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

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4,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,121
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 405 | FT: 4
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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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IvanJ126, Aug 20, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy opaque prune juice color with a small 1/2 inch head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. Smells of dark fruits like plums and raisins, caramel, yeast. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, honey, yeast, cloves and maybe cinnamon. Very tasty. Beer is somewhat highly carbonated. Crisp and clean in the mouth. Excellent drinkability on this very delicious dubbel.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured cloudy brownish amber into a snifter glass with a very large head that quickly dies down into a thin, swirly head. Yeast particles are clearly visible floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: Malty, yeasty aromas dominate the smell.
T: There's an immediate sense of malty sweetness, followed by some spices. The finish is a bit dry, but is interesting because it counteracts the initial sweetness. The dry finish completely disappears as the beer warms up and the overall taste becomes sweet, but not in any way overpowering. The presence of alcohol is completely masked.
M: The beer has a light to medium body and feels smooth, mainly due to the level of carbonation.
D: It's very easy to consume, and becomes even easier as it warms up and becomes sweeter.

metter98, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml custom brown magnum, corked and crowned (old style label). Cork is imprinted with a March 2000 bottle date. Poured in an authentic Chimay glasses given to us by Manneken-Brussel Imports, Inc.

Appearance: Brown with a burgandy red hue with an infinite creamy white head from a tight tiny bubbled carbonation.

Smell: Raw sweetness, peppery spiciness and light phenols.

Taste: Soft powdery mouth feel with a crisp carbonation and medium body. Smooth. Very evident clove flavour up front and stays around throughout the beer. Hints of birch and ginger beer-like flavours, peppery medcinal phenols and light herbal tea hop flavour. Quite malty but it stays in the back. Fruitiness is likened to a delicate date sweetness and ripe plum. As the beer warms, there's also a suggestion of chocolate/carob. Finish dries a little though still a bit of residual sweetness leftover, herbal flavours also.

Notes: We can die now. It's okay. Drinking this beer has made the cylce of life complete.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 20, 2000
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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber red with thick two finger dirty cream head of tight foam with amazing retention. This beer looks awesome and inviting as it drinks there is little lace as the foam is so heavy it falls again to the surface.

Smell - Sweet toffee and caramel malt with pretty decent sweet fruit; dates, plum and raisin with red grape. There is also some mild and I do stress mild herb aroma. The aroma profile is well balanced and pleasing but not as deep and complex as some Dubbles.

Taste - Sweet caramel and toffee with a smokey biscuit element like cookies baked in a wood fired oven. Plum and raisin with some solvent that off sets the rest of the flavour profile masks the herb and runs down its over all marks in this area. This is a shame as the beer was doing so well up til now.

Mouthfeel - Pretty full and creamy. This beer has an amount of solvent that makes the mouthfeel very close to poor watered down whiskey. Again the beer loses marks in this section and is not as good as others I have had in this style.

Overall - This beer looks and smells better than it tastes and feels.. It is not bad but for the style it is not the best you will ever come across and for my money I feel Westmalle do it better by a clear country mile.

BeerDrinkersWorldTour, Nov 15, 2014
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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,121 ratings.