Friday, May 12, 2006

Beer Tasting: Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

This is a Belgian Strong Dark style ale from Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont in Belgium. This beer was tried along side of the other two styles of ale from Chimay. Jump over here for our tasting notes for the "red" and over here for our tasting notes for the "white." These 12 ounce bottles were purchased together in a gift box (with accompanying glassware). My box was bought in December '05 and stored at 54F since that time and Adam's was purchased and consumed within a day. Could the length of time from purchase have influenced our reviews? Hm...... Have you tasted this beer? Let us know what you think. As a suggestion, try to keep the review as brief as possible for each of the following: appearance; smell; taste; mouthfeel; and drinkability.

Appearance Adam: persistent carpet of foam, red garnet & amber in color Bryan: dark with deep red hues; slowly fading dense head Smell Adam: delicate sweet belgian malt & yeast Bryan: a bit of roasted malt Taste Adam: delicate, malt, yeast, fruit Bryan: rich, well-rounded Mouthfeel Adam: well carbonated Bryan: bordering on thick; but even throughout with just enough carbonation to enliven the palate Drinkability Adam: extremely, better as it gets a point Bryan: it is, but slowly enjoy it Seconds? Adam: yes, no question Bryan: yes, but a few of these at 9% will end your night quicker than you might have expected

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