Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured 07/09 vintage from the 750ml into a Chimay chalice.
A: Wonderful dark color that appears brown, when held to a light it becomes apparent it is really a dark burgundy. When poured with 45 degree tilt it leaves a good nearly two finger head that remains all the way through the drink and leaves great Belgian lace.
S: Lots of fruit and floral notes, must be how the monastery's gardens smell in Spring. Better noses will pick out specific fruits, I detect cherry and possibly apple. The malt notes are very apparent, but there is bit of an alcohol nip that can overpower the other notes. Great smell, but not the best of the Trappist styles.
T: Excellent, smooth and malty. Fruit apparent is mainly a dark cherry note with malty presence to sweeten. This is balance by hoppy notes. The whole ensemble comes together to produce one of my favorite brews.
M: Good, the carbonation can be a little too much. The mouthfeel goes up the longer the beer is aged.
D: This is one of my favorite brews. I can drink it for lunch, dinner, after dinner and just because. The only issue I've found is that everyone agrees it is best to age it. Sorry, but I can't have a bottle of this and let it sit. I HAVE to drink it. If you've never had a Trappist Ale this is the best one to start with. Sure, there are others that are as good or better, but for the price, this is a great beer to get.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2010 23:24:51 | More by pilotgod
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