Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by bmwats:
4.43/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 750 ml. bottle into my Orval chalice.
A: Dark brown with dark bluish purple hues. Light carbonation pours into a 1 finger foamy, off white head. Quickly disintegrates leaving nothing behind. No lacing to speak of. Like a nice red, color really thins as the brew approaches the edges of the glass.
S: Roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and nuts, and maybe a bit of a light citrus tone.
T: A lightly sweet syrupy malt. Nutty. Roasted coffee beans. A bit of butterscotch.
M: Strangely light body although very hearty and robust. A real bite of carbonation. Pungent aftertaste.
D: Great drinkability. 'nuff said.
Solid atmosphere. Appearance is decent, nose is great. Complex, balanced flavor. Alot in there, but really smooth, velvety feel. This is a great quaff.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2009 04:43:26 | More by bmwats
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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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