Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by basica:
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Chimay Blue (1987 Vintage)
Just before I cracked this one, I cracked my 1991 Vintage Chimay Blue and immediately out
sprang a strong pungent smell. I was quite sure that it has gone bad but I took a light sip
and the moment it touched my tongue I spat it out and poured the rest of the glass away.
What a shame! I wanted to have a beer for the night so I took out my 1987 Vintage praying that
it would not be spoilt! A quick whiff after cracking it reveals that it was ok! However I do
not think it was very well kept; my guess. This 87 Chimay blue vintage poured out dark red
brown with almost no head; it quickly disappears leaving not a hint of lacing. It smells
fruity, bready and yeasty but not particularly strong. The taste starts of feeling like
slightly expired fruits; this reminds me of the 90s Westmalle that I cracked; the fruity
taste seems to be a little "old" and expired. The dark malts that I enojoyed from the
contemporary Chimay is not as significant as well and that was a little disappointing. The
difference now is that the fruity taste was upfront whereas in the contemporary Chimay, the
fruitiness is not upfront but instead springs up on the finish. The starting was also more
yeasty than I would like but that was ok. Quite a bit of floral fruity notes on the nose too.
This fruitiness was made up of plums, grapes, raisins, dates like the contemporary Chimay but
seems a little expired; the fruitiness. However in the after taste this fruitiness was rich,
slightly citrusy and rather lasting ending off with sightly sourish grape notes which was
pretty nice. Towards the end I see some sediments and decided not to finish that up. This
Chimay had a medium to full body mouth feel pretty close to the contemporary Chimay and
carbonation was pretty apt too; alcohol can be felt on the throat and nose but it was very
smooth just like the contemporary Chimay. This beer is mellowed down compared to the
contemporary Chimay without losing much of its character but the expired fruitiness kind of
disappointed me. I think it is not past its prime but the storing was just not really perfect;
I would want to try a properly aged Chimay Blue. For now I still prefer the contemporary Chimay.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2007 10:14:18 | More by basica
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 03:04:17 | More by DenverHopHead
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,099 ratings.