Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by hayesez:
4.05/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Found the big bottle of Blue in my sister-in-law's fridge on a recent vacation. Turns out she picked it up just for our visit. The Blue Label has always been my favorite of the Chimays, but I've never ranked it. After splitting this one with myself tonight, figured it was about time to toss up a review.
Poured into a large wine glass...several times. Pours a hazy dark brown that glows a burnt orange near the glass when held up to the light. A nice tan one-inch soft frothy head forms quickly, but disappears nearly as fast before settling to a ring of fizzy foam. A fair amount of carbonation is seen in this medium bodied brew. As expected, no lacing left on the side.
Smells yeasty, in a good way. A deep smell exposes the fairly obvious 9.0% alcohol. Sweet, fruity. Smells like some sort of raisin cake soaked in a stiff rum. I like the smell, but wish the alcohol sting was just a bit less. Still, a very nice aroma.
The yeasty thickness is just as present on the palate as it is on the nose. Sweet and bold, this is a very nice beer. Not one of my favorites of the style, but certainly a quality brew. The dark fruitiness is definitely there, although I'm not sure I can discern it to be raisins, like the smell indicated. The alcohol is not quite as evident as one might think after taking a deep sniff, but it is still there as well. I've never had the Blue, or any of the Chimays for that matter, with a bit of age on them, but I suspect that this one would only improve.
Overall, I'm pleased with the Grande Reserve. It's not a beer that I purchase very often, but I won't pass it up when offered. Extremely easy to drink - even with a decent ABV; I put away the big bottle over a couple of hours without feeling even a bit guilty.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2010 03:04:44 | More by hayesez
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United Kingdom (England)
4.61/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A true Trappiste ale, dark, malty, spicy, it needs the higher abv to carry the heavy but complex flavours.
Use a Chimay glass if possible and let it breathe for a few minutes. Perfect with a steak or a strong cheese and good company.
One of the great beers of the world.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2014 18:05:47 | More by joncarruthers
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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