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

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Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)

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3,891 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,891
Reviews: 1,558
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 157
Gots: 320 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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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Reviews by TownDunkel:
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4.63/5  rDev +11.8%

And the heaven cried out, and down came a bottle of Chimay--- peace was then on Earth

At least thats what they should put on the bottle. If everyone in the world drank this at once it would be a rockin place to live (big bottle of course)

Appearance - A respectable medium brown with hints of orange and gold that seem to glitter in the light.

Smell - Hoppy, alcohol, and bits of light herb that will set it apart from the rest

Taste - Perfect! Mellow that transcends into glourious complexty that is not overwhelming. To explain the flavor would be to explain God... all I said after the first sip was "wow"

Mouthfeel - Right carbonation at the right time, flavors are mellow that stick with you but only in a good way

Overall - One of the best beers out there. Dont fear the price tag, it must be drank

09-22-2012 01:30:17 | More by TownDunkel
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Ahh a nice Sunday brunch beverage,pours a nice medium brown with a slight orange tint with a huge rocky head that leaves some incrdible lacingAroma is fruity and slightly smokey.The flavor starts out a little smokey but it semmed to get a little watery in the middle ending with a nice malty,bready flavor lingering.A very nice looking beer and tastes pretty good but would have liked a little more richnes.Still a extremely well made beer.

08-31-2003 16:38:08 | More by oberon
Photo of Marty


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Apples! That was the first thing that came to mind when I smelled this beer. It tasted fruity and a little tart, which may be why I initially thought "apple" instead of any other fruit. Very smooth and easy to drink, given its alcohol content. Medium-sized head that settled rather quickly. Deep red hue. Great beer.

04-04-2003 08:37:23 | More by Marty
Photo of RoyalT


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance – Nice foamy head and a beautiful, light brown color.

Smell – Some malt and a deep clove aroma. Yes, it does get bigger if you pour it in the Chimay glass, swirl it, and let it sit.

Taste – The taste is too tight after the pour. Wait ten to fifteen minutes and it will deliver on the bouquet: complex mix of yeast, malt, the clove again, various fruits, and even some hops. There’s also something in there that reminds me of a stout but I can’t pin it.

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation and smooth. A little too foamy for my tastes, yet very easy on the tongue.

Drinkability – Very good once it breathes. Someone could easily open up this beer, chug it, and never know what they had.

Comments – This beer is very complex; I couldn’t even begin to figure out all of the tastes. It is a real treat.

Update: In 2004 I haven’t had an overly foamy sample so I am raising the Mouthfeel rating by 0.5.

08-05-2003 01:43:59 | More by RoyalT
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-14-2013 20:59:52 | More by cam477
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-15-2012 15:43:09 | More by beerhunter13
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-26-2014 11:00:28 | More by DanGeo
Photo of tectactoe


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a murky, leather shade of tan, highly opaque with tiny, tiny sediments that can be seen floating around when held to the light. Gray colored head stays thin and sits atop the beer. Aroma is packed with caramel malts, licorice, dates, figs, and warming alcohol. Taste isn't far behind, also full of toasted malts and dark fruits, with some burnt sugar that hits heavy on the tongue. Grape flavors start to come out in a medicinal, but not off-putting kind of way. Some peppercorns faintly in the background along with a spice that is hard to put my finger on, could possibly be clove. The aftertaste on my tongue is wonderful - deep, bitter chocolate, along with bread, biscuits, oats, and campfire charcoal. Medium body with a large amount of carbonation.

Another solid product out of Belgium, here. May not be the best, but it's certainly worth a try, and something I wouldn't pass up if offered. Highly complex, but right on the money.

10-22-2012 02:54:28 | More by tectactoe
Photo of ricke


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-01-21. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date (Best before end of 2012) and recommended serving temperature, glassware and cellaring procedure on the label.

Appearance: Dark copper color with a 2,5 cm brown-shaded and sparkly head that dissipates rather fast and leaves some small lacings.

Smell: A general sweet and fruity smell (kind of like ripe apricots), soft chocolate nougat and notes or grass sits firmly on a backbone of yeast and spices.

Taste: First, sweet malts, fruits and bread hits the taste buds. Then, a mild yeast note and a distinct spicy flavor - primarily cloves - takes over for a while before the finish. It's just slightly vinous. The finish is characterized by a gentle bitterness, even more gentle tartness and spices. Towards the end, it develops a nice caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice and lively carbonation. Very nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very well-composed beer with interesting, pleasant and sometimes subtle notes to be discovered. Highly recommended.

01-21-2009 20:55:33 | More by ricke
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-03-2012 03:24:38 | More by Zakk
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-09-2014 20:25:45 | More by jono0101
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3.33/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

03-02-2006 19:27:08 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of wesbrownyeah


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Chimay ale...Red label. 7% alcohol.
Let me start off with the fact that i had high expectations for this beer because i had tried the blue label first....and this beer is excellent!

A- Medium brown with all kinds of floating haze and a very active bubbly head that falls to a circle around the rim. Little to no lacing.

S- Smell is very interesting has a slight woody scent with hints of fruity musk. Also would like to note the smell is quite a pleasure to the nose.

T- Here is where the beer gets it edge... a mild complex of flavors that make this the choice Belgian beer for me! Has a light but present flavor of roasted raisins and barley with a touch of plums. Also i sence a small hint of hops and alcohol as well. Very tasty.

M-D- This is one of the easiest beers i had ever had to drink and one that packs more than enough flavor to keep me coming back. Very dry on the mouth and so drinkable i could easily have six. Great brew!

04-22-2009 20:05:53 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of weatherdog


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice

It pours a murky amber red with a creamy off-white head that lingers for a while before settling down to a tiny cap.

The aroma is pretty malty and full for a dubbel. Some light spicing in there but the finish also has some distinct oxidation notes. I couldn't decipher the date code or find out how to but I'm guessing this beer has at least a year plus of age.

The stale malt oxidation flavors come through much more in the taste than the aroma. Once I can get past the oxidation the sweeter malts, subtle fruitiness and distinct yeast bite come out. I can tell those flavors make up for a great tasting dubbel but the oxidation flavors are just getting to me. I'd really like to try and find a fresher bottle.

Mouthfeel is really great, a nice high carbonation but not distracting, finish is crisp and despite ABV drinkability is good and it's a refreshing beer.

01-09-2011 05:21:56 | More by weatherdog
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

01-19-2013 18:35:00 | More by tbryan5
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-19-2013 16:26:29 | More by SkiBum22
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-10-2012 23:24:09 | More by JacobMutberg
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4.72/5  rDev +14%

Presentation: 750 ml custom brown magnum, corked and crowned (old style label). Cork is imprinted with a March 2000 bottle date. Poured in an authentic Chimay glasses given to us by Manneken-Brussel Imports, Inc.

Appearance: Brown with a burgandy red hue with an infinite creamy white head from a tight tiny bubbled carbonation.

Smell: Raw sweetness, peppery spiciness and light phenols.

Taste: Soft powdery mouth feel with a crisp carbonation and medium body. Smooth. Very evident clove flavour up front and stays around throughout the beer. Hints of birch and ginger beer-like flavours, peppery medcinal phenols and light herbal tea hop flavour. Quite malty but it stays in the back. Fruitiness is likened to a delicate date sweetness and ripe plum. As the beer warms, there's also a suggestion of chocolate/carob. Finish dries a little though still a bit of residual sweetness leftover, herbal flavours also.

Notes: We can die now. It's okay. Drinking this beer has made the cylce of life complete.

11-20-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of Dmann


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%

Another winner from Chimay. I don't know why I have waited so long to try this one...probably because I was afraid it could never measure up to the Blue. Anyways this one poured a very good looking dark amber color with a nice foamy head and great looks all around. The smell was awesome with a very inviting sweetness that was all honey and cloves. The taste was very good and very drinkable due to the great carbonation and nice mouthfeel. The light spices and hops were overshadowed by the very sweet malts and bready flavor but was still quite tasty. This would be a great crossover beer for people just getting into the Belgian style.

03-31-2005 10:13:11 | More by Dmann
Photo of BJ1833


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

Very excited to try this brew as I've read much about the trappist ales. Pours a light brown, almost gray color. Nose is very fruity, almost like a bowl of mixed berries, with a hint of spice. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but maybe a bit overcarbonated. This is full of different flavors, tasting something new with each drink. The first taste is yeasty with a strong date and raisin flavor. The spice flavors come through with the next drink as well as a slight banana flavor.

This beer is much of what I expected, very flavorful and complex. I can't wait to try the blue and tripel ales.

07-31-2004 20:57:52 | More by BJ1833
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

A nice deep amber brown pour with a highly fizzy white head sitting nicely atop the brew. Looks good in my Chimay chalice. Caramel bread pudding with spices of cloves and pepper. Light fruitiness and maybe a hint of cinammon. An enjoyable nose here that's fairly complex.

First sip imparts a sweet caramel, bready malt along with a nice batch of spiciness. The yeast character comes through on the back of the palate as well as a slight sting from the spiciness. A tasty brew...however midway through it began to bore me a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a champagne-esque amount of small bubbly carbonation that comes with each sip. The carbonation is really too much for me and I wish it was toned down a bit. Not one I'd actively seek out again...a good brew overall, just not my cup of tea.

04-21-2005 02:05:41 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Outchillen


4.83/5  rDev +16.7%

One of my favorite beers, and probably my favorite belgian
A: Nice reddish amber, nicely carbonated, head fades quickly
S: Nice and lightly malty, sweet and floral
T: Sweet and smooth, nice malty and great yeast flavor
M/D: nice and light, very good example of a dubbel, I could drink this all day

03-07-2011 19:02:51 | More by Outchillen
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-06-2014 02:56:14 | More by bulldogg915
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-13-2014 06:18:27 | More by FadetoBock
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

08-17-2013 19:26:50 | More by danthehopslamman
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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,891 ratings.