Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BA SCORE
4.3/5
7,811 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#504
Reviews:
2,376
Ratings:
7,811
pDev:
10.47%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
530
Gots:
1,948
Trade:
17
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 7,811 |  Reviews: 2,376
Photo of saboliver
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, rich aroma with dried fruit notes – figs, dates, raisins. Not especially powerful, but very nice indeed. Wonderful first taste. Very smooth, without too much carbonation (though the carbonation may have been reduced on opening). Buttery, sweet, with some roasted malt and the fruits that were evident in the nose. A breadiness in the background and perhaps some caramel and brown sugar. A warming and sumptuous beer to savour.

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Photo of mcthfg
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbstrange
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of briandschorr
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best dark ales that I have had the pleasure of enjoying. The spices and caramel come through with a great balance. This beer has a smooth and warming finish. For me, this is my go to when having Shepard's Pie.

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Photo of greedysoul
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pau622
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RDW
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brl
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MKV
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: clean brown, fair head
Smell: dark and grainy, nothing spectacular
Taste: full bodied grain and roast flavors
Feel: a bit acrid on occasion, oddly enough, but nothing horribly unpleasant

The Blue is a beer best served with a good food accompaniment. I had mine with a burger with Chimay cheese on it - it was an absolutely fantastic pairing.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch. Its flavour only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma , while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of Nishriver
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bwbrev
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of edrip222
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AJmon13
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ssippisam
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 7,811 ratings
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