Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by adam42381:
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown. Has a 2 finger foamy tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. A little bit of sediment floating on top and throughout the beer. Minimal lacing.
Smell: Nice malty sweetness with strong notes of dried fruits.
Taste: Excellent blend of malt and dried fruits. Light hints of alcohol at the finish. Nice dried fruit aftertaste. Absolutely delicious.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation up front. Fairly dry finish.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is one to be enjoyed slowly. The high ABV is masked by the delicious flavor so this one could sneak up on you.
Overall: One of the best beers I've ever had. If you see it, buy it. I can't recommend this enough.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2010 03:02:05 | More by adam42381
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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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