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Chimay – Grande Reserve

Note:  The recording of this review got a little chopped up, so apologies in advance for how disjointed it is.

Beer

From the website:

The Chimay Blue Cap, “baptized’
“Grande Reserve” in 750 ml bottles is a dark Trappist beer with a powerful aroma, the complex flavour of which improves across the years. It was first brewed as a Christmas beer, explaining the presence of a “vintage”.

This authentic Belgian beer, whose tinge of fresh yeast is associated with a light rosy flowery touch, is particularly pleasant. Its aroma, perceived as one enjoys it, only accents the delightful sensations revealed by the odour, all revealing a light but agreeable caramelized note.

Look

Donnie:  What color is that?  Kinda red?

Alec:  It’s cloudy.

Josh:  I like that it’s cloudy.

Smell

Ian: It smells like sangria.

Donnie:  It really does smell like a wine.

Ian:  It doesn’t smell like it’s going to taste good.

Vince:  It’s not good.

Josh:  Oh, it smells so nice!

Taste

Vince:  Not good, not good at all.

Ian:  This has got to be the worst one I’ve ever tasted.

Josh:  You don’t like it?

Ian:  Have you tried it?

Josh:  Yeah we had it the other night.

Ian:  And you were….why?

Donnie:  I really like it.

Ian:  You like everything.

Vince:  This is way too sweet.

Ian:  This is something my mom would drink.  It’s really fruity.

Vince:  It’s so fruity and sweet it’s disgusting.

Alec:  Super sweet.

Donnie:  It tastes like someone spilled a Merlot into my Yuengling.

Ana:  Tastes like molasses.

Ian:  It has a sweet tendency to it, but also a bite.

Donnie:  Kinda like Elvis Presley.

Ana:  Like box wine mixed with Sierra Nevada.

Donnie:  It’s got a great aftertaste.

Drinkability

Vince:  Some of it came out of my nose.  I need some more of that milk stout, to get rid of all this butt taste.  I don’t like this at all.

Later after some deep soul searching…

Vince:  I would drink two of these, I will agree on that.

Vince:  From Scourmont Abbey, and seasoned with monk piss.

Ian:  It has a great aftertaste.

Vince:  We should drink this in between beers.

Final Thoughts

Alec:  This is why monks are so peaceful.

Ana:  Yeah, they’re buzzed constantly.

Ian:  My mouth feels amazing.

Vince:  If you were three or four beers in, this would probably be pretty good.

Ian:  Because you could just down it.  It’d be dangerous.