I have arrived in Boise, ID, for a conference, about nine hours earlier than any of my coworkers, which gave me plenty of time for what-have-you. I found that the company set us up with accomodations out in the middle of nowhere, with no real internet access available. In addition to that, I have found that we are about a three-mile cab ride to downtown. I took a cab first to Table Rock Brewpub & Grill, where I tried some delicious brown ale and an even more delicious IPA called, "Hopzilla."
However, that is neither here nor there. The main point of this post is to point out that the greatest thing ever to come out of Belgium is, in fact, available on tap, and not just in bottles, and that tap is available in Boise, Idaho.
In all fairness, I have seen Chimay on tap before, but it was in Aspen, where they may as well have liquefied cocaine on tap. Today, I found it on tap in a more human place, and drank it, to celebrate. Actually, I had a glass of Rogue Dead Guy first, and that was also delicious. But, there's not much competition that can be taken seriously, when Chimay is on the table. I made a couple of phone calls, including one to my friend Renae, who never drank a drop of beer in her wedding dress, and told her that she would have to choose my next draw, and she chose wisely, when she informed the bartender with my phone.
Anyway, it pours a deep orange, into the custom glass, reassuring you of your investment.
Oh, and if you are still doubting(Nathan), here is undoctored, photographic proof that this comically delicious beer is available on tap.
The time between starting the beer and ending it is too holy an experience to insult by attempting to capture with feeble language. I can only order you, on pain of death, to make sure to get yourself a glass, if you ever see it on tap.
Ratings (out of ten):
Flavor: 10 (There's not much one can say about the best there is, especially when you manage to find it on tap.)
Body: 8 (Body's not its thing, but without really trying, Chimay delivers.)
Aroma: 9 (It smells like everything is right with the world.)
Smoothness: 9 (It goes down as if it was meant to. Fortunately, it was.)
Price: 9 (Perhaps it's just something about boise, but I find $4 to be an excellent price for Chimay.)
Chimay Red is definantly an aquired taste, from my experience with it. I ordered a bottle at Old Chicago to give it a whirl, although I would be interested trying it from a tap. Very hoppy, but no where near as hoppy as Blue Cat Big Bad Dog Ale.
8:59 AM, May 25, 2004