Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.35/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 11.2 fl oz/330mL bottle, of a unique form factor, crown capped, not corked and caged like most Chimay (I have a 750mL of Chimay Red in the fridge). This beer was served a little cold (barely above fridge temperature, probably 35ºF), so I let it warm for a few minutes, and it continues to warm as I write my review,
As always, I am writing my review live, puzzling out the drink as it is being drunk, not from notes.
As always, I attempt to review "to style" (ala BJCP), with some admixture of personal taste (contra BJCP), not solely to personal taste. However, when it comes to most Trappists, reviewing "to style" and "to taste" are identical for me, as Trappist (Dubbels, Tripels, and Quads, especially Dubbels and Quads) tends to be my favourite style.
Chimay has different flavours in 330s, 750s, and 1500s (magnums), so, here goes, with that being said: without further ado, a review.
A: Cloudy, mostly opaque dark brown (lots of sediment still in bottle) with reddish highlights at the bottom when poured in to a Chimay chalice/goblet and held to the light. Sometimes I manage to pour Chimay crystal-clear, but not often, and not today. No head on delicate pour, one to one-and-one-half-finger head on moderately vigorous pour, quickly receding in to a "cap and ring" on the face and edges of the beer.
S: Massive malts, some dark fruit, and some quasi-citrusy-like flavours, such as tangerine and apricot, as undercurrents to the malt and dark fruit (not nearly as much tangerine, as, say, an English IPA... maybe 20% as much, if that). No alcohol in the nose. Some bread, lots of malts, a bit of spice, and very, very, extremely mild Belgian funk. There
T: Malt, dark fruits (as is typical for the style), mild spiciness, and the typical "Belgian Trappist character" which is impossible to describe, or, to put it more eloquently, ineluctable and ineffable (whoever is reading this should hire me since I was able to use those two words correctly). Very little alcohol. The bread character from the fallen (poured into glass) yeast is noticeable, but pleasant - it addeth to the character, it doth not take away. There is some spice, but the spice is lesser than St Bernardus, and not even one-twentieth as much as some Devilish concoction like Rochefort 8. Finish is dry to bitter.
M: Moderately high carbonation for the style, pretty full and a bit astringent. Not stingy in any way, nor thin. This is a full-bodied beer.
D: Very high, although not as compulsively high as the higher-ABV Chimay Blue (Quadrupel/Belgian Strong Dark Ale).
O: Excellent beer, one of the best representatives of the Dubbel style, second only to Westmalle.
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2013 12:44:32 | More by Chrysostom
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