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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,691 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,691
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 141
Gots: 226 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000)
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The brew pours a rich, caramel brown color. The head stands two fingers high, and is composed of elegantly stacked, tiny white bubbles, with islands of bigger, frothy tan bubbles bobbing about. This disappears at a medium pace, with little lacing left to remind us of it. While the color acts to take the translucency away, there is an additional yeasty haze to the look. No outright sediment is noted, and carbonation looks light to medium. The nose is serious, with bready malts playing loudly over a robust yeasty background. There is faint grassiness that falls somewhere between sour and sweet. Orange rind also periodically dips in and out of the nose. Tasting, we begin with malts, malts, and malts. At the inset they seem overly mild, but as the flavor settles on the tongue a bitterness is revealed. This is from the fusion of the yeast with the malts, which seems to be inseparable, and boldly represented. Through the middle some further bittering clovey phenols mix in, along with a hint of citrus. We finish with a mouthful of yeast, and a washing of clean malts to the end. The aftertaste is bitter to the feel of the tongue on the palate, and breathes with malts, an odd hint of molasses, and booze. The body of the beer is medium and the carbonation is extreme. With each sip the tip of the tongue is attacked by biting bubbles, with the rest of the mouth filling up with foam. The frothiness was pleasant, and the beer was very creamy, if not overly so. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew is how no-nonsense it is. Many dubbels can run the risk of presenting as too sweet or syrupy, but here we find one that is bold in its malting and yeasting, and not afraid to highlight them. It is quite a simple brew, but it leaves the drinker happy. The one downfall is the over carbonation. It is equitable to drinking a highly fizzy glass of champagne, mouthfeel wise, which acts to detract from the beer's otherwise pleasantness.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 20:26:57 | More by TheBrewo
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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,691 ratings.