Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Finally we come to Chimay Rouge! After trying the mighty Chimay Bleu for review #100 it has taken another 54 reviews to come full circle (well as full circle as it is going to get with Chimay; their remaining few brews I haven't tried being total rarities) . It has been a long ride and I've been purposely spacing out the Trappist brews as they are truly an absolute delight and quite frankly I don't ever want to run out of Trappist beers to review, but there will no doubt be a day where I've spent thousands on a case of Westvleteren 12 and there is nothing left to taste... let's not think of that day yet.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.
A: Presents with a murky sepia body and cappuccino foam white head that hangs at 0.5cm. Not bad looking, if you like sepia of course.
S: Aroma is upfront dark fruits, hint of clove, ethyl acetate and bread yeast. The ethyl acetate is quite accentuated considering the alcohol content (at 7% ABV). Here's hoping it doesn't carry through too much in the flavour.
T: The dark fruit flavours are strong with this one (almost a Star Wars reference, I know). Dark fruits upfront (raisin, fig, and prune), with an accompanied hit of sugar, followed by a headstrong yeast and finishing with straight ethanol and light hop bitterness. The ethanol is the only thing that is clunky with this otherwise flawless brew (see: I told you that ethyl acetate would rear it's nail-polish-remover-smelling head).
M: Fairly tight and creamy body with a light but dense carbonation.
D: One can easily appreciate what Chimay is doing with their beers - they present three personifications of beer: gregarious (Blanc), contemplative (Bleu), and sanguine (Rouge). With such a variety it is hard not to like where Chimay is going, and has been, with the red only affirming my opinion of this brewery (and Trappists in general). It's a tough decision between this and the blue actually, and my final score has reflected this fact.
Food match: Easy to savour with a hearty game stew, or a rare Scotch eye fillet of beef with a side of celeriac mash, roast asparagus, wilted kale and Chimay Rouge jus. Could even work desserts as well, this is indeed a great between courses brew, such as sticky toffee pudding, or clafoutis with liquor cream.
Serving type: bottle
10-25-2012 07:22:36 | More by doktorhops
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