On the surface, the Chimay Blue Magnum may appear to be nothing more than an oversized version of the original 11.2 and 25.4 oz Chimay bottles found worldwide, but, as with much that comes from the Belgian brewery, there is more to this ale than meets the eye.
The difference between the Magnum and the other Chimay Blue offerings, says Chimay, is the second fermentation of the beer that takes place within the bottle. With so much more beer in each bottle, the Magnum is able to help develop a fuller and smoother character when stored correctly and served at cellar temperature.
It is this attention to detail and this sort of commitment to quality that has allowed Chimay to become the worldwide company that it is today, despite its humble origins. It is often forgot that the brewery was founded in 1863 by Trappist monks, and that these monks still run the monastery and brewery today. And with only seven Trappist breweries recognized in the world, this is no small distinction.
According to the International Trappist Association, a monastery is granted the use of the term “Trappist” by guaranteeing the following:
1. Products which carry this label are produced within the walls of the monastery or in the vicinity of the monastery.
2. The monastic community determines the policies and provides the means of production. The whole process of production must clearly evidence the indisputable bond of subsidiarity, with the monastery benefiting from the production, and must be in accordance with the business practices proper to a monastic way of life.
3. The profits are primarily intended to provide for the needs of the community or for social services.
The traditional methods of these monks have survived for many years, and still today result in some of the finest ales on the planet. Try Chimay Blue for yourself today, or make it the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life!
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