Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by tewaris:
3.75/5 rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
11.2 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a Gouden Carolus chalice.
Slightly hazy, burnt reddish brown with a tan to light brown head that's not rocky like a typical Belgian ale, but is dense and creamy nonetheless. The head retention is decent but lacing is disappointing.
Warm and sweet aroma with hints of brown sugar, and caramel. Of course, the usual suspects are present but still the aroma is largely nondescript.
Nothing overpowering, contrary to what I expected. Nice malt character but overall weak; fruit, spice, and bitterness for the most part. The bitterness could certainly be from hops but has the slightly burnt sugar character of caramel to it.
Medium body; medium carbonation, that is prickly at times. Sweet to medium finish with a long aftertaste of fruit, malt, and spice.
Classic Belgian deceptiveness to it. Some alcohol warmth but alcohol can't be smelled or tasted. Very well done, in the manner only Belgians can!
Certainly good, but many other beers are deserving of being in top-100 in my opinion!
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2010 07:19:24 | More by tewaris
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4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a caged and corked 25.4 oz bottle into a tulip.
Appearance - a very overcast, deep red, almost brown with huge, foamy beige head that recedes rapidly to a thin layer. Lacing is minimal.
Smell - stone and dark fruit, yeast and a hint of alcohol.
Taste - a tempered sweetness resembling the stone and dark fruit in the nose. Slight spice and tang that elevate the flavor! Easy drinker at 9% that keeps calling for another sip!
Feel - very carbonated, medium body with the alcohol making subtle appearances with each sip. A spicy and tangy bitterness, but a creaminess that adds an interesting layer to this dynamic brew!
Overall - obviously outstanding, but with so many great beers available, I'm not likely to chose this considering the price.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 03:04:17 | More by DenverHopHead
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,091 ratings.