In a nutshell: A tremendous Jeroboam (that's 3 litres) of Chimay's powerful, full and complex Belgian beer, one of the country's most famous Trappist breweries.
The lowdown: The strongest of their range of Trappist beers it certainly has something of a Port like character about it. The Port like flavours develop if the beer is laid down for five years or more. This aromatic, lively, rich ale has a medium sweet middle, with gently drier suggestions of thyme, pepper, sandalwood and nutmeg on the finish.
Known as Grande Reserve in jeroboams, it's the same as Blue Cap in smaller bottles.
Style - Belgian Style Strong Ales ABV 9.0% - Very Strong
Chimay is one of the six authentic Belgian Trappist breweries and one of only fourteen across the world. This exclusive Trappist title can only be given to breweries that are within the walls of a Trappist monastery where the beers are brewed under the control and responsibility of the community of monks and most of the income derived is devoted to social works and the needs of the community.
The brewery in the Abbaye de Scourmont in the municipality of Chimay in the south of Belgium has been producing beer since 1862. They have three widely distributed beers for which they've made their name and like many strong Belgian beers, these can age well and can be cellared for at least five years, maturing all the time. The Chimay Bleue in particular can be aged for upwards of fifteen years.
In addition to beer, since 1876, they've also produced a range of cheeses which are quite natural bedfellows and go well when consumed together.