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

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Reviews: 1,600
Hads: 4,449
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 224
Gots: 654 | FT: 4
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Chimay chalice fills with a murky brown copper beer (SRM 20). A half-inch, creamy beige head lingers all the while leaving fine lace.

The aroma is dominated by fruity spice. Fruits include plums, while floral notes a woven with light cherry, apple, and raspberry. Warmth brings out musty oak and new leather.

The flavor opens with oak, followed by rye bread with a balanced, but slightly bitter profile. Honey and vanilla linger in the background. The finish is mild in duration and flavor.

Explosive, fine carbonation dominates the palate before the medium-bodied, slightly oily texture takes over. Alcohol is as expected with some astringency accompanying warmth.

Chimay Red has earned its reputation and is good for relaxing with a creamy brie, but is less contemplative than I had expected. (802 characters)

Photo of EricVonStein
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours to a thick creamy coloured head. Colour of aged honey. Brownish with amber hues. Very opaque.

Nose is sweet with a little baking spices in the distance. burnt sugar and caramel. maple syrup hint. I get a bit of malt yeast too. Not a strong aroma.

roasted grains and smooth sweetness of dried fruit stone fruit (i.e. prune, date?). dark whole grain rye bread. bit of molasses and christmas baking spices (very subdued). Super full bodied and long lasting finish to slightly bitter. tastes keep on going in your mouth long after the beer is gone. some alcohol is noticeable but not distasteful.

Mouthfeel is awesome. super creamy almost buttery! smooth and even with nice carbonation.

Overall, great rich heady beer with super smoothness. Like a fire stone oven baked rye bread with molasses. Definitely will drink this one when i get the chance again! (862 characters)

Photo of twage04
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty with the fruity bubblegum flavor from the yeast. I'd take the chimay triple over this but it was still pretty good. I was hoping for more complexity and depth but it was still enoyable. Probably just my second try at the style. (233 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Heavy light tan head dissipates quickly to a short light froth. Hazy deep amber in color. Not much lacing.

Smell: Caramely malts. Light light roast. Lightly syrupy

Taste: Caramel, fig, bready malt, bright candy sugar. Little bit of sour finish as well.

Feel: Syrupy, Dry finish, and beautiful effervescence.

Overall: Fairly complex and a beautiful beer. Will revisit again (382 characters)

Photo of danmouer
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Every. Now and then it isuseful to revisit the classics recalibrate one's yardsticks. Today for me it is Chimay Premier (red cap), a Belgian Abbey style Dubbel aleat 7 % abv.

The beer poured from a 750 cork-finished bottle was a beautiful, slightly hazy mediam amber with a burst of huge foamy head that settled quickly to an eighth-inch blanket of fine fizz leaving volatile lace on the sides of my Chimay goblet. Perhaps because it is pollen peak sedason here in Virginia, I found the aroma more understated than I remember. Light malt hints mingle with cinnamony spice and a touch of fruit, but my nose had to work to find it.

The flavor was not so reticent. Chimay's dubbel is drier, more balanced than some of the competition. Caramel, candy, a touch of bitter fruit all are balanced delicately, but decisively in the mouth. A nice warming touch for a beer of only 7%. Yummmmy.

The mouthfeel is supreme: velvet pillows on the tongue, ticklIng every corner ofthe mouth with very fine efforvescence. The finish is long, balanced, a lovely bitter touch. Wonderful.

Yep...this is the real thing. A classic. Not perfect, but pretty wonderful. (1,146 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel color with a smaller light brown head that recedes quickly. A thin head remains with a very small ring of lacing around the edge. Small amount of lacing.

Dark fruits, caramel malts, and a bit of alcohol on the nose. Aged cherries and fig. Some sweet, bready malts as well.

Taste is a mix of light and dark fruits. Plum, cherry and fig play on the tongue first. Apple and pear as well. Bready malts. Candied sugars, as well as some brown sugar. Very sweet. Some bitterness on the back end.

Medium bodied. A little more carbonation than expected. Not much alcohol. bite, granted it is a little low of an ABV for a Dubbel.

Overall, a little let down by this one. A very good dubbel, but the Chimay moniker didn't quite live up to the hype. (763 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Premiere Dubbel pours a shade of brown similar to raw umber, with a frothy, off-white head. Each whiff of the aroma reveals consistent fruit esters, particularly plum and banana, as well as a tiny hint of clove spice. The flavor is a malty, grainy treat with brown bread, oatmeal, brown sugar, earthiness, clove, and some slight hops as well. It is medium-bodied, with a soft mouth feel. A little yeast and alcohol warming closes out the tasting experience. Overall, an absolute classic Dubbel and Belgian beer, generally. Essential. (540 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old notes dated Feb 2010. I know I reviewed this before and have no idea why they are no longer here. Here we go again with very abridged notes.

Smells like cheese, apple, alcohol. Taste much of the same with a highly carbonated feel that is easy drinking and tempers the alcohol impact. My least favorite Chimay offering but still fairly good. (345 characters)

Photo of kitch
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a 330ml bottle that was dated best before end of 2018 and poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: It poured a very hazy brown colour with a very nice thick cream coloured two finger head that dissipates very slowly but when it does, leaves a nice curtain lacing.

Aroma: Aromas are fruity, mainly of dark fruits like plum, cherry, and fig. There is also some pear, apple and candied sugar and a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: Fruity cherry and plum upfront with hints of banana and pear. There’s also some light malt caramel and bready sweetness followed by a nice light bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth creamy and slightly sticky.

Overall: Admittedly, I used to think that this was just ok but I’ve grown to enjoy this beer the more I drink it. When I first tried it maybe ten years ago, Chimay Blue was far and away better and so I mostly bought that. However, clearly my taste changed and the last few years Chimay Red became one of my staple beers. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle into teku
Served: 20 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a deep, hazy brown color with a soft semi-tan head which pours to a two finger crown and then collapses to a half finger head that sticks around forever. Looks nice.

Smell: Soft nose with lots of fruity esters, really surprised by that. A bit of sweet malts evident in the background. Really digging the fruity nose.

Taste: Soft fruitiness again- sweet dates and plum- but very subdued. On the midpalate you get some of the full caramelly maltiness typical of a dubbel, and it finishes of with a soft somewhat bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium-low carbonation makes this one really soft and silky.

Overall: A really great beer, and a dubbel unlike many others. I love the Belgian yeast characteristics in here- this showcases yeast flavors more than any dubbel I've had, even if it detracts from some of the caramel malt that others love. A really great beer. (944 characters)

Photo of akdo
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured it from a 750 ml bottle. The beer was mostly brown with a few shades of red and a nice white head.

Although some would recommend you to shun watery beers, the Chimay Premiere is made from an outstanding water that comes from a well. Once you drink the beer, you will be surprised. The beer is soft. Despite being bitter like any beer, the Chimay Premiere has a few hint of sweetness. It almost tastes like a fruit. Moreover, it is so complex it will have you guessing.

All in all, it is one of the best beers I have tasted. It can be enjoyed alone or with a cheese. (577 characters)

Photo of Wilshade
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

ABV: 7%
Glassware: chalice (brewery recommended)

Appearance: Opaque dark copper with thin but firm and creamy tan head.

Smell: Fruity, possibly apricot.

Taste: Slightly to the bitter side.

Mouth feel: almost silky smooth

Overall: Beautiful beer. Satisfying and memorable. For me, just a small step down from the "Blue Cap". (328 characters)

Photo of DW78715816
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks, smells, and tastes delicious. So smooth and creamy. Very flavorful yet easy drinking. Complex, dark fruit, caramel, malt, hop, a lot of subtle flavors. Easy to drink quickly but best to relax and truly enjoy the outstanding quality of this excellent beer. (269 characters)

Photo of buckslayer50
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this in August and for one reason or another it kept being pushed to the back of the fridge and I finally drank it last night. Luckily, even with nine months age, it was a very good beer. It was light and refreshing, had some nice fuit in the flavor, I am looking forward to trying more from Chimay (307 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S:
-plums,caramel,toffee,strawberry,white bread,banannas,spices
T:
-Follows the nose plus chocolate cake and a substantial hoppy note
F:
-high carbonation
O:
My fave Dubbel (172 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-nice head that almost looks like cream sitting on the beer darker color than most dubbels i have tried
-very warm and inviting like the neighborhood bakery, pleasant yeast notes
- smooth as can beer with alot of very pleasant bread and yeast notes with a slight bitterness in the end
-feel is thicker but not dark a good grainy and yeasty beer
- overall a treat for the palate (377 characters)

Photo of Mickey1313
1.69/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This had so much promise but it's bitter initial taste, after taste and insane amount of carbonation ruined any flavor that it hoped you would taste. I wanted to like this, especially with its Monk folklore. But it is simply unrefined and just... Monastic in the worst way. (273 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Smell: fruity, some caramel and sherry notes, plum, spice. Taste: fruit, caramel and faint cola. Mouthfeel: This has a medium body with a creamy effervescence. (171 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 8/31/2013. Cork popped itself off when I uncaged it. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible dubbel style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,611 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lot of Belgian Dubbels but I can see why people are so high on the Belgian stuff. At this point in my beer journeys I think it's the yeast that is used I really have come to enjoy from Belgians. Good stuff and when I get the chance I'll pick up the yellow and blue bottles. (287 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This is a very complex beer. I sampled it on tap at the Craft Beer Market in Calgary. It has a nice yeasty nose, caramel malt, and a fair amount of sweetness. This was my dessert beer and it suited the purpose nicely. (222 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear a dark brown with a small amount of white lacy froth.
Aromas of malts fresh baked bread and spicy nuts.
Flavors of sweetness, some fruit and cake.
Mouth feel is very nice. Small amount of bitterness. Very refreshing.
A great Belgium beer. (252 characters)

Photo of canton330
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, red brown. Nice, thick cream colored head. Dissipated rather quickly, to a thin ring. Moderate lacing.
Mineral and earth on the nose immediately. Yeast is upfront, not shy.
Deep richness, with a prominate yeast. Spiced dark fruit in the middle. Mineral, musty earthiness on the end.
Can definitely taste the water used in this one. (350 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is light and of the classic “Belgian Yeast” variety
A nice clean moderate hoppiness and bitterness permeate the beer
It taste slightly spicy and slightly sweet
A mild and enjoyable Belgian. Well executed but nothing amazing.
I don't think the flavors of this beer work together particularly well. When the flavors are subtle such as they are in this one I think a certain synergy is required to elevate the beer. (422 characters)

Photo of Windexman
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark Caramel, thick foamy off-white, almost tan, head that lasts.
Smell: Lots coming from the yeast. Small amounts of dark fruits. Malty. Light earthyness, but not really a hop-like aroma.
Taste: Malty up front, fruits in the middle like plum and date. Slight bitterness in the finish, with a little but of mineral/metallic aftertaste.
Feel: Medium to heavy body. Lots of carbonation tickles the tongue.
Overall: A really balanced beer. The heavier body hides the alcohol, it could be dangerous. My only knock is the metallic taste I got. It tasted like iron/blood. It wasn't always present, but even I got some it was not very appetizing. (648 characters)

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