The_Osprey (9673) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2018
December 2017 - Tasting at One Canada Square. Bottle shared with big thanks to Kenny. As 'Chimay Grande Réserve Vieillie En Barriques (2016/3)', 10.5%. Browny orange, sparkling, foamy light brown head. Aroma is cognac, browned apple flesh, woody, little toffee apple, boozy. Body is frothy with soft to tingly carbonation. Taste is quite aggressive – very spicy and woody, boozy, cognac. OK stuff. Would maybe be better given some air for a while. (7-4-6-3-15=3.5) madmitch76 (26413) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2018
18th December 2017mR_fr0g (14024) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2017
T42 Christmas Bottleshare. Hazy deep amber beer, good pale cream colour head. Airy palate, semi dry, decent fine carbonation. Light and sweetish esters, trace of wood. Mellow sweet cognac. Light dried fruits. Fluffy finish. A tad sweet but quite pleasant.
Bottle shared on Level 42, Christmas tasting 18/12/2017. Many thanks! A clear mahogany brown coloured pour with a lively beige head. Aroma is semi sweet, apple, musty grape, muscavado, dusty must. Palate is semi sweet, musty, frothy light carboantion. Flavour is composed of semi swet, riasin, grape, woody, musty grape, wall paper paste, nutty bready grains. Drying finish, Lingering woody grains. MrTipple (6952) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2017
18Dec2017 Intense caramel, sweet grain malts, sweet, dark fruits, prunes, sweet wood, dark molasses. Hazy, very dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Medium sweet. Mores sweet, dark malts, molasses, dark wood, caramel, candied, dark fruits, prunes, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very nice, rich and intense. Bottle shared at Level 42 - thanks to madmitch76! Leighton (22812) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2017
Bottl shared in London - big thanks to Kenny. Pours clear brown with a small, foamy, off-white head. Nice aroma, lightly smokey, with toasted brown bread, toffee, dried berries. Medium to big sweet flavour with lots of aged berries, further toffee, golden raisins, brown bread. Full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, more toffee, light smoke, more dried berries. Great fun. Very drinkable.
Scopey (16262) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2017
Bottle at L42 thanks to Ken. It pours hazy deep red - brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is earthy, bitter - sweet, fruit cake, wood, oak, light vanilla, spice, raisin, toffee, sultana, warming spice and gingerbread. The taste is dry, bitter - sweet, dried fruits, raisin, sultana, fruit cake, cocoa, Dundee cake, toasted nut, spice, warming alcohol, wood and leather with a drying finish. Medium body - moderate carbonation. Rather good fun. Quaffable. Theydon_Bois (21466) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2017
Bottle split at the L42 Xmas Boost Up '17, thanks to Kenny, 18/12/17.
Hazed chestnut brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is light funk, brown bread, pear drop, dried fruits, cognac, toffee.
Taste comprises figs, dates, fruit loaf, toffee, spice, oak, barrel, vanilla.
Full body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a balanced boost.
Decent fayre ... good balance ... not to sweet or boozy. Juks (1199) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 20, 2017
750ml bottle. Pours cloudy reddish brown, beige head stays. Aroma is tich, nutty, malty, toffee. Taste is bit woody, tannin, some alcoholy. Finish is warming, malty, some cognac? Full bodied, average carbo. Bice brew, but more aging sounds good here. Muggus69 (2807) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2017
750mL corked & caged bottle @ Noble Hops, Sydney
Deep bronze pour, holds a dense beige head.
Aroma distinctly spicy - vanilla, wood/oak, toast reasonably dominant, accompanied by that distinct Chimay peppery, nutmeg sort phenolic character with layers of brown sugars & plums.
Seems slightly thinner than the normal Bleu despite the abv - still creamy, syrup, luscious, filling.
Those fruits comes through on the palate more - plums, raisins, currants, accompanied by lovely Cognac-like toast & vanilla, long finish, boozy warmth.
Delightful - sort of wish I had an original to compare it against at the time. Bosbouw (3037) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2017
Bruine kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt vol zoetig, vanille. Smaakt vol zoetig, vanille.