Chimay Premiere Ale (Red) (7% ABV): In a Shot: A great abv creeper Trappist ale that has a color ranging from coffee to iced tea with a swiftly dissolving cappuccino colored foam, small slow almost invisible beads with flavors and aromas ranging from bright fruits, spices, apricots to yeast, hops, smoked tea leaves, barley and medium tannins.
The first, lowest priced and lowest alcohol content of the Chimay line-up. Chimay Red is a top fermented Trappist beer that gets re fermented in the bottle and is not pasteurised. The color of the ale is fascinating. Depending on how directly into and how bright of a light you are using the ale can be very dark ale with dense coppery, blood orange, black cherry even coffee colors. Directly in light the color is more of an unused coppery, Valencia orange, red cherry and iced tea. The off white cappuccino foam dissipates incredibly fast for an abbey ale, I even struggled to keep the foam topped up just to take it's picture. Also I need to point out that the beads in the glass are very small, almost hard to see unless directly in the light and are incredibly slow, only starting mid way through the beer.
Chimay Cinq Cents Ale (8% ABV): In a Shot: The medium ranged hazy, musky, muddy orange Chimay ale boasts more density and sediment with a bright frothy foam yet no lace or acidity packed with dry, raisin yeast featuring anise, ginger and roses with a dry and bitter finish.
I highly recommend picking up the gift set with the three different ales with the addition to the Chimay glass. Most top quality breweries make glasses that bring out the genuine carbonation, head and overall flavor of the brew you are holding. Thank you for CHIMAYing in and do celebrate your freedom appropriately as well as responsibly. To the red, white and blue, I toast!!!