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Chimay Blue cellaring

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by Twan22, Apr 10, 2013.

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  1. Twan22

    Twan22 Jan 4, 2013 California

    Im not a "huge" fan of Chimay Blue, but Costco is selling it for $8-750ml so I had to buy. I plan on cellaring them for awhile. Have any other people that weren't too impressed by Chimay been changed by trying a cellared Chimay and how long was it aged?

    Also gonna age Adriaen Brouwer, kinda feel the same way bout this beer

    I think they're both very good, they just dont have the complexity I was looking for
     
  2. claaark13

    claaark13 Nov 29, 2007 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    After multiple vintages, I'd say that I prefer the counterparts when it comes to cellaring. The body on Chimay seems to be a little lighter than with the others. As of last year, vintages from the late 90's were still good, so it isn't like the beer will be terrible. I would personally buy a couple cases at $8/bottle and open them periodically with friends or wine drinkers over the next decade.
     
  3. JasonLovesBeer

    JasonLovesBeer Mar 27, 2013 British Columbia (Canada)

    Do the corked 750mL's age differently than the stubbies?
     
  4. Zimbo

    Zimbo Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Yes they do.
     
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  5. Zimbo

    Zimbo Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Bottom line is that for some time now Chimay recommends about 4 years aging before the Blue begins to deteriorate. Not like the olden days.
     
  6. Bigbadboris

    Bigbadboris Jan 6, 2013 New Jersey

    How so?.....will the stubbies hold up better?
     
  7. Zimbo

    Zimbo Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Apparently yes. The smaller crowned bottle will virtually guarantee that the beer will last for sometime without deterioration but the bigger bottle preserves the beer in a gentler, softer and fresher manner. Problems is the cork isn't as reliable as a closure compared to the smaller crowned cap bottle.
     
  8. JasonLovesBeer

    JasonLovesBeer Mar 27, 2013 British Columbia (Canada)

    Cool. Because my cellar fridge has a little shelf across the back that only those stubby bottles fit on.
     
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