Steve’s Beer Advent Calendar Day 11 – Chimay – Red

From Belgium I have the Chimay Strong Ale.

It pours a cloudy baked cake brown that allows very little light through.  The carbonation is noticeable but lazy with bubbles almost meandering to the top to join the very white head of medium bubbles.

The nose has banana, clove and a fruity ester.

The flavours again show banana and a an acrid mineral quality which actually mellows the banana nicely.  The carbonation is sharp on the tongue and very noticeable because of the very light body.

Commercial Description:

The Chimay Red is the oldest of the Chimays. Its coppery color and sweet, fruity taste make it a particularly tasty dark ale.

Brune – Dageraad Brewing

From Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their newest core beer in the “Brune” a Belgian abbey dubbel.  The beer pours a deep red brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of figs, mild bananas and brown sugar.  The flavour is of figs, toffee, brown sugar, mild bitterness and a hint of bananas.  Even with an alcohol content of 7.5% this beer does not have much of an alcohol note to it.  I don’t know very many Brune that are made in Canada and this one is great.  I am glad that this has become one of their standard beers!

Commercial Description:  Combining the mission figs once grown by Franciscan monks on this continent with the yeast used by Trappist monks in Europe, Dageraad Brune is our take on a classic Belgian abbey dubbel.  Dageraad Brune is refermented in the bottle, so pour with care to leave the yeast sediment in the bottle.


Krampus Belgian Dubbel – Strange Fellows Brewing

From Strange Fellows Brewing in Vancouver comes their “Krampus Belgian Dubbel”.  The beer pours a brownish orange with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, stone fruits, caramel and toffee.  The flavour is of dark fruit, stone fruit, candied sugar, toffee, caramel, resin, bitterness and some alcohol.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 30.  The Dubbel style resonates with me and I personally think that Strange Fellows have a hit on their hands here.

Commercial Description: Krampus has a dark side and preys on the naughty, while you are making merry there may be something lurking in the streets. Contrary to his personality the Krampus Belgian Dubbel is double brewed with Belgian candy sugar and Belgian dark malts and rich with the flavour of dried stone fruits and subtle toffy notes. This deceptively alcoholic beer has a long warming affect on the constitution to help ignite the dark stranger inside each of us. Merry Krampusnacht!

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Flavoured sausages, meat stews, gouda cheese and anything chocolate


Dia De Los Muertos – Bad Tattoo Brewing (Aged 1 Year)

From Penticton’s Bad Tattoo Brewing comes their “Dia De Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) a Belgian Dubbel and the first seasonal release from the brewery that was wax sealed.  This bottle was aged for a full year in my cellar. The beer pours a deep red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruit, candied sugar, sweetness and a mild booze note.  The flavour is of dark fruits, toffee, candied sugar, mild bitterness and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 9% with an IBU of 10.  I wish I had remembered to do a review of my first bottle to compare the beers but this was extremely tasty after cellaring for one year.



Brooding Soldier Barrel Aged Dubbel – Brewsters Brewing Company

From Brewsters Brewing Company out of Calgary Alberta comes their “Brooding Soldier Barrel Aged Dubbel”.  The beer pours a ruby red colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, candied sugar, oak and a sweet finish.  The flavour is of dark fruits, toffee, candied sugar, dark fruits, red wine, oak, semi sweet, oak and a mild boozy finish.  The alcohol content comes in at a strong 8%.  The first sip of this beer I was not sure about it but by the second sip I was sold.  This is a great beer with all kinds of things going on in it.

Commercial Description:  You may have noticed some wine barrels on display in our restaurant in the Calgary Foothills industrial area. Rest assured, we’re not dipping our toes into winemaking. We’ve been busy concocting this barrel aged brew. Brooding Soldier Barrel Aged Dubbel exhibits a complex, malty sweetness with notes of ripe red fruit. It has a warm, dry finish and oaked wine character.