Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
330ml bottle from the LCBO, poured into a Chimay glass.
Appearance: cinnamon brown body with nearly an inch of head that subsides very quickly. No lacing, which tells me I may have poured the beer wrong (the chalice isn't dirty). Lots of yeast and sediment in the body - you can see it swirling at the bottom of the glass while drinking.
Smell: yeast, alcohol, and extremely fresh fruit, including pears, apricots, and a strong grape aroma. Lovely.
Taste: juicy malts, caramel, tart/bittersweet hops, and a warming alcoholic finish.
Mouthfeel: tangy and crisp upfront with a smooth body and wet finish. A diverse and complete mouthfeel.
Overall: Chimay Red is a fruity, aromatic, and warming abbey dubbel with some nice complexities. On previous tastes I didn't use the proper glassware and I forgot to let the yeast settle. This time I corrected both those errors and gained a new appreciation for the incredibly fresh smell of this beer. The flavour doesn't possess the metallic notes it had when, on a prior taste, I drank it almost immediately after pouring. It's a solid beer, though I prefer Westmalle Dubbel and St. Bernardus Prior 8 to this offering.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2009 04:21:31 | More by cratez
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