Chimay is the epitome of Belgium beers – the Grande Réserve (750ml) or Chimay Bleue (330ml) are the grandfathers of Chimay’s range and are both incredibly bold beers and quite a drinking experience.
Chimay Bleue pours with a muddy brown amber colour and a creamy, off white head completely peppered with yeast sediment – so much so it looks as if chocolate has been grated over the surface.
The smell of yeast is profound as are the dark, candied fruits – notably raisins and figs. Interestingly I also was hit by whiffs of flower, clove and banana.
When you take the first sip, Chimay Bleue hits your tongue like a 9V battery. Intense yeasty esters and complex dark fruits combine with spice and sweet, caramel malts to create a very unique, world-class beer.