Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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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3.96/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle, poured in a nice big snifter. One of the only good thing to come out of Breughel brewery (the glass). Thick beige head that stays well after 5 minutes. It's got a really nice dark orange color when held up to a light. Cloudy. Smell is spicy with maybe a faint prune touch.
Taste spicy and sirupy, dark fruits but not too sweet. I'm not a big fan of really sweet malty belgium beers. Once every few sips, you get a sharp spice note. I'm getting a slight metallic/mineral taste and smell from this beer. Not so much that it's unpleasent but still there... The alcool is quite present but not in a bad way. You can really feel the warth going down. Leaves a bitter orange after-taste which I really enjoy. Well balanced to me.
I drank it while vaping some good old Bobbas Bounty which I found while going through a drawer. Brings out a taste of oatmeal and raisin cookies from the BB which was really nice.
Really enjoyed it. Nice late night beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 01:34:43 | More by BrunoPettipas
4.65/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Medium to deep copper red color with creamy head that dissipated fast, (this was purchased on tap in a growler, I personally think Chimay's products are better from the bottle) some lacing
aroma is very subtle compared to other Belgiums, I prefer the balance of the Chimay Red to some of the more pronounced hopper styles.
Taste-some caramel and nuttiness, with a sharpness from alcohol, very pleasant. Very drinkable
Mouthfeel-smooth with a little heat in the back at the finish…can stand alone.
Overall-my favorite of the Chimay brand. I would definitely opt for the bottle next time, as it stores well. I think this has to be very fresh off tap to really develop the aromas and subtle tastes.
Serving type: growler
07-06-2014 18:12:13 | More by JLSIV
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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