On the docket: Chimay Première (Red) 11.2 oz. bottle
Poured into: Unmarked Libbey tulip
S: An opaque, deep walnut brown body holds up a khaki head. Its top is thick, uniform, and full of tiny bubbles. I cannot detect carbonation activity because the beer is so think and dark.
A: Sweet malt and spicy yeast gives your nose a wake-up, plus a note of molasses and pumpernickel bread. Just a whiff of booze.
T: A touch of caramel, molasses, and sweet malt form that base of the brown beauty. Sugar and spice balances the raisin and fig flavors. Kind of “fruit-cakey.” Few circumstances would use that as a compliment, but this is one of them. Dry but not bitter.
F: Slick, but deceptively light mouthfeel. Starts sweet but boy does it finish dry!
O: Perhaps the single-most recognized and best regarded brew of its style and Belgian origin. Iconic. Great for sitting down and enjoying.
Suggested food pairing: Havarti, char-broiled steak, dark chocolate, by itself as dessert
S: 4.5 A: 4.25 T: 4.5 F: 4.25 O: 4.5