There was something really wonderful about cracking open this beer. I don't drink near enough Belgian beers. This Chimay Ale is just delicious! You may not think of darker tones when imagining this European style, but this one is a darker brown color. The head (which you WANT to be thick and foamy) is a rich caramel color.
[Just make sure you drink it in a goblet glass, which is Belgian tradition for trappist beers]
You'll often find Chimay beers in these 750mL bottles. Word to the wise...share the bottle. At 9% alcohol, this is a beer you want to share with friends and food!
For this pairing, I'm going straight up cheese! No main dish, just cheese. This awesome reference recommends a "washed rind" cheese that has been washed with a liquor-like beer or wine then aged. Try a Taleggio or Epoisses.
If you can score either of those cheeses, try Giada's Taleggio & Pear Panini! Cheese and fruit will pair perfectly with this Chimay!
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