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Jim Leff May 19, 2000 12:47 PM

Chowhound technical attache Pierre Jelenc has spotted Chimay cheese (a raw milk cheese made by the same Belgian Trappists who make the beer) at a store called "Gracefully" on ave A.

It's expensive at over $10/lb, but this is a holy grail that has been nearly impossible to find (for obvious reasons) around here.

No idea what kind of shape it's in; we haven't tried it.

ciao

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    Jim Dorsch May 19, 2000 01:54 PM

    Chimay cheese has been regularly available down here in DC for a long time. I wonder why it's been so scarce in NY.

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      Allan Evans May 19, 2000 09:00 PM

      We've found it several times at Murray's on Bleecker St.

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        Chris May 21, 2000 02:32 PM

        We frequently have it on our cheese board at Gramercy Tavern although not at this time. It's not so difficult to get as far as I know. We've carried it for the past 4 years although recently requests for it have been growing. Imagine, a cheese with Buzz!

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          Amy D May 23, 2000 03:19 PM

          I have found Chimay cheese at Sutton Place Gourmet in Woodbury, NY

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            jen kalb May 23, 2000 08:41 PM

            I saw chimay in the Garden of Eden (14th St) just this week.

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            karen May 24, 2000 12:58 PM

            Beware where you buy. I bought some a while back and it was spoiled and nasty. I seem to remember I bought it at the horrifying Tops market in Williamsburg; if so, it served me right. Glad I'm out of that hellhole neighborhood!

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              Seth Ditchik May 25, 2000 12:08 PM

              I haven't tried the cheese, but those wacky Trappists make an amazing belgian beer. It's best when drunk out of one of their signature chalice-shaped glasses.

              Link: http://www.chimay.be/

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                Michael W. May 25, 2000 02:13 PM

                I'm a bigger fan of Chimay's beers than their cheese, particularly Chimay Rouge which I've had in Belgo in London but can't seem to find here. Anybody know where to find it?
                I've found Chimay cheese at the Grand Central Market and at Dean and Deluca, though beware - the cheese counter at Dean and Deluca is by far the worst I've ever come across in any "gourmet" grocery. (As a whole, Dean and Deluca is a big disappointment). The cheese guy had no interest in being there, huffed and puffed when I asked to taste a morbier and could't offer any suggestions whatsoever. Fairway still rules in this department.

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                  Jim Dorsch May 25, 2000 09:59 PM

                  The three Chimay beers, which I call red, white and blue but they call something entirely different that I can never remember, are generally pretty widely available. In NoVA where I live, we did w/o recently for a couple months, but red and blue are now easy to get, while white is still scarce.

                  I believe Chimay is handled in NYC by the Brooklyn Brewery, (718) 486-7422.

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                  Josh Mittleman May 25, 2000 02:27 PM

                  Is $10/lb expensive for good cheese? Not in my
                  experience.

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                    Josh Mittleman May 26, 2000 09:57 AM

                    My wife picked up a chunk of one of the Chimay cheeses (the one with beer in it) at Garden of Eden on 14th St. last night. I think Pierre must have found something different and much more special. First, this cheese is clearly labelled as made from pasteurized milk. Second, it just isn't very special. It's a pleasant semi-soft cheese, with a moderate taste, but not much better than cheeses I can get at my local Food Emporium.

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