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

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4,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,198
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 179
Gots: 449 | 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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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this as a final beer of the weekend. I sip this beer in celebration of a good weekend with family and in resolution to have a successful upcoming week.

I used a snifter to savor the Red. Based on an aggressive pour I had three and a half fingers and a lot of good sour belgian smell. It smells great.

The taste seems subtler than the blue. You get the sour presence. It is a luxurious taste.

I am glad to have made the decision to end the weekend on this beer. Good job Chimay.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of flyingpig
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, orangey brown colour when poured and forms a thick looking, three-finger sized head that is off-white and foamy. The head roughly halves in size over the course of about a minute then holds at around a finger width tall for the remainder of the drinks life.

There is a strong smell of dried fruits from this beer, dark summery fruit and berries in particular along with a touch of alcohol and grain owing to the strong alcohol content. There is also a strong malt aroma and a faint touch of caramel on the nose along with some good spicy notes right at the end.

Sweet tasting with a lot of dried fruit to begin with in the taste and perhaps a bit of apple too. There is a lot of brown sugar like flavouring and a little bit of the roasted malts from the nose as well along with touches of alcohol. It's is a pretty solid effort from this beer.

Huge carbonation in this beer, a lot more than I had been expecting but that is not to say it was overly carbonated because it seemed to work for this particular beer. It was pretty smooth, with a medium body and great drink-ability; overall an nice beer on the palate.

A very good beer overall and one that I really enjoyed, it has most things going for it and not a lot holding it back. It may not be as good as Chimay Bleue but it was still a very good beer indeed.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AshleyMiller
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my chimay chalice. thanks harland for this christmas gift!

a - pours a reddish-amber hue with a finger-width head that lingers. carbonation bubbles rise.

s - oh the belgian yeast - spices (cloves, mostly), dark fruits, candied malt, oh so very good - the first whiff brings me back to belgium

t - plenty of figs and plums in the body, sweet and spicy. some bananas and carmel in there, maybe a little candy-apple

m - ample carbonation and this one goes down quickly

o - per chimay's recommendation, definitely best drunk slightly chilled to experience all of its flavors. a very pleasant beer that brings out the best in the belgian dubbel style. sweet and malty, plenty of spice, such easy drinkingm and i remembered how i fell in love with beer traveling around amsterdam and brussels with my brother. cheers, harland!

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,198 ratings.