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

Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,484 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3484
Reviews: 1537
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%


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

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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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 16:38:08 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 05:16:13 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Small bottle. Age unknown, but prior to the fairly recent packaging change-over; and aging is not really needed with this beer. Cloudy reddish-brown with an orange cast. The light tan head wants to rise out of the glass at first, but eventually subsides to a very creamy 1/8" head that holds throughout the serving and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is lightly fruity (dark fruits - raisin, plum, fig... and maybe some lighter fruits as well), lightly phenolic (even some minor bubblegum), gently citrusy, somewhat woody, somewhat sweet, softly spicy (clove) and subtly leathery. The body is light/medium but with a very soft, smooth, and creamy palate from a very fine, natural carbonation. The flavor is somewhat rich with a fruity, bready malt flavor, some yeastiness, and some light grassy hops that round and balance. It finishes semi-dry with a light spiciness that lingers. Although it may appear one-sided at first, a closer examination will reveal that there's much more going on. That's what makes this beer work so well - its great balance and finesse. The flavors and aromas don't reach out and grab you individually, but rather act as a whole, which gives it complexity as the varied characteristics are slowly revealed at different times throughout the serving. Highly drinkable, and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 17:12:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

330ml stubby bottle. The middle bro in this particular Trappist family.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with a multitude of effervescent, climbing, loosely foamy off-white head, which settles at an even pace, leaving a bit of pocked storm cloud lace in its wake.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, candi sugar, fleshy black fruit (plum and prune, mostly), a bit of yeast, some mild indistinct spice, and faint earthy hops. The taste is more bready, lightly toasted caramel and toffee malts, sugary dark fruit, ethereally spicy yeast, and some light leafy, almost weedy hops. No real sign of the elevated ABV.

The carbonation is moderate, if a bit fizzy at first, the body a decent medium weight, with a certain fruity pithiness, and generally quite smooth. It finishes slightly off-dry, still tempered in its maltiness, and fairly clean.

A nicely balanced, tasty sipper, not too heavy - a good thing I forced myself to slow down and appreciate it, when the urge to pound it back after another hectic prep day was strong.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 21:05:18 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear crimson coloration, with busy fizzing above in the beigish head, which dies quickly..nose is spicy, sweet, caramel, and cola, dark fruits and more, but, really, not enough...these days, I expect more from a dubbel.
In the mouth, tasty enough, but not much more than average...nutty, slightly chocolatey, very light, very lean, leaves the palate quickly, though...and a dull fuzz remains on the tongue, and dies...pretty average, really.
Boy, this used to be a good beer, I mean, a really good beer, but, this is just kind of dull. Medium bodied, dull, soporific finish...fizzy cola-ish taste...very dull, compared to other Belgian, hey, even, no, especially American offerings!!!
I am damned disappointed in the dullness of this rather dreary, lackluster, coasting- on -the- coattails- of- it's- past-kind of brew.
It's been several years since I've had a bottle of this, and it may be many more, now that I've had it again. It's like you get a glimmer of the taste, but it dies too quick, and does nothing...this should never be thought of as an exemplar of this style, if you really want to try the real stuff...even Maredsous is better than this!
A better beer than, say Milwaukee's Best, but not a match for St. Bernardus or even Allagash!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 10:38:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a flute glass.

A: The beer is a light color with a large foamy off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of yeast and dark fruit, with subtle notes of caramel and spice, but overall the smell isn’t very strong.

T: Flavors of the same things that you get in the smell, yeast, spice, caramel & dark fruit all compliment each other well. I noticed a little bit of a metallic flavor that faded completely as the beer warmed slightly. The after-taste is sweet and a little bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, it has a good kick but not too strong that it catches up to you too quickly. I only had a small bottle, but I could have polished off a large bottle with ease.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 06:14:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Dubbel is probably my favorite beligian beer style & I've always enjoyed this one, except when too young (seemed to be a problem in some the drink markets I found France (Cora) & somewhat on base at the class 6 stores in Germany, not the case with this sample!

Poured murky red (settled out nicely) with a 2 fingers+ whipped tan head with superior lacing and head retention

Smell: Iron and fruitiness

Taste: Iron up front, breadiness/fruitiness & the a slighltly yeasty dry finish

MF: Rich, moreish, effervescent

Very quffable & a good starting point for those who've never tried doubles, not the best, but pretty close IMHO

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 03:20:41 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick off-white head that lasts. The aroma is good. It has a malty, yet very spicey scent. It smells like there are some crystal malts and ginger used. It has a strong rootbeer type aroma. The taste is good. It is light with a watery finish. It has a decent belgian brown flavor to it. It is smooth going down. There is no sign of an elevated abv. taste. The mouthfeel is great. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation . This beer drinks well; an excellent sessions beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 23:03:41 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Beer poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. Beer is brown and hazy. Forms a thin white head of tiny bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Smells slightly hoppy. Good nice wet aroma, with a lot of malt character.

Wow, totally not what I remembered. This beer is great, a little yeasty with great spice character and nice full body. Beer's drinkability is high and mouthfeel is great. There is a specific sweetness to this that I really appreciate. Second taste, seriously this is a great Belgian ale. The bitterness is not as obvious as I once thought but now there is a great flavor of bready yeast that adds to the total profile of the beer. A truly wonderful beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 05:10:25 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel malt. The flavor is grapes, dark fruit, caramel malt, alcohol, yeast and brown sugar. Very complex and very nice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A world classic that didn't disappoint. 4

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 04:20:33 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

Shared a big bottle with a fellow beer lover. Pours out a dark amber or even brown-ish color. Good size head, 3 fingers, at least. It smelled of yeast, fruit and you could detect the alcohol, as well. It had a much more malty flavor and it had a spicy kick, also. It had a crisp mouthfeel. The only complaint is that it is a little heavy. Overall, Chimay proves they know beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 19:25:45 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle, Sampled December 2004
Pours a lightly hazy amber copper color that is topped by a pale amber head that is large and frothy. The beer is well carbonated with a steady cascade of bubbles rising form the bottom of my glass. The aroma is typical of the chime yeast with notes of bubblegum, alcohol, fruity notes of plum and raisin, some spicy notes of ginger, all-spice, and clove. The fruity notes are definitely the dominant ones in the nose.

The taste is lightly sweet, with soft fruity notes of plum, raisin, fig and clove up front. The beer then moves to a sharp note that is a mix of carbonation, and yeast derived esters, as well as a bit of alcohol in the finish. The beer is quite light on the palate, almost a bit too thin. There is a certain level of astringency in the finish, which I have always found a bit distracting in beer brewed with the Chimay yeast strain.

Overall this is not a bad brew, certainly nothing to get really excited about, but it is a solid beer. It really could use a boost in the malt intensity / body department though, it just seems a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 18:00:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 04:10:30 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass - It had a cloudy orangish-brown color with a thick foamy head that was well-retained.
The smell was floral and tangy with a bready background.
The taste was of a floral fruitiness - esp. apple - balanced between sour and bitter. Yeast and alcohol were noticeable, but in the background.
The mouthfeel was smooth, but a dry bitterness remained.
It is a delicious beer, though I prefer the "white" Chimay a bit more, and the "blue" Chimay much more.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 19:17:17 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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

I know I said in an earlier review I was saving my bottle for years to come, well I still am.

This review is of a bottle bought in September 2007 and best before 2011, it is being drunk on my 'Night of the Chimay' as I have all three beers and some cheese from the Abbey all purchased in Middelkerke on the Belgian coast during a resent visit.

Was it the cheese? Or was it the other Chimay beers lined up next to it, this beer was a lot better than the first review in all aspects.

It seemed richer and fuller, it looked happier too. Its aroma was wholesum and more fruity, the flavours stood out more and the overall enjoyment was a whole lot greater.

I am now really looking forward to trying the beer i have set aside for later (2010).

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 21:52:27 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clouded brown with an orange tint. Thin creme head. Nose is male and sugar. Flavor is the same. Earthy overall tone. Very slight fig and fruit thing going on as well. Feel has a bit of a nipping carbonation. Liquid is thick enough. Slightly complex on this one. Certainly not boring. And definitely a reliable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 05:15:35 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The macro of the Trappist Ales, if that's possible. Anyway...Appearance: deep amber brown with an fluffy creamy textured tan colored head very nice retention lacing is trademark Belgian lacing tiny webbed even patterns. Aroma: Mild fruit tones of apple and raisin variety are evident a bit of a musty breadiness their I'm guessing product of the yeast and a mellow malt profile is here with hops blended into the harmonious mix. Taste: This one by far when compared to other Belgian ales lacks in comparison most of the time, flavor has a musty finish the fruit isn't quite as apparent as in the aromatics flavors seem dull here not as much of an orgy of flavor as I would like to occur there is however a breadiness mixed within the flavor some bittering hops here in the finish but overall overrated on reputation alone in my book. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied creamy texture nice no complaints and not too much praise. Drinability: Yeah it's clean and finishes nicely but hand me a bier from Brewery Ommegang anyday before Chimay Red (Premiere).

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 16:55:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 2" head that slowly breaks apart.

Smell: caramel, ripe fruits, and some earthy qualities come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, red apples, plums, and a bit of pepper are up front. Some softer earthy tones, spicy yeast, and a decent bitterness arrive late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long lasting as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Overall: this beer is very easy to quaff, and a bomber bottle is enough for a session. Great flavors and well balanced, this beer is just plain old enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:23:13 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours as a cloudy brown with some nice raspberry color. The head starts off beautifully, it disipates quickly. There is no lace left on the glass.

The aroma is candy sugar with a slight amount of hop. Intiguing.

The flavor is quite mild up front--lots of sweet caramelized malt. A nice, but muted, hop shows up to provide excellent balance. I detect citrus, banana and alcohol warmth. There is some cream-like sourness. This is full bodied and highly carbonated.

As one of the six Trappest Ales; this marks a great start to our flight of Chimay Ales. Next up: Cinq Cents.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 17:36:47 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. red bottle, poured into a Chimay chalice, of course,

A: Pours a dark red with a full off-white head with great retention and mild lacing.

S: Light, but with some interesting mustiness, malt and dark fruit per the style.

T: Dark fruit is the main flavour here, prune mostly, some fig/raisin darker flavours as well, molasses, with a firm, sharp hop bitterness and a hint of sourness as well.

M: Light on the tongue/palate for a 7% beer, surprisingly easy to drink, but does not have the full body I'm used to in this style of beer.

D: Definitely the weaker of the 3 Chimay brews, but still pretty good, one of the most drinkable dubbels out there for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 07:35:10 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper color with a fine bubbly belgian head. smells woody, yeasty, and slightly fruity. dried fruits in the flavor tart a bit perhars like cranberries or bing cherries, green apples even. floral hops gently appear in the flavor as well, but the yeast is the star here for me, slightly sour but very round in the finish. mouthfeel is great, like all chimay brews its lively and drinkable. this is not what i think of when i think of a dubbel, its lighter and more fruity than many examples of the style, but it is a very well made beer, and one that im sure ill purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 15:59:32 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle over dessert, made a great pairing with tiramisu and white chocolate cake. The aroma was a bit weak, but not surprising for a traditional dubbel. It smelled of the carmelized candi sugar with hints of dark fruits. Dates came out more in the flavor, along with a very smooth caramel malt with a touch of spice. As my glass warmed, subtle, grassy hops came out. Not amazing, but pleasant and tasty. Give this beer a little time to breathe, the carbonation is a bit harsh at first.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 02:33:13 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 11/05/10 notes. This was a bottle from 1993 thanks to ygtbsm94; curious to see how this one held up, thanks Brad.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with very light carbonation evident and almost no head at all.

s - Smells of cardboard, bready malts, sugar, and dark fruits.

t - Tastes of bready malts, wheat, sweet sugar and fruits, and a hint of spice.

m - Light body and low carbonation. Very smooth and easy drinking.

d - A decent beer, but I think it has faded a bit over time. The expiration on this one was 1997, and I don't think it improved at all with age. I would say drink this beer fresh or with 2-4 years on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 00:10:02 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on October 29th, 2010. Pours a five finger head with cream and nice thicknessl reduces to two fingers over about two minutes. A dark cloudy amber colour. Definitely appealing.

Smell: Multiple balanced notes of fruit, barley, and a hop lacing. Hard to detect individual flavours with my broken nose, but I can tell already this is built well.

Taste: Built very well. Slight cream on the open, a note of fruit balanced against its barley and non-adjuncts, and a satisfying finish. The aftertaste has some fruit as well, maybe raspberry? Overall very well built for a dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Coarse where it needs to be. Not too wet. Gets more dry at the finish to make me want more. Refreshing but tantalizing.

Drinkability: I'll seek this out in the future. I prefer it to Chimay blue. It's not the best dubbel I've had, but we're quibbling over which bar of gold has more minor dents. Give it a try and you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 20:43:04 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped and caged 750 mL from Corolla's Harris Teeter. I like the shiny new Chimay labels.

A: The dubbel is a rich crimson-brown color that is just plain murky. Opaque does the ale justice. A finger or two of white head quickly reduces to a thin band around the glass.

S: The dubbel has a strong fruity aroma, dark fruits like raisins and plums spring to mind. Dark sweetness, perhaps a healthy dose of candi sugar, perks things up quite a bit. A rich, warming aroma, perhaps a little out of place for a hot August night.

T: Surprisingly the ale doesn't leap out of my glass at me. Instead, caramel malts and mild candi sugars vie for attention. Darker, sweeter fruits are few and far between. The ale is warming, a nice beer to spend some time sipping on, but the candi sugar strength of a dubbel just doesn't come through strong enough here.

M: The mouthfeel is lush, a good dose of sweetness and bite to go around. A fruity finish lingers long on the palate.

D: Larger sips reveal more depth, so perhaps small sips was not the best way to approach the ale. A good dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 02:03:39 | More by akorsak
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,484 ratings.