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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,770
Reviews:
2,365
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
526
Gots:
1,928
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 7,770 |  Reviews: 2,365
Photo of DraftDaddy
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BNarc
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nedster10
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stefko
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of talbotjf99
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KT123
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 2012, 150th anniversary bottle. A careful pour at cellar temp yields a finger of off white head. The head remains for a good 8 minutes, fed by constant streams of bubbles throughout the glass. The deep ruby color is highlighted by light red when held up to the light.
Dark fruits, particularly cherry, dominate the smell. There is also a sour smell, reminiscent of an oud bruin. This smell is less noticeable as the beer warms.
Dark fruits also dominate the taste. The sourness in the smell is not present. A sweetness in the middle of the tongue is followed quickly by a bitterness on the swallow. There is no sign of the 9% abv.
Overall, this is beer is excellent! The five years of storage has done no harm...

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Photo of bshefftz
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of twax
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hammonje
3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joymas
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ustadeabjau
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Vishek
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Casey_L
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nousername
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jlshields
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rabbott2
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alos31
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Truly exceptional beer. Rich in flavor and mouth feel. Flavors of yeast, apple, honey, bread. Excellent beer to have with a meal, such as roast pork, chicken, or meat pie. Works well also on a cold day.

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

Photo of The_Bujon
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good, nice and full with a creamy head, which unfortunately does not stick around too long.
The aroma is pleasing too, but the taste is a shade on the sour side and fizz on the tongue is just disappointing.
Do not get me wrong, this is a nice beer and you can sense the Christmas beer specialness about it.
Like all Belgian beers, not to be confused with modern day craft ales.
Worth a try? Absolutely! As good as a Gouden Carolus Classic or Christmas? No!

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,770 ratings.
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