Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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95
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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:
7,732
Reviews:
2,354
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
520
Gots:
1,907
For Trade:
17
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Ratings: 7,732 |  Reviews: 2,354
Photo of Rootscipio
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A lovely beer! Had it on tap. Clear dark brown nice short lived beige head with beautiful lacing. Smell of blackberries and red wine which carries over to the taste. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Ealanjones
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hip_Hop_Hooray
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ewelvaert
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep hazy burgundy color with a massively thick and creamy toffee colored head and incredibly sticky lacing. Very inviting in appearance.

S - Dark fruity aroma: plums and raisins with faint spice, some slight yeast aroma, caramel malt, and some Belgian candy sugar. Nose is primarily plums and malt.

T - Dark fruit, toasted caramel malt, alcohol, raisins, plums, clove, bready, dark cherry. Some alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

M - Thick and full bodied being borderline chewy.

O - World class.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of bwbetts
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle with not bottling date or freshness date into standard pint glass.

L: Ridiculous tan head, at least three fingers thick. Dark cloudy brown.

S: Raisins, boozey caramel, toffee, plums, apricots.

T: Rich flavors of dried apricots, plums, raisins with toffee malts and caramels. Nutmeg, peppery, boozy. Great for the holidays.

F: Medium body, smooth like velvet.

O: Just another home run by Chimay. Wonderful beer.

Update: 750ml bottle poured into Snifter. 2016 stamp on cork.

L: Deep deep garnet mahogany. Two finger fluffy beige head.

S: Nothing new there.

T: Nothing new here either, still wonderful.

F: Again, nothing new.

O: Still a killer beer.

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Photo of groleau
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of LaGuarns
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, dark brown caramel with a wonder 2 finger head. A slightly sweet caramel, slightly tart, with some hints of spice, apple, malts and breadiness. This ale is super smooth and rich, but has a wonderful carbonation that makes drinking it very dangerous, as it goes down easy and refreshing--but at 9ABV, that means you'll be feeling fine quickly. So, slow down and enjoy. The slightest bitterness at the end, but overall, well done. A classic Belgian Strong example....

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich burnt plum color with a finger of foamy, dark-khaki head. Considering it was poured into a Chimay chalice, that's a lot of head. No lacing left behind. Mulled spices, Belgian yeast, plum, fig, and rolled malts give this beer a hearty aroma. While the aroma has a heavy malt base, it remains sweet and centered around the plum, fig, and spices. Flavor profile is smooth, opening with mulled spices, plum, and fig. Excellent decay of flavors as the flavor profile shows its Belgian side with a zip of Belgian yeast. Nice Belgian, bready finish. Mouth feel is smooth, with a slightly medium-thick consistency. It's easy to sip and savor, without filling up the stomach or palate too much. Overall, a well crafted beer with stand-up Belgian qualities. A pleasant sipper that refrains from being too bitter, and while it does have some malt body, it remains well within the realm of sweet drink-ability.

Served in a Chimay chalice.

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Photo of radius129
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of chossboss
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjacobsr
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**
03/19/2015

Bottle to goblet at Brick House. March Madness.
Appearance: dark brown
Aroma: Caramel
Taste: nice flavor. Spicy and sweet and everything neat.
FEEL: Chewy texture.

Awesome beer. Even better than i remembered which wad still Damn Good.

**

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

Photo of beagleyx2
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rpm0003
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mothmanscott
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky chestnut brown with 2.5 fingers of foamy, finely bubbled, tan, lasting head that leaves nice sheets & chunks of lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt & toasted pumpernickel, fig, prune, raisins, banana, hard candy, molasses, toffee, brown sugar & faint coriander. Taste is raisins & other dark fruits of the nose, caramel/brown sugar, toasted dark bread, slight bite & bitterness in finish & semisweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with high degree of carbonation, somewhat chewy & very peppery. Very nice.

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Photo of EMV
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

L: Pours a cloudy dark mahogany color. Two fingers of foamy white head... falls quickly and leaves a haze at the top of the beer. Solid sticky lacing.

S: Caramel and dark sugars... spicy, with clove and vanilla.

T/F: Rich and complex... lots of Belgian candy sugars and dark fruits. Vanilla and spice coming from the Belgian yeasts. Very smooth and creamy. Slight hops at the finish to clean up the palate.

O: An all around treat. Great Belgian Dark Strong, and one of the beers that immediately comes to mind when I consider the style. Can't go wrong here.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay
4.28 out of 5 based on 7,732 ratings.
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