Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by scootny:
4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
A 33cl stubby bottle. Poured into, ( What else? ) a Chimay chalice. An eggshell white head of a finger or so that stays for a minute and dwindles to a thin coating over the cloudy dark mahogany brew. Spots of lace to tag the glass. Some carbonation is evident but it is gentle.
Smell is an intoxicating blend of raisins, molasses, alcohol, figs, and roasted malt. A hint of clove and white pepper. Apples and grape peek in and out. Banana in the back. You could sniff all day and discover new scents each time as it develops as it warms.
Taste is as good as it gets. All of the players from the nose with the addition of anise and a touch of licorice. Hops cut the fruits short and lead to a drying finish. Licorice makes a comeback on the palate and blends with dark whole grain breads and a soupcon of alcohol heat to warn you of the power of this exceptional brew.
Mouthfeel is silky and sweet to the tongue. A touch of cream in the carbonation. The dryness of the finish adds a quenching aspect that draws you back for more. Just superb.
Drinkability is better than a beer of this abv should be. Of course part of it is you just want to keep drinking it to pleasure the taste buds. Still it goes down way too easy.
A benchmark ale for this style and brewery. It just reeks of excellence.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2008 03:54:47 | More by scootny
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United Kingdom (England)
4.49/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer is full of rum, raisin, fig and other sweet dark fruit flavours. A bit of booziness balances well within the overall flavour. I detected some cola taste too. Chimay Blue definitely lives up to its excellent reputation. The appearance in murky brown. The smell is boozy and syrupy. There's depth and complexity here and a fresh experience every time I try it. It seems to work well at room temperature. I think this beer is a total classic.
My mark out of a hundred is 94.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 18:36:47 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,071 ratings.