I like Chimay well enough, but it is probably my least favorite of all the Trappists
Quote from: bluesman on November 02, 2010, 04:55:07 AMI prefer the Westmalle Dubbel over Chimay's.+1. If it hasn't been mishandled. When I buy Westmalle, I hold the bottle up to light and see if I can see a lot of 'floaties'. Not the normal bottle-condition stuff, more like larger individual flakes floating throughout the bottle. If those are there, there is a good chance the bottle is oxidized and the flavor profile is off. I'm not sure what they are or how they are formed, but I've seen a correlation between their presence and the condition of the final beer. YMMV.
I prefer the Westmalle Dubbel over Chimay's.
Makes me a little more confident as a brewer.
Quote from: euge on November 13, 2010, 01:26:46 AMMakes me a little more confident as a brewer. Start shipping your bottles across the ocean, then shipped in refrigerated, or perhaps just as often unrefrigerated trucks, and the let them sit on the store shelves for several months and see if you are still as confident.
You know, you bring up a good point. I haven't tried Chimay since I moved to Europe, I guess it's gotta be better than what I found in the states. IIRC it had just a really harsh flavor and I couldn't see why people liked it so much. Time to give it another shot.