Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by Shovelbum:
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a thin tan head over a medium mahogany body. The head breaks to a ring that regroups around the edge of the glass. Aromas of berries mingle with light caramelfairly subdued per style. Crisp carbonation inaugurates the first sip. Behind it is a toasty biscuit character, a touch of caramel and some mild earthy and citric hop notes. Earthy Belgian yeast notes throughout, a tad spicy at times. Medium body. Fairly smooth once the carbonation dissipates
A bit abrasive at first due to the zealous carbonation, however as it calms down it reaches a fine state of balance and the full flavor complexity comes throughrather than just carbonation. I did not perceive much sweetness in here, with the biscuit taking the lead much to my approval. A great beera bit pricey, but knowing that the proceeds go to charity and other monkish activities helps lessen the blow, along with the great ale of course!
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2007 22:35:27 | More by Shovelbum
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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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