Yesterday though they had very little apart from Chimay (blue and red). So I grabbed one of each as well as two Black Sheep Ales. I also grabbed a 12 year old Redbreast Whiskey as its only €33 as opposed to €45 everywhere else I see it.
First up I had the stronger of the two at 9%. Chimay blue was carbonated very nicely and poured into a large wine glass as it is the closest I had to the stlye. It was a very dark brown and there were dark bits floating at the bottom. It reminded me of homebrew wine actually with the exception of the head.
The aroma had an obvious fruitiness which to me reminded me of plum. There was also a nice alcoholic nose and this was very evident while drinking.
- sight - Dark brown, floaty bits in the bottom, foamy.
- smell - Something sweet like plum and definate alcohol on the nose. Yeast
- taste - A little sweet but not overly so. Alcohol lingers and warms.
- sweet - 3/5
- bitter - 1/5
Next up was the red label. This one is only 7% though that is still a pretty impressive ABV.
I am going to be honest here, I could not tell much of a difference between this and the blue in most respects.
Sure the blue tasted a little better, had the nice alcohol feeling. The thing is, the red is supposed to be a different style and I just did not get what the difference was apart from the fact it was less impressive than the blue. It reminds me of trying to tell the difference between a stout and a porter.
There was less fruit to the red and an explosive carbonation which had me putting the bottle into the glass while it foamed out of the top before I could pour it. I lost a bit of beer which I wiped up before the photo. After so much foam I found there was little head or carbonation left. Might have just got a shake while in the car.
- sight - Dark brown/red, floaty bits in the bottom, foamy.
- smell - Slightly fruity, Plum and a hint of banana? Yeasty
- taste - A little sweet and fruity, no bitterness, slightly metallic?
- sweet - 2/5
- bitter - 1/5