Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.2/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle poured into rimmed chalice
L: murky brown. love the color with no light on it; that brown is cool. with sunlight on it, the color is amber with gold highlights. it's not 100% opaque, but you can't really see through it either ... nice murk. the head really pops at first, a good 1/3-inch to 1/2-inch of pretty tan-white, but it doesn't hang around. beer holds a collar of light foam. no lacing.
S: yeast. the first whiff screams BEEER!!! sweet but with great balance and nothing dark (no raisins, molasses, burnt barley). it gets a bit estery as we go, almost getting to that muted wine smell; fantastic malt at times. always very clean.
T: yeast on the first sip that really sweetens out; this is no doubt my kind of Belgian. just a hint of the darker tastes (figs ... not really raisins but close) in the back end at times, but mostly it has a bit of the wine/ester taste to it -- that taste I'm not great at describing but makes me think of wine. slightly sour grapes but not in a bad way. possibly I'm tasting the alcohol as we get halfway into this bottle.
F: perfect. lots of carbonation, exactly a midweight ... i don't like doling out 5s, but have mercy on me if I'm wrong, the damn thing is perfect.
O: this thing starts out like a champ. the first smell and first taste alone is worth the price. i mean, it's just so quintessentially beer. as it goes down, I get more of the esters/wine thing and personally miss the yeast I detect at the start.
I'm always going to drink this beer. From time to time, anyway. But the more I drink the Belgian/trappist ales, the more I realize I've got to be more prepared for that muted wine taste to properly enjoy the style. Bottom line: It's good. Expensive, yes, but pretty damn good.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2013 23:10:33 | More by Premo88
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