Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by. This is my 3rd post in a series where I am tasting beers from Chimay. Here are links to my reviews of Chimay Red and Chimay Triple. Tonight's topic will be Chimay Cheese and Chimay Blue!
Did you know that Chimay also makes and sells their own cheese? Before starting this series of posts, I had no idea. 7 different Chimay cheeses are listed on the Chimay website, in a range of styles from light, creamy, fruity, firm, sweet and intense. At the local Wegmans grocery, they actually had a Chimay cheese labeled as such in this picture:
This cheese was soft and creamy, very much like a brie, with a fermented sourness. The cheese left a pleasant bitter aftertaste in my mouth. Apparently, the cheese rind is soaked in Chimay beer for anywhere from 2 - 48 hours.
Kerry and I sampled this beer and cheese with a full plate of goodies, including mini-toasts, olive flatbread, fruit and chocolate. Check out the awesome spread!
Time to check out the beer!
Bieres de Chimay S.A.
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Known as Grande Reserve when corked and caged in a 750 mL bottle
Poured into my Chimay goblet
Chimay Blue pours brown, with a finger width off-white head. A small amount of sediment found it's way in the glass. The head leaves no lacing. There are no visible bubbles rising. The aromas are of yeast, dark fruits and alcohol. Tastes fruity and bready with a bit of an alcohol burn on the back end. The beer is medium bodied with average carbonation.
Overall: Chimay Blue was definitely very good, but I think it would have been ever better if aged. I believe this bottle to have been < 1 year old. I can't wait to return to this one in the future!
What has your experience with Chimay Blue been? Let me know in the comments below!