Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
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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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.