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