Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.1/5 rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Got this in the Chimay gift set. Being as I'm a huge fan of Chimay's Tripel, I had high hopes for this one...
At first glance the beer doesn't disappoint. It's an unfiltered light brick red, with a fat head and many yeasty floaties in the center of the glass -- looks tasty enough.
Smells like malts, mixed fruit (cranberries?), yeast and hops.
Hmm... the taste isn't really what I was expecting. A bitterness hits me first, followed by a vague fruit flavor that I can't identify and an oakish, woody taste. The bitterness is eventually cut by the fruitiness. It's rather watery and, dare I say it, unmemorable. The whole bottle tasted mild and diluted to me.
Mouthfeel is thin and dry, with some mild sweetness breaking through the initial bitterness. Lots of little bubbles that lend it a nice fizziness.
This isn't an awful beer, but I was very disappointed as I know Chimay can make some great brews. This one really needs to lose the watery blandness. I will try this again, perhaps the second bottle will fare better.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2006 18:39:57 | More by kkipple
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4.21/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750mL bottle into a chalice
A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber brown with 2 fingers width of light tan head, head has good retention, but leaves almost zero lacing.
S: Dark fruits, lots of plum and fig, candied sugar, toffee, brown sugar. There is a bit of spice and yeasty aromas as well, but the sweet components are definitely the most prominent.
T: A bit spicier than the nose. Not as sweet as the aroma, but there are definitely still sweet notes; a bit of semi-sweet bakers chocolate and dark fruits mostly. Doughy yeast, subtle bitterness and a touch of booze even though the ABV is fairly low.
M/D: Full bodied but not thick, carbonation on the heavier side but appropriate, drinkability is average, very filling though.
O: One of the standards of the style. Not nearly as good as Westy 8, nor is it as good as Chimay Grand Reserve, but very well done nonetheless. A must try for any craft beer aficinado.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 01:28:14 | More by zac16125
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,496 ratings.