Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Day 146 Drink: Chimay Blue
Chimay is one of six Trappist abbey breweries in Belgium. The Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Scourmont not only produces beer, it also makes a range of cheeses. The monks started commercial ventures in 1862 in order to fund projects and provide employment to locals. The brewery was modernized in 1989, but it still only operates between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to match with the monk's monestary duties.
Chimay Blue is a 9 percent alcohol by volume malty ale. It pours dark brown with a thick lasting off white head. Plenty of sweet chocolately notes to the nose. Good malty backbone, with some fruit and spice notes. Finishes long.