Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
A: Pours a cloudy medium brown in color with yeast particles in suspension towards the bottom half of the glass. The beer has a finger tall pillowy beige head that reduces to a thin film over the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.
S: Overall, this beer has a rather sweet smell mostly dominated by dark fruit. There is a definite presence of plum along with a black cherry and grape. The aroma gets sweeter as the beer warms.
T: The taste follows the smell, with the beer having a good amount of sweetness. There is a dominant flavor of dark fruit - plum and black cherry - along with a light presence of spices. Very nice complexity.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth though slightly dry in the finish.
O: The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer, making it slightly dangerous if you have more than one... I think this beer is very enjoyable and a great sipping beer - with great complexity in the taste.
04-28-2012 19:49:43 | More by dbrauneis
4.93/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured into a chalice. Pours dark caramel brown with an abundant tan head that dissipates quickly. The carbonation appears to be abundant. The sediment helped cloud the beer to make it opaque. There are aromas of dark fruits, malt, brown sugar, and yeast. There are tastes of bready dark malt, dark fruits like prunes and raisins, yeast, and brown sugar. The alcohol is present in the flavor as is some hop bitterness. It's very well balanced. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is quite lively. It's very easy to drink for such a strong beer. Overall, this is another excellent beer from the abbey. This is a top notch example of the style. It's easily acquirable in most stores, so Chimay provides a great entry for people wanting to try Trappist beer.
04-28-2012 19:37:50 | More by acevenom
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
330ml bottle, 2011 vintage
A- Pours a murky, dark brown with some reddish hints if seen through light. Nice, compact 1 finger head that shows good retention throughout the whole tasting experience, though it surprisingly leaves quite little lacing
S- Much weaker than expected, even after head has slightly receded. Dried/dark fruits with slight sugary and yeast notes on the back
T- Similar to the smell but luckily much brigther. Caramel malt base, then quite on the sugary side with loads of bright dark and dried fruit notes in evidence (prunes, cherries...). Some spicy esters bring a bit more life and a pleasant, light, warming alcoholic feel. Finishes on the earthy side, bringing balance to it's sweet overall feel, with yeast and a slight touch of refreshing hops. Very complex but still all perfectly integrated
M- Medium to full body, nicely creamy on the tongue and even more so on the palate, where flavours can still be felt after some seconds. Just a hint of delicate carbonation to bring a bit of life
O- A classic than definitely lives up to it's hype. Complex, warming and still quite easy to drink
04-26-2012 07:07:45 | More by Cozzatoad
4.5/5 rDev +4.7%
This was the beer that really got my quest started. I have always been a big fan of Guinness Draught and Stout. And while standing inline one day at wal-mart a gentleman with a handlebar mustache asked me if I had ever tried Chimay before. He said if I liked dark beers the Guinness that I would really like the Chimay so I went on a quest to find some no one close carried it so I wound up in Evansville one night with my brother-in-law and we steped into a liquor store and they had a sampler pack of all 3 of the Chimays and a glass. I purchased the pack and the quest was started. I liked all 3 of the Chimays but the Grande Reserve Blue is my favorite.
04-23-2012 23:05:12 | More by Mrjwsjr
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it. It has a nice thick creamy beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit (picking up raisins), caramelly malts, spices and belgian yeast.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice fruity character (raisins and plums) with some bready notes, caramel/toffee sweetness, spices, and some yeast.
Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.
04-22-2012 18:12:17 | More by SebD
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,268 ratings.