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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


Time to get back to posting after a nice long vacation!

I must be one of those crazy people, I just not fond of Orval.  Everyone else seems to like it!  I do like the bowling pin shaped bottle though.

About the Beer – It poured a cloudy orange colour with a big bubbly head.  The aroma was of plums, raison, sweetness, and Brett??  The flavour was all over the place with hits of medicine, herbs, dark fruit, and tartness.

Would I Drink it Again? – Oh probably since it is supposed to be one of the best in the world but I won’t rush to grab it.

Chimay Triple Trappist AleWhat is it with Belgium and their glass fetish?

Brew – Chimay Triple 8% ABV, 330ml

BrewerChimay brewed at Scourmont Abbey



Belgium is the land of the beer glass fetish.  There seems to be a glass for every beer.  If you go to a bar you get a different glass for every brand AND style.  Have you ever looked on the back of a Belgian bottle of beer?  You guessed it, there is a picture of the proper glassware for that beer.  So why all the different glassware?  Belgian brew masters believe that the glass form can accentuate the beer.

Chimay is a Trappist beer.  Belgian beers can only be called Trappist if they are brewed in a Trappist Monastery or Abbey.  Chimay is produced at one of only 6 Monasteries in belgium that still make beer.  There are only 7 in the world.  Triple (Tripel, Trippel) is the name used by the monks for the strongest blonde beer in the range.  Usually with an alcohol content of 8-10% ABV.

About the Beer – It pours a lovely golden colour with a slight orange tinge.  The head is huge and reminds you of frothy egg white.  It has a strong yeast smell with hints of honey and spice.  This beer has a big taste.  The first hit is of spice (maybe pepper) then it transitions into a slight hop and yeast flavour.  The finish is spice again and very dry.  The alcohol is strong at the finish as well.  When this beer warms up a bit you get a hint of apricot at the beginning also.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yep!  It is not a beer I would drink regularly but it is definitely one I enjoy on occasion.

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