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Today’s beer is Chimay Rouge!

Bottle Size: 11.2fl ounces/ 330mL

Cost: $10 (At House of Brews in NYC)

ABV: 7.0%

Background Information (via gasko-meyer): The Chimay Brewery (“Bières de Chimay“) is one of the best known Trappist Breweries in the world. The Belgian brewery was founded inside the abbey Notre-Dame de Scourmont, in the Belgian municipality of Chimay in 1863. The brewery produces three widely distributed strong pale ales and one medium strength pale ale (which is not sold outside the abbey). The brewing plant was updated in 1988, and now produces 120,000 hectolitres annually annually. Since 1876 the monastery has also made, and currently offers four, cheeses. Like many strong Belgian beers, those produced at Chimay age well and can be cellared for at least five years while maintaining quality. The Chimay Blue can be aged for upwards of fifteen years.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Dubbel

Appearance: Copper like color with a white creamy head.

Scent/Smell:  It has a light aroma with hints of apricots, bananas, cloves, plums, some spice and breadiness.

Taste: Taste is rich and strong, containing caramel, dried cherry fruit, cloves, and sweet malts. There’s also a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and well carbonated.

Drink with (food): Beef and buttery cheeses.

Grade: A-

I LOVE THIS BEER! I plan on going out tomorrow and getting another bottle at the House of Brews!

Next: Chelsea Checker Cab Blonde Ale

 

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Today’s beer is Hoegaarden Original White Ale!

via brews and blues

Bottle Size: 11.2 fl ounces/ 330mL

Cost: $1.75 (At a grocery store)

Alcohol (ABV): 4.9%

Background Information: Hoegaarden wheat beer has a truly unique heritage. From its humble beginnings in a small provincial village during the Middle Ages, it has grown to become a globally recognised brand, known all over the world as the original Belgian wheat beer.
Hoegaarden has survived through good times and bad, owing its success to a few special individuals, a resilient Belgian spirit and, of course, a truly unique taste that simply stands the test of time.

The original wheat beer is the oldest and most famous of Hoegaarden’s range. When poured, it forms a soft, white creamy head and leaves a generous lacing on the glass. Its naturally cloudy, pale hue shimmers when viewed through the glass.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Witbier

Appearance:  Very cloudy, pale straw in color. Thick, foamy, white head with solid retention and nice lacing.

Smell/Scent: A great sweet malty and wheat smell. Some notes of clove and citrus in there as well.  Very appealing in the scent department.

Taste: Slightly sweet citrus, but with a slight sourness to it. I also get a mild spicy wheat flavor. There is quite a bit going on.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, a little light in terms of alcohol, but very smooth going down.

Grade: B

I enjoyed this beer a great deal. This is one of my go to beers when I go to the bodega by my house. Very good for its price.

Next: Abita Turbodog


 

After a long hiatus off my blog, I am back!

Today’s beer is Chimay Tripel.

http://www.chimay.com/en/

Bottle Size: N/A Bought it on tap at a bar in New York City, in Hells Kitchen

Cost: $12.00

Alcohol (ABV): 8.0%

Brief History (via Chimay’s website):

In order to provide for their needs and those of their foundations, as well as to support employment in their region, the Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have, since 1862, developed the production of Belgian beers and Trappist cheeses that, thanks to their character and their qualities, found and continue to find great success.

Since 1862 the monks of Chimay have been brewing their first brew “Chimay Première” according to the monastic tradition of natural brewing.

1948, Father Theodore isolates the unique yeast cells that today still form the basis for brewing the Chimay beers and creates the Chimay Red in 33 cl bottle.

Christmas 1948, creation of the Christmas beer that will later become Chimay Blue.

1966, creation of the white cap (now called Chimay Triple).

1982, creation of the Grande Reserve.

1986, creation of the Cinq Cents.

2001, creation of the Triple on draught.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: Tripel (Ale)

Appearance: Amber color, cloudy in its nature. Produced about an inch and a half head which quickly dissolved.

Scent/Smell: Distinct scent! Smelled of: Citrus fruits, raisins, malts, definitely bananas and of course wheat.

Taste: Really similar to the nose. Again, some nice malt up front and that gets followed by the same yeast/hop. This citrus had a more of an orange and flower type of flavor. Very good overall in the taste department.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the medium side of light. Has a decent amount of carbonation. Very easy going down!

Drink with (food): Chimay also makes cheeses which would go great with the beers they produce. Chicken and fish would also go great with this particular brew.

Grade: A

This is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. It was quite expensive though, so I don’t know how often I will be able to have the pleasure of drinking this wonderful brew!

I thought the video was funny!

Next: Sierra Nevada TORPEDO

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Today’s beer is Stella Artois Premium Lager.

http://www.stellaartois.com/

Manufacturer: Stella Artois Brewery

Owner: Anheuser-Busch InBev

Sample Bottle Size: 11.2 fl ounces/ 330 mL

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol: 5.0 %

Cap Type: Twist-Off

Cost: $1.75 (Purchased at grocery store)

Name: Stella comes from the Latin word meaning “star.” Artois is former territory of northern France.

Brief History: Has been brewed in Belgium since 1366. In 1926, Stella Artois was initially launched as a seasonal beer and then first sold year around in Canada as a great success. Then, in 1930 Stella Artois exported to the European market in early 1930s. In 1993, InBev opened a fully automated brewery in 1993. Currently, the Stella’s annual production is over a billion liters in volume.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Appearance: Yellow/Gold color with an average amount of head. Quite carbonated as well.

Scent/Smell: Sweet grainy smell with a decent amount of hops. Also had a hint of skunk like smell towards the end.

Taste: Sweet and grainy. Didn’t get the “skunky” taste towards the end, unlike the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light in the body. Medium to high level of carbonation which makes it difficult to chug. Always a good thing.

Drink with (food): White fish, lobster, shrimp, pork, light cheese, lightly spicy food

Grade: B-

This isn’t the highest quality beer coming out of Belgium. It’s solid beer when going to a beer after a long day at work. Which I will definitely drink again.

Next: Grolsch Premium Lager