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

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3,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,948
Reviews: 1,561
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 159
Gots: 338 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Chimay chalice at The Real Pickle in Shreveport, LA. Pours a hazy brown with some off white lacing. Great dried fruit and malt aroma. Taste is amazing...typical trappist notes; dried fruit, caramel, malts, smoooth as hell. A superb brew, lots of complexity. What else can be said about this brew that the last 2000k+ reviews havent said...I just cant believe it took me this long to review it.

DrinkSlurm, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

750 ml bottle poured into rimmed chalice

L: murky brown. love the color with no light on it; that brown is cool. with sunlight on it, the color is amber with gold highlights. it's not 100% opaque, but you can't really see through it either ... nice murk. the head really pops at first, a good 1/3-inch to 1/2-inch of pretty tan-white, but it doesn't hang around. beer holds a collar of light foam. no lacing.

S: yeast. the first whiff screams BEEER!!! sweet but with great balance and nothing dark (no raisins, molasses, burnt barley). it gets a bit estery as we go, almost getting to that muted wine smell; fantastic malt at times. always very clean.

T: yeast on the first sip that really sweetens out; this is no doubt my kind of Belgian. just a hint of the darker tastes (figs ... not really raisins but close) in the back end at times, but mostly it has a bit of the wine/ester taste to it -- that taste I'm not great at describing but makes me think of wine. slightly sour grapes but not in a bad way. possibly I'm tasting the alcohol as we get halfway into this bottle.

F: perfect. lots of carbonation, exactly a midweight ... i don't like doling out 5s, but have mercy on me if I'm wrong, the damn thing is perfect.

O: this thing starts out like a champ. the first smell and first taste alone is worth the price. i mean, it's just so quintessentially beer. as it goes down, I get more of the esters/wine thing and personally miss the yeast I detect at the start.

I'm always going to drink this beer. From time to time, anyway. But the more I drink the Belgian/trappist ales, the more I realize I've got to be more prepared for that muted wine taste to properly enjoy the style. Bottom line: It's good. Expensive, yes, but pretty damn good.

Premo88, Jan 14, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -1%

From a 750 ml into flute-type glass.

A-The beer pours a deep, orange hued amber. This is lighter in color than many dubbels. The head is decently-sized, light tan foam that fades very slowly.

S-A nice whiff of Belgian yeast evokes banana, candy sugar, and some clove/pepper spice. There is a bit of warming, slightly medicinal alcohol, too.

T-The first few sips also give that great Belgian banana/clove combo in light to moderate doses on the palate. As the brew warms and my palate adapts, there is a sweetness and some light malts to accompany a slightly herbal alcohol kick.

M-Lighter to medium weight for a dubbel, and with a fair amount of carbonation, too. The alcohol is slightly slick feeling.

O-For me, this dubbel drinks a lot like a tripel, which is not a bad thing. As is often the case with a true Belgian, the yeast is really the star here, and it nicely showcased against a mild maltiness and a warming alcohol to good effect. This brew is a bit rustic and not as well integrated as some, but the flavors layer nicely on one another and produce, in the end, a pretty solid beer.

spoony, Jan 13, 2013
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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