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

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4,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,202
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 180
Gots: 457 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

11.5 oz bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- pours a dark murky brown with a reddish hue, thick, creamy light tan head with great lacing all down the glass.

S- sweet cherries, Spicy herbal notes, rich malts, woodsy, a bit of alcohol, no hop presence.

T- sweet dark fruits, cherries and figs, sweet malts with very little trace of hop bitterness finishes rather dry. Mouthfeel is silky with low carbonation.

This one isn't my favorite of The Chimay family bit it is still very solid. The dark fruit sweetness balances well with the rich malts making this a very good brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky reddish brown body with a finger of light tan head and decent lacing.

S - Dark fruits such as prune, plum and blackberry come through with sweet malt tones of caramel and treacle.

T - The same dark fruits matched by chocolate, yeast and brown bread.

M - Sweet light to medium body, moderate to high carbonation.

O - Really good easy to find Belgian dubbel.

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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pored the 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice of course.
Pretty red with some brown and orange coloring mixed in. Offwhite/light brown head.
A bouquet of fruity aroma rides along a peppery spice quality.
The fruity character from the smell carries over in the taste. A metallic element pops out at the finish along with some dryness. Medium carbonation and body.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Chimay is legendary. Forget the esoteric BS about lacing, how many fingers of head and so on. I presume you might come here to learn something about a beer you've never tried. The entire Chimay range should be high on your list.

My best Chimay Premiere tip: Pair it with dark chocolate covered sour cherries. Superb! Here is Australia, Cherry Ripe is a pretty good substitute that's easy to find. If you're lucky, you can get Chimay cheeses to have with the beer. These are not so widely exported as the beer, possibly due to some countries rules against importing unpasteurised products. If you can't get them in your area, you might enjoy getting all three Chimay beers and three or four cheeses together with a few friends for a tasting party.

For me, Chimay Premiere is the pinnacle of beer. I would say its contribution extends to having influenced the style for many generations and helped spawn the amazing variety of exceptional quality beers we see today. Standing on the shoulders of the Chimay giant!

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BryanRex
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy orange-brown with little lacing and retention. Aromas of malt and dark fruit prevail with a touch of apple and brown sugar on the nose. Fairly strong spice notes as well. The ale is spicy and bitter from start to finish which helps to mask the medicinal flavor. Phenols are readily apparent, and I lose the complex flavor amongst the fairly heavy spice and bitterness. The sweet aroma helps to balance the bitter after taste. The medium carbonation feels dry on the palate. The beer is good from start to finish, but for me it doesn’t live up to the hype. It’s slightly above average. For me the Chimay Grande Reserve is much smoother and more enjoyable.

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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this stubby bottle out of a large chimay glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a thick, tan, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace and a partial trail down the glass.

S: Sweet aroma with hints of dark fruits and spices.

T: Equal mix of sweet and bitter flavor with a nice dark fruity background. There are a lot of complex flavors and spices here.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Classic Belgian Dubbel – nicely balanced and easily drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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