Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.93/5 rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Being such a sucker for Chimay's Dubbel and Tripel, this bottle of the official Blue Cap is almost guaranteed to deliver. Founded inside Scourmont Abbey, in the Belgian municipality of Chimay in 1862, this beer has a staggering history and worth every dollar spent. Let's see what it has to offer:
Appearance - Very dark (almost black) with heavy caramel/ brown coloration when held up to the light. Looks to be rather heavy and complex, like melted brown sugar and molasses. Excellent head retention with a mouth-watering texture. Incredibly creamy. Awesome lacing, too.
Smell - Malty and sweet. Lots of figs and brown sugars present. Bread and yeast are noticeable as well with subtle lemon and hops. Toffee and dark cherries. A faint spice is traceable. So much to pick up here!
Taste - Dark cherries, rich brown sugar, figs, coriander, light coffee/ spice, bitter orange peel (not much, though), a little woody with a peppery aftertaste. The dry hops with coriander really balance out the fermented sugars. Quite complex. The 9% alcohol may not be fully disguised, but it almost adds a certain 'bite' to this Trappist ale.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, but not. Again, the alcohol creates a clean, cutting edge to this ale. Perhaps not quite as hidden as I would like, yet it still works. Also, not the most chewy or thick of the Trappist beers, but it really sits in the mouth well and stimulates the palate throughout.
Overall - The strongest of the three ales produced by Bières de Chimay. I am a big fan of the Tripel, and the Dubbel is great, too. But the Grande Réserve is a step above. Boasting strong characteristics, it is no wonder that this beautiful Belgian Quad is held in such high regard under the "Authentic Trappist Product" name. A wonderfully complex beer that is mind-blowing every time. A personal favorite.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2011 07:03:43 | More by Agent1
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