Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.78/5 rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle that must've been shaken up a bit. Damn near impossible to open with all the foam trying to shoot out of the top (I know... it's Belgian, but come on)! Opaque muddy mahogany color, with an off-white head that turned into a pretty decent ring. Very attractive lacing.
Smells like dried fruit and alcohol.
Tastes like... well, dried fruit and alcohol. And yeast (no shit, Sherlock). A little bit phenolic. I can see how other people compared it to Unibroue beers, there's something similar to Maudite going on in it... but I think I might like Maudite better. There's a SLIGHT growing caramelly sweetness as it warms, which is pleasant.
Mouthfeel... tingly, bubbly, super-carbonation. Kinda dry.
I don't think I'd want more than one of these (not that I'd turn down a free one). I pretty much just tried it because I was like "You know, it's weird that I've never tried Chimay." Now I have, and well... whatever. It's indeed very good, but not worth its hype, and CERTAINLY not worth its price. If you haven't tried it, try it just so you can say you have.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2007 20:18:52 | More by NolateM
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