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What's the oldest Chimay you've had?

Den Feb 12, 2007 01:00 PM

I have numerous old Chimay Grand Reserves in my wine cellar. Probably the oldest is around 15 years. What's the oldest one you've had and how did it hold up?

I also have some old Thomas Hardy and was wondering the same about that?

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    LStaff Feb 13, 2007 07:16 AM

    When I started drinking Chimay back in 2000, they were all pre-aged in my area - meaning they would sit on the shelf for years since hardly anyone knew what they were. Impossible to find anything but fresh Chimay on the shelf now. ;-(

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      Kevin B Feb 12, 2007 07:17 PM

      Chimay can go a LOOOONG way. I had an 81 & 82 Chimay Blue in 2003 (clearing my cellar to move.) The 81 was stunning and the 82 had gone very downhill. I had a 500th anniversary Grand Cru at the Kulminator in 2001 (brewed in 1986) and it came close to making me bocome a monk. All sherried (in a good way) and plums and chocolate.

      I've had Thomas Hardy as old as 15 years and it holds up.

      1. Den Feb 12, 2007 01:49 PM

        While people will probably ask where I live and want to come over, I have them that old because other than one friend who likes them, none of my buds like that kind of beer. We drank a couple of the 15's over the holidays and they had a very smooth quality almost like a good port.

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        1. re: Den
          Josh Feb 12, 2007 02:37 PM

          I can only imagine. Where do you live? >:-D

        2. Josh Feb 12, 2007 01:29 PM

          I once had a 5 year old Chimay Grande Reserve and it was amazing. I can't even imagine what the 15 year old must be like.

          Any beer with sufficiently high alcohol should age well. I read a story about some 10%-ish ales unearthed from the basement of an old brewery in England that were a little over 100 years old. Apparently the ale in them had held up quite nicely.

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