Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
Medium brown color with large but dissipitating head. Good smell with spice and some fruit, which did not disapoint in the tasting. Semi-dry aftertaste.
Had a bottle after two years, and it's smooth, decent for a large brewery.
Three and a half years after my first bottle, and it is a staple when I take a nice corked 750 ml. to a party. Molasses and creaminess in the yeast. Keeps on drinkablity.
12-11-2003 16:30:50 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
03-16-2011 02:36:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.73/5 rDev -9.9%
Served in a goblet with Thanksgiving dinner 2010.
Pours a medium brownish-crimson color with a single-finger white head with a touch of lacing. The retention isn't the best either, though it's certainly a nice color. Nose is dark caramel, purple plum, dates, raisins, and a touch of booze.
The flavor brings forward some notes of lightly-sweetened dark fruits, raisins, and malt along with a fairly strong presence of dates and a nice yeasty character. Medium body with low carbonation and a bit of booze. Drinks fairly well but doesn't have all that much depth.
11-25-2010 21:48:27 | More by Thorpe429
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-26-2010 23:06:50 | More by metter98
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
This is one of my first Belgian beers and is my first Trappist Ale. I used the opportunity to christen my new Chimay goblet. My beer fridge is right at the temperature recommended for this beer by the brothers themselves, so all the pieces are in place.
Turbid, dark honey brown. It looks like it might be kind of coppery orange if/when it clears. I slowly inverted the bottle before opening, so that probably stirred things up quite a bit. I'm not sure if that was such a good idea. The head is light almond in color and looks soft. A good 1/2" persists, but I don't see much in the way of lace.
The aroma is fruity and a bit spicy, with maybe some background hoppiness. The flavor is predominantly malt and spice (clove with some cinnamon) that is accentuated as the beer warms. There's some hoppiness as well, but like the nose, it's in the background. Sweet tries to take over on the finish... and doesn't succeed. The mouthfeel is overly bubbled and almost fizzy.
I have mixed feelings about my first Chimay. It isn't as good as expected, but perhaps my expectations were too high. It's a good beer and I'll probably drink it again. That said, it's far from a favorite.
01-11-2004 18:55:04 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
Appearance: Pours an opaque rusty brown color with a white fluffy head that hangs around and leaves lacing around the glass
Smell: Caramel malt backbone offsets a herbacious, medicinal nose; rather phenolic and musty; distinct yeast odor as well
Taste: Spicy clove and bubblegum tastes are among the first flavors to make themselves present; followed by a subtle flash of bitterness after the swallow; some vague toffee sweetness and green apple also arrive to join the other flavors in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly watery compared to other dubbels; lively carbonation
Drinkability: Subtle and understated, but there are other dubbels I prefer
08-22-2005 00:44:56 | More by brentk56
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
Pourred a copperish brew with a nice big head. The head stayed on top for a long time. Very complex spice with a not too distinct alcohol taste. I would describe the taste as sweet with a light bitterness aftertaste. Very firm body. This is classic and can never get enough of this.
11-11-2003 18:41:04 | More by Phyl21ca
4.43/5 rDev +7%
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.
07-16-2007 22:27:36 | More by BEERchitect
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
The pour was really well done here with a nice amber color with a light hint of caramel around the edges, big head comes up and over the top and settles down gently into a firm and long lasting pillow with loads of side glass lacing. Aroma is nice, much sweeter then I was expecting. Lots of caramel and malts right up front here, light hint of an herbal note boucning around as well, but not terribly strong. Warming brings out a yeast note that is quite intresting and adds a light fruit touch to it, but very sweet still. Flavor again is very intresting and not what I was expecting. Rich notes of caramel and almost candied like sugar abound here. Light touches of hops play on the tongue now as well, very intresting. Comes across almost like an amber ale to me, has that bready maltiness and caramel flavor I associate with it. A bit thin on the feel but the carbonation really saves it and gives it that little bit of pop to pull you in. Soo nicely done that it goes down like candy and really just a smooth and really nice drinking beer.
02-27-2011 17:33:30 | More by mikesgroove
4.43/5 rDev +7%
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.
09-06-2011 01:12:09 | More by kylehay2004
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
Appearance: Pours a murky, mahogany-hued body with an inch of fizzy, off-white head.
Smell: Dark caramelized malts with a touch of treacle, dark fruits, toasted bread, and spice.
Taste: Toasty dark malts with a caramel sugar sweetness and light dusting of spice. Slight breadiness. Vinous fruit character with flavors of plums and golden raisins, though it develops a stronger banana taste upon warming. Fleeting hint of cocoa powder. Brief yeastiness. Finishes a bit sweetness with a final cocoa-fruit mix.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated.
Drinkability: Pretty good! Nice complexity and fairly well-balanced. In fact, the whole Chimay family is very solid and overall enjoyable.
11-29-2008 00:27:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.68/5 rDev -11.1%
This beer poured out as a nice looking reddish brown color. The head was fizzy and white, which also doesn't leave too much lacing either. The smell of the beer is a mostly earthy and a little spicy. The taste spicy upfront and suttles into a dry earthy sweetness in the end. The mouthfeel was about the same at the Grand Reserve. Overall this beer is good, I'm not a huge fan of the style but this one is worth trying.
07-27-2011 04:10:30 | More by Knapp85
3.8/5 rDev -8.2%
Ahh a nice Sunday brunch beverage,pours a nice medium brown with a slight orange tint with a huge rocky head that leaves some incrdible lacingAroma is fruity and slightly smokey.The flavor starts out a little smokey but it semmed to get a little watery in the middle ending with a nice malty,bready flavor lingering.A very nice looking beer and tastes pretty good but would have liked a little more richnes.Still a extremely well made beer.
08-31-2003 16:38:08 | More by oberon
4.16/5 rDev +0.5%
Served in a Chimay chalice.
With my new chalice here, I can make the perfect beer/glassware combination. Boom. Just as nature intended. This stuff pours a mostly clear ruby-sienna topped by a half-finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose comprises raisins, figs, rich caramel, Belgian candi sugar, and a smattering of clove. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a definite vein of dark fruits, a swirl or two of cinnamon, and a sprinkle of ginger. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly fluid feel. Overall, a damn solid dubbel, a clear classic of the style. Not much else to say than that.
10-07-2013 05:16:13 | More by TMoney2591
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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