Belgium > Chimay
Rastacouere (651) 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.
shrubber85 (194) Greenville, Indiana | October 13, 2009| Updated October 16, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited around noon on a foggy October day. GPS wouldn’t accept the address but luckily there are numerous signs to direct you once you get in the area because this place is way out in the middle of no-where. Restaurant was packed (including a bus-load of retirees/pensioners that, to their credit, were almost to a person drinking beer). Went to the shop first, the young lady behind the counter was very nice with quick service - however they did not have Doree in the bottle so we went ahead and had a light lunch. Despite the crowd and my extremely poor French, we had their home-made bread on the table within seconds of sitting down. Service wasn’t extremely fast but perfect for a lazy day enjoying the view out the back window and relaxing. My 6-year old daughter saw their large playground in the back and despite the mist, went outside to play. Nice patio in the back that would be pure bliss on a nice sunny summer day. If you’re rushing to taste all the Belgian beers you can find, you’ll probably just want to order a Doree and then leave. However, I was quite pleased with the service and atmosphere - would stop by again if in the area.
baxterfish (178) , England | June 8, 2011
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.
Martinus (134) 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.
tderoeck (133) 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.
Mathieu87 (119) 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...
TheGrandMaster (105) Auckland, New Zealand | October 26, 2006
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
For the tourist market, so a little souless.
sayravai (103) Helsinki, Finland | July 29, 2005
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
A real tourist trap a few kilometers from the abbey (which, unfortunately, you couldn’t see from very close). The place was very crowded (no wonder at 9 pm on saturday), so didn’t even think of staying longer than to buy a six-pack of Chimay Doreé. Even that took surprisingly long with only one person serving at the take-away desk. Maybe worth a re-visit, but the location (in the middle of nowhere) is not very public transport-friendly, I guess.
stevoj (98) Boise, Idaho | 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.
Jerre (74) Waregem, Belgium | August 7, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Last weekend. This place is heaven for Chimay lovers !Chimay Doreé available. Very nice for a lunch. We take first the taste 3 different beers and 4 Chimay cheeses: delicous !
Good. Whe are sleeping here one night.
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