Chimay

Okay, so the Belgians might have defeated our beloved soccer team in the World Cup, but we mustn’t hold a grudge – they do know how to make some delicious beer over there, after all! The Cisterian Monks of Chimay have been brewing Trappist beer to support their Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey since 1862. Chimay is one of 6 breweries that can carry the logo “Authentic Trappist Product”. That means that it is brewed within the walls of a Trappist monastery under the control and responsibility of the community of monks, and whose revenue is devoted to social service.

Chimay brews three main traditional Belgian ales that are imported to the US, which include Première, or Red (Dubbel), Cinq Cents, or Tripel, and Grande Reserve, or Blue (Belgian strong dark ale). All three are available in 330 ml four-packs as well as 750 ml cage-and-cork bottles. The Tripel is also available on draft in 20L kegs. However, we’ve got some exciting news! For the first time, we will also be getting the Première Red on draft in 20L kegs! This rich and creamy dubbel is the oldest and first beer brewed at the Abbey. It’s going to be offered for a limited time, so be sure to get out there and have a pour of this amazing traditional Belgian beer!.

Even more reason to enjoy this newly offered draft beer and the rest of Chimay’s tasty Trappist delights is the upcoming Belgian Independence Day on July 21st! This is the celebration the separation of Belgium from the Netherlands in 1831, as well as the formal establishment of the Kingdom. Let’s all celebrate with the Belgians with some bottles or drafts of some of their finest beer!

 

Chimay Triple
The Chimay Triple, last-born of the Abbey, is labelled “Cinq Cents” on the 750 ml bottle. Of a golden colour, the Trappist beer combines sweet and bitter in a rare balance. The beer’s aroma felt in the mouth comes from the hops’ perfumes: above all, they are fruity touches of Muscat grapes and raisins, even ripe apples. This traditional Belgian beer is best savoured fresh at a temperature of from 6 to 8°C.
Available in 4 packs and 750ml

 

Chimay Grand Reserve
The Chimay Blue Cap, “baptized’”Grande Reserve” in 750 ml bottles is a dark Trappist beer with a powerful aroma, the complex flavour of which improves across the years. It was first brewed as a Christmas beer, explaining the presence of a “vintage”. This authentic Belgian beer, whose tinge of fresh yeast is associated with a light rosy flowery touch, is particularly pleasant. Its aroma, perceived as one enjoys it, only accents the delightful sensations revealed by the odour, all revealing a light but agreeable caramelized note.
Available in 4 packs and 750ml

 

Chimay Premier
The Chimay Red Cap, or “Première”, in 750 ml bottles, is the oldest of the Chimays. This Trappist beer possesses a beautiful coppery colour that makes it particularly attractive. Topped with a creamy head, it gives off a slight fruity apricot smell from the fermentation. The aroma felt in the mouth is a balance confirming the fruit nuances revealed to the sense of smell. This traditional Belgian beer is best savoured at cellar temperature (10 – 12°C).
Available in 4 packs and 750ml

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