Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a murky, leather shade of tan, highly opaque with tiny, tiny sediments that can be seen floating around when held to the light. Gray colored head stays thin and sits atop the beer. Aroma is packed with caramel malts, licorice, dates, figs, and warming alcohol. Taste isn't far behind, also full of toasted malts and dark fruits, with some burnt sugar that hits heavy on the tongue. Grape flavors start to come out in a medicinal, but not off-putting kind of way. Some peppercorns faintly in the background along with a spice that is hard to put my finger on, could possibly be clove. The aftertaste on my tongue is wonderful - deep, bitter chocolate, along with bread, biscuits, oats, and campfire charcoal. Medium body with a large amount of carbonation.
Another solid product out of Belgium, here. May not be the best, but it's certainly worth a try, and something I wouldn't pass up if offered. Highly complex, but right on the money.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2012 02:54:28 | More by tectactoe
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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.