Chimay Premiere (Red)

Today was a pretty good day. Classes went pretty quickly, as did work. I had a good day at the gym and now I’m home, watching a documentary on Sophie Scholl who was part of the White Rose resistance movement in Germany during WWII. I seriously love subtitled movies. I have no idea why, but I really do. Especially when they’re completely in German. I even relaxed on the couch and went through some catalogs. Tonight, I’m opening a beer I haven’t had in years. Let’s see how it fairs.

ABV: 7%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to the Chimay website, “First sold in 75 cl (25.4 fl.oz.) bottles, it is noted for its coppery colour which makes it particularly attractive. Topped with a creamy head, it gives off a light, fruity apricot aroma produced by the fermentation. The taste perceived in the mouth is a balance confirming the fruity nuances noticed in the fragrance. Its taste, which imparts a silky sensation to the tongue, is made refreshing by a light touch of bitterness. To the palate, the taster perceives a pleasant astringency which complements the flavour qualities of this beer very harmoniously. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.”

Random: For some reason, I thought my Dad bought me Chimay Blue instead of Red. Oops. I guess I’ll have to buy that one myself.

The brew poured a cloudy chestnut-brown with a one finger white head into my Rogue goblet (I seriously love any chance to break these bad boys out). The head didn’t leave any lacing, but there was some serious visible carbonation going on. The nose presented with some notes of raisin, sweetness and a hint of booze. This smells like a Belgian, all the way. On the taste, the first thing that I get is way more carbonation than I remember. It’s not bad by any means, just unexpected. I also got more raisins and dark fruit, coupled with some yeasty flavors and malt sweetness. The finish lingers with a hint of yeast. This is still a great beer. I’m definitely going to enjoy finishing this bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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