Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I have waited for a truly special occasion to drink this beer. In this case, that happened to be friends and home-cooked Italian food. After pulling the beer out to warm from being chilled in the fridge, I noticed the cork beginning to wedge its way out of the bottle. Incredible power. It was right then I knew this beer would be comparable to a good champagne. My tulip glass is happy to have true Belgian contents swirled and wafted.
The beer pours a dark brown mahogany, but the light reveals it is cherry in color. An outstanding head forms that's almost light brown/tan. Lacing down the glass and ample carbonation (needless to say after almost shooting a hole through the ceiling with the cork). It looks incredibly rich and inviting, not like any beer I've seen.
Quick wafting releases a fruity, almost wine-like essence followed by a more subtle yeast undertone. Not a heavy aroma at all, more sweetness seems to be hitting the olfactory. I am also reminded of raisins, cherries and roasted fig with the brim suctioned to my face until my nose starts giving me answers...
Unique. This must be some heavily guarded water because they are helping to produce a masterpiece. There are no doubts in my mind that I'm drinking a well balanced beer with deeply protected complexity. There is almost no hint of the 9%abv while drinking, everybody is keeping their mouth shut. It's a good beer and tastes like one, especially if you enjoy Belgians as much as I do.
Feels wonderful. Its caramel smoothness is followed by a refreshing rush of tiny bottle fermentation bubbles. Yes, I have been drinking this beer while reviewing it...but, that's the only way to do it. My first impression from taking a sip is a sweet malt without any bitter in the swallow.
Drink responsibly. This beer is highly drinkable and highly enjoyable chilled -> RT. You will grow with this beer and it's safe to base your first impressions of a good Belgian ale on this particular interpretation. Drink up and make sure you fully experience everything these wise Trappist monks have to offer.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2010 02:34:08 | More by ThePorterSorter
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United Kingdom (England)
4.61/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A true Trappiste ale, dark, malty, spicy, it needs the higher abv to carry the heavy but complex flavours.
Use a Chimay glass if possible and let it breathe for a few minutes. Perfect with a steak or a strong cheese and good company.
One of the great beers of the world.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 18:05:47 | More by joncarruthers
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 5,933 ratings.