Chimay Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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3.75/5 rDev -9.4%
750 with a 03/11 cork date, served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a murky, caramel brown, with brick red highlights. A 1.5-finger, slightly off white head just won't quit. Fine, thin waves of lacing and infinite tiny bubbles coat - but don't cling to - the glass.
A lot of fruit in the aroma. Some plums and prunes, other dark fruits, but what really sticks out for me is apple. Very prominent Belgian yeast characteristics. Also a pronounced bread element, with a little bit of biscuit malt.
Fruit is more muted in the taste. The bulk of the sweetness here comes from a brown sugar-esque flavor. There's a slight metallic twang, and a lingering bitterness. What's most surprising to me is the very perceptible alcohol quality - I'm not sure I've ever had a Chimay beer in which booze plays such a major and perceptible role in the taste.
Carbonation is on the high side, but the mouthfeel is lush and smooth. A slow sipper because of the complexity of flavors, not due to any fault of the beer itself or high ABV.
A classic take on the style, straightforward to a fault. I'd appreciate a little less alcohol in the taste, but that's a minor quibble.
11-17-2011 03:30:31 | More by amphion1065
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,864 ratings.