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

Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)

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3,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 3486
Reviews: 1537
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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 JoshatTownHall


5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Hellhunt Pub in Tallin, Estonia. Paid €3.50. What a deal. I can see why people spend over $13 in the U.S. for it. Exceptional beer that exemplifies the style. I will gladly pay the price back in the U.S. for this brew. Again to reiterate, if you can afford the airfare Estonia is probably the place to go in Northern Europe for awesome beer at Bud Lt. price!

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2013 06:39:42 | More by JoshatTownHall
Photo of kylehay2004


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head foamy. Mild gold with crimson hues

S: malt with dark fruit notes

T: malt and dark fruit. Mild hops, touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice spice character.

M: medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very well made and complex beer. Always pricey on draft but a decent pick up in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 01:12:09 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of ivanwatling

United Kingdom (England)

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 18:43:59 | More by ivanwatling
Photo of b3shine


4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft to said chalice. The perfect appearance for a Belgian dubbel. Orange and hazy; fairly opaque for its color. Great citrus bouquet. Tastes the part, too, and is the quintessential beer of its type. Very subtly carbonated. Mouthfeel is good too. An oldie but goodie.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 19:52:13 | More by b3shine
Photo of cjgator3


3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Served in a Chimay chalice. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a huge light tan head with excellent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is dark fruits, spices and a lot of yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt, a little bit of tartness and a dry yeasty finish. There is taste is also a bit chalky almost.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Chimay Red is a solid beer that is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 05:02:39 | More by cjgator3
Photo of erosier


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice hazy orange-red-brown color with a tall and very thick off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, aromas of fruits, sugar, and yeasty aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, rich caramel flavors, dark fruits, nice yeast flavors finish this off with a touch of hops at the end.
M: Smooth, rich, warming, perfect amount of carbonation, medium to heavy feeling.
D: Pretty drinkable, this is a big full bodied, full flavored beer with a medium amount of abv that is a classic example of a dubbel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 10:42:41 | More by erosier
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had off the tap at Mothers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Graham Ave. Definitely worth the hype...but the price ($8) was somewhat steep for a 12 oz. beer.

It was quite bubbly with an average foamy head and decent lace. Fairly opaque in color. Dull brown and good citrus scent to it.

Citrus burst at first with a kind of vegetable aftertaste. Cider-ish, but really refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 03:06:35 | More by Amalak
Photo of hopdog


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This rating is from tap.

Poured a reddish brown color. Fruity, floral tastes and smells with berry hints (was that raspberries I smell). Lightly yeasty as well. Very smooth to drink with a dry finish. Very easy and enjoayable to drink.

Notes from: 7/12/04

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2009 16:11:07 | More by hopdog
Photo of naterock


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a chimay goblet.
A: pours a cloudy reddish brown, I even detect a slight yellow hue, might just be the goblet though.
S: smells of esters, sweet bread, fig, wine fruits, smells a little boozy, but you'll never hear me complain about that.
T: smoothness of bread flavors of figs, with an acidity comparable to oranges.
M: heavily carbonated and sparkly but appropriate to release the boutique.
D: definitely a legend in itself, never fails to impress

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2008 12:39:43 | More by naterock
Photo of Rootdog316


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay (red) pours a copper/brown color with a frothy off-white head. The head dissipates slowly, and doesn't leave much lacing. The aroma is lightly fruity and hoppy, with the taste of smoke, caramel, light hops, and a dark fruit of some sort. It is initially somewhat lightly sweet and bitter, and a bit acidic. Not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 05:12:58 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of tobyandgina


3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon pour, very large, off-white head. Not much lacing. Color of light orange. Body was hazy and lightly cloudy.

Pretty nice aroma. Some spruce, heavy yeast, and a hint of what appears to be coriander.

A light body with a slick texture to it. Average carbonation with a nice finish. Although, the flavor was short lasting and was moderately acidic.

I really enjoyed it even though it's on of the most expensive beers you can get on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 22:48:31 | More by tobyandgina
Photo of BEERchitect


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see this on tap at the Liberty Taproom, Myrtle Beach. Served in proper Chimay chalice and a reasonable temperature. The beer seemed under carbonated, especially for a Belgian Trappist, and was evident in the thin foamstand and the more dull texture. The aromas are candy sweet, malty, fruity tart, and berry like. Flavors bring the same characteristics as the aromas, and add dark, dehydrated fruits, syrup sweetness, bread, yeast, and cherries. The body was firm and moderate despite the light caronation. Finishes quite sweet with a hop bittering. True to Trappist quality, this is one fine brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2007 22:27:36 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap pour. Big head, white and foaming. Some chunks develop. body is dark orange/rust color, hazy.
Spice, yeast and soft fruit dominate the aroma, some phenolic hints.
Taste is very smooth mix of rich spicey yeast, some herbs and a bit of citrus zest. Seems to dough up, but the hops keep it from becoming sticky. Good feel to it, makes the drinking much easier.
I had this before an American stout. this one really wakes up the taste buds, followed a bit of cold water. nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2007 19:37:46 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer on tap at a local pizza joint. Poured a nice golden color with a decent 1 1/2 inch head. Smell was very yeasty, not all that pleasant. Taste was much better.. slightly sweet, yet a tad sour, with a peppery finish. A hit of clove and other herbal notes came through as well. Medium to low carbonation. Easy to drink, but not more than one or two. Pair with a nice red meat or a mild, soft cheese.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2006 04:48:18 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery golden-brown, with a light bubbly head that retained well. Good bit of bubbles, and most excellent lace left during the drinking of both glasses. (Served in a Chimay glass at Natty Greene's brewpub in Greensboro, NC)

A subdued but still wonderful aroma: yeastiness allures, with a sweet malt backbone and herbal/flowery melange pervading over all.

Flavors were a hybrid of exotic spices, good ol' pepper, obvious but non-cloying alcohol, raisins, wild yeast subtleties and a solid malt/herbal presence that indicated a top-notch grain bill. Super enjoyable, just about a quintessential Belgian ale, much better from the tap than any bottle I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2006 19:44:19 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Jason


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sunset Cantina in a heavy goblet.

The lacing was great, just as I expected and it left some dazzling rings in the glass. Sweet raw honey-like malt aroma and flavour, some herbal medicinal flavour clash with a fresh tasting juicy hops. Ripe tropical fruit is vague but present. A hell of a lot sweet than what I am used in the bottle, I actually prefer the bottle but would certainly order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2003 16:36:59 | More by Jason
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This finely, abbey produced Belgian Dubbel will puts some hair on your chest, that is for sure. It pours dark brown, with a large dark tan head that slowly dissipates (slower than usual). It has a strong aroma of caramel and fruit, which goes along with the similar taste. it leaves a sweet after taste, has an edge because of the ingredients alcohol content, and is very filling.

Widely available in the United States...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 16:42:28 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of harpus


4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown colour with loads of head. Very little lacing and head retention is average.

S - Strong sweet chocolate and caramel with roated malt. Touches of vanilla and licorice as well.

T - Definitely a dubbel. Mild phenolic hit. Sweet at first but fading nicely - only the most slight bitter aftertaste. Bit of a burnt caramel/brown sugar feel. This one grows on you slowly as you drink....

M - Basically smooth but with a strong sense of carbonation - fizzes all the way down.

D - As I mentioned above this one seems to improve as you drink (maybe it's the mix of sediment into the beer). Either way I want more.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 16:42:19 | More by harpus
Photo of souvenirs

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with poutine last night at Belgian Fries. So far, I'm not a huge fan of Belgian beers, but I figured since I was at Belgian Fries and the other options were Canadian macro brew, I should try something Belgian.

A: Cloudy chestnut with lots of head.
S: Yeast, roasted malts (not super super dark though), plus a light floral scent.
T: Deliciously malty.
F: Smooth.
O: I enjoyed this more than I've enjoyed other Belgian or Belgian style beers I've tried. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 17:25:42 | More by souvenirs
Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a rich caramel color with a thick, beige head.

Smell: Mild, unique yeast aroma

Taste: Complex flavor profile centered around distinct yeast flavors, finishing with just a hint of bitterness.

Feel: Smooth texture with a pleasant bite of carbonation.

Overall: A classic abbey ale, with a yeast blend you won't find anywhere else. Smell slightly underwhelming, and doesn't quite measure up to the Grande Reserve but a fantastic ale and a great introduction to Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 03:28:50 | More by BrewMakeMeFeel
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: February 10, 2014... GLASSWARE: Chimay 150th anniversary goblet...OCCASION: PSU/Illinois Sunday... APPEARANCE: dark mahogany body; thick, creamy off-white head that clings to the glass; cascading lacing... AROMA: bright, aromatic hops; some apple and pear bake in a soft, doughy aura; some ginger or allspice as well...PALATE: almost light-bodied, dry, and beguilingly drinkable presence; smooth and inviting...TASTE: grape, grapefruit, and soft pine resin--soft, pleasant, after-dinner cordial warmth; slightly acidic... OVERALL: revisiting the first beer to make me say, "Whoa," Keanu style--and the beer does not disappoint to create a drinking experience where the beer IS the moment...the Chimay family grows in strength, but the opener in the sampler outperforms most other breweries' "first-ups by a long shot with drinkability and strength to spare...

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:13:55 | More by dacrza1
Photo of BierJager89


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a red tinted brown, with an off white head.

S: A little bit of citrus, some malt, and some dark fruit (plum?) in the nose.

T: Citrus, malt, plum, dark fruit, and maybe some apricot.

M: Medium bodied and a tiny bit smooth.

O: Pretty good. I'd recommend it, especially if you like the style. I'd say it's above average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 16:22:07 | More by BierJager89
Photo of Nugganooch


3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle with my Chimay Chalice naturally
Notes from 01/25/14

A: Deep amber color. Rusty brown tones and a bit of yeast haze across the body. Thick two fingers of dense khaki suds forms atop. Near perfect retention efforts with some light dots and streaked lace travelling down the glass. Looks expertly crafted.

S: Dusty minerals and some mild Trappist yeast character on the nose. There are some soft bready notes and a light toffee sweetness. Not incredibly pungent aromas. Some distinct banana and clove materialize as well.

T: Toasted dark breads with some dried fruit and Belgian yeast notes. A light combination of banana peel, clove, and peppery spice. There is a subtle toffee sweetness to the beer by and large. Not particularly bitter to me and the alcohol is pretty much nonexistent. Wet earthy minerals at the finish. Not bad but not terribly exciting.

M: A bit watered down and thin in feel. Medium to lighter body. Some soft drying at the finish.

D: This is a decent Belgian Dubbel with some nice and easy drinkability. Definitely starts off strong but tends to fall apart at the seams for me. Good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:09:45 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chamay-moi, Chamay me fan. I used to think Blue was it, but red, white, blue all good in their own rights. Much depends on the temperature and condition of the bottle. This red Dubbel is a good one.

Appearance: Pours an opaque mahogany brown color with a tan fluffy head that hangs around and leaves much lacing. (served in a Carton Tulip)

Smell: Caramel malt backbone is decorated with herbacious, cedary, woody, raiseny nose; much must and yeast also, but it all works for me. Old world Church like.

Taste: As it smells, but fuller, rounder, with some spicy clove, berries, and a nice long bitter ride to the finish, then toffee sweetness and fresh cut tart apples. Beautiful finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium creamy, well carbonated, cidery, tingly, and again a beautiful, appetizing finish.

Drinkability: Subtle, contemplative. I like it as well as any other dubbel. In some ways, so far, I may give the edge to white, red, blue in that order, but it's l always love the one I am with.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 20:14:15 | More by Act25
Photo of BeerDrinker01

United Kingdom (England)

4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bomber served in Chimay goblet, Dark Amber with a two finger off-white head with not a lot of lacing. Aromas, sweet maltiness, candy sugar, Raisins, Fruit, Caramel. The taste is very similar to the nose it's very complex and beautifully balanced! Mouthfeel creamy medium bodied with high carbonation. The ABV is hidden well!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 13:10:29 | More by BeerDrinker01
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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,486 ratings.