Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.43/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured into a Leffe goblet. Very dark in colour, can tell from looking at the sides of the glass that it is a very dark and murky deep red/brown. Lacing is thick and creamy and tan in colour. Leaves a very good lacing.
Smell is a little faint but highly appetising. Caramel, molasses, stone fruits and wild berries. A definite sweet spiciness but also a more savoury malt smell for balance. Overall the 'malt' characteristics are more noticeable to me than the fruity ester characteristics.
Tastes much like it smells, a very smooth malt flavour acts as a nice solid base with the fruits and spices coming off of it. A lot less sweet than I was expecting. In fact less full of flavour than I was expecting, I found my palette feeling a little empty at times. Only a little empty though and the flavours present complimented each other very well.
Mouthfeel was smooth, full and creamy. Didn't find this fizzy at all for the style, I found the carbonation perfect. The mouthfeel was probably the highlight for me.
I mentioned I found the tastes a little faint. I also found my palette was in very good shape after a bottle, rather than being a little tired, and I could see myself being able to sip this all night without my enjoyment dropping. At least until the alcohol thats hiding in their leaps out and knocks me out. Not a personal favourite, but it's still right up there for me.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2009 05:22:00 | More by Stavage
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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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