Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by Roguer:
4.74/5 rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Incredibly dark, with a reddish-brown glow if held up to the light. Thick, 1 1/2 finger dark creamy head even with an incredibly patient pour. Decent retention, fading slowly to a thin remnant. Incredible lacing.
Smell wafts across the room, carrying hints of dark fruit. Up close, I get a big whiff of candi sugar, plums and dates, maybe raisins or grapes. There's a slight nuttiness, but more subdued than their Dubbel.
Slightly tangy; dark fruits and nuts; huge sugar element. Complex, but it tastes so sweet and lovely that you don't have to analyze it at all; just sip and enjoy.
The only hint of the ABV is a slight warming effect after several sips. Full bodied, and thickly coats the mouth with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Frighteningly drinkable, although this is still very much a sipper.
"This is how wine should taste." -my wife. If there's a BSDA or Quad out there that fits my palate better, it's Rochefort 10. That said, this is a phenomenal and lovely beer, and readily available even in grocery stores and hotels.
Serving type: bottle
08-03-2013 20:24:28 | More by Roguer
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4.14/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a deep chestnut color with garnet highlights. A foamy beige head wells up in the glass as soon as you start to pour. Some spotty tracks of lace down the glass.
S: Spiced apples, hearty bread, chalky Belgian yeast notes, spice cake, clove and some dates.
T: Rich dark malt and dark fruit notes mingle with baking spice, Belgian yeast, cloves, some dark bread, and just a touch of booze on a drying finish. Mouthfeel is a touch light, but still smooth and complements the flavors well. To me, this doesn't come close to being as complex as a Westy 12 or Rochefort. Still, it's a great beer that deserves its accolades.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 02:11:24 | More by notchucknorris
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,332 ratings.