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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,092 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,092
Reviews: 2,138
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 250
Gots: 624 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001)
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Stavage

Australia

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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Poured from a caged and corked 25.4 oz bottle into a tulip.
Appearance - a very overcast, deep red, almost brown with huge, foamy beige head that recedes rapidly to a thin layer. Lacing is minimal.
Smell - stone and dark fruit, yeast and a hint of alcohol.
Taste - a tempered sweetness resembling the stone and dark fruit in the nose. Slight spice and tang that elevate the flavor! Easy drinker at 9% that keeps calling for another sip!
Feel - very carbonated, medium body with the alcohol making subtle appearances with each sip. A spicy and tangy bitterness, but a creaminess that adds an interesting layer to this dynamic brew!
Overall - obviously outstanding, but with so many great beers available, I'm not likely to chose this considering the price.

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,092 ratings.