Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by DrewV:
3.58/5 rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: Dark reddish-brown in color with an off-white 2-finger head.
S: Some darkish fruits, but nothing too pungent. A belgian beer, to be sure, with some booziness in the back. I expected more, quite frankly.
T: A decent mix of light and dark fruits, some fig and light molasses. More bitter than I prefer in my belgians.
M: Thin, well-carbonated, and extremely dry. And there is a lingering bitterness in the finish.
O: Definitely not my favorite BSDA. Too bitter, too dry, and too thin. This brew pales in comparison to Trois Pistoles, for example. At this price, probably not something I'd try again.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2011 00:41:11 | More by DrewV
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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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