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.

Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve – Chimay

The Chimay Brewery is located inside a trapist monastery in Belgium named Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey.  There are strict guidelines and laws around the world that lay out if you are legally aloud to call your brewery a trapist brewery.  This beer from Chimay is called “Chimay Bleue (Blue) / Grande Réserve” although you will not find this anywhere on the bottle but on their website.  Beers produced by Trapist monks are sold and the profits are donated to social services near the monasteries.  This beer pours a cloudy deep amber colour with a white head.  The beers dominant smell is of apple cider and some yeast.  The flavor is again dominated by apple cider with a yeasty note and some minor hops bitterness.  When you drink this beer you do not notice the 9% alcohol content one bit!  This beer is very tasty and is rated a 100/100 on