Bières de Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue)

Bière de Chimie Grande Réserve, 9% ABV from Bailuex Belgium is a Trappist Ale, which means that this dark Strong ale is brewed by Belgian monks. This ale pours a deep brown color with dark ruby edges and a three-finger think-off white head that is very slow to dissipate. The aromas are of dark fruit, raisins, there is a sweetness. This beer has a sweet dark fruit flavor with raisins, and with a strong flavor overall. The mouthfeel is full with a bit of stickiness and finishes with a touch of sweetness and some light dark fruit. The fruit flavor does carry into the aftertaste with a bit more pronounced alcoholic note. This ière de Chimie Grande Réserveis always great tasting and it gets an A from me I highly recommend pick up this beer, you will not regret what you did, Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Throwback Thursday: Huyghe Brewery Delirium Nocturnum

Originally posted December 28th, 2015.


Belgians brew some of the best-tasting beers in the world. I love them very much. I have yet to any Delirium beers, which are brewed by the Huyghe Brewery in Melle/Ghent Belgium. This is a family brewery that has been brewing beer since 1654. Delirium Nocturnum, 8.5% ABV is a highly popular strong dark Belgian Ale and usually has pink elephants on the blue label. What the mean behind the pink elephant is not known by me, but maybe you start to see the pink elephant all over the place after too much of this beer. Nocturnum pours a dark brown color with a two and a half beige, light brown color that big and stays for a little while before settling into great-looking lacing around the edges of the goblet. The aroma is of figs, raisins with nice candied sugars and hints of alcohol. Taste is strong but none too overwhelming with nice raisin slight fig with a light subtle sweetness, but as this ale warms the alcohol becomes more dominant. I think that Nocturnum pairs well a meat dish such as a prime rib, lamb, veal or steak. The mouthfeel is full yet rich with a nice faint creamy texture. Nocturnum has a little bit of an alcoholic finish with bits of fig and hits of a sweetness that will lead to an after taste of more figs, raisins, and faint toffee. The after taste sticks around for a moment. I really enjoyed Delirium Nocturnum. I give this ale A+. You should try this one! I still think Chimay Blue is the best of the strong dark Belgian ale style, but this Delirium Nocturnum is right up there. Cheers! Happy New Year! Please enjoy responsibly!     


Beer & Chips Pairing: Terra Chips Sweet Potato & 21st Amendment Brewing Monks Blood.

Beer & Chips Pairing is back with Terra Chips Sweet Potato & 21st Amendment Brewing Monks Blood, 8.3% ABV. Terra Chips are a dark orange color similar to the inside of a sweet potato with ridges giving off a salted sweet potato aroma. Taste is what you’d expect with a good amount of sweet potato sweetness with some salt with good a crunch. 21st Amendment Brewery Monks Blood has just the right amount of sweetness to go along with the sweetness of the Terra Chips. The beers’ sweet but strong flavor is muted a bit by the chips and the chips salty flavor is washed out by Monks Blood. Terra Chips Sweet Potato is average getting a C+ but paired with 21st Amendment Brewing Monks Blood this pairing is an A-. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

21st Amendment Brewery Monks Blood

21st Amendment Brewery Monks Blood, 8.3% ABV purchased from the local Total Wine is a Belgian-style dark ale brewed in San Leandro California with cinnamon, Vanilla, oak chips, and dried figs. It has been a long while since I’ve had a beer from 21st Amendment Brewery. Monks Blood pours a deep brown with somewhat red edges and a two-finger tan khaki head with sweet candy sugar like aromas with some cinnamon and very light fig notes. Taste is much like a Belgian-style dark ale with a nice bit of sweetness upfront with nice light cinnamon and vanilla with a gracious licorice flavor and there is a bit of a strong nature to Monks Blood with a semi-sweet finish and a licorice aftertaste with a medium mouthfeel. Not a bad Belgian-style dark ale, I would say that 21st Amendment Brewery Monks Blood is a B-, the overall flavor of this beer is not as full as a true Belgian dark ale. But it’s otherwise good and something worth trying. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!