Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.13/5 rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Pours a deep molasses brown with a big white caramelized head that trembles down quickly and a thin lattice work of droopy lacing on the sides. This beer looks pretty in the glass, even with the chunks floating around in it. The smell is like a caramelized biscuit, sweet and malty with some good yeasty notes and light hints of fruits, molasses, brown sugars, candy sugars, and even a little citrusy tinge at the very end. It has a rich sweet taste like caramel and molasses. There is also a lingering flavor of dark fruit and, again, an ever so slight hint of citrus at the back of the taste along with a boozy back taste that can be quite strong. The taste is a little too sweet for my palate, reminiscent of sweet dark candies. It is oozing and thick in the mouth, however, which gives it a very nice feel. It is also a little cloying in the after effects on the mouth, leaving a thick wet trail of saliva on the tongue. Carbonation is nearly negligible in the taste. This is a nice dark Belgian with a lot of nice complex flavors in it. The sweet strikes a little too high in the initial gulp and lingers almost like a tingle in the edges of the mouth, but the mouthfeel is great, and the candied hints are virulently present in the taste. Overall it is a tasty dark Belgian ale, and a great example of the style. It’s rather heavy on the belly, and sweet for my tastes, but a decent beer overall.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2012 00:58:45 | More by Maxwell
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4.98/5 rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Words do not do this beer justice, as this is quite easily the tastiest beer ever created. The label looks somewhat nondescript, much like other Trappist beers, but it hides the one of the most complex tastes of any beer I've ever had the pleasure to drink. It's, sweet, fruity, and also slightly peppery, with the faintest hint of bitterness; it's heavily spiced and smells strongly of cloves. I had one of the larger 750 ml bottles, and with its 9% ABV, it certainly hit the spot. This pairs superbly with a juicy, medium-rare steak.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 01:23:47 | More by TheBeerLord
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,927 ratings.