Grande Réserve Cognac Edition
Bières de Chimay

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From:
Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.75%
Ratings:
27
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 09, 2022
Added:
Mar 02, 2016
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  6
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: The barrel-aged Chimay Bleue of March 2016 stands out from classic Chimay Bleue thanks to the many nuances provided by the additional fermentation in wooden barrels.

On the eye, the beer boasts a deep brown robe with a bright glint. Its extremely fine and smooth foam also possesses a slight shade of cream. On the nose, notes of black tea, jasmine and wood are equally predominant. On the palate, the woodiness cloaks the bread crust, roasting, mocha and Cognac aromas as well as the empyreumatical notes.

This 2016 edition of barrel-aged Chimay Bleue boasts an excellent blend of the characters of Chimay Bleue and Cognac. This balance between roundness and powerfulness is best appreciated between 6 months and 1 year after it is bottled.

2nd Batch: 38% of French oak – second utilization; 22% of American oak – second utilization; 18% of new chestnut; 22% of new cognac barrels
3rd Batch: 27% of French oak; 40% of American oak; 16% of cognac barrels; 16% of chestnut
4th Batch: 31% of French oak; 40% of American oak; 29% of new cognac
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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Smoother all rounded out.creaminess with some wood. Consistent with a dark Belgium.

Mar 09, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by robotic_being from Florida

2016 vintage, aged 5 years. Amazing!

Feb 03, 2021
 
4.13 by edthehead from New York on Nov 26, 2020
 
4.61 by DvdP from Netherlands on Oct 17, 2020
 
4.43 by arzt from Russian Federation on Nov 22, 2019
 
4 by user785335 from Florida on Mar 23, 2019
 
4.38 by steverx8 from England on Dec 25, 2018
 
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Dec 10, 2018
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4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a massive cap of off white foam that settles into what almost feels like whipped cream.

Smell is rich and oaky with notes of cognac, raisins, brown sugar and some mild esters.

Taste is soft, rich and elegant. Notes of oak, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar and the characteristic Chimay spices swirl around with hints of yeast, cognac and no trace of the alcohol. Complex and rewarding, as warmth brings out more subtle fruity notes.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium to full with effervescent carbonation and sublime creaminess.

Overall, just an outstanding beer. Complex and elegant, sophisticated but powerful. One to savour slowly.

Oct 09, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with candi sugar notes and light dry fruits is enjoyable. Taste is a nice mix of candi sugar, caramelized malt with some dry fruits notes with some light oak notes with round off the edges. Body is full with good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. Enjoyable but barrel-aged notes are not as apparent as I was expecting and experience is a bit too pricey.

Jun 26, 2018
 
4.46 by Heeenrik from Finland on Apr 30, 2018
 
4 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Apr 17, 2018
Photo of Voss
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Voss from Italy

Chimay blue aged in cognac barrel.... Good looking as a Chimay blue deserves to be, next the smell...
This is simply exceptional. The wood is dominant and it smells like a good Italian wine, one from Piemonte to be more precise (it could be a barbera d'alba or even a barbaresco).
Taste follows, again wood around a beer that is originally so good, with the plus of cognac.
A strong cheese or a bitter chocolate are the right companions. Maybe a cigar too.
Exceptional.

Sep 14, 2017
Photo of Dzu
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dzu from Russian Federation

Poured from 0.75 l into trappist chalice.
L: Dark brown with a medium white foam head.
S: Caramel , dark fruits, roasted sugar,grapes, wine,
T: Pleasant sweet taste, grape, other fruits. Apples. Saturated in the beginning and softer int the end.
F: Tight body and medium carbonation.
O: More sweet than standard blue cap. Great beer.

Aug 31, 2017
 
3.73 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Jul 13, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by deleted_user_995920

Pours a brown ale color,super creamy head, Smells like fresh baked bread, pine, mild hoppiness. Taste is smooth and creamy( like a draft at a microbrew) with noticeable ethyl in the mix. Finish is smooth, not too slick. I am not really sure what category this brew falls under.revise-( I see it is called Belgian strong dark ale) Date is stamped on cork 2016. Really delicious!!

Jul 08, 2017
 
4.28 by HopBelT from Belgium on Apr 10, 2017
Photo of josanguapo
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by josanguapo from Spain

From Belgium in a box. In La Trappe chalice. Playing Technobabylon. Fine, but in the long run there is too much wood and too much alcohol for a single person. I prefer the normal non-ba

Mar 05, 2017
 
3.5 by Euroglot from Belgium on Jan 08, 2017
 
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Dec 25, 2016
 
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Dec 09, 2016
Photo of Marius
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Marius from Netherlands

Bottle shared thanks to Zlotta. Dark brown with a thin tan head. Dark fruit, dried fruit, oak, vanilla, coke. Medium body, high carbonation and a caramel bitter-sweet aftertaste.

Nov 19, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Shroud0fdoom from Maryland

750 Ml Bottle into an Oversized Wine Glass.

Reviewing this brew here because Beer was made to be enjoyed NOW! I know some critics would "Suggest" saving, but not for this guy! Hell, I could die in the night... Back to basics lets get the review underway. Off the jump, BE CAREFUL while opening the CORK! This thing shot faster and further than Peter North! Back to the beer. This Muv pours Dark Brown with a Murky vibe that looks worse than the Chesapeake Bay. Huge head of Tightly wrapped bubbles with an off-white edge. Looks Fantastic!

The aroma should tell me what this brew is all about. The first wave hits the face and nostrils with a Chocolate and Nutty vibe, like a Hershey Bar with Almonds. Fumes of Caramel and Sugar fill in the gaps with a Cherry Pit calmness. Some Metallic notes are present. A delight to the senses to be honest.

The Flavah? First hits with a Hearty wave of Cocoa, Almonds and Cherries. Some Caramel flavors go in but only short lived. Semi Sweet with a Bitterness that catches the sides of the palate. The metallic comes in at the end. Finishes bitter-sweet with an alcoholic touch, not offensive though. The feel Medium-light with that Classic Belgian Carbonation (you guys know what I mean).

Overall: This isn't a terrible beer by a long shot. Yet, it's not terribly great either. I had high hopes for her but she didn't deliver. It's a touch above regular Chimay Blue, which is great in it it's own right. This beer wasn't completely singing for me but she's got a charm to her that made me like her at first sight. At the end though, this brew is Recommended!

Oct 16, 2016
 
4.28 by jaydoc from Kansas on Aug 30, 2016
 
4.32 by hermit990 from Illinois on Aug 25, 2016
 
3.84 by SimcoeKid from California on Jul 24, 2016
 
4.02 by Uanof from Texas on Jul 22, 2016
Grande Réserve Cognac Edition from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 27 ratings