So, I have this love-hate relationship with my local bar. It’s conveniently located about 5 minutes down the road from me, has some decent craft beer (albeit not a huge selection) and big televisions. The downside of the place? The food is mediocre at best and the crowd is usually…colorful. But, Katie and I ended up there anyway last night. Since it’s usually late when we go out, I guess I shouldn’t complain. It just has so much potential if they fixed a few things. Moore’s Tavern is owned by the same people who own the other bar I go to, Jack Baker’s American Grille (and they both have identical menus…down to the font on them). The last couple of times I’ve been there, they have never had any of the beers that I ask for. They’re either on order or they just ran out when I got there. But, I guess it was my lucky day since they had this brew which I hadn’t reviewed yet.
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Chimay Bleue (Blue), 9% abv darker ale. In the 75 cl bottle, it is known as Grande Réserve. This copper-brown beer has a light creamy head and a slightly bitter taste. Considered to be the ‘classic’ Chimay ale, it exhibits a considerable depth of fruity, peppery character.”
Random: I love the Chimay chalice that it was served with. I have a certain affinity for sexy glassware.
I poured this brew out of the bottle into the waiting chalice. Another complaint that I have about this bar is the fact that they keep the beers way too cold. I was waiting for ice chips to fall out of the bottle on this one. It came out with half a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, brown color with lots of visible, active carbonation. The nose had a lot of sweet and dark fruit on it. I really enjoyed the notes of fig and dates with a bit of yeast as well. The taste was just as enjoyable as the nose. It had sweet dates, figs, candi sugar and some Belgian yeast. The booze was really well hidden and didn’t even come out on the finish. The body was on the thicker side with prickly carbonation. The finish was relatively quick with sweetness. I really enjoyed this beer. Everything worked really well for it and yet another brew from the Chimay family that I loved. I would definitely have this one again.
Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0