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A strong dark Trappist ale bringing floral and fruity tones with violet and elderflower alongside aromas of banana and pear brandy on the nose. This bouquet is completed with touches of coconut and vanilla from the oak, subtle hints of caramel and chocolate join on the palate. Pleasant and surprising roundness with initial sweetness, counterbalanced by the generous alcohol levels. A delightful lingering finish.
The Grande Reserve whiskey-barrel fermented variation features the time-honoured ancestral heritage of second fermenation. Each year using wooden barrels of particular provenence and flavour palate, the monks produce a one-of-a-kind limited ale, introducing a new level of complexity and excellence to an already highly polished process. The ale goes through a further third fermentation once in the bottle leading to a drink that only improves with time. The dark black glass of the bottle contributes to its aging potential, among the most highly praised Trappist beers ever produced.
This ale is best served between 10-12°C.
Goes wonderfully with crème brûlée or desserts with dark chocolate.
The Trappist brothers of Scormont Abbey, Chimay, have been brewing since 1862. Using their own natural spring water, which impart a unique flavour, the monks were the first monastery to use the official 'Trappist' designation, which safeguards the strict quality standards found in their drinks. As Cistercians of the Strict Observance, the monks live life in silence, totally withdrawn from the modern world. Over time they have developed their products to include their famous cheese as well as expanding the original single line of beer to a total of 7 or 8 when including special brews such as the rare Grand Reserve. Chimay is the most famous of all the Trappist beers and has led the way in having monastic products recognised for their high quality. The abbey uses its significant proceeds to support many charitable institutions and smaller monasteries, as well as employing over 30% of the local town.
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Following the environmental example of the monks, our packaging is biodegradable or recyclable as much as possible, and we are committed to work to improve this.