Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.63/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
So here we go, tonight is a tip o the hat to willpower. We're pouring 3 Chimay Blues...a 2011, a 2009, and a 2006, in that order. The 750ml 2011 arrived from Belgium just this week. I've been waiting for this for a while, you might say...a vertical tasting of 5 years of Chimay history
The 2011 and 2009 poured a rich dark brown with ruby notes, a moderate off-white head and plenty of lacing. The 2006 poured darker, the ruby notes subdued to non-existent. They all look lovely, though not really exceptional.
Smell-wise, these were all really quite amazing. Plenty of dark fruitiness, particularly in the newer ones. The older 2006 (I wouldn't have expected this) was actually much brighter and even trending towards green apple. Very Belgian, with yeast and malt and lots of cooked fruit. I could have spent the evening just smelling these guys.
And they taste great. Not a tonne of difference between the 2011 and the 2009, though it actually seemed like the '09 tasted fresher and lighter. Dark malty cooked fruits, like dates without the cloying sweetness...some licorice, even some medium-dark chocolate in the middle and then again near the end, more pronounced in the 2006 than in the others. No...I don't *want* to cleanse my palate, thanks very much. I just want this taste to stay there and linger. Chocolate? Really? Like a fruity chocolate stout? Weird, but wonderful. Seriously...oddly fantastic.
...and I can't imagine a nicer mouthfeel. The 2006 was no less pleasing than the others, with just a perfect level of carbonation that kept the beer light despite its complexity. The older the bottle, the brighter it seemed, actually. The 2006 at points felt fresh as a hefeweizen, but without the banana or coriander. They all filled the mouth with a velvety and lush texture that was over way way too soon.
Overall, this was an exceptional and singular experience. This is a really really good beer. If you can bring yourself to do so, put one on the shelf and leave it there for a few years. It's worth the self-restraint. Yummy.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2011 04:05:00 | More by nokes
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