Forget wine and cheese, it doesn’t get any easier, or better, than serving Chimay beer with Chimay Cheese.
Finding the perfect food and beer pairing can be a daunting task. Sure, you know how to pick out a stellar beer, but crafting a memorable foodie experience isn’t always a cinch. Enter Chimay, one of only six remaining Belgian monasteries still making Authentic Trappist beers.
The monks of Chimay have also been making award-winning Trappist cheeses for nearly 150 years. Their soft, mild and buttery cheeses pair perfectly with Chimay’s iconic ales, creating an intense flavor combination you won’t soon forget.
“After all these years, we’ve really nailed down some perfect combinations,” says Glatigny Hugues spokesperson for the monks. “Chimay Classique cheese is delicious when accompanied by a Chimay Grande Reserve. And the Vieuz Chimay cheese has a slightly bitter tang that pairs well with Chimay Cinq Cents.”
Hugues recommends following these steps for an ideal tasting experience:
- Take a long, slow sip of your favorite Chimay beer
- Taste the cheese without its rind – noting the light, smooth and silky texture of the fromage
- Before going back for more beer, try the cheese again with the rind
- Take a generous mouthful of beer to mix both flavors in your mouth at once.
So the next time you’re planning on hosting a few friends, do yourself a favor and break out some of Chimay’s outstanding Trappist beers, paired with Chimay cheese and some nuts & fruit to cleanse the palate. Not only is it no-brainer entertaining, Hugues promises these pairings will take those flavors to a whole new level. “The bitterness in beer is one reason why our beers and cheeses go well together – but it’s also the sparkle and intensity inside everything Chimay produces.”
CHIMAY CINQ CENTS/VIEUX CHIMAY
Chimay Cinq Cents makes a harmonious match with Vieux Chimay, a cheese that is aged in the dairy’s cellar for 6 to 18 months.
CHIMAY “GRANDE RÉSERVE” ALE/GRAND CLASSIC CHEESE
The Chimay Grande Réserve is a dark ale with a powerful aroma. It’s the perfect match for the Chimay classic cheese.
CHIMAY “PREMIÈRE” ALE /CHEESE À LA CHIMAY PREMIÈRE
Chimay Première is used to wash one of Chimay’s cheeses, called “Chimay à la Première.” Together, they offer a perfect combination of flavors.