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Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,130 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,130
Reviews: 1,574
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 409 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000)
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Reviews by BamaViper1:
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

The Chimay dubbel pours opaque brown with an off-white head. The head dissipates leaving tiny, and few, whisps of lacing.

The beer smells of roasted caramel malt.

This beer immediately has a a caramally malt center that mellows into more of a burned caramel/sugar taste. The finish is long but a little sour. There are hints of that sour/tartness in the overall taste of the beer when inhaling though the beer.

The mouthfeel of the beer is a litle lighter than I was expecting. Especially in the finish. But the body has good carbonation.

Honestly I could probably drink a lot more of this beer; however, I feel like there are better dubbels out there. The slight sourness of the beer doesn't compliment the malt as much as I had hoped. Good work from Chimay, but honestly speaking, the Blue Grand Reserve is the Chimay for me.

BamaViper1, Nov 09, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml custom brown magnum, corked and crowned (old style label). Cork is imprinted with a March 2000 bottle date. Poured in an authentic Chimay glasses given to us by Manneken-Brussel Imports, Inc.

Appearance: Brown with a burgandy red hue with an infinite creamy white head from a tight tiny bubbled carbonation.

Smell: Raw sweetness, peppery spiciness and light phenols.

Taste: Soft powdery mouth feel with a crisp carbonation and medium body. Smooth. Very evident clove flavour up front and stays around throughout the beer. Hints of birch and ginger beer-like flavours, peppery medcinal phenols and light herbal tea hop flavour. Quite malty but it stays in the back. Fruitiness is likened to a delicate date sweetness and ripe plum. As the beer warms, there's also a suggestion of chocolate/carob. Finish dries a little though still a bit of residual sweetness leftover, herbal flavours also.

Notes: We can die now. It's okay. Drinking this beer has made the cylce of life complete.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 20, 2000
Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured cloudy brownish amber into a snifter glass with a very large head that quickly dies down into a thin, swirly head. Yeast particles are clearly visible floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: Malty, yeasty aromas dominate the smell.
T: There's an immediate sense of malty sweetness, followed by some spices. The finish is a bit dry, but is interesting because it counteracts the initial sweetness. The dry finish completely disappears as the beer warms up and the overall taste becomes sweet, but not in any way overpowering. The presence of alcohol is completely masked.
M: The beer has a light to medium body and feels smooth, mainly due to the level of carbonation.
D: It's very easy to consume, and becomes even easier as it warms up and becomes sweeter.

metter98, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see this on tap at the Liberty Taproom, Myrtle Beach. Served in proper Chimay chalice and a reasonable temperature. The beer seemed under carbonated, especially for a Belgian Trappist, and was evident in the thin foamstand and the more dull texture. The aromas are candy sweet, malty, fruity tart, and berry like. Flavors bring the same characteristics as the aromas, and add dark, dehydrated fruits, syrup sweetness, bread, yeast, and cherries. The body was firm and moderate despite the light caronation. Finishes quite sweet with a hop bittering. True to Trappist quality, this is one fine brew.

BEERchitect, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy opaque prune juice color with a small 1/2 inch head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. Smells of dark fruits like plums and raisins, caramel, yeast. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, honey, yeast, cloves and maybe cinnamon. Very tasty. Beer is somewhat highly carbonated. Crisp and clean in the mouth. Excellent drinkability on this very delicious dubbel.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +20.5%

the king

IvanJ126, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh a nice Sunday brunch beverage,pours a nice medium brown with a slight orange tint with a huge rocky head that leaves some incrdible lacingAroma is fruity and slightly smokey.The flavor starts out a little smokey but it semmed to get a little watery in the middle ending with a nice malty,bready flavor lingering.A very nice looking beer and tastes pretty good but would have liked a little more richnes.Still a extremely well made beer.

oberon, Aug 31, 2003
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apples! That was the first thing that came to mind when I smelled this beer. It tasted fruity and a little tart, which may be why I initially thought "apple" instead of any other fruit. Very smooth and easy to drink, given its alcohol content. Medium-sized head that settled rather quickly. Deep red hue. Great beer.

Marty, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice foamy head and a beautiful, light brown color.

Smell – Some malt and a deep clove aroma. Yes, it does get bigger if you pour it in the Chimay glass, swirl it, and let it sit.

Taste – The taste is too tight after the pour. Wait ten to fifteen minutes and it will deliver on the bouquet: complex mix of yeast, malt, the clove again, various fruits, and even some hops. There’s also something in there that reminds me of a stout but I can’t pin it.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation and smooth. A little too foamy for my tastes, yet very easy on the tongue.

Drinkability – Very good once it breathes. Someone could easily open up this beer, chug it, and never know what they had.

Comments – This beer is very complex; I couldn’t even begin to figure out all of the tastes. It is a real treat.

Update: In 2004 I haven’t had an overly foamy sample so I am raising the Mouthfeel rating by 0.5.

RoyalT, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

cam477, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Bmm281
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bmm281, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, leather shade of tan, highly opaque with tiny, tiny sediments that can be seen floating around when held to the light. Gray colored head stays thin and sits atop the beer. Aroma is packed with caramel malts, licorice, dates, figs, and warming alcohol. Taste isn't far behind, also full of toasted malts and dark fruits, with some burnt sugar that hits heavy on the tongue. Grape flavors start to come out in a medicinal, but not off-putting kind of way. Some peppercorns faintly in the background along with a spice that is hard to put my finger on, could possibly be clove. The aftertaste on my tongue is wonderful - deep, bitter chocolate, along with bread, biscuits, oats, and campfire charcoal. Medium body with a large amount of carbonation.

Another solid product out of Belgium, here. May not be the best, but it's certainly worth a try, and something I wouldn't pass up if offered. Highly complex, but right on the money.

tectactoe, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of ricke
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-01-21. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date (Best before end of 2012) and recommended serving temperature, glassware and cellaring procedure on the label.

Appearance: Dark copper color with a 2,5 cm brown-shaded and sparkly head that dissipates rather fast and leaves some small lacings.

Smell: A general sweet and fruity smell (kind of like ripe apricots), soft chocolate nougat and notes or grass sits firmly on a backbone of yeast and spices.

Taste: First, sweet malts, fruits and bread hits the taste buds. Then, a mild yeast note and a distinct spicy flavor - primarily cloves - takes over for a while before the finish. It's just slightly vinous. The finish is characterized by a gentle bitterness, even more gentle tartness and spices. Towards the end, it develops a nice caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice and lively carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very well-composed beer with interesting, pleasant and sometimes subtle notes to be discovered. Highly recommended.

ricke, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

OhioBobcat, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jono0101, May 09, 2014
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Upon removing the cork cage on this bottle of vintage ' 04, the cork jumps out toally unprevoked. Wear your eye protection when opening this one. The Premiere is the darkest of Chimay's offerings, only a few shades darker than Grand Reserve. It has a big creamy classic Belgian head that ain't going anywhere. I have a weak sense of smell granted, but you'd think with all those gasses building up I'd have something to sniff. Alas, the nose is almost undetectable.

This is a very sugary beer that starts with a unique metallic quality like you would taste is some shrimp or other shellfish, and I don't mean that in a bad way. It is very mellow, and rounds out the sweetness and dark fruitiness that is this beer's main quality. It, almost has that same lifting carbonation as the Cinq Cents but its not quite there somehow.

This must have been my introduction to Chimay, because I remember tasting it for the first time and saying "whats the big deal?". While this is a good beer, I still feel that way. If you're springing beer this fancy, you can do better my friend.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay ale...Red label. 7% alcohol.
Let me start off with the fact that i had high expectations for this beer because i had tried the blue label first....and this beer is excellent!

A- Medium brown with all kinds of floating haze and a very active bubbly head that falls to a circle around the rim. Little to no lacing.

S- Smell is very interesting has a slight woody scent with hints of fruity musk. Also would like to note the smell is quite a pleasure to the nose.

T- Here is where the beer gets it edge... a mild complex of flavors that make this the choice Belgian beer for me! Has a light but present flavor of roasted raisins and barley with a touch of plums. Also i sence a small hint of hops and alcohol as well. Very tasty.

M-D- This is one of the easiest beers i had ever had to drink and one that packs more than enough flavor to keep me coming back. Very dry on the mouth and so drinkable i could easily have six. Great brew!

wesbrownyeah, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of weatherdog
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice

It pours a murky amber red with a creamy off-white head that lingers for a while before settling down to a tiny cap.

The aroma is pretty malty and full for a dubbel. Some light spicing in there but the finish also has some distinct oxidation notes. I couldn't decipher the date code or find out how to but I'm guessing this beer has at least a year plus of age.

The stale malt oxidation flavors come through much more in the taste than the aroma. Once I can get past the oxidation the sweeter malts, subtle fruitiness and distinct yeast bite come out. I can tell those flavors make up for a great tasting dubbel but the oxidation flavors are just getting to me. I'd really like to try and find a fresher bottle.

Mouthfeel is really great, a nice high carbonation but not distracting, finish is crisp and despite ABV drinkability is good and it's a refreshing beer.

weatherdog, Jan 09, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

TimBeaulieu, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

SkiBum22, Jan 19, 2013
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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,130 ratings.