Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.43/5 rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours into the Chimay goblet a deep, dark wood-stain amber crowned with a large white Belgian head, which stays beautifully like a blanket of snow. Wonderfully complex and immense aroma of freshly cut oranges with a little banana and other subtle fruit, possibly strawberry, along with some spicy dried fruit and a hint of pepper. What a flavor! First, sweet caramel with a spicy outer shell rolls in. The next wave hits in the middle of the palate, pepper rides in on the edges of fresh fruit, tangy orange, sweet banana, and berries. Alcohol warms the mouth near the end, and is noticeable in the aftertaste and with retro-olfaction. Caramel malt is again present in the finish. Due to the malty backbone, the mouthfeel isn't totally dominated by carbonation as it can sometimes be in other Belgian-style beers. However, that big backbone also makes it slightly less drinkable. The keyword there is "slightly". I'd like to stress that this is a true masterpiece of a beer that does not need high drinkability for enjoyment, especially since you'd only want to drink one or two of these at a time due to the high alcohol content. Not that you won't be thirsty for more of this mouth-watering elixir. I'd love to have some Chimay cheese to pair with this. I picked this up today in a gift pack containing this and the other two widely known Chimay offerings as well as the signature chalice for only $10.99. Great deal, considering how much the singles cost, it's like getting the glass for free.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2002 02:24:40 | More by hyuga
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