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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

6,062 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,062
Reviews: 2,137
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 247
Gots: 612 | FT: 11
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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sirpsycho

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated 2006, 750 ml. bottle. Dark, reddish/brown pour. Sweet, slight chocolate, carmel and very, very faint coffee-ish flavor, maybe a touch of raisins. Soft and warm mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden well. All in all an excellent Belgian Strong, it lives up to it's reputation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 19:31:10 | More by sirpsycho
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northernbrews

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a mini quad tasting with HellsBells24 in April 07. Had this one after the Rochefort 10.

Picked up this 11.2oz bottle at Discount Drinks in Wyandotte.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown color with a 1 finger tan head. The head fades quickly on this one. Slightly red around the edges. There is a little bit of lacing on my snifter. This looks very similar to the others, just not quite as nice.

Aroma: Starts with some dark fruits and a slight alcohol burn. This is followed roasted malts and more dark fruits, possibly cherry. The aroma is more pronounced as it warms, just like the others. Not as pronounced as the others.

Taste: Starts sweet with some nice malt notes. There are hints of cherry and dark fruits. In the finish, there iswarming alcohol and some spicy hops. There is a nice malt background that balances all these flavors.

Mouthfeel: This starts creamy followed by the sweet dark fruits. These flavors hang for a short while.

Drinkability: This is very smooth too. This doesn't seem like 9%, but after a few, you know it is. I could put back about 4 or so of these, but it's best when comsumed slowly and enjoyed.

Overall. This finished last behind the Rochefort 10, Westy 12, and Abt 12. Another truely a world-class beer (as were the others) that's probably the most available of teh four we had. The flavors and aroma are not as pronounced as the others, but it's still damn good. Pick one or more up and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 22:35:33 | More by northernbrews
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0tt0

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, decanted into a Chimay chalice.

Pours a chocolately brown with amber/ruby highlights at the edge of the glass. 1/4 inch of off-white head, loose but sticky. Malt dominates the nose, with the most notables scents being toffee, raisin, and freshly baked bread. A slight, slight citrus note as well. Much like the nose, the taste is of a slightly burnt sugar, raisins reconstituted in dark rum, and something akin to passion fruit. Finish is slightly dry, with some tongue-tingling carbonation in the middle and a medium decay. Mouthfeel is chewy and creamy, almost velvet-like. I am enjoying this one on the porch on one of the first cool nights of fall, and its ideal in these circumstances. Alcohol is extremely well cloaked. Not as complex as others in the style, but its no slouch at all and highly enjoyable given its drinkability. As an added incentive, its readily available at most decent bars and liquor stores, so there is always a terrific belgian close at hand. A consistently great beer.

Side note: I once paired this with some pulled pork and tomato barbecue sauce featuring molasses and it was outstanding. One of the better pairings I've encountered. The spiciness and sweet malt blend perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 22:20:12 | More by 0tt0
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The night of the Chimay in my front room. All three beers to be drank in one session. Red, White and Blue, the colours of the 'Union Jack' .

This blue labelled 33cl bottle with its best before date of 2012 was taken with a whole round of Chimay cheese, also with the blue label. Both bought in Belgium on a resent visit.

Poured into my 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice glass, it looked fine, I ensured the whole bottle including the sediment got into the glass.

Dark and a little cloudy, because of my pouring, the off white head didn't hang around, pity.

Although some BA's can smell the scent of a randy fox from half a mile, I struggle to smell my own farts sometimes, so it is not suprising that all I can smell is burnt malts and plums in this fine beer.

The taste however is easier to detect, a good blend of malt and plum fruits are there for all to find, this is a flavoursome beer and the 9% alcohol doesn't kill the intermix of quality products this beer is obviuosly made from, allowing them to infuse without ruining them.

A very good beer indeed, the cheese from the Monks also helped to intensify the flavours, try them together if you ever get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 21:28:14 | More by BlackHaddock
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Small head, deep hazy amber/brown/burgundy, little lacing.

S: Slight alcohol, malty, some nice tart cherry with some plum, caramel. A crisp smell.

T: Some alcohol again but not warming. More of a sweet finish that slowly drys. Well balanced and sweet with little hop character.

M/D: Full creamy body with light carbonation, pretty drinkable for 9%.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 01:03:20 | More by NCSUdo
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Overlord

California

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite of the Chimay .. though they aren't my favorite line of beers. Wish it was cheaper, as it's a decent effort.

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues, nice thick head that lasts for over an hour. Maybe too much carbonation. Complex sweet malt strains and a decent backbone of figs, raisins, and some lighter fruits (pears? apples? several?). Smells mostly of yeast, bread, and dark fruit. Too much alcohol, not robust enough nor thick enough to justify the high price point.

Nice finish and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 06:51:30 | More by Overlord
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McStagger

California

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, murky, 40 year old tawny port brown with three fingers of off white/reddish brown head. Head dissipation is medium with good retention. Carbonation only visible in head.

S: Raisined dark fruit along with malt and some spice notes. Alcohol, mild phenols and black pepper also noted.

T: The same dried darkened fruits leap from the glass, along with molasses and fig. Caramelized brown sugar is mixed with the sweetness of ethanol in the mid and is carried into the finish, which is dominated by port and sherry overtones of raisins, toffee and roasted sugars.

M: Perfection. My words simply can't do justice to the body of this beer.

D: One of those rare beers you could pound or sip with equal enjoyment. Sipping is preferable...but sometimes you can't help yourself.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 10:10:50 | More by McStagger
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LittleCreature

Australia

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two fingers of aggressively bubbly, beige head, which rapidly reduced to a thin layer. The body is a very solid, dark brown with a little sediment moving around.

Smell - 4.5
Very smooth, alcoholic but not powerfully so. I can smell stewed dark fruits and a little burnt caramel, cloves, vanilla, some malt sweetness, and a tartness that I cannot put my finger on. This had very little aroma at first, but once it had warmed, smelt very good.

Taste - 4.0
A strong flavour, where alcohol plays the biggest part. Other flavours include currants, prunes, caramel and the bitterness of hops. The finish is slightly bitter and rather dry, and the aftertaste is smooth and full of flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Near perfect. The carbonation quite high at first, but reduces as the beer warms, although it always has tiny, champagne like bubbles that dance on the tounge. Weight in the mouth is moderate.

Overall - 4.0
Very good, I would love to have a second. Now I see why they make it in wine bottle sizes! You need to let it warm to truly shine, though.
I can't wait until I have a dinner party and crack open a big bottle of this instead of a red wine! Like many high alcohol beers, my opinion of this got better the warmer it got. Definitely better than the red (which is also very good), overall an excellent Belgian beer. Widely available and reasonably affordable for a trappiste beer, so I reckon the value is good!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 08:13:38 | More by LittleCreature
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joeskirkie

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the cork and went for the tulip.

It's a dark brown, completely opaque. Very nice fizzy head. Lovely.

There's mostly that spicy, clove-like Trappist/Belgian yeast scent first, I suspect from the head. Once you drink it and the head dissipates a little, it takes on a more raisiny scent.

When tasting; once again raisins are there, but with some chocolate and cinnamon. Theres a very pleasing burnt, oaky alcohol sensation on the finish with a lingering sugary sweetness and some mild spices. It's simply wonderful.

It's medium to full bodied, with mild carbonation and some detectable alcohol. I think I'm not alone when saying I tried this Chimay last among the red, white, and blue. I'm not sure why that's true, but I think I like this one the best.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 00:05:58 | More by joeskirkie
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky reddish amber with a nice tan head of foam. Visible carbonation makes it all the more appealing.

S: Fruits are at the forefront, raisins, prunes, some spices are present. Very inviting. Makes you want to drink it.

T: The smell becomes the taste. Fruits dominate the flavor, but not in a bad way. The maltiness of this brew is quite present with some sweetness. Sugars, spices, and a touch of hops balance this one out nicely. Alcohol contributes nicely without being overpowering.

M: Smooth and velvety, with a nice dry and crisp finish.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Quite tasty, and definitely worth drinking from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 02:58:27 | More by YonderWanderer
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perfectkaos

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 750 into a goblet.

a cloudy brown beer with a foamy head that recedes into a quarter inch ring around the top of the glass.

a balanced aroma, mostly fruits some alcohol.

definitely a pruney/rasinish feel to the taste, with some alcohol notes and some hops on the back end. a little sourness too.

Im still a bigger fan of the red than the blue, but this is still a beer i will enjoy everytime i drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 03:52:03 | More by perfectkaos
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Chimay chalice. Beautiful brown color with a small tan head. Good lacing in the glass.
Smell: sugars, prunes, some coriander.
Taste: caramel, fruit, balanced with a bit of hops and a bit of spice. Incredibly smooth and tasty.
Mouthfeel: soft but carbonated.
Drinkability: Easy to drink. I could have several of these.
A beer which continues to impress. I haven't had one of these in a long time, but the more I have, the more I like.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 02:52:17 | More by kwakwhore
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Matty1918

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer many times and will continue to sample it.I usually like to chill it for a hour or two before popping the cork. I like the Chimay Red better though. You need to pour this into a Trappist chalice and enjoy the sweet aroma. Take that first taste and enjoy the many flavors. This is a quality beer and worth enjoying any time.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 18:24:17 | More by Matty1918
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured perfectly from old hand behind the stick at new B-Bar in NYC. I had the other two Chimay's in the past but found out why the Blue was not as available because a "winter" beer as I drank in August...

The head remained strong throughout the quafing which I account to the establishments fine pipes.

The taste was divince in all of it's accents of oakish or burnt taste.

Very smooth in character and hefty enough in the abv content to keep you smiling till the next.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 17:37:38 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330CL bottle purchased in Beaufort NC. Poured into a snifter at around 50F. Medium head, looked pretty nice in the glass then went away to a thin coating as the glass progressed. The first one I poured the whole thing and wasn't impressed with the taste. Found out by reading the website to leave 1 cm in the bottle for the yeast sediment. Oops. The second one I tried had a great taste, medium mouthfeel and good drinkability for such a strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 03:35:22 | More by rdub
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IntriqKen

California

3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For some reason, I am not a Chimay fan...
That's just a personal palette thing, I'm sure.
Pours a moderately dark amber with a smallish head that melts very quickly to a mere white ring.

Aromas of burnt dark fruits and dark sugary malts with a bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste is smooth burnt dark fruits like raisins and prunes but less sugar than in the nose and almost immediately the tongue encounters a pleasant hops bitterness balanced well with the malt. Alcohol follows and alcohol warmth follows that as you swallow.

Aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter but mostly alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 02:43:34 | More by IntriqKen
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tonistruth

Nevada

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- lighter brown, syrup looking, 2 finger tan head, decent retent, cloudy

S- earthy, fruity, malty, spicy, faint alcohol

T- dried and dark fruits, syrupy sweet, alcohol perceived at finish, tart, woody, sugary, alcohol heat hits hard as brew warms

M- lively carbonation, medium body, light on palate, heat intense with warmth, sticky

D- fine sipping brew, well crafted, just not my thing

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 18:24:54 | More by tonistruth
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Maracuja

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby with a great head that melds into "rolling hills" as the head ever so gradually dissipates. There's a pungent yeast aroma. Slight amount of fruity esters on the nose too. Fair amount of carbonation. Goes down the hatch fairly smooth for a 9% a/v. Either this beer is fairly bland or I just have a hard time identifying taste qualities in Belgian beers. I get a little sour tartness and a deeply hidden candied apple taste. I don't get much more. It is a very drinkable high alcohol beer without a lot of appealing flavors in my opinion. Blasphemy I know being such a highly regarded Trappist brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 21:08:49 | More by Maracuja
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domtronzero

California

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copperish red amber with a creamy white two-finger head. Lacing left all over. Aroma is very inviting, with hints of fuity esters and a nice grassy hoppines exudes from the glass. Taste is right on the mark, with a great balance of subtle banana and spice notes and a great hoppy bitterness, as well as piney grassy flavor. Mouthfeel is slick and refreshing, with a definite alcohol presence. Overall, this has become one of my favorite beers, and is easier to drink than Chimay red label. I recommend this beer to anyone wanting a good benchmark beer to start off their ardventures in Belgian brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 22:20:34 | More by domtronzero
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diego

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a uniform brown color that matches the glass of the bottle. The color doesn’t seem to thin at the edge of the glass like I usually expect.
The thin bit of head has a sandy color. It stuck around for a while.
The yeast can be smelled, tasted and felt. It’s the signature of the beer.
The rest of the taste is rich, roasted malt.
There is a little bit of a burnt flavor in the after taste.
This is good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 21:35:06 | More by diego
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Vintage Beer and Wine for another great pick.

Served in a Chimay goblet on a steamy night while doing fantasy football research, only one though, never drink and draft...At least not too much!

A--Flawless. Generous three finger head with a french vanilla hue to it, lacing galore. Deep brown tones, just a beautiful beer. If somebody said get a me a picture of beer for a Dictionary, this would be it.

S--I have a freaking stuffy nose but a great aroma of fruits, fig, and spice.

T--Impeccable flavor, just right. smooth with very subtle alcohol aftertaste. Absolutely one of the best beers you could ever expect to have. I cant say enough for how smooth this is...

MF--Easy drinking beer. Velvet.

D--In a perfect world I would probably have one these every couple days, maybe two or three actually. This is the real deal

Oh...Belgian beers have ruined me or more aptly, they have spoiled me. This in my opinion, is a top ten beer in the world. A true trappist beer, very few compare. Only the legendary St. Bernardus Abt 12, Prior 8, and Rochefort 10 would be rated better in my eyes, and not by much. Try this if you can, it is fairly common and can be found easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 02:16:30 | More by garbercury
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

how do you say "i love you" in belgian?

"Chimay"

poured from the big bottle with the blue label. i uncrowned it and let the cork work its way out until it popped and hit me in the palm of my hand. it didn't even hurt, it felt like puppies, or a gentle summer rain.

A- loud lively buzzing foam formed 2in of off-white active head with masses of bubbles popping and colliding with one another above a psychedelic dark hazy purple-ish brew that showed translucent honey red amber copper tones when held up to the light and still managed to show row after row of sparkling iridescent bubbles rising from the botton of my imperial pilsner tulip. the rising bubbles were similar to fire from a diamond without the red side of the spectrum. their "blueness" is what i think made them sparkle the way they do. the head subsided to 1/4in of beautiful moon like wafer that left globs of lace sliding down the glass

S- baker's yeast, fortified wine, alcohol tingles the nose, honey, dark berry, plum, raisin, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a lasting peppery spice.

T- that prized well water and dark fruit initially, followed immediately by buttery diacetyl and mild raw cocoa mingled with currant, plum skin, and caramelized malt. taste goes on to stage 3 where the cocoa lingers and meets herbal almost resinous hops. the hops stay for second then move out of the way so the cocoa can be sweetened by dried fruits and powdered sugar or even pure sugar, like that molasses sugar cane stuff that comes in a cone shape. but not so sweet that you would call it "sweet". the earthy truffle dried raisin plum and black pepper taste along with the bitter cocoa make for a finish similar to shiraz, port, cream sherry, and marsala rolled into one, sherry being the dominator, with its sugary yet dry aftertaste.

MF- absolutely defuckinlightful, like drinking carbonated liquid butter. ok not quite. as refreshing as a glass of fruit punch but heavier on the palate with immaculate carbonation this ale feels oily at first, then u realize that it's not oily at all, it's crisp and dry and you should have bought 2 bottles.

D- i think this goes without saying. uh...YEAH!


note: i know i was generous with the 5's here but i love european water. this shit is quintessential. i dare...no, i double dare anyone to make a belgian ale better than chimay cuz u just can't do it son. the monks have it locked down. see ya in paradise.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 04:51:56 | More by hustlesworth
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ojiikun

Washington

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed during a tasting of all three of the main Chimay offerings to compare/contrast.

Poured from a stubby ~12oz into a big fat goblet. No obvious birthday. Dark, nearly clear ruby body. Dark offwhite head. Fast falling, but with lots of nucleated sites.

Smell is raisins, molasses, sugar cane, and some cocoa. Booze is noticable only on the deepest whiffs. Some hints of fresh hops or other grassy notes.

Taste is sweet and a litte bitter - dark cocoa, no candi noticable. More piney hops. Bready finish after some very warm-climate yeast notes. Mineraly. When warm, sweetens back to raisins a bit. Final notes have some strange bitter, earthy note, like mushroom or mold.

Slick but not terribly thick, medium carbonation keeps the tonguefeel light.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 01:52:35 | More by ojiikun
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CJfromPhilly

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.6 oz "bomber" bottle with a cork dated 03/07. Pours a dark brown iced tea-ish color with an of-white version of the standard huge belgian head. As the top of the head begins to diminish the hundreds of tiny bubbles rising in the tulip glass to the bottom of the head replace what vanishes. The aroma is of malt & dark fruits. The flavor is a dry malty fruitiness with a fizzy medium bodided mouthfeel. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms up, but it's not overpowering. Great beer, just a great beer. If you see it, buy it!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 23:16:24 | More by CJfromPhilly
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basica

Singapore

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Blue (1987 Vintage)

Just before I cracked this one, I cracked my 1991 Vintage Chimay Blue and immediately out
sprang a strong pungent smell. I was quite sure that it has gone bad but I took a light sip
and the moment it touched my tongue I spat it out and poured the rest of the glass away.
What a shame! I wanted to have a beer for the night so I took out my 1987 Vintage praying that
it would not be spoilt! A quick whiff after cracking it reveals that it was ok! However I do
not think it was very well kept; my guess. This 87 Chimay blue vintage poured out dark red
brown with almost no head; it quickly disappears leaving not a hint of lacing. It smells
fruity, bready and yeasty but not particularly strong. The taste starts of feeling like
slightly expired fruits; this reminds me of the 90s Westmalle that I cracked; the fruity
taste seems to be a little "old" and expired. The dark malts that I enojoyed from the
contemporary Chimay is not as significant as well and that was a little disappointing. The
difference now is that the fruity taste was upfront whereas in the contemporary Chimay, the
fruitiness is not upfront but instead springs up on the finish. The starting was also more
yeasty than I would like but that was ok. Quite a bit of floral fruity notes on the nose too.
This fruitiness was made up of plums, grapes, raisins, dates like the contemporary Chimay but
seems a little expired; the fruitiness. However in the after taste this fruitiness was rich,
slightly citrusy and rather lasting ending off with sightly sourish grape notes which was
pretty nice. Towards the end I see some sediments and decided not to finish that up. This
Chimay had a medium to full body mouth feel pretty close to the contemporary Chimay and
carbonation was pretty apt too; alcohol can be felt on the throat and nose but it was very
smooth just like the contemporary Chimay. This beer is mellowed down compared to the
contemporary Chimay without losing much of its character but the expired fruitiness kind of
disappointed me. I think it is not past its prime but the storing was just not really perfect;
I would want to try a properly aged Chimay Blue. For now I still prefer the contemporary Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 10:14:18 | More by basica
Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
96 out of 100 based on 6,062 ratings.