Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Poured into a wide, trappist style glass.
A- Pours a dark amber with a clean white head that reduces down to thin lace. Carbonation steadily diffuses up from center of glass. Mine has little black flecks in it visible when holding it to light, I'm not sure if they are supposed to be there, there look like finely ground black pepper
S- Dark dried fruit, like raisin, plum or dates. Sweet, honey or treacle smell.
T- again, dark dried fruit like raisin, plum or date, but also with a sharp tart finish, like green apple. It has an almost Dr. Pepper flavor with a crisp, tart finish.
M- This is actually my favorite part of the beer, there is a lot of carbonation diffused in the body of the beer that pleasantly fizzes up in the mouth, almost soda like. From the smell I was expecting a syrupy, cloying mouthfeel but the carbonation makes it finish light and crisp despite the sweetness.
I generally dont like to drink trappist beers, but this was a nice experience, gained a new appreciation for the style and maybe I will have to drink more.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2013 02:09:15 | More by TWHartman
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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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