Morrisons - Cheap Chimay Red and Schneider Weisse

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  1. fuseboy

    fuseboy Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2011 England

    Hi,

    Just thought I'd share that I just picked up 2 (last 2 on shelf) Chimay Red @ £1.50 each in Morrisons!! They also had Schneider Weisse priced at £1.50 but none on shelf :-( . Think Erdinger Dunkel was labelled a same price also - I'm not a big fan though.

    Not sure if these prices are same all over though - will be checking another local Morrisons soon.

    Also got a Morrisons/Titanic Hedgerow Porter and Hot Cross Ale for £1.50 each. They are also now stocking Fraoch Heather Ale - never seen this in Morrisons before, was on the 4 for £6 deal.

    Hope you lot find some bargains too!!
     
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  2. paxton1978

    paxton1978 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2008 England

    Cheers for this- got a new 'flagship store of the future' Morrisons opening next to my work in the next couple of weeks, so will be def keeping an eye out for this and any other bargains. I think by 'store of the future' they mean it'll have those misting things over the fruits and veg that the yanks have had for years.
     
  3. fuseboy

    fuseboy Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2011 England


    No probs, good luck. I think we've just had one of those open near me, not checked it out yet - my bro said beer selection is not any different, though will check this out for myself soon. Like the idea of the misting thing for the veg - the supermarket veg is usually rubbish!!

    I'm hoping that their not fazeing out the Chimay and Schneider due to poor sales and hence the cheap price - will need to check more stores.
     
  4. marquis

    marquis Champion (812) Nov 20, 2005 England

    They have that in our local Morrison's too, plus a whole range of things like exotic tomatoes.Quite a lot of interesting beers too with one at £1 a bottle or 2 for £2.
    We had a village greengrocer with a misting arrangement but it only worked when it was raining or foggy:slight_smile:
     
  5. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    MIsting in vegetables? What is this devilry you speak of?
     
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  6. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (4,120) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    They have the veggie misting in Germania as well....
     
  7. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (4,120) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    Thanks for the info - I'll try and pop into a Morrisons tomorrow and see what they've got...
     
  8. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    What does it mean though? Or is it literally just an artificial mist cloud over the aisles?
     
  9. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (4,120) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    Ha - the fruit & veg sections have pipes that coat the produce in a fine spray. This is just directed at the veggies - it doesn't fog up the general atmosphere. Keeps them cool and fresh (though whether it actually achieves anything except in the mind of the customer is another matter).
     
  10. Zimbo

    Zimbo Savant (956) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    God, I've lived in the UK so long now I've almost forgotten about misting vegtables at the local supermarket. Still, things have really improved vegwise in UK supermarkets since the early 90s where even finding a ripe red tomato was liike an episode of Challenge Anneka. Of course my first UK supermarket experience was in Glasgow so that may not have accuately reflected the reality then across the UK...

    Getting back to the OP, the prices seem pretty good though I'm actually not a really big fan of either beer given my infamous ranting about Chimay's long standing late 80s brewing equipment blunder & the (at least to me) dominance of cloves whenever I taste Schneider Weisse.

    Only a year or so ago Tesco charged less that £1.50 for a bottle of Duvel whereas now its about £2.09. I hope all this doesn't mean big price hikes are on the way.
     
  11. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    Chimay is my favourite trappist brewery :stuck_out_tongue: I even have a chimay pen for exams! Though red is my least favourite, and their tripel is inferior to the westmalle tripel...
     
  12. AEK

    AEK Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Wales

    I'll be calling into my local Morrisons on Thursday and have a look. I bet these are not on offer where I am. As for the Hedgerow Porter, I enjoyed that but as for the Hot Cross ale, yikes!! I thought It was crap. The Chimay red is only average at best these days. I have not had the 75cl bottles or Grand Cru in the Magnum for a while but the Quality in the bigger bottles is or was much better than the 33cl bottles. Now, if they have Duvel reduced! No, better not. I have just put an order in for £130 of beer on the internet so will have to watch my wallet for a few weeks. Besides, I have exhausted the beer range at Morrisons and want something different.
     
  13. fuseboy

    fuseboy Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2011 England


    Good stuff, glad someone is back on topic :stuck_out_tongue: (though i have enjoyed all the talk of veggies!). Please do report back if they are cheap.

    Hot Cross Ale was ok, was expecting more. Hope the Hedgerow is good.

    I've had Chimay Red a few times and never been too impressed, but at £1.50 thought i'd give it another go - though these weren't offer prices, they were actual prices that were a whole lot less than usual.

    I've always wondered if big bottles are better quality - was always tempted to get a big Duvel to check against, will def do so now.

    @ Zimbo - And I'd have to disagree with you on Schneider Weisse, this is one of my favs, though each to their own.
    And you're right Duvel used to be a lot cheaper - i never saw it at £1.50 though, think i was still drinking Fosters and the like a yr or so ago!! Yuck, glad i realised the error of my ways!
     
  14. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    I've only ever had the SW weizenbock which was great.
     
  15. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (4,120) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    Went into Morrisons earlier to look for the Chimay - f*** all on the shelves. They had every other beer under the sun, including the Schneider Weisse. What a waste of a trip. Oh well....

    About the Duvel - I remember a point last year when it was available at Tesco/Sainsburys for £1.27; an absolute bargain. I picked up quite a few and I've still got some of them......mmmmmmh!
     
  16. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    Screw the Schneider Weisse actually go to Sainsburys and get the Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen! :stuck_out_tongue:
     
  17. Zimbo

    Zimbo Savant (956) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    Hate to say it but these days the UK supermarkets don't offer much variety compared to years ago. In the 'olden days' Sainsbos carried Aventinus while the long gone Safeway stocked Dogfish Head WW Stout and its just never been the same since.
     
  18. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (4,120) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    WW Stout! Incredible....I remember a year or so back when Tesco stocked Flying Dog's Gonzo Imperial Porter. I can imagine something more routine like DF 60 minutes appearing in a supermarket, riding the current trend for US craft, but WW Stout would be something else....
     
  19. AEK

    AEK Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Wales


    I fully agree with you in that since Safeway was swallowed up by Morrisons the beer range in supermarkets has never been the same. I got some incredible beers in Safeway, Alaskan Winter Ale, Alaskan Smoked Porter, 4 or 5 Brooklyn beers plus the 4 packs of beers such as Duvel, Chimay and Pauwel Kwak with the glassware.
     
  20. AEK

    AEK Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Wales

    When Safeway had stocks of the World Wide Stout in around 2004/05, it was at the higher ABV than it is brewed today, 21% and priced at £7.99 I think it was for one 335ml bottle. Ah! those were the days.
     
  21. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (4,120) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    Dammit!! Why wasn't I alive back then?!
     
  22. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    8 quid for a beer you're havin a bath mate

    :stuck_out_tongue: but seriously though I wouldn't pay that.
     
  23. Zimbo

    Zimbo Savant (956) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    I remember thinking exactly the same thing when I first saw World Wide Stout in Safeway. A week later I had caved in when I realised how quickly the bottles were going. But when I drank it shortly thereafter I really felt duped. Never again I vowed. Impressed that it took about 7 years before that was broken.
     
  24. Zimbo

    Zimbo Savant (956) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    I remember thinking exactly the same thing when I first saw World Wide Stout in Safeway. A week later I had caved in when I realised how quickly the bottles were going. But when I drank it shortly thereafter I really felt duped. Never again I vowed. Impressed that it took about 7 years before that was broken.
     
  25. AEK

    AEK Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Wales

    Yeah, I thought £8 for a small bottle of beer was a bit too steep but then I thought f*** it, bite the bullet. I aged mine for 12 months and upon drinking it I thought "Is that all there is to it for a beer at such strength?" I felt cheated. Now of course I am much wiser to the fact that some of these strong beers their taste or feel belies their strength. Sam Calagione said later that no more WWS would be produced for the UK (only here and California was the %ABV upped to 21%) as it was not very well received on these shores. That probably explains why their 120 minute IPA or Old School are never seen here. Oh how I would love to try one again though (the WWS that is).
     
  26. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    No Dogfish Head is seen here, they stopped exporting from America a year or so ago, must have been 2009/10 as my bottle of Palo Santo Marron was bought from one of the last shipments and it was bottled in 2009.

    Also, Duvel is £1.30-ish in Sainsburys.
     
  27. EmperorBevis

    EmperorBevis Poo-Bah (9,950) Sep 25, 2011 England
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    The whole Supermarket beer front has gone a bit stale,

    my local Tesco used to shuffle the world beers about a lot more with a couple of offerings from Coopers on the oz front and regularly changing the American beers going from SN to Anchor to Flying Dog
    at the moment they have Victoria bitter and Blue Moon and seem to be saying
    'you won't get anything else till you finish these' and i'm like No thanks lol.

    The newly opened Aldi have very little I'm actually getting most of my new beers from B&M's
    when I can't afford a treat from Waitrose.

    My local ASDA hasn't changed beers on sale for two years apart from taking Chimay off them :slight_frown:
     
  28. jazzyjeff13

    jazzyjeff13 Poo-Bah (4,120) Nov 6, 2010 England
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    Sadly, I think you'll find that Duvel is now over £2 a bottle in all the major supermarkets (might be partly due to the change in taxation last year).
     
  29. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    Nope not all. Saw it today in my big Sainsburys at £1.30-ish! :slight_smile:
     
  30. fuseboy

    fuseboy Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2011 England

    @ jazzyjeff13 - Sorry you didnt find anything. I'm gonna pop into my store of the future over the wkend and check their range.

    @ EssexAleMan - you'd better snap them up!! Never seen Duvel that cheap - could the price of craft beer be dropping? Or is that too much to hope.

    Can't believe the supermarkets used to stock Aventinus and Dogfish Head!! The range nowadays is pretty poor.
     
  31. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    Meh i've had Duvel before i'd rather spend money on something new.
     
  32. ReluctantScooper

    ReluctantScooper Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2008 England

    Glad to see I'm not the only one thinking this way.

    It's not so much that the 80% of bottles on the shelves UK-wise are brown and boring - that's the market and will always be the case, I suspect - it's that the other 20% isn't inspiring either.

    Our local Asda - East Midlands - stocks Tunnel from the West Midlands. Sainsburys have their own label stuff which is pretty poor IMO. Tesco used to throw in a few curveballs but has becone hit-and-miss. Morrisons, I don't visit often enough to have an opinion.

    M&S has just about the best supermarket beer range I can think of right now in terms of decent UK bottles.

    The one that's blindsided me is Aldi. I've been sent a selection for review and some of the Eurolager is actually very drinkable. And cheap.
     
  33. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    I really like Marks & Sparks beer. For some reason though Southwold/Adnams beers are better than the actual Adnams branded bottles. Can't wait to try the porter from Robinsons too.
     
  34. AEK

    AEK Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2010 Wales

    Saw Duvel in my local Sainsbury's today, £2.09 a bottle.
     
  35. Hanglow

    Hanglow Champion (832) Feb 18, 2012 Scotland

    I wasn't impressed with the M&S range of beers when I was last in, maybe that's just a Glasgow thing :open_mouth: It was quite a small food hall though

    I went to a Whole Foods for the first time and they have a good range, if a bit pricey
     
  36. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    Wahey then!
     
  37. paxton1978

    paxton1978 Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2008 England

    See here why supermarket selection is pretty rubbish- http://www.morrisonsrtw.co.uk/our-range/which-local-ales-do-you-want/
    Every person there (apart from me) is calling out for boring brown beer which you can already get EVERYWHERE else. To be honest, if I compare what was available in my local Sainsburys or Tesco 4-5 years ago to what I can get now- I'm really not going to complain that much. If I want more craft then I'll buy from the source/order online/get it from a pub. Major supermarkets will always cater to the brown beer masses because this is what turns a trick.
     
  38. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    Someone requesting Blandford Fly, Specled Hen (sic), ? You can get that in loads of places.
     
  39. Zimbo

    Zimbo Savant (956) Aug 7, 2010 Scotland

    Just a few years ago Tesco also carried Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

    The problem with UK supermarket is just the amount of uninspiring beers on the shelves and the totally unchanging nature of so many lines.
    There are still jems out there but them seem to far rarer than they once were.
     
  40. CwrwAmByth

    CwrwAmByth Poo-Bah (1,758) Jan 24, 2011 England
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    Many of the can be considered gems, just gems you've had 5+ times before lol.
     
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