting.

O: A complex beer and a good beer. Not the hugest fan of Belgian's but they are growing on me. Will definitely give this a try again.

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Photo of fields336
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date says 2010 vintage,
Poured into SN Snifter

A: 2 fingers creamy khaki bubbly creamy head. Dark mahogany cocolor, lots of carbonation streaming off of the bottom of the glass. Carbonation settles on top of the beer, forms a small ring around the edge of the glass.

S: There is a slight alcohol presence, then dark fruits and chocolate rise up behind it. Some caramel malts are noticable, no hops are present in the smell.

T: Cherries, Red grapes, dark fruits present, with some alcohol, chocolate and caramel are there, the aftertaste is of some fruits and bready malts that lingers behind.

M: Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, it is pretty easy drinking and the lingering taste begs you to take another sip.

O: High praise for this one, does it live up? Yes it does, it is a delicious beer, and easy drinking. I don't get too much alcohol in the taste, the flavor is awesome and the carbonation is really nice too.

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Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I should have tried years ago!!! Pours a dense mahogany brown with a little light getting through only at the top of my Chimay goblet. Nice size bubbly light tan head. Good enough retention for 9%, no lacing that I could see.

Smell is apparent right out of the bottle. Belgian yeast, dark fruit cherries/plums.

Tastes good as well. Belgian yeast, dark fruit and slightly sweet maltiness all blended expertly together.

Mouthfeel is rich. There is a little alcohol bite that goes beyond warming. Still pleasant though.

This is an outstanding beer. I tried to nurse an 11.2 oz bottle through a pre-season football game. It didn't last for the first half!!!

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = nice deep brown with a tannish head..lots of bubbles

S = light aroma of gentle molasses, very light smell

T = Very nice rich flavor with molasses and alchohol as the immediate tastes very clean

M = nice linger of the sweetness with a hint of the high alcohol

O = I think this is a great beer. Top 5 in my book. seen it a hundred times but didnt buy always went with the Rochefort 8 or 10..this time i got it and was well rewarded. cannot drink more than a couple but sooo worth the investment.

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Photo of kashmoney
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Explosive upon opening. Thick light brown head with slight, lacy retention. Initially beer was honey colored on the bottom with a dark brown, opaque top which then changed to a diffuse mildly translucent amber/orange.

S: sweet, dark berries and spices...perfect belgian smell

T: Spicy finish with lots of cloves, warm alcoholic end. Front end delivers on those berries...though only a quick hit before the spices take over.

M: Chewy, medium body. thinner than I expected for a belgian.

O: Always love a good belgian ale. Not the best that I have had but close (in love with the Trappist Westvletern 12...and like the Abt 12 more as well)

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark brown color with some slight orange to red highlights when held to light and a dense off-white billowy head. The head fades fairly quickly and leaves no lacing. Dark fruit scents - plum, fig, raisin, and grape - are pleasing to the nose, but a bit on the weak side. A dark fruit sweetness carries through in the taste, along with a bit of nuttiness and molasses, but it's not overly sweet. Alcohol taste is barely noticeable. Nice complexity, and very enjoyable.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a deep, cloudy mahogany color. Lots of sediment accumulates at every level of the pour. The head accumulates into a creme color with a violet hue and is excessive, almost overbearing. Bubbles are tight and foamy near the center and expand into larger pieces near the outer edges.

S: Aroma is complex: bready malts and lemony citrus congeal into an almost chocolate cake like texture making everything sweeter, soft baked pretzels accentuate the malt profile, spicy cinnamon provides some bitter balance, refreshing watermelon and hints of dark plums and figs become apparent and a small bitter kick at the end is reminiscent of an obscure hop addition.

T/M: Texture is very thick and syrupy but not overpowering in flavor, housing a low amount of carbonation. Red grapes along with some slight alcohol sting proliferate initially and give way to some sweet bread maltiness. Not to be confused with sweetbreads, the designation for an animals pancreas when eaten and also from Silence Of The Lambs fame, but like sweetened loafs of bakery fresh bread. A touch of licorice, some noticeable plum and a hint of apricot brings up the backbone along with a surprisingly clean finish, except for a bit of alcohol sting.

It’s extremely well balanced and even though the profile is complex, it’s a bit too light for my tastes. Very tasty, nonetheless.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If I was unsure about ever having had Chimay Blanc yesterday, no such question exists today for Chimay Bleu. I remember many years ago, during the original iteration of the State College Brewers Expo and when B. United was the east coast distributor for Chimay, they actually had some on tap! The reps recruited some lovelies to help them pour and at the end of the first session, I went off to dinner. When I returned for the start of the second session, only one of the reps was there, although they had three people initially. When I inquired, I was told this rhyme - "Chimay, Chimay not, but with Chimay, she definitely may!" With all due respect to Billy D. Williams, he should shill for Chimay Bleu if he is going to proclaim that a beer "Works every time!"

Another fond memory was from Dec 2001 and I was in Bruxelles, having scattered some of my late Pops' ashes in Paris, per his request. I was staying in a youth hostel and the attached downstairs bar had 11.2 oz. bottles on the cheap and I partook every night that I was there.

Finally, I will never forget the yahoo at The Sharp Edge who came in and yelled at the duty server, "Hey, darlin', gimme some'a that Chimmy (hard ch-sound, not sh) stuff! I hear it's supposed to be real good!" She looked at him quizzically until he started pointing at the bottles of Chimay in the coolers. The regulars, including myself just snickered and filed that gem away for just such an occasion as today.

From the bottle: "The registered trademark 'Trappist' certifies that this ale was brewed within the walls of an existing trappist monastery under the control of the trappist community. A major part of the sales revenue is used by the monks to support charitable works. The exceptional yeast isolated by Father Theodore, combined with the purity of the highly protected water of the abbey's walls, gives Chimay its unique richness. Since 1862, Chimay's secondary fermented ales have neither been pasteurized nor filtered and only natural ingredients are used. To fully appreciate the strong character of the Chimay Blue, serve slightly chilled, in a wide-mouthed glass."

I was going to bow and scrape before this beer, loudly proclaiming "I'm not worthy!" until I popped the cap and it began to foam up through the neck. This is MUCH too precious a beer to allow to go to waste and so I sprang into action, decanting it into my Westmalle glass so that I could stop the foaming. I created a dense finger of light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep brown with cola highlights, but it was too dark in its color to be able to gauge clarity. I could still see the lees in the bottom of the bottle, so I would guess that I did okay. The nose on this beer is worth the price of admission! I have stated many times over that I am a self-avowed hophead and do not generally like malty beers, but this is an exception. The initial waft is of dried dark fruits, followed by a healthy smack of alcohol heat and then chocolate and nuts. I could sit with my nose buried in the glass for a while, but a) you get the idea, b) there are plenty of other, better reviews and c) I am anxious for a sip. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with an initial sugary/malty sweetness and some big heat, followed by caramel and toffee, then dried dark fruit and finally a touch of yeasty must. Finish brought the heat then settled back for a slightly dry aftertaste. Right after that, the mellow began to set in and I felt sleepy, very sleepy. My my, what are they doing at Scourmont?

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Photo of secondtooth
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn-amber in color, with a huge head of carbonation. No lace.

Aroma is exquisite...tangy fruit, spices.

Taste is right in line. Rich and complex, beginning sweet on the tongue with some dark berries and spices. A hint of caramel and yeasty rolls also make fleeting appearances.

A slight alcohol finish closes this one out. A delicious and perfectly representative of the finest abbey ales.

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Photo of vkv822
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into tulip.

Popped the bottle open and had a slow yet steady gusher.
Pours a dark brown with dark caramel brown edges and quite a bit of yeast suspended throughout.
The head is a light tan peppered with dark brown.

The nose is of dark sugars and some light phenol notes, though it seems a bit subdued overall.

The taste is very enjoyable with more dark sugars upfront and very faint clove in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly prickly carbonation.

A very nice Belgian dark ale, and after trying I can see why it is loved both aged and fresh.

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Photo of dsprainman
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is one hell of a beer. Reviewed freshly bought from Monoprix, un-aged. An aggressive pour yield plentiful head, which dissipates rather quickly. Dark brown body that allows some light through. The nose gives hints of caramel and slight smokiness. Of course on the flavor, said notes of caramel and smokiness come through, in addition to a slight nutty flavour. Mouth feel is lively, complete but not overly heavy. Overall, the complete package sets this beer apart from others. Truly unique and world class Trappist product. Surely it gets knocked for its popularity and availability compared to some of the other Trappist products, but the beer really speaks for its own cause. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Pete0714
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one a few times, along with other trappists. Finaally a chance to sit down and review.

A: Pours brown and cloudy (eveny seeing the yeast deposits floating)into a tulip glass, with a good nearly 1" whitish head.

S: fruity, raisins and spices.
T: Refelctive of the scent notes,nutty, sweet and surprising mellowed and very balanced. Not "boozy " at all

M: Smooth, and creamy, great sipper.
O: can't say there is a a trappist I don't like, and this does not disappoint, Wonderful!

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Photo of DCon
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750mL bottle of this from Bev Mo! in Redondo Beach, CA for $11.99. Poured from the caged bottle into my new Chimay Goblet and has L11-024 on the back.

Aroma- Begins with strong maltiness and light amount of spice. Tons of caramel and toastiness to the nose also. Complexed but not to the max where you can't discover every attribute.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, dark tan head that has decent retention. Has a dark amber color body and is a bit hazy. Leaves good lacing.

Flavor- Good malty character, spicy, and has good amount of hops. Very sweet and then has a full bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, Small alcohol warmth, and then leaves spice on the palate.

Overall Impression- While this is very rich and malty, this is my favorite of the Chimay Reserves! I have been looking to enjoy this again (since I haven't seen it in stock in St. Louis), and what a perfect chance to enjoy in CA! A great Dark Belgian Strong Ale to split with a beer friend.

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Photo of nokes
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So here we go, tonight is a tip o the hat to willpower. We're pouring 3 Chimay Blues...a 2011, a 2009, and a 2006, in that order. The 750ml 2011 arrived from Belgium just this week. I've been waiting for this for a while, you might say...a vertical tasting of 5 years of Chimay history

The 2011 and 2009 poured a rich dark brown with ruby notes, a moderate off-white head and plenty of lacing. The 2006 poured darker, the ruby notes subdued to non-existent. They all look lovely, though not really exceptional.

Smell-wise, these were all really quite amazing. Plenty of dark fruitiness, particularly in the newer ones. The older 2006 (I wouldn't have expected this) was actually much brighter and even trending towards green apple. Very Belgian, with yeast and malt and lots of cooked fruit. I could have spent the evening just smelling these guys.

And they taste great. Not a tonne of difference between the 2011 and the 2009, though it actually seemed like the '09 tasted fresher and lighter. Dark malty cooked fruits, like dates without the cloying sweetness...some licorice, even some medium-dark chocolate in the middle and then again near the end, more pronounced in the 2006 than in the others. No...I don't *want* to cleanse my palate, thanks very much. I just want this taste to stay there and linger. Chocolate? Really? Like a fruity chocolate stout? Weird, but wonderful. Seriously...oddly fantastic.

...and I can't imagine a nicer mouthfeel. The 2006 was no less pleasing than the others, with just a perfect level of carbonation that kept the beer light despite its complexity. The older the bottle, the brighter it seemed, actually. The 2006 at points felt fresh as a hefeweizen, but without the banana or coriander. They all filled the mouth with a velvety and lush texture that was over way way too soon.

Overall, this was an exceptional and singular experience. This is a really really good beer. If you can bring yourself to do so, put one on the shelf and leave it there for a few years. It's worth the self-restraint. Yummy.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark brown appearance with lots of bubbly brown head that slowly disappears leaving some retention. Smell consists of various fruits and spices, floral hops, malt and a hint of booze. Surprisingly, the smell isn’t very strong, just smooth.

Taste consists of a powerful taste of fruit (apples, raisins, plums, cherries and other dark fruit) various spices, lots of malt and a hint of licorice and chocolate. Has a boozy tinge to it as well, no noticeable hops. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Has a spicy and smoky aftertaste that's slightly dry.

This is a strong, but very good beer. Very well rounded and the moment you taste it, you’re hit with an awesome combination of tastes. Pricey, but definitely worth it if you come across a bottle.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle purchased at Giant Eagle in Canonsburg into a cervoise. 2011 bottle...

A - Pours a murky, dark brown color with a nice and fluffy off-white head that forms about 2 fingers thick. Lots of lacing as the head recedes.

S - Pretty nice smell for a BSDA. Lots of dark, sticky fruits - figs, dates, raisins and some apricots I think. Nice amount of Belgian spice and some yeasty notes as well.

T - Nice dark malts mixed with the sticky fruits mentioned in the nose with more raisin and date than the others. Spices come out a bit more here with allspice and some clove. Light peppery flavors as well.

M - Medium bodied beer with a higher carbonation level. It adds nicely to the beer and gives it a nice bright feel on the mouth for suah a heavy beer.

O - As always, a standard go to. Really nice flavors and aromas that make this one such a drinkable beer. Might try cellaring a few of these.

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Photo of BurgerJones
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL poured into a Chimay goblet, naturally.

Color is a deep brown with hints of red, head is small despite high carbonation, white and laces well.

Currants, peppery spices, faint chocolate in the aroma and the taste. Mild warming alcohol. All tastes blend subtlely, none overwhelms.

Mouthfeel pleasant, lighter body than expected, quite bubbly.

Overall just a wonderful, balanced beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable Belgian brew. I remember some drunk dude at one of my local shops telling me about how great this beer was and I just looked at him and said "Yeah I know..." I guess he figured that a 22 year old wouldn't have tried that beer yet. Needless to say, I had and it was very good. The beer poured out as bubbly brown color with some red highlights. The smell of the beer is a bit on the earthy side with some sweet dark fruits on the nose and of course a hefty amount of yeast. The taste is a little metallic at first but that fades as it warms up. The dark fruits are subtle here but there is a slight sweetness from them, it's a little boozy, and has some spice in the back end too. The mouthfeel of the beer is a little thin but had enough carbonation to keep this one interesting. Overall this is enjoyable, I like to order it on occasion but not often.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Duvel tulip at Andy's Mediterranean. Pours a deep brown with a plum hue and a two finger foamy head. This beer just looks pretty.

Smell is very sophisticated with a ton of different nuances, some I could place and some I couldnt. Malts, raisins, yeast, earthy notes, a bit of spice...

I smells go well into the tastes. I did not see the bottle date on this but it tasted like it had some age on it. Smooth malt character, raisins, a tiny hint of sour cherry that I attribute to most Belgian ales. No one flavor jumps out.

The mouthfeel on this is incredible. Its velvety, medium bodied, with a light amount of carbonation.

This was truly a treat with quite a bit of sediment in the bottom of the last pour. For $15 at a restaurant, this was a great buy and a great treat.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
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