Belgium > Chimay
tderoeck (126) Gent, Belgium | April 16, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Well, it’s been on my todo list for a while, finally made the trip. The Tripel on tap couldn’t really please me. Probably way too fresh. The food was a joke. I had the cheese croquettes. I could tell they were home made, but it’s not because something is home made, that is necessarily is good. Tasted a bit dull and the outside was greasy and soggy instead of crunchy crispy. The salad on each plate was the same uninspirational composition of lettuce, a piece of tomato, slice of cucumber, grated carrots from a jar, grated celeriac and something else. With a plastic cup of dressing. It felt like a school cafeteria. The grilled cheese ham sandwich was ok, but just one small one, instead of the regular two in Belgium. That’s a bit cheap. I guess the only reason you want to come here is for the Chimay Dorée, but as they will start selling bottles from now on, you might as well go after that. Come to think of it, they didn’t even have any Chimay Cent Cinquante (150) on the menu. Tsss....
Oh yeah, the nicest thing was actually the shop, where they have a really nice cheese selection. Took home a couple of pieces, they were delicious.
Martinus (116) Nijmegen, Netherlands | December 10, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a nice place to visit, though a bit secluded. Nice atmosphere, better decorated, less simple, than the places of Westmalle or Westvleteren. The beers (Chimay, naturally) are nice, though not my favourite Trappist beers. And obviously there is the Spéciale du Poteaupré (formerly Doreé).
The food is quite good and inexpensive, except for the soup of the day, which was in a rather small cup and quite bland. The soft specialty cheeses (Poteaupré and Mont de Secours) are really nice, and the stars of the visit for me.
stevoj (52) Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany | November 25, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Marked down only because selection is limited to Chimay, but that’s pretty good, right? Food is very good and service top notch. Plus it’s the only place you can get the Chimay A Poteaupre, a Belgian blonde ale.
Oostende (11) Oostende, Belgium | November 29, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
It is a nice place to visit, nice terrace and good green view. You can drink the monk light beer that the monks drink in there abbey and that is not for sale in any shop. The Poteaupré is from the monks. It is a small wake thou the abbey if you want thou visit it.
Rastacouere (606) Montreal, Quebec | November 7, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
By Belgian distances standards, the Chimay represents quite a detour unless you’re spending a few days touring Wallonian breweries. Pairing this fact with some of the least inspiring Trappist ales around, there are many places that would be a wiser visit. The draught Chimay Dorée is an attraction, but really just a drinkable, simplistic Belgian ale like there are legions. When we visited this countryside location on a Friday afternoon, the place was almost empty despite being very large and with a nice park outside. Particularly slow service nevertheless. We still had a good time though as the food was filling and relatively inexpensive at 10 euros for a Chimay tartiflette, a good though unexceptional 5-cheese plate. The store allows you to buy the house cheeses, but don’t expect spectacular memorabilia. What makes this abbey particularly interesting if anything is the extremely peaceful abbey, a kilometer or so around the block, that can be visited freely. A very photogenic and resourcing abbey with beautiful vegetation. Even the Church can be peeked at as long as you remain respectfully silent.
RB1 (5) Gilbert, Arizona | September 10, 2011| Updated September 12, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
After a serene walk on the grounds of the Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont (Chimay), one is compelled to taste the ale. The place to do that is just down the lane at L’Auberge de Poteaupre. Very quaint and warm, this is the official Abbaye tap house. All four chimay ales are available; the Cinq Cents and Doree’ on tap, the Grande Reserve and Premiere in bottles. I have been told the Premiere with also soon be available on tap. The food and Chimay cheeses are excellent. The Auberge is full of breweriana from Chimay, which is of great interest to collectors. There is an outdoor area in back to sit and enjoy the wonderful ales while pondering the pastoral grandeur of the Belgian Ardenne. This is truly a joyous place to spend a leisurely afternoon. There is also a gift shop and small deli (mostly cheese) counter.
Mathieu87 (84) Ganshoren, Belgium | July 27, 2011| Updated April 16, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice place to enjoy the Chimay beers and cheeses. I had a quadruple dégustation, both beer and cheese. It was a real nice experience! The marketing strategy of the monks is amazing ;) Downside: in the shop you pay like 3,8euro for a bottle of Chimay Bleue, when you can find it for like 3euro in a Colruyt... Bit weird...
baxterfish (141) , England | June 8, 2011| Updated April 16, 2013
36 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 10/20
Soul-less modernised interior as seems to be the way with trappist taps. Ok service and good food. Beer resticted to the three regular Chimay beers plus the mediocre Doree (Speciale Poteaupre). Not really worth going out of your way for.
korova (10) , France | November 4, 2010| Updated April 16, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Loved to taste the "Poteaupré" (ex Capsule dorée") on tap. Loved the beer, loved the place! Great Afternoon!
dnstone (37) Las Vegas, Nevada | August 1, 2010| Updated April 16, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A nice place just down the street from the Abbey de Scourmont. Great view of the Belgian countryside and the food is pretty goo too. Beer is only Chimay, as you would expect, but they do have the Chimay Doree (or "Special Poteaupre) that is only available there. Also, they have all of the cheeses try the vieux.
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