Name: Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)
Brewery: Bières de Chimay
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 9%
First Brewed: 1948
Although some have argued that this beer has lost body through recent years, it still offers fine, spicy aromatics, apple chocolaty and faintly peppery malt, suitable richness of character. A generously warming finish completed the picture. As it ages, it gets drier and stronger.
This is our first beer here at The Beer Sellar. Thanks to Tyler McCord for setting this up. Without him, I might not have even considered The Beer Sellar as a sponsor for the 1001 Bottles project. He is a regular here, living right down the road, and has introduced me to several people here already. Everyone seems to know him… sort of his personal Cheers!
The label is, well… blue! Hence the name I suppose. This is a Trappist beer, too. Do you know what a Trappist beer is? Well it’s managed by monks basically. I just posted a blog about it; go read that!
The beer smells spicy. Spicy and wet… but promises to be a decent ale. We have been drinking a lot of Belgian beers lately. Anyway, this beer is famous. Well, Chimay is famous. It’s a famous… Trappist beer. Lots of focus on the Trappist beers thus far. But that’s okay, I dig the ales.
There is a ton of carbonation on the front of the palate, but it dies quickly into a sweet treat. The aftertaste is subtle, but begs for another sip. The second drink isn’t as good, but it still leaves some huge sweet notes on the tongue. It’s pretty solid, but not sure it lives up to all the hype. There is another Chimay beer on this list; hopefully that one is better than this on. Bottoms up people!
It’s our first beer at the Beer Sellar! We are glad to have them on board as a sponsor, and I can already tell it is going to be a completely different experience tasting our beers here than at home. I hope those of you reading will be sure to come out and visit us here on Mondays at 9pm as we try the beers available to us!
Tonight’s beer is the Chimay Bleue. Apparently this beer that we are tasting is actually slightly different than the one in the book. This is the Chimay Bleue Grand Reserve, a step above the regular Chimay Bleue. It poured out pretty dark, but not black. Very thick and dark, you can’t see through the glass. Not much head and what was there quickly dissipated. It smells doughy, like bread – the grain scent comes out, at least in my opinion.
The first taste is pretty carbonated. This one actually tastes more like an ale to me than the last few beers we have tried that classified themselves as ales. It doesn’t taste as dark to me as it looks. It actually tastes very light, and a beer that looks like this I don’t expect to be light, really. It’s pretty good, but I know that Chimay is an expensive beer and I’m not sure I’d pay a lot of money to drink it very often, honestly. It’s good, but not great, at least not for my tastes. It’s good as an ale, but not at the top of my list.
981 bottles of beer on the wall…