Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

I really do love a good Belgian beer and especially anything Chimay. These Trappist beers are some of the best. The trademark Trappist certifies that this ale was brewed with in walls of an existing Trappist monastery under the control of the Trappist community. The monks to support charitable works use a major part of the sales revenue. Chimay exceptional yeast isolated by Father Theodore combined with the purity of the highly protected water of the abbey’s wells. Here we have Chimay Grande Réserve (blue) 9.0% ABV. This is the strongest beer from Chimay. Chimay Grande Réserve pours a deep dark red/brown color with a two finger beige head that slow to fade in to somewhat thing lacing. The aroma is dark and rich with dark fruits such as plums and raisins. There are a bit of a caramel scent as well that really rounds of the aroma on this Chimay. The taste is nice with raisins and nice plums with a small bit of a caramel malt flavor. There isn’t much of a bold bitterness present here but one that is ever so faint and almost nonexistent. The mouth feel is rich full and smooth, with a nice smooth caramel finish that leads into a nice aftertaste of slightly malted plums and mostly raisin flavor with a dash of a nice caramel taste. This is one heck of a Belgian beer, so I would rate this an A+. This beer is so well balanced and would get better as it aged. I can't find a single thing wrong with it even if I tried. Chimay Grande Réserve is definitely a beer you should have on you bucket list. I highly recommend Chimay Grande Réserve to everyone. So go out and try Chimay Grande Réserve for yourself and see what you think. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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