Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Twelfth Beer Of Christmas

I know what you're thinking: didn't he only do 11 beers? People who don't even like beer are antsy because the series is unfinished.

Well, I must tell you that I did have the twelfth beer a while ago, I just didn't mention it. So, to set your mind at ease, please take note of the respectable Chambly Noire from Unibroue. Up there in Quebec they have strange ideas, but some good ones found their way into some excellent Ales.

The Chambly Noire is a black ale weighing in at 6.2% ABV -- not high enough to hurt your head, but just enough to set it slightly apart from the run-of-the-mill. Smooth and delicious.

This dark ale was created in honor of the brave soldiers of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, with their famous black musketeer hats.  In 1665, King Louis XIV sent the regiment to New France to defend against the Iroquois. He had a number of strategic forts, including Fort Chambly, built along the Richelieu River, ensuring peace and prosperity for the colony. Many French Canadians are the direct descendants of these intrepid forebears.

Origin Chambly, Quebec
Brewed since 2005
ABV 6.2%
Fermentation Top
Style Belgian-style black ale
Color Dark brown, shades of mahogany
Clarity Opaque
Head Beige, dense, long-lasting
Bubbles Fine
Effervescence Slow
Nose Wood, smoky, roasted coffee beans, licorice
Flavor Smooth roasted grains, mildly smoky notes , and spices (cloves, green anise, mint) with a chocolaty finish
IBU 21
Body Thin
Aftertaste Pleasantly lingers on
Suggested serving temperature 6º–10ºC / 43° – 50°F
Suggested glass Footed flute

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