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Preface this with:  I LOVE Belgian beers.

I was lucky enough to tour around Belgium in 2000 and what more can you say about a country that serves waffles and beer in the afternoon??

This beer was a lovely ruby colour with a great head.  Lots of notes of caramel and musky notes.  Sweet start with a bite of sour.  Very drinkable at such a high ABV!

Bornem Dubbel 7% ABV, 330ml

Bornem Dubbel


This beer was a lovely deep reddish colour with a great head.  The aroma was full of raisin and banana.  I am a big fan of the Dubbel and this one did not disappoint.  Lots of dark fruit notes and maybe a hint of chocolate.  Yum!

Westmalle Dubbel

Who came up with calling 650 or 750ml bottles bombers?

Another beer brought back from Chicago by my parents.  I love these little surprises!  This beer is named after the Abbot of an Abbey that the Brewmaster Greg Hall visited in Belgium.  Apparently it is very hard to get into.   This beer is brewed in respect to the Abbot and traditions of the Abbey.

About the Beer – It poured a cherry brown colour with a small head.  The aroma was of raisin, plum, bread, and a bit of citrus.  The flavour was fantastic and very complex.  It was very creamy on the tongue with big hits of dark fruit, cinnamon, allspice, sugar, and pepper.  It seemed to change with every sip.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, if it was easier to get it would be a staple in my cellar!

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Which Chimay is your favourite.  Red, White, or Blue?

  • Brew – Chimay Première Red 7% ABV, 750mlChimay Premiere Red
  • Brewer – Chimay
  • Style – Dubbel
  • Country – Belgium
  • Purchased – LCBO

This is the second Chimay beer I have reviewed.  The first was the White.  You can check out the review here: Glass Fetish – Beer #34

Chimay Première is a Belgian Dubbel style beer.  What is Dubbel style you ask?  It is a Trappist naming convention.  The Dubbel is generally a rich, malty, and spicy beer that is on the darker coloured side.  It has been brewed since the middle ages but is thought to have been revived by the Westmalle Abbey monks in the 1800’s.

About the Beer – It poured a lovely dark cider colour.  The head was huge and lasted till the beer was done.  The aroma was excellent.  Lots of sweet spice and a sort of musty fruitiness.  The first sip was an explosion of toasted malts, toffee, and some sweetness.  This was followed by some spicy coriander, pepper, and maybe a bit of cinnamon. There is some definite pepper in the aftertaste.  The alcohol is well hidden.  There is lots of carbonation in this beer yet it goes down smooth as can be!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, Yes, Yes, this is a great beer.  Now if I could only get my hands on the Chimay Blue!

Abbey Ale or not?

Brew – Affligem Dubbel 6.8% ABV, 330mlAffligem Dubbel

BrewerAffligem Brewery




Short post today!

Should we be calling beers that are only licenesed by and abbey, Abbey Ale?

To see a reveiw on the Affligem Blonde follow the link: Belgian Beer Week! – Beer #33

About the Beer – Pours a foggy, light mahogany colour with 3 fingers of thick foamy head.  It stays forever.  The aroma if very complex.  I can pick out dried cherry , caramel and spices.  The flavour is of dried raisans, some very light bitter, slight caramel, and just a little pepper at the end.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, it is a good beer.  I like the Affligem Blonde better though.

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