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Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,764 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,764
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 147
Gots: 268 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000)
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swid

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chimay Premiére pours an opaque brown color into my tulip glass. Nearly black at the widest part of the glass; when held up to the light, it becomes more of an dark amber. A 1", dark cream head forms, then slowly collapses down to about 1/8". Moderate carbonation, very little lacing. The aroma is fairly average for a beer of this type: caramel, slightly spicy, a hint of alcohol sweetness. There's a bit of funk here, but it seems very restrained and blends in with a generic fruit aroma.

The taste is fairly malty up front, with a caramel and slightly roasted characteristics. Hints of fruit and clove. The alcohol is evident after a little bit, and any spiciness promised in the aroma does not show up in the taste. The mouthfeel is full without being syrupy; finishes smooth and sweet, with only a trace of bitterness.

This beer left me feeling somewhat underwhelmed. It's decent enough, to be sure, but it simply lacks the hand-crafted character I've had in other dubbels. In any case, the red's relative tameness would make it a decent stepping stone to the wide world of Belgian-style ales.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 03:03:56 | More by swid
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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,764 ratings.