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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

3,994 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 3,994
Reviews: 1,564
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 161
Gots: 355 | FT: 3
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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Brown copper colored. Hazy and off white head.
S: Not too much. Some clove & caramel like with subtle sweetness and yeast.
T: Watery, then mild bitter kicks in. Kinda creamy and bread like with clove and caramel. Suggests some sweetness which doesn't really seem to come. Light spicy finish.
M: Good balance of thickness and carbonation.

O: It kinda reminds me of a "Dunkelweis" beer. Like the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel. It's not as sweet as the smell suggest. It's similar somehow to St. Bernadus flavor types of the 8 and 12 etc, but without the sweet en depth. Making it refreshing. But there's something missing to give it that edge and uniqueness. It's nice, but not great.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Red. Goes into an Orval chalice. L12-034 017263. Enjoyed alongside Rochefort 6. Double the dubbel!

Pours a dark, muddy rust-brown with a quarter-inch of head that doesn't do too much, except scatter and leave some soap scum and bubbles to one side. Doesn't have the beauty as, say, a Corsendonk Abbey Brown. Not even close.

Already getting some mild whiffs of that classic Chimay champagne yeast, and the beer is still very cold. I pick up dates, tobacco, roasted malts, and nutty yeastiness.

Tastes of nuts, apple, dried fig, medicinal notes, herbal cough drops, alcohol, carob, and candi sugar. Still mouth-drying with an insinuation of coriander spice. Almost minty, as if there was a mild aged hop presence here. Flavors not too astray from one of a dry white wine, but with an ember of dark fruit burning. Can't detract from the liveliness of this brewery's yeast strain. Good stuff.

Smooth and thick, and not without a supporting role of alcohol. Carbonation has its moments; sometimes perky, sometimes mild and forgiving. Drinks at a good speed.

A very good dubbel. The finesse was put into the creation of this beer. A classic that heeds constant remembrance. Needless to say, I recommend having one.

thecheapies, Jan 08, 2013
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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,994 ratings.