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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,606 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,606
Hads: 4,479
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 227
Gots: 675 | FT: 4
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
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 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 Mike_Aguirre
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer, aroma and flavour is great and complex. Fruity and lightly acid. Pours deep brown with red highlights. Smell is complex and rich, malts, spices, fruity esters, some yeast. Taste is great, very good example of the style. (235 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)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic in the Belgian world. This fine dubbel pours a solid hazy brown with a solid white head of tight beaded bubbles that dies down to a thick white ring and moderate lacing. Nose of Belgian yeast and candy sugars, fresh bread, and light traditional dubbel spice. Flavors are excellent and smooth with sweet candy malts up front and to the sides with a fresh sweet bread and Belgian yeast phenol flavor coming in on the back and middle. Smooth creamy mouth feel has a light ripe fruit flavor or plums and dates mingling with sweet malts finishes and high carbonation. Let it breathe and warm for the richest flavors to come through.

Excellent----a legend!

Cheers! (679 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; amber in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: restrained; plum and cherry;

T: restrained up front; fruitiness comes out mid-palate; light bitterness at the finish that lasts awhile; ABV well hidden;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated;

O: nice, but a little bit of a let down - expected more; (346 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the chimay goblet.

A: Medium carbonation with off-white head.

S: Figgy with a medium bready note. Light spices and christmasy.

T: dark fruit with figs and raisin. Light bready note.

M: medium body. Creamy. Velvety smooth.

O: very nice dubble. Hits many positive notes. (297 characters)

Photo of DarthVorador
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My first authentic Trappist beer! Here goes...
A: rich amber with a huge thick frothy head that lingers long & covers the glass in lacing.
S: strong sweet & fruity, notes of dark fruit are especially prominent.
T: sweet, malty with alcohol noticeable. Tart almost wine like finish.
M: carbonation so thick it coats the mouth.
O: not bad, but not worth the price IMO. Several American attempts at the style are far better. (421 characters)

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

Chimay Red has a nice dark brown color and smells yeasty overall. I didn't get much fruitiness in the taste. The alcohol is present on the back end, and I like the carbonation on the tongue. It has a nice medium body, but the aftertaste is a bit much for me. I wouldn't want to drink this over and over, but once in a while, it's fine. I prefer the Blue. (359 characters)

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.