Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by Patrick999:
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From a caged and corked 750 - my first Chimay Blue. In the process of polishing off the whole thing.
A - Poured a cloudy dark amber. Massive head that settled down quickly, no lacing.
S - Raisins and alcohol...but mostly alcohol. That said, not an unpleasant alcohol aroma at all....nice and spicy. As it warms, I get more of the raisin overtones.
T - I know now why this beer is consistently rated highly. I don't have a ton of experience with Belgian Strong Darks, but I can't imagine one being that much better than this. The aforementioned raisins, along with all fruits brown and purple - plums, figs, dates, grapes - seem to make an imprint on the taste buds. Suggested to serve chilled...but I find that as it warms, it's a lot more flavorful.
M - Well carbonated...there's a lot of alcohol in here but it's not overly harsh. I can tell I'm drinking a strong beer, but it's not bothering me in the slightest.
D - Patently drinkable. A pleasure to drink....too easy to devour that 750. I find myself telling myself to slow down!
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2007 22:48:55 | More by Patrick999
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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 5,925 ratings.