Chimay Grande Réserve Vieillie En Barriques (2016/2)

Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
bottled: 10/8/2016

This third batch is a mixture with several type of barrels. Here we have a bit more Wood than Cognac which gives the beer more wooden flavours.

27% of French oak
40% of American oak
16% of cognac barrels
16% of chestnut

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tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2017
26/VIII/17 - 75cl bottle from Den Gouwen Aar (Gouda), shared @ RBBSG17 - BBE: 2021, bottled: 10/VIII/2016 (2017-1332)

Clear reddish to amber beer, small irregular aery white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: some banana, yeast, caramel, bit sweet, bit sugary, grains, nice stuff. MF: lively carbon, medium body. Taste: lots and lots of alcohol, bit sweet, banana peel, bit sweet, sugary. Aftertaste: little bitter, caramel, dried fruits, banana, alcohol, malty, raisins.

Camons (13313) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Pours hazy dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, yeast, light sweetness, wood, oak, dark fruit, little vanilla, light cognac. Flavor is light sweet, malt, caramel, wood, oak, dark fruit, vanilla, cognac, light alcohol. Medium body, average to lively carbonation, light sweet finish. 181017

Finn (8149) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2017
Flaske 750ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø - Langnes. Drukket i heimen sammen med venner både nordfra og sørfra under Kulturnatta 2017. Ultramørkebrun. Vinøs aroma. Nøtter. Smaken velbalansert. Mye konjakk. Hasselnøtt etter hvert. Skikkelig koseøl.

AndySnow (8111) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2017
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 17 Grand Tasting.
Appearance: Brown colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Malt, fruit, yeast, caramel, alcohol, some cognac.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, fruit, alcohol.

mike_77 (7089) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2017
Dark brown and cloudy with lasting head. Aroma and flavour have sweet dried fruits, yeast and a lot of woody dryness. A little boozy.

FatPhil (17078) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 30, 2017
750ml bottle (RBESG2017 Grand Tasting) (7:4:7:4:15=3.7)
Gentle apple-ish estery aroma. Super light palate, drinkability very good. Beautifully mellow rich malts, sweetish, fruity esters, and just a small hint of the barrels, no spiritiness. I think I finished this bottle, once everyone had finished rating. :-D (There was no way we were letting the Chimays go to waste, they were all so good.)

77ships (11051) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2017
Thank you for sharing tderoeck! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBSG17. Dark brown amber, creamy lovely tanned head. Nose is lovely Chimay Blue dark fruit, candied, sweet, oak, barrel,… taste is banana, dark fruit, caramel, sugar, dates, Chimay Bleu dark fruit, solid bodied, oak in the finish, warming spirit. Barrels aren’t very outspoken but do clearly elevate the beer, best Chimay yet in my opinion, this one is export only apparently so go figure, price is insane.

Benzai (16682) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2017
Sampled @ RBBSG 2017. Very nice dark red to dark amber color, medium sized beige head. Aroma is malts, wood, lightly winey. Taste malts, wood, oak, caramelly, some raisins. Medium body and carbonation. Decent to medium body, decent carbonation.

yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2017
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma is toasted malty and slight breadish caramelish. Sweet, toasted malty. Caramlish. Phenolic. Toasted and phenolic to mild fruity finish.

Marduk (8401) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 17, 2017
750ml bottle (RBESG Grand Tasting 2017). Dark amber color. Medium size, yellowish off-white head, stays. Alcohol, raisins, yeasty, caramel in aroma. Sweetish, alcohol, caramel, yeasty, herbal in taste. Fizzy carbonation. Yeasty, caramel, alcohol in aftertaste. Sweet and boozy.

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