Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as a Christmas beer in 1948, this dark ale has rich flavors of mulling spices and caramel, with a smooth palate and warming finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,731
Reviews:
2,354
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
519
Gots:
1,906
For Trade:
17
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A 2012, 150th anniversary bottle. A careful pour at cellar temp yields a finger of off white head. The head remains for a good 8 minutes, fed by constant streams of bubbles throughout the glass. The deep ruby color is highlighted by light red when held up to the light.
Dark fruits, particularly cherry, dominate the smell. There is also a sour smell, reminiscent of an oud bruin. This smell is less noticeable as the beer warms.
Dark fruits also dominate the taste. The sourness in the smell is not present. A sweetness in the middle of the tongue is followed quickly by a bitterness on the swallow. There is no sign of the 9% abv.
Overall, this is beer is excellent! The five years of storage has done no harm...

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