Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by JamesMN:
3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Uncorked a bottle giving way to a glorious smokey haze rising out of the top. Poured into a chalice, producing a 2.5 finger head that mostly dissipated over the next minute or two.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy caramel/copper color.
Aroma: Really couldn't pin down any one smell. Some malt and a little yeast in the nose. No off odors.
Taste: Bit of a hop bite up front then transitions into smooth malt and spicy flavors as it goes down. Get some notes of banana and pear. Also some spice I can't quite put my finger on. Really nice taste overall. Reminiscent of a Hefeweizen.
Mouthfeel: The slightly high carbonation makes an impact right away but fades quickly allowing for the flavor to be savored. No hint of the 7%abv, drinks like a much lighter beer.
Final Thoughts: This was the first Trappist beer I have tried. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will be trying the other Chimay offerings. Although there is a lot of hype concerning 'Trappist' beers, Chimay Premiere does a good job of living up to it's reputation. I'm not the biggest fan of wheat beers or hefeweizens, but the average beer enthusiast should enjoy this one.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2012 05:20:25 | More by JamesMN
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4.21/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750mL bottle into a chalice
A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber brown with 2 fingers width of light tan head, head has good retention, but leaves almost zero lacing.
S: Dark fruits, lots of plum and fig, candied sugar, toffee, brown sugar. There is a bit of spice and yeasty aromas as well, but the sweet components are definitely the most prominent.
T: A bit spicier than the nose. Not as sweet as the aroma, but there are definitely still sweet notes; a bit of semi-sweet bakers chocolate and dark fruits mostly. Doughy yeast, subtle bitterness and a touch of booze even though the ABV is fairly low.
M/D: Full bodied but not thick, carbonation on the heavier side but appropriate, drinkability is average, very filling though.
O: One of the standards of the style. Not nearly as good as Westy 8, nor is it as good as Chimay Grand Reserve, but very well done nonetheless. A must try for any craft beer aficinado.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 01:28:14 | More by zac16125
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,496 ratings.