• Chimay Blue Label Grande Reserve Ale 750ml

    Chimay Blue Label Grande Reserve Ale 750ml

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    World Class ~ Beer Advocate

    Straight from the Trappists in Belgium, and not to be missed, we have the Chimay Grande Reserve Blue Label. It was first brewed as a Christmas ale, but you can just as easily chase away your post-holiday blues with this dark, creamy, delicious brew. Or, place it alongside some of your favorites in the wine cellar; it will keep for years to come...

    Of all the beers in the world, only ten of them can use the name "Trappist": Achel, Chimay, Engelszell, La Trappe, Orval, Rochefort, Spencer, Westvleteren, Westmalle and Zundert. You can recognize them from the "Authentic Trappist Product" logo. A Trappist beer is only given this name if it satisfies a number of strict criteria:
    • The beer is brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by the monks themselves or under their supervision.
    • The brewery must be controlled by the monastery and have a business culture compatible with the monastic project.
    • The purpose of the brewery is not to make a profit. The income takes care of the livelihood of the monks and the upkeep of the abbey site. What is left over is used for charitable purposes, social work and people in need.
    • The Trappist breweries produce beers of an impeccable quality that is permanently controlled.
    • Trappist breweries strictly observe all standards in the areas of safety, health and consumer information. And the style of communication and advertising is one of honesty, austerity and the modesty appropriate to the religious environment in which the beers are brewed.
    Beer Advocate: Rated World Class.

    Monastery/Brewery: "This copper-brown Trappist Belgian Strong Dark Ale (ABV 9%) has a creamy head and a fragrance of fresh yeast and roasted malt. Considered to be the "classic" Chimay ale, it exhibits a considerable depth of fruity, peppery character (including hints of plum, raisin and nutmeg). Top fermented and refermented in the bottle, it can be aged for upwards of fifteen years. Chimay Blue is known as Grande Réserve.

    Scourmont Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Scourmont) is a Trappist monastery on the Scourmont plateau of Belgium. The abbey is famous for its spiritual life and for its Chimay beer, brewed within the monastery under the control and responsibility of the monastic community. Life in the abbey is characterized by prayer, reading and manual work, the basic elements of Trappist life.  In 1844, Jean-Baptiste Jourdain, the priest of Virelles, suggested that the wild plateau of Scourmont was a suitable place for a monastery. However, all previous attempts to cultivate the barren plateau had failed. Fr. Jourdain obtained support for the proposed foundation from Prince Joseph II de Chimay and the abbots of Westmalle and Westvleteren Abbeys. Six years later, in 1850, a small group of monks from Westvleteren settled on Scourmont and founded a priory (raised to the status of abbey in 1871).  Hard work was required to transform the barren soil of Scourmont into fertile farmland. A cheese-making factory and a brewery were also built in order to meet the needs of the abbey and its foundations as well as to sustain employment in the region. All production respects the great monastic brewing tradition and takes place, even today, despite increased production, in the original abbey buildings.  Since its renovation in 1989, the brewery uses modern technology to back up traditional brewing knowledge that dates back to 1862. The water for the beer is drawn from a well located inside the monastery walls. The filtered solids from the beer mash are recycled into livestock feed which is given to the same cows that produce the milk for Chimay cheeses. Even though the brewery only operates from 7AM to 4PM out of respect for the schedule of monastic life, it produces two 250 hectoliter (52,850 pt) batches daily.   As with all other Trappist breweries, the beer is sold only for financial support of the monastery and its charities. The brewery business pays rent for use of the property within the abbey, which is used to support the monastic community. All of the profit from the sale of the beer is distributed to charities and for community development around the region."

    Bottle: 750ml, cork      
    Varietal: Strong dark ale
    Alcohol: 9.0%
    Region: Chimay, Belgium