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

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3,733 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,733
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 145
Gots: 252 | FT: 1
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000)
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Photo of jmbranum


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm tasting a small sized (I think 11.2 ounce bottle) bought as part of a Chimay sampler set (with the nice chalice glass).

Beautiful in the glass. A hazy dark wheat bread colored brew, somewhat hazy. Giant head. Looks a lot like Aventinus surprisingly enough, except the head is different.

The aroma is inviting but subdued, then the flavor! BAM! This is something else. Rich malty perfectly balanced slightly sweet but not cloying. I can taste just hints of caramel, fruityness, and some yeasty tang.

I've drank this before, either before or after Chimay Blue and thought it wasn't that special, but drank by itself Chimay Red is first class, and frankly is such a perfect creation of balance and of knowing what elements of the beer (in this case the malty sweetness) should be highlighted and when to stop with the highlighting.

I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 03:34:53 | More by jmbranum
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Chimay Goblet

A: Murky amber body with two fingers of dirty white head. The head dissipates into a thin skin rather quickly, but leaves good lacing.

S: Strong belgian yeast, mixture of dark and citrus fruits and some caramel making a sweet malty aroma.

T: Initial taste of caramel malts and some dark fruits. Following is some spiciness I cannot pick out and then some breadiness and a hint of citrus fruit.

M: Medium body and high carbonation. Makes a frothy feel in the mouth then a bite from the carbonation. Leaves a sticky malty finish in the mouth with hints of alcohol burning the throat.

D: Carbonation seems a bit high, but it's good none the less. Very tasteful and would drink again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 20:37:32 | More by Long813
Photo of mungus


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-20-2011 14:22:55 | More by mungus
Photo of Punisher


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-08-2014 06:57:38 | More by Punisher
Photo of Barnsley


5/5  rDev +20.8%

07-30-2013 19:04:56 | More by Barnsley
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of all the Trappist breweries, Chimay is probably the most commerical and mainstream. Their brews have a pretty wide distribution and it seems that they're usually the first trappist beer that "good beer drinkers" try. In light of that, I still found that the red-labelled Chimay was a nicely flavored and enjoyable brew.

I poured Chimay Première out of the 750mL bottle into the appropriate goblet and it had a nice ruddy color to it, sort of like a cloudy reddish brown with some burnt orange hints to it. About a finger and a half of foam forms and lasts for about 3 minutes before thinning out. The aroma was somewhat fruity with some hop presence in the nose. Somewhat like a mixture of cherries, plums, and citrus along with some musty yeast character as well. The mouthfeel was somewhat thinner than expected, but still had a moderate carbonation to it. A sweet malt flavor hits the tongue up front, and the best way I could describe it is that it reminds me of the "molasses/coconut" candies that I would get at the Wildwood boardwalk in Southern Jersey. There is a dry, plum/grape like fruitiness in there with some citrus, spice, some phelonic qualities, and a very light alcohol taste. The aftertaste has some lingering dryness and graininess and the brew concludes with some light alcoholic warmth.

I found this beer to be easily drinkable. While there are probably better dubbels in Belgium, this is a good one to start offf with. It also helps to have the Chimay goblet, as it seems to add something extra to the experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 02:10:57 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of Hautacam


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown and cloudy with a huge tan foamy head..very lively. Laces and settles to 1/2 in., and remains.
Smell is subtle malt, clove like spices ...not strong at all.
Tastes of malt ...pretty heavy, with light spices...just a hint of bread dough and fruit. Not bitter at all. Semi sweet..alcohol well hidden.
Mouthfeel is barely medium, lively carbonation.
Very drinkable...could have easily had more; if it wasn't so expensive to order at a ski resort !....a very nice way to reward yourself for whatever.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 00:23:32 | More by Hautacam
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this for a while, so I finally picked up a little 11.2 ounce bottle at my local beerporium.

Interestingly enough the beer started foaming as soon as a popped the top and as a result it poured with a huge three finger head that slowly dissipated. The beer was an opaque brown with light brown highlights.
The smell is very rich with a strong maltiness and a slight trace of yeast that made it smell very much like fresh-baked bread to me. The taste was very earthy with a finish that reminded me very much of the smell outside after a rain during the fall. I know these are very esoteric descriptions, but this is the first beer I've had that was like this so I have very few benchmarks to go by. I could imagine enjoying a whole bottle or two with a good meal, so I would consider it to be fairly drinkable. Overall I enjoyed it immensely and I think it may have become my new beer for special occasions, and I'm looking forward to trying the other two types of Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 19:59:45 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

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

Small bottle pours a dark hazy red with gushing foam on the bottle opening. The taste is very smooth with a finish of dark fruits and a little nuttyness in there too. No indication of the alc % at all in this one. A very solid dubbel. Glad it was included with the chimay gift pack. Would consider this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 03:21:05 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of Rick778


4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-24-2013 20:17:30 | More by Rick778
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-28-2014 19:12:48 | More by Lukebell15
Photo of Lupe

New York

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

Pours a cloudy, deep amber color with a generous head and tons of lace. Malt and fruit in the nose along with a spicy, rose-like aroma. Medium body with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is rich in malt and fruity, some yeastiness, and bread-like taste. Finishes with light hops that balance it out. Slightly dry with a light spiciness. Easy to drink, but slowly enjoy this one. A wonderful Belgian ale

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2002 15:47:16 | More by Lupe
Photo of atr2605

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours brown with a slight reddish tint, cloudy with sediment, and a fluffy off white head with nice retention.
S-caramel, raisins, cherries, no hop aroma
T-more of the same with the caramel being up front leading to the raisin and finishing with the cherries. Hops provides nice balance but aren't contributing alot to the flavor. Finishes a little dry
M-medium light with quite a bit of carbonation
O-Excellent dubbel, great balance and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 00:59:19 | More by atr2605
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the local grocery store. After 53 hours of work this week, I deserved a trappist =D. I got the corked bottle and poured it into my tulip glass. A nice frothy head, typical of most belgians, formed upon the pour. I was suprised to see the head fall almost immediately. This is very possibly due to the fact that I havent used this glass in awhile and my mom was the last to wash it. Color is reddish copper and alittle hazy, very sexy. Aroma is strong and has the honey-fruit aroma that is present in many trappist ales. Taste is initiated with a blast of honey-fruitiness, I want to say plum, but I don't really eat them so I'm not sure. The flavor leaves with a sweet bitterness that leaves you wanting more. The mouthfeel is light bodies with a nice carbonation. You can feel the bubbles forming on your tongue with every sip. Drinkability is good for a Trappist ale. If I had the money this would be a good sessions beer. All in all I think this is a very fine brew. Great for a special occasion when you can't spring for Rochefort. This is alot better than Ommegang, and a tad bit better than Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde, which I feel tastes alot like this.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 01:43:42 | More by Avagadro
Photo of boudreaux


4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark and dense, like an unpasteurized cider; thin off-white head, about a finger thick at its height

Smell: traces of spice (clove, nutmeg); also a malty, bready aroma; alcoholic notes also present

Taste: caramel and malt, with little to no hop presence; some hints of spice and dark fruit tucked just below obvious perception, with a slight metallic tang; a touch of alcohol as the brew warms

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with full carbonation

Drinkability: Too strong for more than 2, but beautifully complex and enjoyable; one of the best drinking experiences I've had

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 19:04:51 | More by boudreaux
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a La Trappe goblet. Purchased in North Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a light muddy brown color with a generous thick white head with a shade of brown, assumingly from the yeast, that sits on top as the head dissipates. Leaves little lacing.

S- Has a nice roasty flavor, like lightly toasted bread. White grapes, light fruits, plums, brown sugar, toffee also come through.

T- Has the nice belgian notes that make these beers the best in the world - the first taste that hits the tongue is a fruity, estery flavor complimented by belgian spices. Banana, apple, grapes, raisins, plums on the follow through. The finish reveals some slight hop character. Aftertaste is candy-like, brown sugar and molasses.

M- Creamy and easy to drink, not too heavy. Medium carbonation.

What a rich, complex, and flavorful beer. A must try for all Belgian beer fans. Lighter than Chimay Blue but just as respectable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 03:17:30 | More by gcamparone
Photo of heysuz


4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-06-2013 00:29:30 | More by heysuz
Photo of jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-23-2011 05:38:52 | More by jsnoek
Photo of biglite351


2.4/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Orange-gold and not very see through. Foam looked like soda and vanished quickly.

S - a little now bitter than a typical pager.

T - full sweet and fruity. Not bitter and no bad after taste. Not too strong, but nice.

M - mild. Not real feel. Comparable to a mild ice tea.

D - due to its mildness and lack of bitterness or after taste, I bet you could drink a lot of these without realizing it. I would just rather have something a little not noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 21:44:55 | More by biglite351
Photo of TheSleepyMonkey


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-19-2014 20:02:08 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
Photo of bunnyhustle


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of my Chimay tasting and not a terriffic start. Poured from bottle into Chimay chalice. Pours a deep dark orange in color with off-white head. Good 2 finger head but quickly dissolves leaving a thin layer behind for the remainder of the beer, no lace. Smell is of some fruit, alcohol, and a touch of grain. Taste is pretty good, better than the look or smell. Has a slightly bitter yet malty taste with some fruit notes (though I cannot distinguish) and some alcohol. Very crisp and light mouthfeel but the carbonation is too high for me, I find it distracting fromt the true taste. Overall not a bad beer, I think I just expected more. "White" is up next...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 21:09:41 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of Alpar


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-16-2014 03:00:57 | More by Alpar
Photo of ark57


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

It is a rust brown color with a slight haze and a soft, creamy head. The aroma is spicy and fruity with some bread quality to it. It is malty and is balanced by the spicy phenols and alcohol. There is a slight metallic tinge in the taste as well. It finishes drier than I would have expected for such a malty beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 16:59:53 | More by ark57
Photo of HeyItsChili


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

A - Poured from a corked n caged bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a dusty ruby color with with hazy blond highlights. A creamy khaki head settles atop the beer and slowly fades to a low fog.

S - Aroma has got that Belgian malt profile bigtime, sweet brown sugar, raisins, caramel.

T - Up front is really raisiny, little spicy reminiscent of brown spiced rum, faint green grass taste.

M - Velvety, slightly chewy, good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:09:18 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of Mar02x


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a long day working this was the first beer I took.

A –Hazy brown fluid with carbonation, the head is bubbly and vanishing fast.

S – Smell of fruits, hop and yeast

T – The taste is not quite as sweet as the smell makes it seem, I get some caramel without the sweetness, a hint of grape and figs, but a very pleasant long dry finish (excellent counterbalance to the sweetness). For my tasting it’s lacking some sweetness.

M – Very nice, a extreme bubble explosion in your mouth, maybe a bit to much.

O – A very good double, but there are some better ones to get.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 18:50:41 | More by Mar02x
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