For the Twelfth Beer of Christmas, we celebrated in style.
something I’m proud of, I buy a bottle. When Aubrey turned 21 and again
when she graduated, I bought her a bottle. And so, to celebrate the
final night we bought another.
I won’t bother raving about how great this beer is. Obviously it’s
something special. At least to me. Instead, I’ll just tell you about
it as I have the others.
It pours out a mahogany brown. Translucent but not transparent. The
head forms rapidly and nearly overflowed the glass as I was getting
ready to take the photo. But it dissipates rapidly to a light frosting
with low lacing.
Moderate alcohol esters follow cedar, dark fruit, and faint yeast scents.
The yeast and alcohol come through in the flavor along with roasted
malt, raisins, and a smokey wood. The carbonation is crisp and light. A
nice compliment to the silky smooth, medium body.
At nearly $13 a bottle (for 750 ml), this is probably not what you
want for your staple beer (mine is Shiner Bock). But I highly recommend
that you find a reason to celebrate and grab a bottle of Chimay Grande
Réserve. Maybe just celebrate that it’s Thursday!
Brewer: Bières de Chimay
Style: Strong Ale
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Interesting Note: Grande Réserve is a Trappist beer. These are brewed
only by monks in Trappist monasteries. Of the 174 monasteries in the
world, only 7 produce beer and are authorized to use the “Authentic
Trappist Product” logo.