Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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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 rundocrun
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a medium-brown color with very faint red highlights when held up to the light. Yields a finger of off-white head. Small amounts of lacing on the glass.

S - Raisins and dark candy-like sweetness. A somewhat spicy note is detectable reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon and molasses. I would almost compare the aroma to a rum-soaked spice cake.

T - Again, raisins and other dark dried fruits are immediately noticeable. Some dry, toasted grains are percieved through the middle and finish. I get a very mild hop bitterness toward the finish as well.

M - Good, balanced carbonation that sparkles all the way to the finish. Medium-to-thick bodied with a drier finish.

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Photo of manitouman84
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Classic belgian. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a light head. Lots of complexity to the flavor. Blueberries, plum, fig and toffee are all present. Light to Medium body beer, dry with slight sweet malt presence in the finish that balances phenolics and alcohol very very well. Exciting on the tongue with lots of carbonation, as to be expected for this style of beer. Little to no hop presence, dark fruits and esters to the aroma.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark brown color with a 1 inch bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing whatsoever. There is lots of sediment floating around in this beer, which I assume is the yeast. Smells of dark fruits (especially raisins), brown sugar, caramel, and malty bread notes. Taste is lots of dark fruits (again with the raisins), caramel/brown sugar, and some malt. Beer has a good carbonation level and is bubbly and crisp. Overall, this is a great BSDA and another great beer from Chimay.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle (11.2oz) into the signature Chimay chalice. Pours a nice deep ruby hue but some of the dregs, well most of them, made their way into the glass. Had this once in my beer cellar for several months (less than 12 but more than 4) before cracking this one open. Head starts well & then goes away pretty click. Smells of prunes, dates, very dark fruit. Decent carbonation.

Taste is in line w/ the smell. Dark fruit, very complex! Sweet, malty, tart finish. No hop presence really. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Lovely, just lovely. I kinda expected an aggressive beer but this is very sublime. I keep thinking of dates when I sip on this. There are just so many things going on here that it's very hard to describe.

Mouthfeel is thick. Not chewy, but thick - full bodied for sure. And as for drinkability, it's a high for me. I'd say that this is one to take your time on. Very drinkable, but savor this. Prosit!!

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

Bottle purchased from Winerak in Zanesville, OH.

Live review.

Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark amber/mahogany color, 1 finger tan/off white head, settles into a small ring around the glass. Some very light legs on the glass when it's tilted. Very little light passes through when held to light.

S: Raisins, booze, caramel, dark brown sugar, and a very faint floral note. The booze notes are somewhat subdued, but are still detectable.

T: Very close to the nose. Rum soaked raisins is the first thing that comes to my palate, followed by a very faint bready, doughy malt. Some caramel, dark brown sugar, and then booze decides to sneak out of the background and make itself known. Jeez, there's some alcohol heat here.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, a little creamy.

O: This is pretty damned good. Pricey and boozy, hard to make me buy it again.

Certainly good though.

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Cloudy medium brown with red reflections. Sediments pour out and settle to bottom. Small light tan head with a small eruption at the center that persists. The aroma is boozy rum soaked fruit cocktail of berries (earthy blueberries and raisins/currants) and bananas. Clove and banana come out with warming. The taste is rum fruit. The 9% alcohol blends well. Tasty.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chimay Blue

A- pours a very dark and cloudy brown that resembles murky water (in a good way). Less than a fingers worth of off white head that dissipates quick.

The nose brings an array of dark fruits. Plum, fig, and raisin. Some sweet bready malt scents flower through as well. The alcohol is well hidden.

The taste offers mass for my palate. Where to begin? The dark fruits noticed in the nose blast my senses and are much more definable at this point. Apples and bananas throughout. Some earthy notes are noticed alongside some bready flavors.

The mouthfeel is crisp and delightful, yet full bodied and beastly. Well rounded to say the least.

Overall, great flavors mixed with balance and mass enjoyability. Thank you Mr. Monk

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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #600 last night, I thought this would be a nice way to go, a classic Trappist ale.

A- Dark red with some haze and a huge off-white head. Great retention and size seems to be a Trappist tradition. Big pillow leaves spotty Belgian lace.

S- Dark brown sugar malt, raisins, dark cherry fruit and a nice Belgian yeast profile to round it all out, some spice and bread.

T- Good balance of Belgian yeast (bread, spice, coriander, clove), brown sugar malts and dark fruit. Nutty, floral, apple, grape, apricot and sweet hints in there as well.

MF- Insanely foamy and carbonated, like champagne level. The cork pretty much shot out like a gun so I was expecting it. Some bitterness.

The only complaint is the huge carbonation, it really ends up drinking like foam instead of liquid but that is minor problem because the flavors are nice. I would be interested to try this on tap.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and hazy auburn pour with a sturdy head that does not dissapear easily. Very sweet aromas of fruit, apple, sweet malt. Sweet taste with a cider tartness. The medium bodied brew is smooth and in no way aesthetically unpleasant. This is a fantastic beer whose alcohol warms in the winter and whose malt fruitiness refreshes in the spring and summer. Further the cider notes make it a great room temperature brew in the late fall. I have tried this beer across many different meals and all of the seasons and have yet to be dissappointed.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had enough but never reviewed.

my average between the good and bad.

pour is nice and belgian frothy. a murky brownish red with about a finger and a half of head but unforeseen retention. nose of typical beer straw, toasted malt and plums preserves. a bouquet delicate palate with subtleties. palate that is extremely dry in a characteristic way i've never really thought about before. a sweetness that isn't syrupy. a tad husky. a tad grainy. plum, grape and fig qualities. herbal bitter finish. lingering prune... for several minutes. but not coating the tongue but hints. this is an old bottle.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was yet another great Trappiste brew. Caramel in color, sweet smell but had enough alcohol to be tolerable and not over powering.

A very good belgian ale that never tasted like a 9% abv.

There are hints of sweetness that may suggest figs or raisens something a little more surgery than your typical fruit. All in all I would search high and dry for this beer and loved every minute I had while drinking it.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(11.2oz bottle). Pours a cloudy caramel color with red hues and khaki head. Aroma of caramel, port wine, raisins, and candied sugar. Taste is sweet but not cloying with a touch of bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is slightly bitter and smooth. This beer is, simply, world class.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very thick and cloudy brown with a yellowish hue. VERY opaque, like an unfiltered dark ale. Big khaki head with nice lacing.

S: Complex arrangement of candied fruits, molasses, caramel apples. Floral and earthy aroma. Alcohol is present in the nose.

T/M: Smooth candied fruit like apples, bananas, and oranges, paired with a mild hop bite on the initial sip. Full bodied, fairly well-balanced. A little hard on the fruit, but it's complexity is well put together. Bubbly, medium carbonation (bottle conditioned). Smooth lingering fruit and alcohol burn on the aftertaste.

D: Nearly perfect. A Fantastic ale.

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Photo of danmcg62
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep dark reddish/brown with a finger width head. Just a beautiful looking brew.

S-A tart, fruity smell. Grapes come to mind. A sweet, chocolately smell is there too.

T-A fruity front end with a malty sweetness at the back end. A mild hop spice comes through with a second sip. Just a delight to drink.

M-A thick, creamy feel throughout the mouth.

O-This is what a beer should be. A complex mix of flavors that usually never disappoint, very drinkable for a beer of its style. Just a fantastic beer all around.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been dancing around getting one of these for some time. Finally splurged!

A - Pours a dark murky ruby red colour, finger of beige head with decent retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - The dark fruit, plums and raisins come off the top, some bubble gum and cloves come through on the finish. Although I was expecting the ABV to dominate, a nice sweetness is present.

T - Much like the scent, though the buggle gum, bananas and cloves tend to dominate. Some sour apple and raisins come through on the finish alongside a bit of pepper and spice. The high ABV goes incredibly well hidden.

M - A bit overly carbonated or my liking, resulting in a bit of a prickly feel going down, though it does finish nicely with a touch of dryness.

O - Definitely a top quality dark Belgian Ale and a great example of the style. Full flavoured offering which wasn't overly sweet and whose ABV was well controlled. Most definitely on the rotation for Belgians in the future.

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Photo of Joplisan
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To be honest, this is one of the best beers I've tried so far. If served in Chimay glass, the beer is a beauty to look at. Nice white head, which (mostly) lasts 'till the last sip and a dark, cloudy brown color, if put towards the light, a little reddish. Smell is nice, but not very strong... some sweetness, a little bit of yeast and dry fruit, maybe... Taste? Awesome. I think this beer masks the alcohol really well, as I can't taste it much, a little bit of bitternes at the end, very smooth. Quite a lot of carbonations at the start, warming feel at the end. A decent slow-sipping beer that's perfect for special occasions or, for the lovers of the type, even everyday beer. I strongly recommend it! Cheers.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.27/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Figured I'd try another Trappist brew.

Mug fills a dingy brown, huge creamy tan head makes a decent pour kinda difficult. Random floral type smells, plus tangerine, orange, & a slight biscuit backbone. Finally get to taste, and...comes off a bit flat for the complexity it gives off before the first swig. The sweetness and slight heat evokes rum, oddly enough, and it goes down smoothly without being watery. Character is what I'd call average.

For the presentation (and price), this was a bit of a letdown IMO. Wouldn't say it's crap, but I've had better.

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

Poured a dark reddish brown color with a decent head. Not much lacing to speak of though.

Smells pretty fruity with a bit of malt coming through.

Taste is slightly sweet with malt character throughout. The finish is a little bitter with some alcohol coming through.

Light mouthfeel on this easy drinking beer.

Overall a pretty good beer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of acwaest89
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 75cl bottle into a snifter.

Look- Amber, when light hits it, overall very hazy and dark. Small amount of white lace circling the top.

Smell- mostly yeast and malt, somewhat fruity, however it is complimented more by its taste. Smells somewhat strong, the alcohol does not hide.

Taste- The taste offers a lot of grain and malt, with a nice kick of fruitiness that really hits the taste-buds, defiantly a nice sipper. Slightly bitter, not hoppy at all, very smooth. Very complete in taste, the alcohol is disguised well, behind the fruity after taste.

Mouth-feel- Offers a carbonated feeling to an extent, but it flows well and tastes even better.

Overall- Its hard to stop at one glass, the 75cl bottle offers more than that, so I couldn't see anyone stopping at one. Behind the smooth taste, and slightly carbonated flow, its easy to throw back a few of these and forget about the 9.0 alc which is greatly disguised with the smooth and rich taste. I would highly recommend picking up a bottle.

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Photo of Jeriacor
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75 cl bottle with cork bearing the date 10/10. Poured into a snifter.

Look: Dark amber with about a 1 inch, thick white lacing that fades relatively slowly. Looks inviting.

Smell: Smells of yeast, malt; and grains. It smells somewhat of tree fruits to my nose, nectarine or apricot.

Taste: Tastes initially of malt and grains, with some flavors of brown sugar, nectarines, plum, and a little orange peel. Hops are downplayed in this beer, but add a nice grassy taste at the front of the mouth and mild bitterness. The tastes grow more complex as the beer warms, adding a sort of berry flavor, rasberries or currants maybe, as well as deeper complexity of the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Although carbonation is apparent, this beer is very smooth and quite drinkable.

Overall: A fine beer. It gets better as it warms (both itself and the drinker) and practically cries out for a second glass (fortunately, I have a second glass!). If you are looking for a fine beer that's relatively easy to obtain, Chimay (especially the Grande Reserve) is a great beer to turn to.

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Photo of maddmaxstar
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chimay Grande Reserve (11/10 on cork)

A - Deep Mahogany Brown, dark and almost opaque. Gratious Foamy, sudsy and thick head that goes away slow.

S - Spicy, Malty, hints of prune, raisin and other fruits.

T - Hints of Prune, Black Cherry, taste fading into a Cocoa Powder finish, with a Slight bitterness at the back of the tongue. Alcohol seems to be well masked.

M - Velvety smooth, creamy, Good carbonation.

D - An amazing Trappist Ale. This is not a beer for those who wish to chug back a brew, but you knew that. No, this is a beer for sipping, an excellent beer for special occasions, for celebrations. A fantastic high quality beer that is complex, delicious and divine. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had, and one of the best beers...period.

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Photo of mavbrew
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my "mini" Chimay goblet.

A: The color is a deep auburn with a finger thick light tan/cream colored head that takes a couple of minutes to dissipate.

S: The smell has bready malts present, there is also a sweet cherry scent that is more noticeable when looking for it. Raisins are also coming through in the scent as well.

T: The taste is a lot like the smell, bready malt flavor to it up front and throughouy, very malty. The sweet cherries come through in the middle quickly and is followed by the raisin like taste. The finish is malty and mildly fruity, it's hard to tell what, maybe banana or fig.

M: Medium bodied with a tingly amount of carbonation. The feel is malty and complex.

D: I would say this is a great intro beer to Belgian beers. It's higher in ABV, but it's hardly noticeable. The beer itself is very complex but also very well balanced. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of searsclone
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

cork dated 06/10, review 04/11

75cl bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

dark ruby red-brown-golden color. tan head that goes

smells like raisins, wood, bread pudding, whiskey and vanilla ( I had a hard time picking up much smell, got most of the description from my wife, that is the only reason I gave it a 2.5)

tastes like fruit, toast, bread, smokey, and bitter raisins.

feels sharp, chewey, foamy, dry, crisp

this is fantastic. there is so much going on that I can't describe it all. just try it, you'll like it!

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. The Trappist's really know what they are doing, leave it to the Belgians. "Of all Gauls, the best brewers are the Belgians"

Dark, strong... and a sight for kings.

This one pours a rich dark brownish red, black...

This beer is great because it has the complexity, flavor...roast, sweetness from the malt, a nice balance with the hops.. and the abv level works perfect with the brew. Such an addictive beer...

A staple in beer.

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Photo of tckattt
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first one I tried I took one sip and poured the rest out . Six months later I tried this again and liked it.
I have no idea and don't want to know what mouthfeel is, aroma is good , don't know why head and lacing are important
I like this beer

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,915 ratings