Chimay Grande Réserve (Bleue / Blue)

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RATINGS: 4853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle conditioned - 150 cl, 75 cl, and 33 cl bottles. Named Grande Réserve in 75 cl bottles, and Magnum Grande Réserve in 150 cl bottles. The beer name is simply Chimay. It is sold in a blue label, and so is known as Chimay Blue in English speaking countries, Chimay Bleue in French speaking countries, and so on. Chimay Blue is a dark ale with a powerful aroma. Its complex flavour improves with passing time.

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3.8
jdelafuente01 (139) - Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2020 Brown hazy color thick tan head smell of raisins fruit floral alcohol very slight bitterness at the end taste of fruit wheat barely smooth to drink get more smell as it warms up

4.2
Pimot (958) - Castelló de la Plana, SPAIN - MAY 20, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2020 Color marrón oscuro con espuma media blanca de retención media y buen residuo. Aroma a bodega, caramelo, maltas tostadas y humedad con notas a levadura, manzana fermentada, madera y especias. Sabor a maltas tostadas, caramelo, frutas oscuras y madera húmeda con notas a especias, levadura, caramelo, tierra, fruta fermentada y ligera manzana. Dulzor maltoso medio, alcohol medio-alto y amargor terroso medio con regusto medio-largo. Textura acuosa, cuerpo medio y carbonatación alta. Una Strong Dark Belgian Ale compleja con marcado carácter trapense. Mucha malta con notas a fruta fermentada y sutiles matices añejos. Una delicia.

4
mkcmagico (735) - Mezokövesd, HUNGARY - MAY 20, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2020 0.33 bottle. Traditional look. Slightly cloudy deep chestnut color, huge cream-colored foam. Great scent. Raisins, tiny hops, tiny roasted malt. Test card. Belgianly sweet, raisins. Tiny sour fruity aftertaste. Carbonation hit. High alcohol can hardly be felt. Afterwards, of course, yes :) Delicious dessert beer. *** Tradicionális küllem. Kissé zavaros mély gesztenye szín, hatalmas krémszínű hab. Remek illat. Mazsolás, pici komló, pici pörkölt maláta. Testes korty. Belgásan édeskés, mazsolás. Pici savanykás gyümölcsös mellékíz. Szénsavasság eltalálva. A magas alkoholt alig érezni. Utólag persze igen :) Finom desszert sör.

3.8
djoeye (8885) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2020 Aroma; thick malts, plums, prunes, syrup, flowers, apricots. Look; beige low dense head on misty mahogany body. Taste; malted candy fudge, plums, prunes, dried apricot jam, caramel, jammy malts, bourbon, floral spices, and finishes well malted n spicy. Feel; nice body n smooth co². Overall; its quality. [cleaning garaž solo tasting, [email protected] Norway's Health Fluid Chain]

3
fistrin (25) - Lleida, SPAIN - MAY 9, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2020 Bona trapense, però no m acostumo al rerefons de caramel que et recorda la glucosa pura afegida... Traient de ben segur matisos a la malta i quedant el regust pastós de caramel empalagós a la boca. Una llàstima... No entenc la mitificació...🤷‍♂

2.7
heutsie (180) - - MAY 9, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2020 Donker bier met beige schuimkraag. Smaken van rood fruit, rozijnen en een vleugje zoethout. Droog op de tong.

4.3
LagerGuide122 (358) - - MAY 7, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2020 330ml bottle brewed in Belgium at 9%. Coca-cola colour with a nice large head. Aroma of raisin and brown sugar - suggestive of barley wine. Super gentle carbonation with thick creamy mouthfeel (the wheat helps here) gives a luxurious texture, a bit like drinking an Aero bar, especially with the chocolate flavours. Some light woody and raisin notes accompany, but everything is super homogenised (not in a bad way necessarily), so there's no bitterness or tanninic dry quality to it, and a singular smooth and sweet yet not overblown flavour and texture profile is achieved. Brown sugar is noticeable in the taste too. More complex notes develop, hints of leather and molasses, but all very genteel. Very similar to a barley wine stylistically, but thicker, and smoother, and with all roughness taken away. No astringency. It's a pure-velvet luxurious Rolls-Royce of a beer, and although no trace of the 9% is tasteable, it's almost a shame it's so strong, since you could drink as much of this as you cared to, it being rich but not too rich to risk becoming sickly. Exceedingly well-crafted, high quality Belgian strong dark ale. For more interesting results, exercise restraint and tuck it away for ageing. Try -at least- two years ageing (yes, really) to emphasise the vinous qualities and bring out the beer's character. You'd be surprised what a rascal this smooth fellow can become! This one can withstand at least four years before it risks going downhill. I speak from experience. Somewhat fresher, however (this particular bottle was a year old), and you get this genteel, deluxe experience. Well worth the money (but do shop around). A must-try if vintage.

3
MeadScout61 (37) - Catania, ITALY - APR 25, 2020
UPDATED: APR 25, 2020 Birra frizzantina molto forte. Sapore deciso, si sente molto già a metà bicchiere 33cl. Da accompagnare a cibo di sostanza.

3.4
closey22 (2606) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2020
UPDATED: APR 24, 2020 Cloudy dark brown with thin lacy beige head Aroma is malty with some hints of molasses Flava is malty with some hints of molasses Feels medium with very nice foamy fizz Finishes malty slightly tangy notes of molasses

3.8
Werckmeister (5779) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 22, 2020
UPDATED: APR 22, 2020 0,33l bottle at home bought from Finest Belgian Beers. dark brown color, small off white head. smells ripe fruits, marzipan, spices, dried fruits, bit belgian yeasty, cloves. nice smell. full body, bubbly carbonation. tastes ripe fruits, earthy, nutty, marzipan, bit yeasty, light alcohol, spices, cloves, dried fruits, bit soapy, hints of alcohol. finishes lightly sweet with notes of dried fruits, marzipan and notes of spices. nice one, good balance, sweet but not too sweet, alcohol is very subtle. very good one.


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