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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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4,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,130
Reviews: 1,574
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 409 | 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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Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Rick778, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of gr0g
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange-brown appearance, capped with an impressive head. Retention is good but not great, and there's no lacing to be found. Aroma is of ripe red apple, sweet grapes, and some yeasty phenols. An overall floral note is present.

Flavor is somewhat dry and tart. There's maybe a touch of sweetness and Belgian candi sugar, but tart and bitter flavors become more prominent toward the finish. Some notes of clove, apple, pear, and toffee. Crisp mouthfeel with strong carbonation that's aggressive without being harsh.

Chimay Rouge is a refined, classic take on the style, but a bit underwhelming. The balanced, demure flavor profile is tasty, but there are certainly better Dubbels available from Belgian as well as American brewers.

gr0g, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of TonyV
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

TonyV, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Damian
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt.9.4 fl.oz./75 cl corked and caged bottle purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA
Served in a Chimay goblet

The beer opened with a loud pop and slowly began to gush. Once in the glass, the liquid was a cloudy, ruddy, crimson-mahogany was was topped by a tight, creamy, one-finger, khaki colored head. The head was quick to drop, but the thin cap that covered the liquid had amazing lasting power. Unfortunately, lacing was nonexistent.

The nose was rich, fruity and spicy. Allspice and clove were discernible. Semi-sweet with notes of plums, prunes, raisins and figs. Lots of dark candi sugar. Bready. A signature, phenolic, Belgian yeast quality also came through strong.

The flavor profile was a bit of a letdown. Like in the nose, spices were quite apparent. Allspice, cinnamon and clove dominated. Hint of apple and pear. There was a pervasive steely/metallic quality that I found rather distracting. Vinous notes appeared in the center. Touch of smoke. The finish was crisp and dry with hints of earthy, somewhat bitter hops. Even at 7% ABV, this dubbel was immensely quaffable.

The mouthfeel contained an extraordinarily lively, prickly effervescence. Super plush, creamy and pillowy. The beer seemed to instantaneously dissolve once it hit my tongue. Medium bodied for the style.

Chimay Red is a classic Trappist ale, but I was disappointed by the flavor profile, which was quite subdued and contained unpleasant metallic notes. I far prefer both the Blue and the White to this.

Damian, Feb 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

lear456089, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of dertyd
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1 pint.9.4 fl oz.bottle popped the cork and it went flying was great when I looked at the cork it said 05\09 and its 02/13 right now so its about a 4 year old bottle

A:poured a dark amber red kinda like a lighter mister pibb soda with almoast no head at all just a lot of bubbles floating up like crazy a nice looking beer

S:sweet bready smell with some hints of dark fruits and a lil bit of chocolate

T:verry balanced taste a nice sweet bready backbone followed by a crisp finnish preaty good but I still like the blue lable the best so far but this is in no way a bad beer it is still a world famouse beer

M:two words verry crisp

Overall: another wonderfull beer by the monks at chimay they never diapoint. Allaround good beer

Live life drink beer!!!:-)

dertyd, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BamfBacon, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BlackLotus, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 33 cl bottle into a chalice, red slightly orange brown with a big off white head that lingers leaving good lacing, almost clear

S: Belgian yeast, banana, spice, clove, vanilla, bread, dark fruits

T: sweet and slightly sour malt, vanilla, spices, a slight lemon peel taste, sour cherry

M: lighter than expected with a lot of carbonation, drier finish

O: no doubt this is a tasty beer, good depth of flavors and balance, carbonation keeps it refreshing

M_C_Hampton, Feb 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

FLBEERGUY25, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

NikD, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Mando603, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Rn2Ln3Tn4, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

ironchefmiyagi13, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

WhiteDustin, Feb 20, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -57.8%

VDODSON, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

claytong, Feb 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

laxer8811, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

booyahachieved3, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

KVNBGRY, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Michigan, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

OleDixie, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

abrodsky, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

leinie13, Feb 17, 2013
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,130 ratings.