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Old 12-29-2006, 07:55 PM   #1
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Got the Sam Smiths celebration pack last night. 3 beers and a glass. Sampled the Oatmeal Stout last night and was extremely impressed. (This is a damn good dark beer in my opinion).

What do you all think of the Chimay Beers? Which is the best? Thinking about getting a couple of bottles to drink at midnight on New Years.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:46 PM   #2
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Did it have the Winter Welcome in it? Thats a damn fine Ale, I've been drinking it the last several weeks.
I prefer Chimay Rouge, but I haven't tried them all. Again, I'm not a good beer critic, I just liked it better than...ummm, the Blue I think it was.

 
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:55 PM   #3
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No Winter Welcome. Just the Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale, and Nut Brown Ale.
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Old 12-29-2006, 10:09 PM   #4
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As far as the Chimay beers go, all are good. As with nearly any Belgian beer, there is a bit of departure from the norm and they always demand just a bit of an aquired taste to really enjoy. Just go to the Chimay link below. They give nice descriptions of each and choose which seems to better suit your taste.

http://www.chimay.com/en/three_stron...lities_217.php

 
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:30 PM   #5
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I like all of Chimay's offerings. I haven't tried them side by side, and I can't remember which I liked best.

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome was a bit disappointing to me - it was a touch high in alcohol but surprisingly light flavored. I was expecting something a bit heavier with some real character - spice or malt - this one offered no spice and some sweet maltiness, but not the body I was expecting.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:40 PM   #6
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How ironic, I too bought a Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and both the Red and Blue Chimay for Christmas.

This was the first time I had Samual Smith's Oatmeal Stout and I thought it was a good representation of what a good stout(sweet not dry) should be. Very well balanced, not too sweet, great body, and the alcohol was right up there where I like it.


On the Chimays, I LOVE the Red and always have, but this was the first time I had the "Grande Reserve" or Blue. My thoughts? I thought it tasted exactly the same as the Red, just more alcohol (9%). The Red is high enough for me at 7% and with no flavor improvement, I'll stick with the Red!


 
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:57 PM   #7
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The Sam Smith's Oatmeal was the first Oatmeal I ever tried. Talk about setting the bar high hehe. As for the Chimay, I've only ever tried the blue. I am suspect that it gave me a headache though, because I never ever get headaches unless I am sick. After a bottle shared between my wife and I, I woke up with a headache. All things point to the Chimay and fusels, but I could be wrong. Either way, it was still real tasty!

 
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:49 PM   #8
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Chimay Grand Reserve, hands down.
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:03 PM   #9
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Instead of the Chimay, I opted for the La Fin Du Monde (It was a bit cheaper). But, I saved it for midnight and was too far gone to really enjoy it.
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Instead of the Chimay, I opted for the La Fin Du Monde (It was a bit cheaper). But, I saved it for midnight and was too far gone to really enjoy it.
Nothing like having the end of the world at the end of the night.

 
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