The featured beer painting of the day is of Chimay Pères Trappistes Ale, brewed at Scourmont Abbey and bottled by S. A. Bières De Chimay, Belgium. Also known as Chimay Red, one of the most popular Trappist beers, and the most popular Chimay offering. This is the first Trappist beer to include the Trappist name on the label. This abbey started brewing beer 152 years ago in 1862. In order to make a Trappist beer, the beer must be made by monks within the confines of a Trappist monastery, using proprietary Trappist Belgian ale yeast. The proceeds from the brewery are used to support the abbey as well as charitable projects. The unique yeast, isolated by Father Theodore, when combined with the highly protected pure abbey well water, produces a unique rich flavor that really is only available in Trappist style ale.
Chimay Red is a Belgian dubbel, weighing in at 7% ABV. This beer has a quirky aesthetic that pours with a mushroom cloud of foam. It smells like fruit, raisins and prunes with a hint of nuts. The flavor is more fruit caramel, honey, dark chocolate, and toasted bread. It is a sweet, but thin beer, and you would hardly guess it is 7%. If you like Belgian style beer, this one is not to be missed!
Cheers to Chimay! Combining a monastery with a brewery is a genius idea! God gave us the gift of fermentation! I hope Alaska gets the 11th Trappist brewery!