Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Drank from a 1 pt.9.4 fl.oz./75 cl corked and caged bottle purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA
Served in a Chimay goblet
The beer opened with a loud pop and slowly began to gush. Once in the glass, the liquid was a cloudy, ruddy, crimson-mahogany was was topped by a tight, creamy, one-finger, khaki colored head. The head was quick to drop, but the thin cap that covered the liquid had amazing lasting power. Unfortunately, lacing was nonexistent.
The nose was rich, fruity and spicy. Allspice and clove were discernible. Semi-sweet with notes of plums, prunes, raisins and figs. Lots of dark candi sugar. Bready. A signature, phenolic, Belgian yeast quality also came through strong.
The flavor profile was a bit of a letdown. Like in the nose, spices were quite apparent. Allspice, cinnamon and clove dominated. Hint of apple and pear. There was a pervasive steely/metallic quality that I found rather distracting. Vinous notes appeared in the center. Touch of smoke. The finish was crisp and dry with hints of earthy, somewhat bitter hops. Even at 7% ABV, this dubbel was immensely quaffable.
The mouthfeel contained an extraordinarily lively, prickly effervescence. Super plush, creamy and pillowy. The beer seemed to instantaneously dissolve once it hit my tongue. Medium bodied for the style.
Chimay Red is a classic Trappist ale, but I was disappointed by the flavor profile, which was quite subdued and contained unpleasant metallic notes. I far prefer both the Blue and the White to this.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2013 17:55:28 | More by Damian
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