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

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Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)

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1,623 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,623
Hads: 4,570
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 245
Gots: 772 | 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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Photo of konadrinker
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice

A: Pours a reddish brown, can't see through it at all. Very interesting appearance. 1 finger light tan head. Hardly any lacing.

S: Slight spice and distinct yeast scent with a little fruit (black cherries and figs) and a touch of hops. Not much of a nose, but what is there smells pleasant. Slight musty smell lingering underneath.

T: Pretty complex, lots of flavors going on here. A little sweet, a little bitter, a little sour, a little spicy. Slight sweetness to start, that goes a little spicy/yeasty and then a little sour and bitter. Finishes slightly dry, and crisp. None of the flavors are overpowering, they are all in a great balance.

M: Lighter to medium body. Lots of very fine carbonation bubbles. Slightly smooth mouthfeel.

D: Great drinkability. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Alcohol is pleasantly masked.

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Photo of SteveMi
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently from the bottle into a chalice.

A - Dark brown with reds that come through the light. It kept a one and a half finger off white fluffy head. Carbonation was consistant and refused to let the head fall too early. Beautiful!

S - Sweet caramel and spice. Hints of raisins with a slight bready addition.

T - Raisiny, sweet bread and spices. Not terribly complex but satisfying nonetheless.

M - Medium body. High carbonation but not enough to hamper enjoyment.

O - Quite a treat! I'm embarrassed I had not given this oen a chance earlier while scouting for belgian beers.

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Photo of ToneControl
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost a paradox - a trappist beer that I can find in almost any UK supermarket or off-licence.

Given the ubiquitous nature of this beer, it is surprisingly good.

It's very warming, but not treacly like a lot of other high-alcohol beers (it's 7%). It does have a fruity aftertaste, and goes down very easily. I could drink about 3 of these before I wanted something lighter (or fall asleep). I'm not sure it's a beer to accompany a meal (it is almost food in itself), I always drank blond beers when I was eating red meat or Mussels in Belgium, I never really considered trying a heavy beer with food.

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Photo of pojo41
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkish amber color with a good, off-white head. Good lacing on glass.
Malty aroma. Tastes of caramel, malt and raisins with a touch of bitterness at the end. Another beer shared with my brother. This tasted great as did every beer we drank that night. Another great beer.

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Photo of tko741
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz mini-bottle right into a matching Chimay goblet. A curious and inviting mocha/citrus brown, with a cream colored-head that settles to a fine mist over the beer, leaving not much in the way of lacing.

Initially smells of delicate orange zest, a little malt toastiness, and some ripe dark fruit. Very inviting. After the sip, a bit of the steely maltiness hits you, which some may not enjoy.

The taste is, at first, filled with luscious malts, followed by a fleeting hop tinges. After that, the steely malt flavors come into play, but it's not unpleasant at all. Finishes a bit dry on the palate.
Mouthfeel is spongy, tingly, and never boring.

I could certainly go for a few more rounds of this if I could afford it!

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Photo of CountJustinian
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice shade of brown with only minimal head that dissipated quickly. Smell is powerful and fulsome; fruit and spice are detectable. Cola flavor is evident in the taste, as are sugary malts and pepper. Mildly sweet, yeasty, creamy and dry. Medium body with high but soft and smooth carbonation. Finishes crisply with no bitterness whatsoever. Alcohol is hidden nicely for a 7.00. And for those who are into sessionability, this is an extremely sessionable beer. I only wish the waitress had brought me a clean glass with each additional bottle....

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Photo of stodbrew
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful deep red, verging on brown, color. Clear. Thick white head that settled to about a quarter inch and lasted the whole glass.

Aroma is strangely lacking. There's a bit of spice but that's about it.

Flavor is a bit better, there's some more phenolic spiciness, but it disappears very quickly.

Mouthfeel was full with quite a bit of prickly carbonation.

Overall, its a good beer, but its a bit on the boring side.

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Photo of jdoherty
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is as spectacular as advertised. Got my hands on this little bottle at a bodega in the Bronx (of all places).

A: A golden amber hue that gets darker on the way to the top. You can visibly see the sediment in a clear glass.

S: Chocalate nodes with a perfectly equal hops and malt smell. The two can not be mixed more perfectly. In my opinion this is the ultimate beer aroma.

T: A bitter caramel smell that leaves a sweet taste upon going down. There is a chocalate aftertaste which makes you want a few more sips

M: Heavenly, the carbonation tickles your tongue and the flavor fully coats your mouth

D: To be sipped and enjoyed, it almost forces you to savor every drop.

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Photo of wilkowski
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Beautiful thin white head that lingers. Body is a cloudy, ruddy brown.

S: Clove, a little pepper, light fruits, significant dry yeast, some malty sugar.

T: Outstanding balanced dubbel. The tastes follow the nose: more yeast, clove, light malt.

M: This beer is silky smooth, but has a strong carbonation running throughout. It's a pleasure.

D: Eminently drinkable. Goes down almost too easily.

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Photo of MsNitch
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A ruby brown brightness with fast bubbles and a thick head

S: Beautiful caramel and banana notes hidden under belgian yeasts with a possible dried fruit or toasted touch. The high fermented alcohol hits on the nose a little with some tang.

T: Sweet zinging red fruit that whizzes into maltiness that is clean but spicy.

M: My favorite part of the Chimay is that light mouth coating, followed by the warming bitterness and then lingering tartness on the sides of the cheeks.

O: This tartlet is sip-able, cookable and a dream to look at with lovely drawn back hop that melts into a roasty, meaty malt and belgian yeast that isn't afraid of its fruity aspects. All around sweet heart of a beer.

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Photo of erickehoe
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burgundy with 1/2+ inch creamy, bubbly head. Looks like molasses.

Aroma of ripe bananas, a bit of scalded milk. Yeasty with some pepperiness. Notes of ten cent bubblegum.

A bread-like beginning to this beer. Chewy and complex, maintaining subtlety and a deep maltiness. Notes of banana, bubblegum, spritzy and light carbonation through the middle. A hint of spice pokes through, only momentarily. Finishes with an elegant, cleansing springlike hop flavor. Subdued. Warming.

Sweet, velvety mouthfeel. Finishing with a dry cleansing.

A beer on the sweeter side, but offers complex flavors from beginning to end. Subtle use of hops allows the bubblegum, banana and yeast to pervade. Highly enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of MikeCooke
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chimay Premiere.... This pours an alluring burnt red color with a beautiful fluffy two finger white head. Although the beer doesn't have much lacing it does bring an aroma of nuts,figs,cinnamon and some kind of berries I can't put my finger on. The taste follows the smell as to be excepted. There's a tinge of bitterness towards the end. It has a highly carbonated yet drinkable feel. My overall feelings on this beer are its a good one but I don't feel the need to rush out and get more.

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Photo of Doppel07
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Monstrous foamy Chimay head that diminished well but left behind a thick cottony lacing. Sweet floral and yeasty fragrance. Also aromas of stone fruit, bubble gum, and cotton candy. Flavors of citrus and candy-sugar. Alcohol is noticeable. Lively champagne-like mouthfeel but medium-bodied and silky smooth. Very nice.

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Photo of aleyeast
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75 cl corked bottle poured into the proper Chimay Glass

bottle age at drinking is approximately 2 years old (I know Jackson says it will evolve for 6 months, and he is right)

mostly alchohol and fruit on the nose, warming not astringent

color is brownish red, turbid

liveliness seems missing at first, but it warms up nicely. Taste of dried apricots, currants, thin caramel. I believe I prefer this younger, but it was still quite enjoyable at this age.

Another comment I have is that the corked and crowned version, although the same beer, may need two different review areas as they seem to develop in the bottle differently.

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Photo of gus
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark, rusty orange/amber in color. Smells consists of slight yeast with some apparent spices. Carbonation is above average, head is an off whit/tan in color, and lasts until the beer is gone. Lacing is moderate. A very smooth mouthfeel to it and goes down quite well with a slight aftertaste to it. Overall a very enjoyable beer. I have been waiting to try the Chimays and after sampleing the Red I will try the other styles. I will be going back to this and have some availbale for just sitting back and enjoying a really good beer.

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Photo of trpng0bily
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled sometime in 2007 (L07-221), tasted mid-2009.

a: Burnt orange to mahogany in color, notable for its lightness and clarity, with a chunky light-beige head upon a straight-down-the-middle pour.

s: Dried sweet fruit, cloves, cinnamon, and caramel.

t: Predominantly nutty, some warming cinnamon and such secondarily, slight bitterness coming on the back end.

m: Sharp carbonation takes away from the taste on the initial attack, but other than that smooth and somewhat creamy.

d: A bit hot for its 7%, and the sweet nuttiness can be a bit cloying if drunk at too quick a pace.

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Photo of FSUmac
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle....

Appearance: A murky orangish brown color. 1 finger head with decent retention.

Smell: Very fruity. I smell orange, plum, grape, cherry. Also smell some malt.

Taste: Nice bitter start with a slight hint of malt on the tongue. Extremely well balanced. Also a sour aftertaste, but I find it quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean. Definitely feel the carbonation as it goes down.

Drinkability: I haven't had many dubbels yet, but I must say I love this one. I could drink several bottles of this at a time before I grew tired of it. Thank you to our monk friends for this great beer!

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Photo of Tebuken
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its color is red copper, rather opaque.Abundant everlasting foam with a nice lace.Its aroma is fruity, mainly red fruits reminding.On the palate red fruits are confirmed, very complex taste with a subtle sweet touch. Its body is medium and the bitterness is felt strongly in the aftertaste.An exquisite beer,really .

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Photo of PZuke
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brown slightly reddish color with about half an inch of white head or so. The carbonation can be seen from the constant bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. It has a fruity smell of plums and raisins and a nice malty smell. The first taste is that of sweetness like caramel and then it goes into the fruity taste. The malt a slight alcohol taste is also pleasant. The taste is very crisp and pleasing to the mouth. It has a heavy mouthfeel that tells you this is not your run of the mill beer. I would recommend drinking this brew at home with the proper glassware. This beer is relatively easy to find and it will cost you a few dollars more then the average beer but it is well worth the expense.

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Photo of Mangus
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been saving this bottle for some time and I finally shared it with my father this past weekend as we celebrated the birth of my first son last Tuesday.

A delicate pour produces a beautiful white head that lingers and slowly, very slowly, calms to a moderate lace. The fruity, honey aromas bring me to the lowlands of Belgium and Flanders, the home of my ancestors. The yeast danced and swam in the glass as I held it up to the light. What a beautiful looking ale.

My mouth fills with pleasant fruity and honey flavors with a mix of spices and cloves. It's a very enjoyable sip, after sip, after sip. I taste apples and pears that drys to a crisp maltiness.

Cheers! Life is good my friends.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BELGIUM!!! what else can you say. These monks can make some beer. I have yet to meet a belgiun beer i didnt like, and Chimay Rood in a goblet poured from a bottle is so right on.I love the color, the smell, the flavor is perfectly balanced for me.I have always loved Chimay, since the first time i saw Michael Jackson, sipping his way through the trappist breweries of Belgium. It is quintessential, a must try .

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Photo of julian1117
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Visual Appeal: gorgeous cloudy bark-colored hue, smaller head than other dubbels I've tried

Smell: smell of yeast and malt, not as pronounced as a tripel

Flavour: delicious yeastiness, slight taste of charcoal toastiness, tart aftertaste

Mouthfeel: enough carbonation to be pleasant, but not nearly as much as Duvel

Drinkability: the flavour is milder than a tripel which aids this category, but the alcohol is very present so it's lower

I chose the smaller 11.20 fluid ounce bottle so as not to go into permanent debt. I poured it into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured from a baby bottle into a snifter

A-Pours incredibly light cherry brown with a head that rapidly disapears with a violent noise. sounds like pop rocks or something

S- cherry notes with sweet hops and alcohol

T- Very light fruity flavor and alcohol. Very potent for a 7%. Hops stay strong all the way down. I was at first really disappointed by this beer, but i let it rest and open up to find a much better beer after 20 or so minutes

M- for too much carbonation to start, almost felt like seltzer water. Let sit for a while or you will also be disappointed

D- chimay is very over rated in my opinion. Would not purchase any of them again except maybe to try them on tap.

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Photo of cnozzy
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.33L bottle poured into a goblet.
Appearance: Copper/brown color with nice head (not too much), with lacing.
Smell: Rich malt and a bit of caramel aroma.
Taste: Slightly spicy, bitterness of roasted malt and fruit flavors, well combined.
Mouthfeel/Drink: Very drinkable, hop bitterness and sweetness are well balanced.

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Photo of WWWade
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this in my new Chimay glass. It reminds me of Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale.
Good invenstment.

L - deep brown with a small off white head

S - not overpowering, light carmel

T - pleasantly carmelized and nutty

M - mildly carbonated and soft

D - easy to spend a lot of money enjoying this beer. I could drink more than neither my liver nor my wallet should allow

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 1,623 ratings.