Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by CwrwAmByth:
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay Goblet, both purchased from beersofeurope.co.uk
Pours a lovely dark brown colour, looks quite well carbonated and isn't too thick.
Smells sweet, fruity and spicy. Very exotic for this English bitter drinker.
The taste is very complex, all the aforementioned smells blending in with a slight hoppiness, and the lightness of the texture makes it very drinkable. It's how I would imagine a fruitcake in beer form would taste!
Overall a very, very good beer. Beers like this really uphold the Trappist reputation for amazing complex brews. With any luck I should be getting my hands on some more soon.
05-25-2011 20:40:32 | More by CwrwAmByth
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4.43/5 rDev +3%
Oct 2003 i was lucky enough to sample a bottle of 1991 and a bottle of 1981 Chimay Blue from, where else, the Kulminator. My score represents the 1981 version.
The 1991 bottle poured just like a current bottle would minus the head of course. Alot of woody notes in the nose as well as the fruitiness of cherries and raisin with a pinch of spice. While there were many of Chimay's "beer" qualities in this bottle, you knew you were drinking something aged for 12 yrs. The beer as a whole was much more mellow and smooth...refined might be a good word. Still an excellent beer.
The 1981 version on the other hand was much different then a current bottle of Chimay. And what can expect after being cellared for 22 yrs? Much like the 1991 version there was plenty of grape, cherry and raisin in the nose, except this time there weren't "hints". This time everything was much more pronounced. The aromas and flavours jumped out at you. Grape & cherry sweetness. An oaky woddiness. A toned down spiciness. Exceptional smoothness. You could really tell the difference and make no mistake between the 1991 & the 1981.
The finsh lingered nicely but almost faded a little too quick. It left me always wanting more. While this beer taste less and less like a "beer" the more it was aged, it was still exciting to see how a beer can change in complexity and become a more refined drink. By refined i mean, smooth, complex & unique.
A fabulous drinking experience. Worth every penny.
11-06-2003 14:59:38 | More by Popsinc
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
I tasted this right after the Premier for comparison purposes.
Appearance Dark, rich brown color with a full, lacing head. The cloudy hue that comes out of this bottle makes your mouth water.
Smell Opened up to a nice, fruity malt aroma and a brief ABV warning.
Taste To my tastes, this is exactly what a Belgium Strong Dark Ale should be. The classic tobacco flavor compliments the huge malt and yeast. It all plays exceptionally well over the tongue. Of all the flavors to be found here, I enjoyed most the current, caramel, and dark toffee blend that seemed to kick in at the end, especially as the beer sat.
Mouthfeel The conservative carbonation was suitable for the style. However, the foamy up front feeling was not to my liking.
Drinkability This has to be one of the smoothest, easily-drinkable 9.0 ABV on the market. Again, the fizzy front end slowed things down a bit, but once I picked up the body is was quite drinkable.
Comments I hate to go overboard on a brand available in half of Americas grocery stores (at least here in Seattle it is), but this beer is terrific. If I had the money, I would sip this every time I tasted another Belgium. IMHO, this is the standard by which all others must be judged.
Update: The 2004 vintage is more of the same. I havent been able to get a consistant 5 head over time so Im dropping this rating to a 4.5.
08-05-2003 03:14:02 | More by RoyalT
3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
This is one rich looking beer,a masterpiece to look at.Pours a nice amber/brown with with a slight of white frothy head that of course left some beautiful lacing.The aroma was malty sweet of dried fruit.The taste to me was wine-like with a raisiny quality,there is some slight bitterness in the finish.A very complex beer but not easy to drink for me,but a classic for sure.
07-07-2003 09:04:29 | More by oberon
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
Serving date: 2009-01-10.
Served in snifter.
Presentation: 330 ml bottle. Freshness date on label (Best before end of 2013).
Appearance: The pour is dark-brown with red hues around the edges. There are lively bubbles and an off-white 2 cm head that stays around for a while but then settles into a nice layer of creamy foam. Some lacings.
Smell: Aromas of dark fruits, primarily cherries, are present. There is also a smell of wood, and a slight sting of alcohol hits the nose.
Taste: This is amazing and clearly triumphs the smell of the beer. Up front are tastes of ripe fruit - cherries and apples - and raisins. Perhaps, there are also some notes of spices here. The malts provide a sweetness to the brew. A slight bitterness accompanied by pleasant alcohol characterizes the finish. Towards the end the alcohol becomes more prominent.
Mouthfeel: The beer is medium-bodied. Carbonation is lively and the bubbles coupled with the creamy foam provides a nice mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Very good. This is a very complex beer, unlike anything I have ever tried. Since ABV is 9%, it should perhaps reduce drinkability a bit, but actually, the alcohol hides rather well and primarily adds to the complexity of this outstanding beer.
01-12-2009 14:40:11 | More by ricke
4.25/5 rDev -1.2%
served in a branded chalice.
LOOK (3.5/5) Pours a deep brown to lighter mahogany - maybe around 30*SRM. This one is quite opaque. Very cloudy indeed. Head is a bit disappointing; it rises to about a finger and a half (rocky, creamy, off-white). This falls quickly , with too little lacing, to a ring around the glass. Some nice carbonation on the inside of the glass.
SMELL (4/5) The smell is malty, as you'd expect, but with a lot of yeast esters and some more tart grape aromas. The malt has some mailard in it, but the dark fruit is gentler than most. This faces to a dark grape-juice flavor. The yeast is also fairly fruity - it also had some banana and bubblegum. Not very much hop or alcohol aroma.
TASTE (4.5/5) The flavor is similar to the nose. There's some more grape and pepper in there, though. The flavor has a lot of melanoidin in there as well (prunes, plums). But this faded to a tarter grape-juice, somewhat vinous, flavor. It rounded out with some spiciness (pepper) that wasn't really on the nose. The finish is a bit on the sweeter side. Some alcoholic warmth.
FEEL (4.5/5) This is medium-full bodied and some higher carbonation. This is what I call 'fluffy' - high carb goes well with the spice.
DRINK (4/5) Drinkability is medium - too heavy and flavorful for a session, but well balanced and complex. A great drink all-in-all.
07-17-2011 14:14:36 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
I believe this is an 08 that i'm pouring into the classic Chimay chalice.
It's mahogany with a thin, cream colored head that fades quickly but is glad to come back around with a gentle swirl.
Fantastic aroma of plums, raisins, pecan pie, yeasty bread dough, and red ripe fruit.
Taste is malty, yeasty genius. Rich and silky with the alcohol perfectly hidden. Brilliant notes of figgy dried fruits, bready and doughy caramel all caressing each other in a perfect way. Velvety body and drinkable isn't the word for it.
World class doesn't do it justice. If you decide to pair it with food, find something light and delicate, otherwise the food will overpower the gentle nature of the beer.
02-07-2010 03:07:28 | More by brownbeer
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
This beer is dark red-brown color with a large head the color of malted milk. It is nicely sculpted but falls quicker that the heads of its siblings. The aroma is faint and I have to sniff hard to gaet anything but what I do get is sweet berries and fresh flowers. Wow.
The hops start the show here spicy, herbal, and floral. They dance around before being overcome by alcohol drenched yeast tinged with just a slight clove that transitions into what I think is a real woody almost whiskey-like sweetness.
The mouthfeel is thicker, slicker, and all-around heavier than other Chimay beers, but still stays springy. This is a great sippin beer. It makes me want to slip into a silk robe and start talkin like the ladies man.
03-02-2006 19:09:12 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Deep and hazy auburn pour with a sturdy head that does not dissapear easily. Very sweet aromas of fruit, apple, sweet malt. Sweet taste with a cider tartness. The medium bodied brew is smooth and in no way aesthetically unpleasant. This is a fantastic beer whose alcohol warms in the winter and whose malt fruitiness refreshes in the spring and summer. Further the cider notes make it a great room temperature brew in the late fall. I have tried this beer across many different meals and all of the seasons and have yet to be dissappointed.
05-07-2011 04:00:10 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
Finally got around to trying this highly talked about Belgian strong Ale.
A- Pours a very solid barley see-though brown hue with beautiful one inch head that hangs around for a minute or so leaving some lacing.
S- Smell is of strong fruits including raisins, plums and brown sugar. Noted toasted malts as well.
T- Let me think how to put this.... Very prominent dark fruit flavors are very crisp. Firey burnt malts and barley hit you midway through. The warmth of the alcohol hits you in the end. Excellent.
M- Almost dangerously smooth with how much alcohol this Belgian is packing. Fresh and invigorating on the mouth, light carbonation is the key to making the drink easy.
D- Very easy to drink and i will buy many next time im in the store. I cant wait to try the other two.
(05-13-09)NOTE(All red, white, and blue are great.)
04-15-2009 22:56:50 | More by wesbrownyeah
4/5 rDev -7%
11.2 oz bottle poured in a Chimay chalice
It pour a deep auburn with some yeast murkiness. A vigorous pour gives me a very generous head filling the chalice and then settling down to a nice layer of bubbles.
The nose instantly fills me with some tart cherries, much more tart than I remember from the last time I had this beer. It's a much welcome smell as it's one of my favorites in Belgian beers. Behind that some sweet malts and some yeast spice.
That tart cherry flavor doesn't transfer over to the taste very much, it is replaced with mostly some sweetness and dark fruits. On the backend I can taste some alcohol and with the sweetness and Belgian spice I'm drawing comparisons to a mildly spiced rum.
Mouthfeel is medium with a semi-dry finish and high carbonation. As the beer warmed the alcohol made itself more noticeable which dinged the drinkability a bit.
01-09-2011 23:57:12 | More by weatherdog
4.46/5 rDev +3.7%
Appearance: Pours a dark amber color. Carbonation is almost non-existant. It's fairly clear despite the dark amber color. This beer looks alive and inviting. A thick, two finger head forms and then actually SWELLS up to the top of the glass before bubbling down after a few minutes. Leaves some truly stupendous lacing as it goes down
Smell: Starts off with some rich brown sugar, a lot of yeast with some medium malts with a whispy booze. A bit sweet with an earthy background note. Not a whole lot going on here really.
Taste- Very straight forward and clean flavors. Rich and a bit sweet with a good yeasty flavors. Like the nose it's malty with hidden booze that creeps up on you and dark fruits.
Mouth- A light medium body that is also rich and malty but a tad too bubbly.
Overall: I'd buy and drink it again. It's an extremely smooth, drinkable beer. Difficult to justify the price on it though to me.
01-14-2013 01:00:18 | More by Clonies720
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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