Beer Blogging Returns
I give you the Chimay Premiére Trappist Ale, brewed in an abbey in Belgium.
Presentation is important for a beer, and that brings me to the first cool thing about Chimay Premiére. Besides coming in an enormous bottle (750 mL, the size of a bottle of wine), it has a cork:
Once you get the cork off, the fun starts. The back of the bottle describes this beer as having a "pleasant sharpness and light hint of bitterness", and the beer doesn't disappoint. It's unfiltered and there's a ton of yeast, which means the beer ferments in the bottle. That gives it a very rich taste and an alcohol content that's probably higher than the 7% on the label. The bitterness is slight, but it really asserts itself in the aftertaste. The beer does have some sweetness, but there's only a very slight hint of it when it initially hits your mouth; other than that, this beer is all about bold flavor. And that's not a bad thing at all. I'd recommend this beer if you like beers with strong flavors in general.