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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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4,202 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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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!

Photo of cowineaux
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MrHirschybar
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of antique
5/5  rDev +20.5%

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rippedflesh89
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hosehead83
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "stubby" 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Deep tea color, with a big mushroom cloud of lifht tan foam.
Aroma-Orchard fruits, Belgian spice
Taste-Belgian spicy yeast, fruity, clove, earthy hops. Very effervescent and perfectly balanced. A classic, classy beer that would be very welcome at the dinner table.

Photo of jordanmiller
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of RedFox
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 9InchNails
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I know its New Years but come on, my beer didn't know that! The cork shot up to the ceiling with such force it put an indentation on it. Glad my face wasn't near it, would have lost it.

The body color is orangey red and hazy with plenty of noticeable bubbles. Off white head, light beige that sticks around for quite some time.

Dark fruits like plums and Belgian yeast.

Bananas, cloves, plums, some spice and breadiness.

Medium carbonation, medium body, it feels dry.

Maybe I'm missing something. I have heard great things about this and I think its nothing more than okay.

Photo of HoneyLamb
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jaylew61
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of buckyp
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dmmcgove
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of sommersb
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-29-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Chimay chalice
Purchased: Gift pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Color is dark red or copper, with cloudy clarity due to a lot of sediment. The head is cream-colored and 2 fingers high, composed of tight bubbles. The head features great retention and a low amount of lace.

Aromas consist of dark fruits, caramel malt sweetness, molasses and spices.

Taste is rich and strong, with caramels, dried cherry fruit, cloves, and sweet malts. There's a light bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and high carbonation. Finish is fairly dry.

Overall a very good,easy-drinking Abbey ale. Tasted better as it warmed up to room temperatures.

Seems like this was not as impressive as the first time I tried it. I may need to revisit this one in the future and see if maybe this bottle was off.

Photo of Crundy
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: somewhat opaque dark reddish amber, foamy off-white head

S: sweet caramel malt, red fruit flavor, perhaps plum

T: sweet caramel malt, yeast flavor and bready flavors

M: smooth and creamy with a nice crispness as well. medium light bodied.

O: good beer, though it definitely needs to be served chilled as it the flavors are not as prominent as it warms up.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper color with a fine bubbly belgian head. smells woody, yeasty, and slightly fruity. dried fruits in the flavor tart a bit perhars like cranberries or bing cherries, green apples even. floral hops gently appear in the flavor as well, but the yeast is the star here for me, slightly sour but very round in the finish. mouthfeel is great, like all chimay brews its lively and drinkable. this is not what i think of when i think of a dubbel, its lighter and more fruity than many examples of the style, but it is a very well made beer, and one that im sure ill purchase again.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a deep amber brown that is extremely hazy and pours with a full finger of frothy light tan head with extremely fine bubbles that lingers really nicely and leaves absolutely not lacing
S: great scent, cherries and slight licorice at the end of the nose, quite pleasant
T: very nice taste for the style, slight woody notes in the middle, cherries and dark fruits throughout, leaves a nice malty character with a very very slight licorice taste on the palate
M: medium carbonation, the head has lingered for a long time and thus i get a slight bit in each sip, the head is very thin and seems to pop aggressively in the mouth, almost like pop rocks
O: a really wonderful representation of the style, loved every aspect of it except the awkward bubble popping

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,202 ratings.