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Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Scourmont, 6483 Forges, Belgium
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Chimay brews Belgian Trappist ales with a number of varietals. They
are brewed at the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Scourmont, which was founded in
1850 and is located in Belgium near the French border. The abbey was the first
to sell its beer to the general public and label it Trappist.
(click on beer name for full review)
Blue - Grande Reserve
|Good strong thick foam, but nothing to be too
cautious about. Body is dark brown or mahogany, and pretty thick with some
cloudiness caused by the yeast with good carbonation. Nose gives instant
evidence of this ale’s unique complexity. The initial aroma was yeasty,
as you’d expect, a little woody and earthy. Later a smokiness became
very noticeable, while there’s also some spiciness, chestnut, and a
subdued fruitiness which was something of a mix between apples and pears.
The carbonation results in a fairly fizzy palate with a slightly heavy
mouthfeel. Again in the flavor there’s the yeast, a cedar woodiness,
smokiness, peppery spice and a subtle green apple, as well as a brief
perfumey mustiness. There are also instant signs of the alcoholic
strength, which makes for a little bracing sharpness. There are notes
reminiscent of a port in the finish, along with a little tang and dryness.
The dryness doesn’t linger, instead it mellows out to something smooth,
clean and fruity.
|Ratings: Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 10/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 10/10 Overall: 18/20 Score: 4.6
Last Updated: 07/25/2001