Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue) 750mL
Grande Réserve was first launched in 1948 as a Christmas ale under the name “Blue Cap.” It’s success and reputation as a strong ale of the highest quality led to it’s year-round production as Chimay Grande Réserve. Today it is the standard bearer of the Chimay range and has become notorious for its amazing cellaring ability. A beer cellar on the grounds of the abbey secures a vast selection of Chimay Blue bottles whose ages span a multitude of decades.
The beer is remarkably dry for the style and the hint of sweetness is derived purely from the highest quality of malts. Flavors of dates, fig and pear are complimented by aromas of dark bread, with a touch of rose. As the beer ages it maintains its elegance while taking on flavors or sherry and tobacco.
World Class Rated - 96 - Beer Advocate
Chimay beers have been brewed by Trappist monks at the Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium, since 1862. The monks continue to develop the production of Trappist beers, following the monastic traditions of natural brewing, and make cheeses, with revenues supporting the operation of the abbey and the monks’ social-service projects.
Chimay bottles several beers in both traditional, 750-ml bottles with cork and wire closures and smaller, 11-oz. bottles. The first Chimay creation was Chimay Première, a copper-colored, 7 percent ABV beer. It’s known as Red Cap in the smaller bottle. A dark Chimay Christmas ale, first brewed in 1948, has become a year-round offering. With a powerful aroma and complex flavor and 9 percent ABV, it’s called Grand Reserve in the large bottle and Blue Cap in the smaller bottle. In 1966, Chimay created a Chimay Triple, labeled Cinq Cents in the large bottle. This 8 percent ABV golden colored beer combines sweetness and bitterness in a rare balance, and is dubbed White Cap in the small bottle.