Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.3/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Beautiful off-white khaki 2-finger head that refuses to dissipate. Nice carbonation streaming from the sides of the glass. Brew is a deep brown/burnt orange.
Earthy hops, grainy malts, raisins, currants and savory spice all play a big part in the nose. Very complex aromatics.
Chimay Blue kind of slaps you in the face with it's presence. It's huge; flavors ranging from dark fruits and sweet esters to the thick, rich and almost chocolaty malty backbone. The hops play a bigger role than I thought they would, offering a perfect, bitter yet fruity and EARTHY quality. The booze offers some nice spice in conjunction with the spicy yeasts. The mouthfeel is very full, like a burger in every sip. It's rich, satisfying, and complex. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I swear there is a very ancient quality to this beer.
Chimay, in fact Belgians are not exactly my style of brew but I really enjoyed Chimay Blue. The only reason I bought it was because I found a Chimay goblet for $3 and figured I might as well break it in with a bottle of Blue. I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these a night, but I wouldn't really want to. It's complex, sophisticated, and perfectly balanced. Worth a try even if you don't like Belgians.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2012 04:53:32 | More by dmatsui
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