Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.85/5 rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
when i walked into the beer cooler at giant eagle (something i haven't done for a long time) i pissed in my pants a little when i saw red white and blue chimay bottles on the top shelves. if the bros love it, i gotta try it. i really...REALLY had no idea what i was in for.
A- poured from a crowned and corked 75 centiliter brown bomber into my pint glass, this ale was hazy with an opaque column of burgundy (like the label) going down the center with a translucent amber orange toward the sides of the glass. as soon as i popped the cork i anticipated champagne like carbonation and though i consider myself to have the master pour, foam filled nearly the entire glass. bubbles popped everywhere making lots of noise and when it settled, i filled the other half creating 2in of loose soapy beige head similar to cola that settles fast to 1/8 in leaving sporadic lace behind.
S- fruity esters like raisin and prune with CO2 that tickles the nose. white wine barrel came next with a more pronounced dried fruit, aromatic bark like cedar or sandalwood, oak, granola, and alcohol.
T- very unexpected. mildly fruity, an perfectly balanced. its so fuckin neutral that i have to think hard to realize what i'm tasting. i don't even wanna taste, i just wanna drink this whole bottle then go buy another one. watermelon, well water (like the label says!) peppermint, raisin bran, earth, stone, concrete, clay, ohio night air, lightly roasted barley, that "exceptional" yeast from my new best friend father theodore, and a very slight unoffensive white grape-peach aftertaste.
MF- medium bodied yet thin crisp and refreshing. the seemingly heavy carbonation hits your tongue right away then fades almost immediately pushing the beer into my belly urging me to drink more.
D- if this wasn't $8 a bottle i'd drink it all the time and with every type of food and i'd drink it first thing in the morning instead of water or gatorade.
it's only 7% abv but i'm pretty sure the first sip had my head spinning. thank you trappist monks!
Serving type: bottle
08-14-2007 02:41:09 | More by hustlesworth
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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
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,699 ratings.