Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Review #100. Something special = Chimay Blue.
I've been wanting to polish off this bottle since trying (and loving) Duvel, but I wanted to make it a special occasion, and what could be more special than a century of reviews? Well many things, but let's not think long and hard about that whilst waiting for our Chimay to get up to temperature. Let's think about the last 99 brews; the triumphs, the surprises, the mediocre, the God awful *cough*VB*cough* and all the other tastes in the rich global tapestry that is beer culture, viva beer!
Poured from a 750ml corked bottle (got to have it corked people) into a large brandy glass.
A: This has got to be the brownest brown I've ever seen in a beer; my colour wheel states the body is a deep chocolate and the head is a firm 1.5cm fawn.
S: In a word; nice. You know you're in for a 9% ale here - the aromas are rich candied fruits, toffee, toasted biscuit and morello cherries. A very sweet and full fragrance, fantastic but not quite as good as Duvel which is more crisp and pear/apple based, however this is my personal preference.
T: Bold, very bold flavours here. They begin with a heavy biscuit base followed by the sour cherries the sweet candied fruits (think again cherries but also with added figs and plums), slight hop bitterness and a long dry finish. Super effort here. Duvel's evil twin if I had to pick it; Duvel is all crisp and light whereas this is dark and heavy. There is an alcohol note towards the end, but of course it is a 9% beer! [duh]
M: Very even bodied brew for the ABV - mid to heavy with medium carbonation and the dryness of Blue means that it doesn't cloy the palate like the other heavy beers out there.
D: The more Belgian Tripels I drink the more I'm beginning to believe that it isn't all about hops - it's yeast that makes an outstanding brew. Think about it: every Belgian brewer talks about the "mystical yeast" strain that they've isolated and keep in a large concrete vault 500 meters underneath their abbey which is guarded by cyborg gorillas that feed off the remains of beer aficionados and international spies that attempt to steal the formula. It's all about the yeast people! Anyhow I digress, how is Chimay Blue overall? It's a very close second place to Duvel in my opinion. However going off taste alone is difficult because everyone has their own taste and another mans Duvel may be another mans Victoria Bitter, ergo: beer is in the taste of the beer-taster.
Food match: Chimay Blue is so dry that it's a palate cleansing beer, i.e. game on when it comes to food. However I would recommend a meal befitting the quality (and cost) of this brew; caviar, lobster, truffles, foie gras, rare mushrooms that can only be purchased in Japan, baby panda's, etc.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2011 08:08:46 | More by doktorhops
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