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Chimay Blue Grand Reserve – Bières de Chimay S. A. (2011)

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As we mentioned in our Chimay Grand Classique Cheese post, this bottle from 2011 was a gift from our friend Matt Bollerman. We hung onto it for awhile until we came across said cheese to pair it with. We took some time to try this ripened bottle of Grand Reserve (or Blue as it is more commonly known) on it’s own before we began our pairing. Here are our thoughts on the famous, Chimay Blue (thanks Matt).

Blue pours a rich, deep ruby color with garnet and rust highlights. A very thick, creamy head that is a light sand color forms above the brew. Though the head does eventually fall, leaving behind a copious amount of pillowy doily-like lacing, the cap that remains is still fairly prominent as you can see from the photograph. The carbonation is slow moving, with lots of tiny bubbles present throughout the body. Aroma-wise, sweet malty fruits that border on being candly-like are front and center, with a bit of alcohol, raisin and earthiness in the background. Hints of Belgian yeast come through as well. The taste closely follows the scent, as the base of this beer is a malt heavy body with sweet, rich accents. Raisin and dark fruit flavors are present throughout with a slight earthy bitterness emerging at the end of the sip to provide a bit of balance. There is a touch of gentle warming alcohol, but for a 9% ABV beer it is definitely on the subtle side. A full, smooth mouthfeel makes this beer feel robust without being too sweet or cloying. keep reading...

Written by A+K

May 5th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Chimay Grand Classique Cheese + Chimay Grand Reserve 2011

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chimay cheeseThanks to our friend Matt Bollerman and a trip to the cheese counter at Whole Foods, we recently found ourselves in possession of both a bottle of Chimay Grand Reserve from 2011 and a portion of Chimay Grand Classique Cheese, hopefully not with quite as much age on it. We had been saving the bottle for a special occasion, and once the cheese found it’s way into our shopping cart we knew this pairing was what we were waiting for. It did however lead us to ponder the fact that it seems like many cheeses are now made with beer, but we have yet to see a beer made with cheese. Do you think we may be onto something, Long Island breweries? Yeah, probably not, but if we see any gorgonzola IPAs floating around this summer we want some credit. keep reading...

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March 31st, 2014 at 8:15 am

Saison du Buff – Dogfish Head Brewery, Stone Brewing Company & Victory Brewing Company (2012)

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Saison du Buff is an interesting trio of beers much like the three breweries who crafted each version. Born out of the formation of the BUFF alliance (Brewers United for the Freedom of Flavor) in 2003 these beers were a long time coming. This group was comprised of Sam Calagione, Bill Covaleski and Greg Koch. The goal of BUFF was to highlight the “passion and camaraderie of the American craft brew movement”, at least according to the Dogfish Head Brewery website. It was three young brewers trying something bold and building upon something that had been slowly growing since Jack McAuliffe first opened New Albion Brewing Company in 1976. keep reading...

Written by A+K

March 28th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Vertical – 2006-2013

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As far as holiday beers go, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale (an American IPA) is always a staple on the shelves that lets you know the year is winding down. It is also one of the earliest examples of an APA with production starting in 1981. This seasnoal favortie has had the same recipe since 1983! Celebration (labeld as a Fresh Hop Ale in recent years) is a Winter standard.

Here at BLC HQ (by da beach boooy!) we decided that we’d take a little trip down memory lane with good ‘ol Celebration. Through collecting and saving as well as some timely help from our buddy Bellport Dave, we managed to acquire a bottle of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale from the past eight years (wow). Though technically a holiday brew, we waited until after all the Christmas craziness died down to sample this epic flight. keep reading...

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January 29th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Ten FIDY – Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery (2011)

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Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout is big beer and we had the pleasure of enjoying it on tap. The version we sampled was aged over a year originally being kegged in 2011. The brew pours a thick, dark black with a creamy saddle color head that sticks around even after you start sipping. The aroma is dominated by alcohol and chocolate, with hints of vanilla and coffee coming though. Subtle cherry and maple are also present and there is a brightness that has notes of fresh cream to round out the scent. For a strong beer in both smell and appearance, the taste is restrained and well balanced. Ten FIDY is medium bodied i and the mouthfeel is smooth, with several flavors working in harmony. Up front, there are coffee and roasted notes with subtle hints of vanilla. This gives way to a sweeter maple flavor and the sip ends on a semi-dry, bitter note. Alcohol is present in the taste but it is not overwhelming. Aging this brew for a year seems to have tamed the alcohol a bit and also subdued so of the 98 IBUs. This is another beer that would be great around a fire with a few close friends. keep reading...

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January 5th, 2013 at 11:53 pm