Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a Chimay chalice. The color is a dark brown the color of an oak barrel with a swirling of cherry red throughout. The head was fizzy, off-white to khaki and seemed to retreat back into the beer without much left in its wake. The nose didn't quite have that usual strong Belgian yeast I expect in a Belgian strong. It was there, just muted. There are also hints of plums and dates with a lot of fizz. The taste again has a very muted Belgian yeast character. There is sweet dates and cherries, but it finishes farily dry, preventing it from becoming overly cloying. Mouthfeel is heavy on carbonation; alcohol is masked well. I have always passed by this beer because I felt it was probably priced higher than it was worth, and I am just not finding a taste for Belgians. It's a good Belgian Strong, but it's not great.
07-07-2012 22:53:27 | More by estlinska
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
750ml Bottle from the SAQ for 10$
Appearance - Hazy brownish red colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.
Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch/caramel, woodiness, musty
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste raisins/dates, malts, and some butterscotch/caramel. There is also a woodiness and a light smokiness. It ends with a dark fruit and malty/woody aftertaste with a light bitterness.
Overall - The cork came flying out as soon as I removed the cage - which I wasn't expecting. The amount of fizzy head lead me to believe there would be a lot of carbonation in the mouth, but it was fairly smooth. It has a nice complex taste and I can see why it is regarded so highly.
07-07-2012 00:17:16 | More by spinrsx
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Doing a bit of procrastinating with this review, as I am having this to celebrate what is hopefully the last college paper I will ever have to write. I finally shelled out the twelve dollars for the large bomber. Lets hope these ancient monks brew some terrific beer for the price. Poured into a Maudite tulip glass.
Appearance - Just a side note - uncaging the cork of a bottle is always my favorite thing. The cork came out with extreme ease. I let the pressure shoot it up into my ceiling, watching as an eerie haze creeps over the mouth of the bottle and into the room. I had to rush my pour a bit as carbonation hurried to the lips of the bottle. A nice two finger pour of explosive, unstable looking head. The carbonation is more than alive as it pops, sparkles, and wheezes. This Belgian Strong is an oaky, malty looking mahogany color. Dark blood red meets the bark of a tree. Appears a bit fruity in appearance.
Smell - Balanced Belgian yeast hits me the hardest. Darker fruit notes attempt to dodge around the sweet malty background, but are distinguishable. Dark cherry and bloody pomegranate are the most noticeable. A faint, spritzy near-candy smell is also apparent. Fruity malts with faint bready malts behind them. Still, the aroma is tame and by no-means overpowering.
Taste - Definitely a fruity background to the body of the beer. Taste of black forest cherry cake without as much sweetness. Grappling pomegranate, plum and pluots. The taste of saturn peaches carries out the sweetness with a bit of almond mixed in. A tad pinch of coriander, as well as a very light amount of chocolate and chocolate raisins.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability - A bit heavy in the chest, as the carbonation fights right up until its swallowed alive. Alcohol is extremely well-balanced, and this brew avoids overdoing the notes of black cherry and coriander. An elastic and brisk burn that is not overdone. The brew can get a bit sweet at times, but it quickly balances itself out.
07-03-2012 01:40:45 | More by Jesse13713
4.13/5 rDev -4%
Pours a deep molasses brown with a big white caramelized head that trembles down quickly and a thin lattice work of droopy lacing on the sides. This beer looks pretty in the glass, even with the chunks floating around in it. The smell is like a caramelized biscuit, sweet and malty with some good yeasty notes and light hints of fruits, molasses, brown sugars, candy sugars, and even a little citrusy tinge at the very end. It has a rich sweet taste like caramel and molasses. There is also a lingering flavor of dark fruit and, again, an ever so slight hint of citrus at the back of the taste along with a boozy back taste that can be quite strong. The taste is a little too sweet for my palate, reminiscent of sweet dark candies. It is oozing and thick in the mouth, however, which gives it a very nice feel. It is also a little cloying in the after effects on the mouth, leaving a thick wet trail of saliva on the tongue. Carbonation is nearly negligible in the taste. This is a nice dark Belgian with a lot of nice complex flavors in it. The sweet strikes a little too high in the initial gulp and lingers almost like a tingle in the edges of the mouth, but the mouthfeel is great, and the candied hints are virulently present in the taste. Overall it is a tasty dark Belgian ale, and a great example of the style. It’s rather heavy on the belly, and sweet for my tastes, but a decent beer overall.
06-30-2012 00:58:45 | More by Maxwell
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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