Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by bnes09:
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Dark amber, copper color. Hazy and translucent without floating yeast. Head is big on the pour than recedes to a creamy blanket. Excellent retention and spots of lace.
Sweet aroma of ripe plums and crushed grapes. Hints of yeast.
Dark fruit flavors, matching the aroma, are most prominent from beginning to end. Caramel malts and corn meal are detectable in the middle. Mild hop flavor, just enough to provide an herbal, slightly medicinal bitterness and a dry character.
Medium bodied and a tad over-carbonated. Mildly grainy texture.
Good brew. Complex and tasty.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2012 05:34:37 | More by bnes09
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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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