Breweries "Visited"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Contemplating a Clip On Tie.....

Beer #136 Grande Réserve / Bières de Chimay, Baileux, Belgium

For the life of me today, I can not remember how to tie a bow tie.  I don't do it often, but will be doing it this week for a black tie event.  And all of the stupid videos and helpful diagrams on the internet are not helping one bit.  I'm close, just not all the way there.  I'll keep at it, but it's not going as fast as it should.  This is cutting into my beer drinking time...

Tonight's beer is the blue label from Chimay, one of the most well known and readily available Trappist beers.  The blue label signifies their Grand Reserve, a strong dark ale.  It pours a dark mahogany color with a a persistent off-white head in the glass.  Your nose picks up aromas of plums and sweet malt, and the taste has a very clean, dry, rich malt flavor.  You get notes of stone fruits, yeast, caramel, and spice.  Very complex and delicious, this amazing brew checks in at 9% ABV.

If you find yourself in a bar with Chimay and aren't sure which variety to order, don't fret.  They're all delicious.  Brewed by the Cisterian Monks of Chimay since 1862, this beer is on the cusp of the Top 25.  Find it, drink it.

Thing to Think About Today:
If I'm thinking about rocking the tuxedo, then let's all stop and think about the man who does it best.  Bond.  James Bond.

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