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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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4,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,188
Reviews: 1,583
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 177
Gots: 443 | FT: 4
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of makerocketgo
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

light and pleasant. not a lot of strong flavors but pleasant w subtlety. it's like a watered-down version of the tripel (that sounds more negative than it's meant). the bottle ref a lil bitterness, but i dont taste it. didnt think id enjoy it because the tripel is so hard to beat, but it was nice. i would buy again.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 fl oz/330mL bottle, of a unique form factor, crown capped, not corked and caged like most Chimay (I have a 750mL of Chimay Red in the fridge). This beer was served a little cold (barely above fridge temperature, probably 35ºF), so I let it warm for a few minutes, and it continues to warm as I write my review,

As always, I am writing my review live, puzzling out the drink as it is being drunk, not from notes.

As always, I attempt to review "to style" (ala BJCP), with some admixture of personal taste (contra BJCP), not solely to personal taste. However, when it comes to most Trappists, reviewing "to style" and "to taste" are identical for me, as Trappist (Dubbels, Tripels, and Quads, especially Dubbels and Quads) tends to be my favourite style.

Chimay has different flavours in 330s, 750s, and 1500s (magnums), so, here goes, with that being said: without further ado, a review.

A: Cloudy, mostly opaque dark brown (lots of sediment still in bottle) with reddish highlights at the bottom when poured in to a Chimay chalice/goblet and held to the light. Sometimes I manage to pour Chimay crystal-clear, but not often, and not today. No head on delicate pour, one to one-and-one-half-finger head on moderately vigorous pour, quickly receding in to a "cap and ring" on the face and edges of the beer.

S: Massive malts, some dark fruit, and some quasi-citrusy-like flavours, such as tangerine and apricot, as undercurrents to the malt and dark fruit (not nearly as much tangerine, as, say, an English IPA... maybe 20% as much, if that). No alcohol in the nose. Some bread, lots of malts, a bit of spice, and very, very, extremely mild Belgian funk. There

T: Malt, dark fruits (as is typical for the style), mild spiciness, and the typical "Belgian Trappist character" which is impossible to describe, or, to put it more eloquently, ineluctable and ineffable (whoever is reading this should hire me since I was able to use those two words correctly). Very little alcohol. The bread character from the fallen (poured into glass) yeast is noticeable, but pleasant - it addeth to the character, it doth not take away. There is some spice, but the spice is lesser than St Bernardus, and not even one-twentieth as much as some Devilish concoction like Rochefort 8. Finish is dry to bitter.

M: Moderately high carbonation for the style, pretty full and a bit astringent. Not stingy in any way, nor thin. This is a full-bodied beer.

D: Very high, although not as compulsively high as the higher-ABV Chimay Blue (Quadrupel/Belgian Strong Dark Ale).

O: Excellent beer, one of the best representatives of the Dubbel style, second only to Westmalle.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ssmack
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked bottle that opened with a big pop.

A warm cloudy reddish brown. Half an inch of frothy, active head with fine streams of bubbles. Some bubbly lacing. Lots of sentiment in bottom of the bottle.

A wonderful spicy, toffee aroma.

The taste runs right along with the aroma. Sugar candy with biscuit malts. There is a tartness of chrysanthemum. The hop bitterness is mild around the edges.

A medium feel with sparkles and slight tartness.

A lovely, sophisticated, restrained brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A benchmark example of the style.

Bottle pours a hazy, dull amber and has a reasonable off-white head with impressive retention. Classic and rich aroma of Belgian yeast, with roasted malt undertones. The yeast is present in all elements of the flavour, which ranges from an initial sweetness including roasted nut and tannin complexity to a more simple bitterness in the finish.

Well balanced and robust, this beer is a pleasure to drink - even for someone who wouldn't always choose this particular style.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours in a dark copper color. The aroma has some sweet breadiness and some sugary caramel notes as well. Very inviting.

The carbonation is one of the most defining characteristics to me. It’s almost like a malty champagne. There isn’t a big front, but then the middle of the tongue has a wonderful smooth texture. The flavor has dark fruits and breadiness. It’s extremely drinkable.

One of the better dubbels I have had. I had this along with Delirium Trememns, which aren’t exactly the same style, but at least there was some context. It emphasized the carbonation, the lack of a front, but the warm creamy middle malty body that this rocks.

Lovely beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of deebo
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330 ml bottle with a BB date of 2016.

Poured into a chalice this brew initially has 3 fingers of large bubbled tan head which breaks down rather quickly with no lacing. Ruddy and light brown but with more of a red tint than the other trappist dubbels. Aromas of estery Belgian yeast-fruity apricot. Typical dubbel malt aroma-sweet and heavy on the malt bill. Taste is all dubbel. Malty, quite yeasty and fruity with a dry finish. Light on the sweet dried fruit that should be present but it is definitely detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than most dubbels and lighter in malt backbone. Perhaps a touch more bitter aftertaste and slightly less sweet than Westmalle's version. Super easy to drink with lots of character. A great beer.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled served in a shaker pint glass

A - Cloudy copper amber with 2 finger bubbly off white with good retention and moderate lacing.

S - Caramel, bready yeast, clove, banana, spice, honey. Floral and fruit note predominate, red berries. Sweet earth.

T - Starts with bready yeast with mucho dark fruits, raisins, dates, plums then sweet caramel and honey followed by a bold alcohol warmness and a fruity finish.

M - Medium body, moderate-high carbonation. Sticky.

O - After doing another back to back tasting with grande reserve I actually like this one more at this moment because of the nice fruity notes.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,188 ratings.