Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
There are eight official Trappist breweries currently operated by the Cistercian monks of Belgium, France, and Austria, but chances are you’ve only heard of one of them: Chimay. A good beer store will carry Chimay Red, Chimay White, and Chimay Blue. Chimay Blue – the strongest, the darkest, and the most complex – is the brewery’s signature beer. If you’re sick of overhopped IPAs, Chimay Blue is a godsend. It’s strong, it’s well-balanced, it’s pleasingly malty, and it has the understated sweetness of raisins and dried cherries. In short, it’s a classic, a beer that figured out what it wanted to be years ago and hasn’t strayed from its dignified course since.
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