Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.33/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2006 19:27:08 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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