Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 5,379 | Reviews: 2,114 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured from a small bottle into a proper Chimay chalice. The bottle was a slight gusher, but I managed to capture all of it without spilling any. The beer was a dark burnt orange color with an absolutely dreamy sandy-white head. It was big and frothy and never EVER left the top of the beer. From the top down, this beer looked like a milkshake. The nose was yeasty and bready and had hints of berries.
Taste is malty and fruity. There are slightly sweet bready, malty notes and some fruit flavors. I get primarily berries, plums, raisins, and a slight touch of ginger. The carbonation is quite high and really excites your tastebuds and complements the creamy feel of the beer nicely. It's a joy to drink.
I decided a while ago that I would buy two bottles of this every year and store them in the basement. To date, I have bought far more than I have actually drank. I can't wait to try it with 5 or 6 years on it. I hear it's a real stunner.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2012 09:44:57 | More by deadonhisfeet
More User Reviews:
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.
96 out of 100 based on 5,379 ratings.