Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ah, Chimay. The old standby, and one of my first truly inspiring craft beer experiences.
Forms a slightly larger bubbled head than im used to with this style, but stays around for a good amount of time. Laces well. A deep brown colour with some golden hues.
Good one. Plenty of ripe fruits - pear, fig and even perhaps some orange. A lot lighter on the nose than I remember. Some of that typical belgian phenolic profile presents itself as well. All supported by a rich malty presence. Unmistakeably belgian.
Overcarbed. Perhaps not Chimay's fault, it's gone a long way. Alright, swirled it a lot and now lets get down to business. Big malty presence, more so than on the nose. Seems to lean more on brown/special malts than super dark malts for the flavours and colour here. Toffee, and christmas pudding is what i'm getting. Those fruity notes are there, but maybe some banana bread also coming in. A very, very good beer. Spicy phenolics and hop bitterness blend perfectly to balance this big belgian ale.
The overcarbonation hasn't helped the mouthfeel. It's full, but also just a touch hollow.
A good beer, for sure. I've had his tasting a touch better, but this is just fine as an example of this classic belgian strong ale. Underrated amongst beer geeks, for sure. I prefer Rochefort though....
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2011 11:52:25 | More by jbowers56
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