Fauxmagerie Zengarry Double Crème Brie with Chimay Rouge Dubbel & Bourbon-soaked cherries - by Dan Grant
Take a cheese that pairs well with a variety of fruit and a Dubbel is an easy match.
Fortunately, Chimay Rouge – a Trappist ale from Belgium's Notre Dame de Scourmont Abbey – is not only one of the finest examples of its style, it's also fairly easy to find on this side of the Atlantic.
Characterized by dark fruit flavours like figs, raisins and dark cherries, as well as apricot, caramelized sugar and nutmeg, Chimay Rouge is a natural for winter nights.
Place a piece of Fauxmagerie Zengarry's Double Crème Brie in to your mouth, then follow with a sip of this renowned beer. You'll love how the Dubbel's soft, almost Champagne-like character washes over the Brie's creaminess and infuses it with it's sweet, fruity complexity.
Serve with a side of Bourbon-soaked cherries for even more warmth and chopped walnuts for texture. Note that darker, sweeter, more malt-forward beer should be served chilled, but not cold. Chimay Rouge is a style that gets more complex as it opens up, so take your time with this one. Uncork the bottle and let it breathe for a couple minutes before pouring, for an even softer mouthfeel.