The Chimay Review.

10 Jun

Chimay is one of seven breweries that are allowed to have their products display the Authentic Trappist Product logo:

Chimay is a Trappist ale that is brewed at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Scourmont in Belgium. Where they are also well-known for their Chimay branded cheese. In 2004 Chimay was the leading brand of Trappist brew, producing around 123,000 hectoliters. A hectoliter is a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 100 liters. That is a lot of beer. Chimay is also more widely exported and distributed than the six other trappist producers of the World. Chimay has been a long time favorite of mine. Typically I buy the corked 750ml bottle, which I would usually drink directly out of the bottle in my earlier experiences with it. Now I tend to be a little more sophisticated and enjoy it out of a proper wide mouthed goblet.

Chimay produces four beers, but only exports its three unique brews that are named for the color of their respective labels. Their flagship is the Chimay Rouge a Trappist Dubbel style beer with 7% alcohol by volume. The beer is dark brown with a very pleasing aroma. I’ve heard it referenced to dried pears or prunes. The Chimay Bleue, is a strong-dark ale with little more complexity and flavoring with 9% alcohol by volume. The Chimay Blanche is lighter in color and 8% alcohol by volume. It is a tripel ale that pours a deep-yellow contrasted by a white head with great aroma and a very crisp finish!

I still don’t have a camera in my possession, so I stole the image above. That in hand lead me to the discovery of Chimay’s fourth brew.
Which is Chimay Dorée (Golden), it is a 4.8% alcohol by volume ale, that is brewed from very similar ingredients as the Red, but paler and spiced differently. It is a patersbier, intended only to be drunk at the abbey or at the nearby inn Auberge de Poteaupré which is associated with the abbey. The monks themselves drink this variety rather than the stronger three. The Dorée is not sold commercially and the rare bottles which make their way out are through unofficial sources. Even the brewery’s own web site makes no mention of this variety.
Personally the Rouge is my favorite and I give it a 9/10 in comparison to the others only due to it having the lowest ABV percentage. I think it would be really cool to get a hold of their Patersbier to experience what the Monks are drinking!


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