Chimay Grande Réserve Vieillie en fûts de Bois / Barrel Aged (2015)

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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
NOVEMBER 2015 EDITION

This vintage beer has a woody aroma with a few mild notes of vanilla. It also reveals ester aromas (banana, pear, apricot).

To the palate, it is a rounded, creamy beer. Amongst its sweet and roasted accents, it shows perfect balance, despite a higher alcohol content than its predecessor. Its refined sparkling properties add the finishing touch to the unique character of an exceptional product.

64% of the oak-barrels are sourced from France and 36% from America. This batch n°1 is 10% alc. vol.

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3.5
Theydon_Bois (21887) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2018
Bottle split at Leighton's 20K, thanks to Kenneth, 01/03/17. Rich chestnut brown with a decent beige cap. Nose is sweet malts, toffee, fruit cake, light peppery spice, dates, prunes. Taste comprises mellow barrel, oak, fruit loaf, spice, cola cubes, candied fruit peel, dates, toffee, wooded notes, brown sugar. Full bodied, fine to light spritzy carbonation, semi drying close with a light warming alcohol effect. Decent for the style but fell a little short of my expectations.

4.1
vcsa (83) - - DEC 28, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2017 Appearance: Pours unclear dark brown with a rich tan head that quickly dissipates, with lacing. 4/5 Aroma: Malt, yeast, caramel, banana and raisin, with woody vanilla and cream. 8/10 Taste: Caramelish malts, sweet spice, chocolate, almond, cream, yeast and dried fruits. Sweetness balanced by light spicy hops, wood tannins and alcoholic bitter. Warming sweet finish with caramel, citrus and spice. 8/10 Mouthfeel: Full bodied, rounded and creamy, carbonation is high. 5/5 Overall 16/20

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emdejes (97) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2017
Sweet sour, bit balsamic. Overall, not too great though, recarding price quality.

4.1
vulcanmeister (309) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2017
Poured from 750 ml corked bottle. Pours a brownish sedimented liquid with a medium frothy beige head. The aroma is dried fruit, berries, some pleasant alcohol, and wood and vanilla. The taste is very complex. Again the dried fruit, some vanilla, maybe bannana, and oak. Very satisfying. Just want to slowly sip and savor every mouthful.Creamy full mouthfeel. The finish goes to light citrus, oaky wine, and some spice. Good stuff.

3.9
Fujimo2000 (206) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Pours dark rouge with a lasting white lacing. Taste is apricots, light prunes and a very smooth finish. Pretty nice.

3.7
Carolo (19) - Vejle, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2017
Pours dark brown, cloudy and with a beige head. Lots of fruity aromas, berries, caramel and some wood. Well rounded, complex and bitter, though not excessively, with a long and durable aftertaste. Nice

3.8
Erzengel (9899) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle shared with Koelschtrinker, Beerhunter111 & Zlotta. Intense deep and fruity beginning. Deep, red fruit, soft with bitter and woody hints. Very rich, deep and round. Mild round, red fruit, nice woody aftertaste. Nice.

3.9
Beerhunter111 (23784) - Beerland, GERMANY - APR 29, 2017
Bottle shared with Zlotta and Koelschtrinker. Trübes dunkel orange goldenes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Vanille, holzig süß, reife Früchte, Eiche. Geschmack ist holzig süß, Vanille, Karamell, leicht hohe Karbonisation.

3.5
Zlotta (4251) - Hagen, GERMANY - APR 29, 2017
Sampled from 0.75 l bottle, best before 2020. Slightly hazy, brownish red with a medium large, frothy, almost stable, beige head. Sweetish, moderately fruity and slightly yeasty-spicy aroma of prunes, raisins, oak and some caramel. Sweetish, malty, slightly fruity and rather yeasty-spicy taste of caramel, raisins, prunes, marzipan, oak and some red grapes, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, rather yeasty-spicy, woody-dry and slightly vinous finish. Medium body, very effervescent mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Very nice, not great though.

3.2
Koelschtrinker (22514) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 29, 2017
Erhöhte Karbonisierung. Weich würziger, dunkel malziger Start. Holzig, milde Schokoladennoten, angesichts des Alkoholgehalts eher mild. Mild holzig-bitterer Hintergrund, vollmundig, langer karamellig alkoholischer Nachhall. 9/10/10/9/11/10


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