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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,186 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 4,186
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 177
Gots: 442 | FT: 4
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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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - strong chocolate brown with a light tan/brown head

Smell - sweet and sour. Very unique qualities that I haven't smelt before in a beer. Several different qualities in which I can't even begin to think what they are.

Taste - extremely smooth chocolate flavors, which then get overridden by some fruity notes, followed by spices - peppery

Mouthfeel - leaves the palate clean and would be classified as a very drinkable beer

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Top Hops recently, having never had this before. I loved the Chimay Blue when I had it and hoped that this would just as complex and wonderful. As much as it pains me to say this, this was just a bit underwhelming and even though this was solid in its subtlety and craftiness, I expected this to be more bold and complex given the hue, alcoholic content, and reputation that I heard about this.

I loved the pour to this, as it had a solid plum hue, expansive head, as well as a few solid rings left on my pint glass after the beginning sips. Not as much of an aroma as I anticipated but there were hints of booze and plum to be felt. Once the sediment from the bottom of the 11.2 oz. bottle was poured out, I could smell some more dark fruits and crystalline sugar. That was reinforced by a pretty medicinal mouthfeel and just a hint of cinnamon and peppery spice. This certainly wasn't a Christmas Ale but it reminded me of the Corsendonk Christmas Ale because of the blood-orange consistency of it and the hints of allspice underneath everything.

While this wasn't as strong, I could feel the booze in it by the time I finished off the bottle. I can't imagine that anyone would be disappointed by this but at the same time, there's not a whole lot in here to love. this is a solid beer that's one of the best of its kind, given what we are able to access here in North America. This is possibly one of the most accessible beers of its category, given the mild carbonation, clean finish, and lack of sourness from start to finish, though the alcohol in here was the strongest aspect of this from start to finish.

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4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 750ml bottle, poured into a snifter (due to lack of a chalice)

Appearance - Pours an amber color. Dark red-ish brown. A white head sticks around for a while but dissipates quicker than I'd like. Still quite the eye-candy while it lasts.

Smell - Overwhelming. So many things going on here. The most prominent is...'spice'? Pepper maybe. After that some fruit-like smells. It smells...sweet. Over my head I think.

Taste - Spice is coming through here as well. What exactly that spice is beats me. But it tastes damn good. Fruit flavours are coming through here as well. Some grape-esque flavours perhaps. Complement the spice flavour very nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, falls of the back of the tongue like rainbows. Dangerously drinkable.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,186 ratings.