Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.83/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Dark brown in color with a finger-thick, off-white foamy head, which quickly settles into a nice creamy top. Aroma is fruity and spicy, with evident alcohol notes. Flavor is malty sweet with a creamy body -- quite luxurious. Malt takes on a slightly roasted flavor mid-palate, where it is complemented by a variety of spicy notes, a slight apple-like tartness, and the warming sensation of alcohol. Finish is just hopped enough for balance, and is slightly smoky in flavor. Aftertaste is a bit sour. Reading back on this review, those descriptors (smoky, sour, apple-like, roasty) don't seem to go well together, but it is the wonder of Chimay that it manages to pull it off with style. A classic Trappist ale and well worth buying a number of -- some for now, and some to cellar for later!
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2003 15:58:11 | More by mzwolinski
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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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