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Chimay Grande Reserve

Belgian Strong Ale /9% ABV / Belgium

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Product details

Belgian Strong Ale
Tasting Notes
Dark Fruit, Caramel, Bold, Fig
Food Pairing
Dessert - Vanilla & Caramel, Lamb
Suggested Glassware
Suggested Serving Temperature
50-55° F

Product description

The Chimay Blue Cap, "baptized' "Grande Reserve" in 750 ml bottles is a dark Trappist beer with a powerful aroma, the complex flavour of which improves across the years. It was first brewed as a Christmas beer, explaining the presence of a "vintage". This authentic Belgian beer, whose tinge of fresh yeast is associated with a light rosy flowery touch, is particularly pleasant. Its aroma, perceived as one enjoys it, only accents the delightful sensations revealed by the odour, all revealing a light but agreeable caramelized note.

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  • Jeremy R.
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    It actually tasted better than I remember. Good flavour, no aftertaste, very delicious.

  • Jonathan
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    Tastes like fizzy dirt

  • Claudia H.
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    Excellent. Full rich taste. The way a beer should taste. I wish you had the other Chimays. They are all good. Not for wimps.

  • Gerard R.
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    Excellent and well rounded flavor profile. Nice and malty with subtle hop character.

  • bob
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    Just superb! I love this Belgian style brew. It’s the best out there, as far as I am concerned. It’s my “go to,” for special occasions.

  • bob quinn

    Chimay Grand Reserve -Gold & White text on treble label-- is simply, the best brew there is! It is pricey, but worth the indulgence once in a while ....for the mmmmm. Love it.

  • Adam
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    They delivered the Red, NOT the Blue which is what I ordered

  • timothy
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    You have to like beers with flavor to appreciate this. If you love bud, pacifico, stella, or anything close to those, pass on this unless you are looking to step up. It's also best to drink from a wide brimmed glass. This is non filtered and I believe bottle conditioned. That means its cloudy and there will be a residue left at the bottom of the bottle. You will see some of the brewing ingredients swirling around your glass after you pour. That's a good thing. The aromas mix with the flavor and high alcohol content gives off fumes as you drink it to create an impressive and delicious brew. Chimay stands unchallenged in my book.

  • Ryan
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    We host parties all the time and most likely you don't have every guest request available, it's very nice to be able to handle behind the scene and have it delivered quickly. We recommend this service to anyone who is in need of solving this small but oh so important need and beyond. You could be wanting to enjoy a lazy Saturday with friends and not have to send anyone to the store for any party needs... to possibilities don't stop there. Just use the app and get a text when it's arriving. Doesn't get simpler.


Belgian Strong Ale is a golden ale with a complex, fruity flavor that also sports a fairly high alcohol content — often at 8% or above. Despite being strong, Belgian Strong Ales are regarded as quite approachable thanks to their flavors and the fact that they appeal to a range of different palates. They feature a unique spiciness that comes from its Belgian yeast, and the finish is high and dry.
Belgian Strong Ale carries a fruity, malty flavor that’s tinged with a unique spiciness resulting from the use of Belgian yeast in the fermentation process. The strong alcohol content delivers a warming sensation, and the attenuated dry finish ends in a pleasantly bitter aftertaste. This is an ale for ale lovers — it’s a drink that rewards close attention, as there are a lot of subtleties to enjoy.
The alcohol by volume (ABV) content of Belgian Strong Ale ranges from 7.5% to 10.5%, making it relatively strong for ale, which typically comes in between 3% and 3.5%. This alcohol content partly contributes to the ale's warming sensation, and it’s what gives it its “strong” moniker. However, it also adds significantly to the flavor and character of Belgian Strong Ale.
No, Belgian Strong Ale is not gluten-free. This is due to its ingredients and production process, which starts with malt made from barley (a famously high-gluten grain). Although certain fermentation processes may remove gluten from other beverages, it does not remove gluten from this ale and people with gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease should avoid drinking it.
As its name suggests, Belgian Strong Ale is indeed an ale. As opposed to lagers, which undergo cold-temperature fermentation with bottom-fermenting yeast, ales use warm-temperature, top-fermenting yeast that does their work between 60°F and 70°F. The result is an ale with a fruity, malty flavor profile that has a relatively high alcohol content and a high and dry finish.
A 12 oz. serving of Belgian Strong Ale will pack around 285 calories and 30 grams of carbohydrates. Compare that with a regular beer, which usually has 150 calories and 13 grams of carbs. Although Belgian Strong Ale packs more of a punch in the calorie/carb department, it is a drink with a lot of complexities that are meant to be savored.
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