Friday, November 4, 2011
Game Day Beer Review: Bieres de Chimay Grand Reserve (Blue) Belgian Strong Dark Ale
(9.0% ABV). Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a chalis, Chimay Grande Reserve is a clearish, dark brown, with a one-fingered chocolate-colored head that quickly dissipates. The beer is produced by one of the world's great brewers, and for this reveiewer in particular, beers don't get much better than this.
Chimay Blue's -- The Grand Reserve -- smell is sweetish, caramel malts and licorice, mingled with abundant spices and dark fruits, such as raisins and figs. The taste has a lot going on -- it's sweet, but not overly so. It's a complex brew, with a mix of fruit and spices, and some breadish, more earth-like flavors. The mouthfeel, though, is lighter than you might expect in a beer with this much taste, and the alcohol is definitely present.
I'm giving this one an A. Pour me another, please!