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Published on Jan 15, 2012
Our review of Chimay Blue in 2011 is one of our most hated episodes. The rating wasn't horrible, but Chef and Mark were not kind to it and both said that they would prefer to drink Miller Light. I was wondering if there review was based on preconceived notions about the beer, so I set up this blind taste to see if the score would change when the boys didn't know what beer they were drinking. Tune and find out whether the ratings change in this fun follow up to one of our most notorious episodes.
Script from Previous Review: "Hi, I'm James Knott and today we are talking about Chimay Grande Reserve from the Notre Dame Abbey at Scourmont in Chimay, Belgium.
This beer is the same as Chimay Blue, but they change the name for the 25.4 oz bottle because the brewery feels that the flavor is affected when secondary fermentation happens in a larger vessel. A larger 51 oz wine bottle is also sold called Magnum Grande Reserve.
Chimay is one of only seven Trappist breweries in the world -- 6 in Belgium, 1 in the Netherlands. To be officially recognized as a trappist beer the beer must be brewed within the walls of an abbey under the control of monks. Also, the proceeds must not be used for profit, but instead used for the Abbey and its charitable works.
Chimay Grande Reserve is a Belgian Strong, Dark Ale or Quadruple with 9 percent ABV. The water is drawn from wells on the Abbey grounds. It is not pasteurized and is a great beer for cellaring. Drink it out of a chalice at around 60 degrees Fahrenheit."