Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.79/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
A - Pours an extremely dark brown with a two finger off-white head that doesn't retain as well as you would expect and leaves no lacing.
S - Some Belgian yeast and bubblegum, followed by hay and dark sugar.
T - Lots of yeast and bubblegum, Along with moderate amounts of hay up front, Followed by some dark burnt sugar.
M - Light creamy body with moderate carbonation.
O - Overall, It was a solid Belgian brew. Far better than Bernardus 12, But no where near Rochefort 10.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2013 21:44:00 | More by SometimesIfart
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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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