Chimay Grand Reserve, or ‘Chimay Blue’ as I’ve always known it, was the beer I had to celebrate on the night my daughter was born. I didn’t really plan it that way, but after coming home from an exhausting night at the hospital, I decided to root around in the basement for a beer.
I wanted something a little special considering the occasion, and the squat bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve seemed to speak to me. I was mighty tired, so I don’t remember if I actually spoke back to the bottle or not, but that’s beside the point!
I also realized, that this would be the first time that I’ve tried the Trappist Ale with the blue label! Turned out to be a great beer and a wonderful way to wrap up a wonderful day.
For this beer review, I finally got to use my Chimay glass! Yay! The beer poured color something like auburn, and as you can see, it created a thin but dense foamy head.
Aroma reminded me of dark fruit, (raisiny?) bread, malt, mild alcohol, and something like medicinal cherries.
Taste was similar I think with malt being the dominant flavor, followed up by the combination of dark fruit, bing cherry and alcohol. Big alcohol flavors are usually a turn-off for me, but this is another great example of a ‘big’ beer that at 9% ABV doesn’t let the alcohol flavors steal the show. Everything is working in harmony here.
This beer felt moderately carbonated, so that, along with the warming sensation of the alcohol made this beer very interesting to the finish.
Its hard to put a finger on, and I’ll admit to not having much exposure to Trappist Ales, but I really enjoyed this beer. It really hit the spot, (even @ 2 AM) and turned out to be the perfect beer to end the most memorable day of my life!
Now on to the Chimay Red and Chimay White! Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, we found an interesting Chimay Brewery tour video that is worth a watch. 🙂