Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by bobhits:
1.58/5 rDev -61.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Pours a deep brownish red, lighter than the blue, but very similar. I clearly suck at decanting these small bottles as floaters are in here and I have at least 2 oz left in the bottle. Carbonation is almost gone before this has been typed. A bit bland, but dubbles aren’t really show cases I suppose.
I feel like this one is taking on hef like characteristics. A touch of bubble gum is coming through here. I think this is a touch cool so I’ll finish in a bit. Sweet fruity notes from hops, with some fruit malt esters. Wide mouth glasses just don’t do the job on the nose…but this is their glass!
I just don’t know what to say here. This isn’t a good dubble. The flavors aren’t intense, malt dominate, and the balance that is here isn’t done in an overly enjoyable way. The hops here aren’t great and the fruity flavors of the malt just aren’t working with the hops.
This beer might have been saved with a nice well carbonated and creamy body. The problem is this beer’s carbonation is awful. The big bubbles and over carbonation here are a huge problem here.
I have often found this style to be pretty darn good, but this one isn’t. It doesn’t taste bad…but what beer really does? This is however an awful example of beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2011 20:11:12 | More by bobhits
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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
4.11/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Light brown orange color with a two finger beige head with very short retention.
Nice aroma of prunes, honey, apricot, caramelized banana with cinnamon and grape juice.
Fruity and vinous flavor with notes of honey, plums, nutty and caramel malt, orange peel citrusy, peaches, Muscat grapes, bananas, distant tartness, cinnamon and other mild spices. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 7% abv is well hidden.
Tasty, refreshing, easy to drink and very well balanced Dubbel. Not tiresome complex, actually quite versatile, you can drink this cold or warm, lay back or sensory hunting. The big bottle for this one is not to be shared.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 01:07:14 | More by FLima
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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