I’m going to say this is my least favorite Chimay. It’s not that the style itself is hardup, but rather if Chimay did an IPA, it would be this. Somehow it doesn’t quite work.
Nose – Great nose. Hints of vanilla and almond once you get past the hops. Good Belgian nose, you know what you’re getting into. A good amount of funk to get past, expect the other scents to come along after some warming and after you smell it a bit to get past the funk.
Foam – Good head on the first pour, not so much on the second. Considering I was splitting the bottle, that was a bit of a disappointment. The head stuck around forever.
Taste – You can occasionally get major vanilla out of it when it warms up if it’s still foaming. But, and there’s always a but, the first glass comes off in typical Chimay style with no surprises. The second glass has a surprising amount of hop harshness.
Mouthfeel – A bit rockier than what I expected. Not quite as smooth. It feels like if I had cellared it for a few months it would have been better. As it stands, there’s a disconnect in the style.
Serving type: bottle