CHIMAY BLEUE (BLUE)
9% ABV, 24 bottles, 330 ml/bottle
To celebrate Christmas 1948, the monks of Chimay decided to produce a Spéciale Noël, but since 1954 you could say everyday has been Christmas since that self-same Spéciale became part of the Trappist brewery’s standard range. This beer belongs to the very select club of those that love to be aged – for five years or even longer. And if you manage to wait that long, your patience will be rewarded with profound aromas of aged port, thanks to a beautifully beneficial madeirisation process. The blue Chimay has the full power and complexity of a genuine Trappist beer, and as such just begs a prime spot at the dining table. Blue Cap has an intensely dark brown color, with a clear, ruby-red glow, and is covered by a robust cream-colored collar of froth. Hints of coffee, cacao and dried dark fruits make an initial seductive appearance, to be followed by rich aromas of stone fruits such as apricot and nectarines. In the mouth, mocha and coffee are dominant.