Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.65/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
MY REVIEW GOT DELETED BECAUSE I TOOK TOO LONG TO WRITE IT. The following review is heavily shortened, and is affected by the 1000-word mega-review (in my typical style) which was deleted and pissed me off. Will review again from calmness in a few days when I re-up at the package store and pick up a few more bottles, and make sure to cut and paste before I hit "submit".
Introduction: this is one of the best of the Quadrupels, and it's the original. All further Quads, come from Chimay Blue.
The Trappists are a Catholic cloistered religious order, one of the strictest there is. They are called the Order of Cistercians of Strict Observance, an 18th-century reforming order which broke away from the original mediaeval Cistercians, themselves a reforming order and a breakaway from the ancient Benedictines.
Thomas Merton, the famous Anglo-American religious and spiritual author of "The Seven-Storey Mountain", was a Trappist monk - in America!, yes, America has Trappist monasteries - at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky. Too bad they don't brew beer.
Without further ado, a severely truncated, unreliable review.
P: 750mL corked and caged bottle poured in to Chimay chalice/goblet.
A: Very cloudy dark brown, small head which quickly recedes to nothing. No lacing. Has hints of mud/lighter dark brown when held up to the light. Nothing that can be called a "highlight", as it's the same colour with light coming through it; however, it is appetizing, and typically Belgian.
S: Booze, esters, and malt. As it warms, booze becomes predominant. The smell is small for such a big beer.
T: Dark fruits, carbonation, esters, malt bomb. Some booze. More boozy than St Bernardus Abt 12, but still with deceptively-hidden alcoholic content. The finish is quite long, and astringent/bitter. The hops come through pretty strong, as does a quite noticeable thin mineral-water aftertaste, which is the only thing I dislike about the taste of this beer. 4.25 to 4.5. It's lower in comparison to St Bernardus, which has a very similar flavour, yet has a better finish and no mineral-water aftertaste.
M: Effervescent while still being relatively thick. Finish is long, and leaves a coating of some sort, not a cleansing.
D: High. One could have many of these, to one's own detriment.
O: A veritable illustration of the maxim, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." This beer is truly greater than any one of its component ratings. 87-92/100.
I recommend searching for a video on Youtube called "Chimay Brewery Tour", which increased my appreciation for this beer, and shows the fusion of monastic life, passion for beer, and high-technology which goes in to Chimay.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2013 08:32:25 | More by Chrysostom
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