Chimay Grande Réserve Vieillie En Barriques (2016/3)

Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%

The beer mainly tastes wood and cognac.

For this 4th batch, 3 types of barrels were used.
31% of French oak
40% of American oak
29% of new cognac

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Rubin77 (2496) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 18, 2017
F: huge, tanned, average to good retention. C: dark brown to dark, opaque. A: red vinous, vanilla, bit woody, caramel, banana, cognac, bit strawberries, floral, violets, toffee, complex. T: malty, sweet dried fruits, figs, chocolate, warming alcohol, caramel, brown sugar, honey, wood tannins, vanilla, bit red vine, banana, cognac, great velvety sparkling mouthfeel, full body, soft carbonation, really very good, fully enjoyed, 75cl bottle bottled 12/10/2016, from the brewery.

bjakk (814) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - OCT 11, 2017
A gift from Sk�li Elgur. Brownish red. Nice yellow foam. Sweet, apple and pear in the aroma. Sweet, caramel. Candy grain with sweet mildly bitter alcoholic aftertaste

fletchfighters (1553) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2017
750ML bottle thanks to Owen for sharing Same issues as the Rum barrel. very subtle character. Better carbonation, as in lower but very subtle barrel character. All the other hallmarks of this beer are there and as opposed to the rum version I thought the barrel stood out more and was drier overall but why mess around with the base beer. Still very good but and would buy again just wanted more barrel

douglas88 (9573) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2017
750 ml bottle from John's. Pours a murky brown color with a medium white head. A big spicy fruity nose. Oak, dusty dry, sweet yeasty spicy notes, fruity. Much drier than the regular version. Damn good.

AndySnow (8011) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2017
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 17 Grand Tasting.
Appearance: Hazy brown colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Malt, alcohol, oak, vanilla.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, fruit, caramel, oak, alcohol.

FatPhil (16960) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 29, 2017
750ml bottle (RBESG2017 Grand Tasting) (7:4:8:4:15=3.8)
Apple-like aroma, woodyish. Similar taste, apple clear, but lovely malts too, It’s super mellow. Has a lightness that almost makes it refreshing. Gentle, yet complex - oh, this is goood. Thanks martjoobolut for bringing this corker!

77ships (10844) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2017
750 ml. bottle shared & sampled @ RBBSG17. Darker amber brown, red hue, bitter tanned head as expected. Nose is dark fruit, sugar, banana, Chimay Blue dark fruits. Taste is dark fruit, banana, mocha, caramel, sweet, faint Cognac in the finish, as usual with these the barrel is not outspoken enough, caramel,… Thicker dark fruit bodied, caramel, softer carbonation. Good but too expensive really, doesn’t fully seem to be worth it even if a very fine beer.

adamnowek (3197) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2017
Shared at RBBSG 2017. Slightly opaque caramel brown. Small but creamy head. Aroma is sherry and cognac. Taste is cognac, overripe fruit, and sherry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Benzai (16568) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2017
Sampled @ RBBSG 2017. Hazy dark red to red-brown color, medium sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, oak, cognac indeed in there somewhat, sweetish. Hmm less good -imo- than the 2016/02. Ok beer.

Marduk (8219) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 15, 2017
750ml bottle (RBESG Grand Tasting 2017). Clear dark chestnut color. Medium size, yellowish head, stays. Alcohol, raisins, plums, bit of yeast and herbal notes in aroma. Sweet, alcohol, raisins, yeasty in taste. Pleasant mouthfeel despite that alcohol is very present. Yeasty, roast and raisins in aftertaste. Very solid brew.

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