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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,190 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 4,190
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 178
Gots: 444 | FT: 4
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Vedett flute

Look: Slightly murky coppery red with an insane amount of head.

Smell: To be fair, I had some difficulty discerning much in the smell at first blush. Once the beer had warmed up a bit there were hints of apricot, banana and yeast in there. Not much in the way of hop character.

Taste: Definitely an alcoholic vibe to it, but nicely balanced by dark fruits (think prune/raising kind of thing) with a slightly yeasty, bready hint to it. ABV notwithstanding it's not insanely bitter - the hops are barely noticeable and at the same time it's not exactly malt-forward either.

Feel: No doubt about it, there's body there - quite a yeasty feel to it, but that's the sort of thing I go for so no complaints. It's a dubbel, so you're hardly going to be throwing this down your neck with wild abandon.

Overall: I like Belgian beers and the Chimay variants are right up there amongst my favourites. If you're looking for super-complex flavour profiles then you're probably in the wrong place but if you're looking to dip your toes into the complex waters of Belgian Trappist beers there are far worse places to start.

Photo of gmattkennedy
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is OUTSTANDING!!! It's in my top 10 of all time.

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 12/18/14

Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into my Chimay tulip

Packaging- classic and simple Red Chimay 3.75

Apperance- unfiltered murky gold 3.75

Smell- dark fruit, yeast, faint banana 3.75

Taste- hint of warming alcohol, fruitcake, yeasty and bread like but still very very well balanced 4

Mouth-feel- clean and smooth great mouth-feel 4

Drinkability- excellent well balanced both light and satisfying at the same time 4

Overall- definitely a winner. A very good example of the style 4


A style I sometimes run hot and cold with but Trappist Monks in Belgum are hard to argue with. ---- J

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3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Aged 2 years smell apple and malt sweet Belgian auger taste apple and malt but a sweet taste very good beer

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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18B). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L13-651. AROMA: complex aroma with malty caramely background and fruity aromas reminiscent of pinneaple and apricot. hop aromas absent. APPEARANCE: semi-dark copper with material in suspension. medium ivoey head with average retention. TASTE: flavour less rich than the aroma with mild sweet caramel notes. low apricot notes. low bitterness with a medium-dry finish. PALATE: medium body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a dubbel with very nice aromas but, alas, not so complex flavours.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,190 ratings.