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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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4,247 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,247
Reviews: 1,592
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 193
Gots: 498 | FT: 4
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nothing appealing about the brown murk color, but a good head.

Citrus caramel, the caramel eats the total smell.

Starts of with an orange juice flavor, ending with Belgian spice.

Great carbonation to swipe away the rest of the drink.

A classic, to judge others by.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed by Belgium monks, this is one of the finest beers in the world. Expensive but definitely worth it, this beer has an incredibly complex flavor. This beer, also known as the most expensive beer on the Bernie's passport ($10), is very fancy, very delicious and very out of my normal price range

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4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's been a long day and I've anticipating this beer for quite some time. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy copper-amber color with a 3/4 inch beige head with a pink tinge to it, which dissipates in about a minute to a ring around the edges of the glass. Has particles floating about inside, remnants of ingredients, maybe yeast too though I poured carefully and did not invert the 750ml bottle further than being parallel to my arm.

S: Has the signature dubbel aroma to it, refreshing and enticing. Smells of yeast, wheat, sugars, fruits, particularly grapes, plums, spices.

T: Extremely delicious but at the same time very tame. Nothing is overbearing, flavors are well complimented and balanced, giving a neutral feel to beer. A great complexity of flavors here, wheat, plums, grapes, has a slight champagne feel to it, yeast is prominent, barley, wheat, spices, cinnamon,

M: Incredible balance of body and the richness and boldness of the flavors. Perfectly complimentary. Very easy to drink yet has much character to it, medium-full bodied with moderate but slightly lower levels of carbonation, but nicely balanced. Works well.

O: Overall, this is the highlight of my day. Of course I had high expectations and they were met. It's expensive but for a good reason, I was drinking this quicker than I do most beers, It's just so smooth and fulfilling, I couldn't help myself, finished the whole 750ml. Defiantly recommended to everyone.

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-copper with more than a finger of fluffy head that lingers for some time and leaves behind some nice lacing. The nose is reminiscent of a wheat field. The flavor profile is mild, but malty. The finish is a complex combination of fruity and dry flavors. This is a very good beer and a great example of the dubbel style.

I rarely include the issue of price in my reviews, but I think that I must mention it here. While this offering is very good, it is definitely short of exceptional and unique. The price point, however, would indicate that it is the later. I am just not feeling the love for Chimay Red that much when there are many other exceptional beers that are significantly cheaper.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another great trappist brew... This is my first Chimay, I have a Grand Reserve cellaring (more like waiting for the right time to drink it actually) that i'm excited to try as welll.

Appearance: Very dark, one finger off white head with hardly much lacing.

Aroma: wow, dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, everything tupical you would except from a trappist dubbel, but with subtle addition of citrus.

Taste: Had somewhat lower standards as I've heard from almost everybody that Blue (grand reserve) is better, and that Red was better in the 80's. Well, this is a damn tasty beer. Very sweet, which I guess Chimay is known for. Really taste nots of raisin and dark fruits, VERY Drinkable. Could be dangerous, as you don't taste hardly any alcohol (it's 7% abv). Like most trappist brews, I try to sip on them more than "gulp", but the sweetness in this is very refreshing and compared to a quadrupel, you could drink these very fast.

Mouthfeel: Slightly carbonated, not too tingly, goes down very well. The sweetness contributes to this.

Overall: My first Chimay, very drinkable and sweet. Will be buying more for sure. I like it a little more than the Westmalle and Trappiste dubbels, will def be buying again. Can't wait to try yellow and blue. If you're new to trappist beer, this would probably be the best starting point. Monks know how to brew great beer, and while I would still prefer a Rochefort 10, this is more sessionable and can easily hold it's own in the complexity and flavor department. Any avid beer drinker should give this a try.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,247 ratings.