Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 750ml brown corked/caged bottle, specially-painted for Chimay's 150th anniversary. Splitting this with my wife tonight, into two Chimay chalices, to commemorate the sadness of leaving behind my career as a medieval historian and teacher and a celebration of the next step (whatever that might be). Cheers!
Appearance: A warm, ruddy sienna brew, capped with a dark ivory cap which fades slowly to a thick patchy film. Not quite as much stick as I'd like, but still an attractive brew.
Smell: Wonderfully soft and inviting aroma, with dark sugared fruits (grapes, raisins, plums), sweet/baking spice yeast notes, and just a hint of cork and cellar. Elegant, refined, classic.
Taste: Soft dark fruits (maybe grape, and several others, but none really jump out). LIght notes of sweet yeasty spice. The lightest hint of toasted bread and something earthy on the finish. Sweet flavors, but ends dry.
Mouthfeel: Light as a whisper, almost fluffy. It's amazing that 9% can feel like this.
Overall: Wish the specially-bottled version didn't cost $14.00-plus, but the beer inside (the same as the regular Grande Reserve) is simply brilliant, and usually available for $12.00 a 750ml. I hadn't had this beer for years, and it was one of the first 'real' Belgians I had. I was afraid it wouldn't measure up tonight, honestly. No worries there. Not quite as complex as Westvleteren, perhaps, but this is a stunning beer and widely available. Someday, when I have a solid job, I'm definitely going to buy a case of this to cellar.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2013 02:51:00 | More by BedetheVenerable
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United Kingdom (England)
4.49/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer is full of rum, raisin, fig and other sweet dark fruit flavours. A bit of booziness balances well within the overall flavour. I detected some cola taste too. Chimay Blue definitely lives up to its excellent reputation. The appearance in murky brown. The smell is boozy and syrupy. There's depth and complexity here and a fresh experience every time I try it. It seems to work well at room temperature. I think this beer is a total classic.
My mark out of a hundred is 94.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 18:36:47 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,072 ratings.