Brewery: Chimay Peres Trappistes
Style: Abbey Dubbel
ABV: 7% IBU: N/A
Apologies for the delay in posting this delicious beer but last night I had an extremely necessary night out with some of my favourite ladies. Breaking with my usual habits I actually enjoyed a scotch and soda with my endless hot pots of delicious meat (and veggies) but I had cracked this beautiful bottle of joy open earlier in the week and wanted to share my thoughts.
Having only had occasion to try this brew a few times in the past, I was quite excited to receive not just one or two but three bottles of the stuff for my birthday! I will be taking my time enjoying these puppies over the next few weeks but it was tough to resist the temptation to crack one open: I only lasted a few hours before I gave in.
Chimay Premiere (Red/Rouge)
“The exceptional yeast isolated by Father Theodore, combined with the purity of the highly protected water of the abbey’s wells, gives Chimay its unique richness.”
This tasty Trappist ale pours a medium to dark reddish brown with a half inch of soapy, off-white head made up of very fine bubbles. The head dissipates slowly , leaving a thin covering across the top with a thicker ring around the outside. A faint lacing is left behind as you drink.
Chimay Premiere features a lovely bright Belgian yeast aroma with a hint of dried fruit and some raisin coming through. Some light spice and a bit of nuttiness round out the aroma while faint earthy notes and malts make their presence known.
Beginning with a subtle sweet maltiness, the flavour of this ale is dominated by sweet and tart fruit notes of plum and dates followed by a light bitterness and touch of leafy hops. A bready body that is quite smooth and creamy hides the high alcohol well and brings with it a touch of smokiness. Well balanced and easy drinking for the style, it is a classic for a reason.
Highly effervescent with tiny champagne-like bubbles, this medium bodied strong ale finishes warm with a slightly sticky, lingering aftertaste of dried fruit and Belgian yeast.