Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by BrownNut:
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
They say to age this, but I didn't want to wait. So take into account that this review is of a version only eight months in the bottle.
A - Dark copper. Loose, fizzy, foamy head that bubbles down to a stable, solid film within five minutes and erodes slowly after that
S - Pleasant combination of fruit and yeast that meets in the middle somewhere near wine. Also caramel and maybe butter. The caramel is more evident deeper in the glass
T - Initially there's somethinge bordering on metallic that, later in the glass, merges into caramel. Behind that, and more noticeably on the exhale, is something more pleasant, a combination of fruit and booze. It hides the alcohol well.
M - Initially dry yet somehow still soft in the middle and then ending dry again. Interesting!
O - Pleasant, but less complex and robust than I'd hoped for. Wish I'd cellared it. I'll buy one more and try that. Otherwise a second one wouldn't bring me back.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2012 06:43:12 | More by BrownNut
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4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a caged and corked 25.4 oz bottle into a tulip.
Appearance - a very overcast, deep red, almost brown with huge, foamy beige head that recedes rapidly to a thin layer. Lacing is minimal.
Smell - stone and dark fruit, yeast and a hint of alcohol.
Taste - a tempered sweetness resembling the stone and dark fruit in the nose. Slight spice and tang that elevate the flavor! Easy drinker at 9% that keeps calling for another sip!
Feel - very carbonated, medium body with the alcohol making subtle appearances with each sip. A spicy and tangy bitterness, but a creaminess that adds an interesting layer to this dynamic brew!
Overall - obviously outstanding, but with so many great beers available, I'm not likely to chose this considering the price.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 03:04:17 | More by DenverHopHead
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,099 ratings.