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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4.13/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz bottle served in Chimay chalice glass
Notes taken on 02/28/14
A: Thick sponge-like topping of khaki suds covers over a murky looking reddish brown body. Very compact head with impressive hang time and only some minor streaks of lace left scattered across the glass. Looks quite appetizing.
S: Smells of warm bread and kitchen spices with some rum soaked raisins. There is a light mineral quality to it with some mild alcohol and yeast esters to finish out the nose. Really nice malt and yeast complexities in the aroma.
T: Tastes of bready malts with loads of dried fruit notes like raisin, plum, and figs. Has that Belgian candi sugar sweetness to it but it stays more on the dry side without cloying. Spicy but not particularly clove like phenols which is nice. More of a peppery spice with some loamy earth and banana peel there. Low to moderate bitterness with some perceptible alcohol noted. Really nice and balanced overall.
M: Very creamy and soft with a moderate filling quality. Well carbed with a high amount of spritz on the palate. Finishes lightly dry and a touch thin however this is very clean overall. Some ABV warmth noted.
D: My favorite of the Chimay trinity. A really well done BSD and world class for a reason. Worth multiple visits.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 21:07:32 | More by Nugganooch
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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