Chimay

Grande Réserve

Smells like an old wine cellar, moldy, very light malt & hops. Overpowered by other aromatic influences, although those are not strong per se.

Ruddy dark cloudy with amber highlights. Fine head.

Light, underwealming. Refreshing. Maybe drank too cool? It sounds more like a Bud than a Trappiste. Light nutty flavor balanced perfectly with a touch of hop bitterness and sparkling finish. While it starts light, it does tend to grow on you as you drink it up. It occurred to me that this beer is very similar to a Brut Champagne: light, dry, sparkling. At 9% abv, it's very much like a champagne in effect. Flavor and body increase as beer (as well as the drinker!) warms up

CategoryPoints
Bouquet/Aroma6
Malt1
Hops1
Other Fermentation Characteristics4
Appearance6
Color2
Clarity2
Head Retention2
Flavor19
Malt3
Hops3
Conditioning2
Aftertaste3
Balance4
Other Flavor Characteristics4
Body4
Drinkability and Overall Impression8
Total43

An excellent beer.


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