Special Edition Chimay Coming to Canada Via Horizon Beers

Chimay Brewery is producing a brand-new beer this year.

This special edition is a full bodied and distinctive strong beer developed within the abbey to celebrate and honour the 150th anniversary of the brewery.

Produced with 100% natural ingredients,its pale golden robe and champagne sparkle is topped by a rich white head of

The distinctive bouquet evokes the rich fruity and complex notes of the Chimay yeast in harmony with a delicate spicy note and the fragrance of fresh noble hops.

At 10% alcohol, the flavour is full bodied and complex with a slight but refreshing tang note and a crisp hop finish that will delight the palate. 

For years, the brewery has only exported the famous trio: Blue, Red and Triple (White). Later this year, the brewery will ship a 150th anniversary edition, Chimay Speciale Cent Cinquante, through HORIZON BEERS Inc. in Western Canada.

It will only be made available in a cork-and-caged 750ml bottle.The back of the bottle reads, "To celebrate the 150 years spent at the Abbey of Scourmont, the Chimay Trappist brewery has developed this exceptional anniversary beer, brewed specially for the occasion."

Of the 150,000 bottles produced, approximately half will be exported out of Belgium. The beer will debut in July in Belgium on a limited basis though it won’t be widely released in supermarkets until the end of the year.

Chimay is the largest of the world’s eight Trappist breweries and produced 168,490 hectoliters in 2011 and is up against capacity. That is the equivalent of nearly 145,000 barrels in the U.S., enough to rank the brewery just outside of the top ten when compared against the production of U.S.-based craft brewers.

"While Chimay produces a considerable volume of beer, it’s not driven by the same financial ambitions as other brewing businesses. Profits help support charitable institutions in Zaire, India and Wales, and the Chimay monks plough a lot of money back into the surrounding region."The monks no longer brew the beer though they are still part of the overall process.

UPDATE: The Canada - Alberta release of limited cases will take place in October 2012.