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

Not Rated.
Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,968 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,968
Reviews: 1,562
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 161
Gots: 346 | FT: 3
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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Photo of IntriqKen
1.93/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured a light amber with incredibly large white head that melted rather quickly to fine lacing.
Aroma was musty yeast and too sweet malt with a touch of dried fruits.
Taste was overshadowed initially by the extremely high carbonation level of tiny bubbles...almost like the beer couldn't make it to my tongue but got blocked off by CO2 first.
Primarily sweet malt and raisin-dried fruit tastes...too sweet in my mind.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin after the carbonation disappears, for a beer this sweet and fruity tasting. Unpleasant aftertaste of stale yeast.

I will have to try this one again just to compare notes, but I didn't enjoy this Chimay nearly as much as the hype. In fact, I didn't enjoy it at all.

IntriqKen, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of Mbpike
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Mbpike, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of TheMrFarnham
2/5  rDev -51.7%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of TheBigBoy
2/5  rDev -51.7%

TheBigBoy, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of josephwa
2/5  rDev -51.7%

josephwa, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Maurod4d
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Maurod4d, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of kvnstfrd
2/5  rDev -51.7%

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
Photo of Zoezoeb89
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Zoezoeb89, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of kabritz
2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

kabritz, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of ivanwatling
2.3/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Frothy head, that started to spew out of the bottle when I took the cap off.

Smell: Nothing special, typical of a trappist ale

Taste: A huge disappointment. It was simply unpleasant. Sure, it had characteristics typical of a trappist ale but something was not right. I tried several sups before pouring the rest away

Mouthfeel: Too lively

ivanwatling, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Crosling
2.33/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled at a shared tasting in Venice, Italy. Light Ruby. Unpleasantly aromatic with notes of bread, medicines, seawater, salt, green plants and dark fruits. Dark fruits reside but the entire front and mid-palate is completely non-existant. The finish however is lovely, lingering and full of a malty sweetness. Once again though, my main problem, as with all the Chimay beers is the total lack of body. Gentle overall, and the complete lack of character from the front to the mid is what disappoints most. It's just one dimensional, especially in the aroma.

Crosling, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Bugsey
2.35/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted this out of brown paper bag during a taste test. What a disappointment. I thought is was some sort of beer/cider mix. Carbonization was prominant, complexity was low, and the malt taste was orange to apple. Drinkability was low.

I love malty begian beers, and I'm sure I would have had a biased review if I saw the label before drinking it. I'm glad I tried this one honestly, with the brown paper on it. Now I know I won't try it again.

Bugsey, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of RDAdams
2.38/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A deep reddish brown beer with a very nice head.

Smell: Having already had Grande Réserve and Cinq Cents, I was disappointed with the aroma of Première. It was spicy, but the spices were overcome with the odors of yeast and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: was about average for an average beer, but not what one would expect from a $10/liter beer.

Taste: I was also average, except for the harshness of the first swallow.

Drinkability: Well I didn’t care for it. In fairness, I will try it again. There are others who rate it very high so it must have appeal I have not found.

RDAdams, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of biglite351
2.4/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Orange-gold and not very see through. Foam looked like soda and vanished quickly.

S - a little now bitter than a typical pager.

T - full sweet and fruity. Not bitter and no bad after taste. Not too strong, but nice.

M - mild. Not real feel. Comparable to a mild ice tea.

D - due to its mildness and lack of bitterness or after taste, I bet you could drink a lot of these without realizing it. I would just rather have something a little not noticeable.

biglite351, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of mattcrill
2.4/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark and murky copper pour. Definite floaties in there and carbonation veins stream through the body of the beer. Head retention is nice. An ivory color with a sudsy character to it.

Smell: A stale and funky belgian yeast smell to it. This is the smell that turns me "off" on belgian beer. However, I will try to remain open-minded about this. Some alcohol esters here and there but that damn belgian yeast smell keeps dominating the game here.

Taste: Same belgian yeast taste, some wheat bread characteristics, possibly some dark fruit, a hint of carob, and a brush of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and nicely balanced carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm sure this is good for the style but I don't like belgians. Sue me, I don't care. Back to the American Craft Beer scene for me.

mattcrill, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
2.42/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

There's something about this brewery that promises so much, and delivers not enough.

Dark reddish/brown color when poured. Big fluffy head that disapears as soon as you look away.

Smell is lightly clovey, with a touch of sugar.

The mouthfeel is light. Tingle of small bubbles on your tongue. What I taste is slightly musty malt, a sugary sweetness, and it finishes so quick, you wonder why there's not more taste in your glass.

Maybe I'll get this again, but this so far has been a brewery that I am in no rush to drink from again anytime soon. Not horrible, but not the great beer experience I thought I would get from such a big name in beerdom. Pat

PatandDavid, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of uziangis
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

LJWalker, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ZekemusMaximus
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

ZekemusMaximus, Feb 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Orion1, Aug 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

citylifelover, Aug 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Walkerjgt, May 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Liberatiscioli, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of neubert1974
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

neubert1974, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of moot2142
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

moot2142, Aug 24, 2014
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,968 ratings.