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

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4,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,299
Reviews: 1,600
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 198
Gots: 533 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000

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Simple yet elegant bottle with not particular art. Corked.

Pour & Appearance:
Tons of head that sticks around for a while and leaves lacing. Dark brown with a bit of golden to it.

Very complex scent with notes of nuts, dark and rich spices and more things that I can't even pinpoint.

Quick to foam, Chimay Red MUST be sipped or taken in small amounts. Extremely filling due to the carbonation level but incredibly rewarding at the same time. While I have downed an entire bottle of this way too quickly before, it is certainly a treat that should be savored or split with a friend.

Chimay Red presents a complex and detailed taste that evolves from start to finish with each tasting. Hints of apricot, nuts, and spices come out at various points during the tasting. Brilliantly complex and never disappointing.

When I'm in the mood for a complex beer, Chimay Red is one of my favorites. If you want something to pound down with some buddies, this isn't for you. If you want to relax with a friend or by yourself and pay attention to the subtleties and nuances of a beer, this is a must taste.

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A - Huge, 3+ finger off-white (almost yellowish) head. When I popped the cork, it was accompanied by quite a sound. Head maintains quite well for a while, and leaves nice lines of lacing. The beer itself is a dark nut brown, with no trace of haziness or carbonation; that's how dark it is. A hint of coppery-yellow glow when held up to the light.

S - Instantly, a strong note of banana, wafting from the bottle itself. Closer inspection reveals nuts (walnut?), dark malt, still some banana, and maybe clove. One of the best initial smells I've ever had from a beer. Fades to an easy nuttiness as the beer warms.

T - Dark and nutty, with a smooth, rich sweetness following. A slight alcohol warmth in the third finishes it off. Not particularly spicy for a dubbel; very smooth. As it warms, the strong nuttiness fades a little, leaving an easy flavor (hard to define other than Belgian yeast, or "dubbel"-like), and allowing a bit of candi sugar/banana flavor to come through.

M - A little spicy and carbonated (expected after popping the top), not as smooth as I'd like, but since this is definitely a sipping (vice gulping) beer, it's not a problem. Slightly oily, allowing the flavors to wash over the tongue; the carbonation stimulates the taste buds just slightly, allowing each flavor to stand out in order. Mouthfeel improves as it warms, and coats the back of the throat wonderfully.

O - It's not too often that a beer is exactly what I expected, but this is exactly the case here. I can only compare it to the Westmalle dubbel, but there are differences enough that it is a separate beer, no doubt. I don't get those who call Chimay overrated; this is an excellent dubbel. Very drinkable, very tasty, and exactly what a traditional dubbel should taste like.

Bottled October 2011 (so just over 1.5 years), poured into a Duvel tulip.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,299 ratings.