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#1 WhyteKnight

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 08:08 PM

What are you beer guys' thoughts on Chimay Grand Reserve? Are there any particularly notable other brews that are relatively widely available?

#2 Jack B

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 10:56 PM

I like the Red one the best.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 09:05 AM

I've been know to eat both the Blue & Red.

Both are ingest worthy.

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 10:02 AM

The Grande Reserve is the most balanced and complex.

The Blue and the White are also excellent, with the White having a drier, somewhat hoppier accent, and being the lowest in alcohol, and the Blue being the maltiest.

There are definitely even better Belgies out there, although Chimay probably has the widest availability.

If you're looking for the BEST Belgian ales, belgianshop.com has, by far, the most interesting selection.

I'd recommend the Westvleteren lineup (8, 12, and Blonde), as well as the Stillenacht 2004 Reserve from De Dolle Brouwerie. These are my absolute favorites, and a few of the top rated beers on ratebeer.com

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 10:19 AM

...or dump the Abbeys down the sink and purchase some Oud Bruins/Flanders Reds or REAL Lambics. (Chimay tastes burnt.)

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 11:54 AM

I like burnt beer.

It gives it a creamier, heavier mouthfeel ...

#7 Jack B

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 04:10 PM

You prefer your Absinth burnt too...

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 05:36 PM

Me too...

Burnt is da bomb...not to be confused with da O-Bomb.

Lambics are all burnt too, BTW.

They just cover it up with all that sour goodness! :punk:

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#9 Jack B

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 09:11 PM

Um, no. Lambics ain't burnt, but Oud Bruins are (chocolate malts, "special B")

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 09:31 PM

Bud all the way! Rice beer rules! haha

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Posted 05 February 2005 - 09:46 PM

I am soooo gonna come over there and kick your ass.

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 03:56 AM

Two words: Orval, Westvleteren.

Chimay is, well, OK. Drinkable. Can be enjoyed, if you can't get anything better.

Should I mention that we have a few microbrewers over here in Scandiland that beat the hell out of any belgian monk? In any case, I just did.
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#13 Jack B

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 09:17 AM

Mmmmm. Lutfisk Ale made by Wooden Shoe Brewery.

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 09:21 AM

Should I mention that we have a few microbrewers over here in Scandiland that beat the hell out of any belgian monk?

Just like we have microdistillers over in the states that easily beat the hell out of any big French distilleries?

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 10:01 AM

All the Chimay products are too estery for me - they give me a tremendous headache. That's inherent in the style, though, it's not a fault of Chimay.

There's nothing burnt about Lambic, in fact, it contains a portion of grain that's not even malted, much less burnt.

The defining characteristic of Lambic is sour, because of the open (to the air) fermentation that lets microflora other than yeast into the stuff.

#16 Absomphe

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 11:05 AM

Should I mention that we have a few microbrewers over here in Scandiland that beat the hell out of any belgian monk? In any case, I just did.

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#17 Absomphe

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Posted 06 February 2005 - 11:08 AM

There's nothing burnt about Lambic, in fact, it contains a portion of grain that's not even malted, much less burnt.


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I was only joking with Jack B, Artemis.

The "B' stands for Burnt, you see. :D

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 02:35 PM

...Should I mention that we have a few microbrewers over here in Scandiland that beat the hell out of any belgian monk? In any case, I just did.

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Once again you've proved that you lutfisk munchers have no taste.

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 12:21 AM

Um, no (I haven't proved) and um, yes (we have taste).
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#20 Absomphe

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Posted 11 February 2005 - 06:21 AM

Did the cannibals who ate Michael Rockefeller, back in the 60s, tell you that?

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Posted 09 September 2011 - 10:47 AM

I have to agree with Absomphe on the preference of Chimay Grande Reserve but I love 'em all. I going to have to swing by Randall's and get a few bottles.


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