Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by Kinsman:
3.88/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Vintage 2009. Poured from the bottle into my chalice, this beer shows off with a chestnut colored reddish/brown body and a massive pillowy light-tan colored head.
Aroma is most noticeably spicy, with strong hints of clove, and little room for anything else. There is an underlying fruity aroma reminiscent of apples and maybe even cherries, but the fruitness tends to come and go.
While the spice seems to dominate the aroma, it sits back a bit in the taste, allowing for a stronger presence of dark fruits like raisins and a sweet alcohol flavor like rum. With a bottle thats at least 10 months old, I'm surprised how noticeable the alcohol seems to be, but its certainly not too hot. Clove-like spice does balance out the sweeter flavors and there is even a slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a solid medium body, and quite bubbly. Actually, with the loud pop of the cork and huge head, carbonation seems to be a bit high, and it is noticeable with each sip.
Overall, this is, like many other have said, a top notch Belgian. It almost defines the BSDA style and it certainly deserves its reputation, but it just isn't the "wow" beer I expected. At it's price point, compared to other regularly available BSDA's, this is not the best value out there, but definitely one that everyone should try.
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2010 22:46:44 | More by Kinsman
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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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