Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.95/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ah, Chimay. Dusty, expensive bottles lining the shelves of beer stores across the globe. What's inside? What could it be? Will cost prove to be predicate to excellence?
Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.
Appearance 4.0: Poured out a dark amber with a nice head...well over half an inch. Good lacing.
Smell 3.75: Bouquet is subdued and very strange for this style. I smell Belgian yeast, but phenols from different styles: banana, cloves. Also, there is a nice hint of earthiness.
Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet, but in a warming way. Middle is silky smooth and just delightful with hints of treacly malt and some light noble hops. Finish is smooth with a big wave of malt and some interesting tastes of adjuncts, specifically corn. Aftertaste is long and silky, but sticks to the basics: malt and...well, malt.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth, well-balanced and lovely on the palate.
Overall 4.0: Outstanding Belgian Dark, but not the best I have ever had. The bouquet is a bit off and the taste is somewhat one-dimensional, but -nonetheless-- this is an excellent brew. So, my advice is to save up your sheckles and buy a bottle of this to try. Then once you have done so, save up some more money (less than Chimay, BTW) and buy a bottle of St. Feuillien Speciale instead. Or, go to your local Trader Joe's and buy 750ML of a comparable beer for $5.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2014 05:35:27 | More by BeerDocT
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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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