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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

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

Southern Tier Pumking vs Pumking

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Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin, PUMPKIN! It seems like every year the flavors of fall begin their spicy, sticky and sweet barrage on our taste buds closer and closer to beach season. Some people have called this slide into lunacy “Seasonal Creep” but we prefer to tag it with a what we feel is a more apro poe, Seasonal Sleaze.

That is right, Seasonal Sleaze. Pumpkin this and pumpkin that “season” is like a reeeeaaaalllllyyyy drawn out Shark Week where people go around telling anybody within earshot how much they loooovvvveee pumpkin. “Oh have you had the new pumpkin spiced latte at Suck a Ducks?”, no we haven’t but are sure you will fill us in. “Did you try the spicy pumpkin crusty holes from Dumpy Donuts?”, nah kid we don’t eat those but it sure looks like you enjoy them. This onslaught of spiced and iced goods lasts quite a long time and while people do seem to enjoy these “treats” we’d say it has nothing to do with pumpkin at all. In reality what do they love? They love sugar and spice and whatever tastes nice. These people do not actually love pumpkin or the flavor of pumpkins (or sharks for that matter) they love sweet, sugary shit. When they order a pumpkin beer they make sure they get a full brown rim job every time loads with spices and sugar. keep reading...

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October 31st, 2013 at 4:05 am