Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by Andrew041180:
3.94/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - Poured into a Chimay goblet. I poured slowly, and about a finger's worth of light, bubbly head spring up. A little fizzy looking. The head receded pretty quickly and maintains a film. The head clings to the glass, but does not form any lacing. The beer is quite dark. Very dark brown with some nice highlights when the light strikes it right.
S - Honestly, I detect almost nothing here. Some faint semi-sweet malty tones.
T - Here is where the beer starts to pick up. Something of a dark fruit sweetness with a convincing bitter presence at mid-palate. The finish evolves significantly with a dry, almost tart flavor. Nice complexity. Just a bit of alcohol detectable on the finish.
M - Excellent. Medium-full bodied with some carbonation detectable. The dry finish is great, and leaves me wanting more. Not as a means for clearing some bizarre aftertaste, but because it really is that good.
O - Slow start, but I'm warming up to it. It doesn't knock my socks off in any significant way, but I appreciate the range of feel and flavors that you get from this beer. Nice sipper.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 00:44:55 | More by Andrew041180
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4.14/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a deep chestnut color with garnet highlights. A foamy beige head wells up in the glass as soon as you start to pour. Some spotty tracks of lace down the glass.
S: Spiced apples, hearty bread, chalky Belgian yeast notes, spice cake, clove and some dates.
T: Rich dark malt and dark fruit notes mingle with baking spice, Belgian yeast, cloves, some dark bread, and just a touch of booze on a drying finish. Mouthfeel is a touch light, but still smooth and complements the flavors well. To me, this doesn't come close to being as complex as a Westy 12 or Rochefort. Still, it's a great beer that deserves its accolades.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 02:11:24 | More by notchucknorris
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,338 ratings.