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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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4,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,134
Reviews: 1,574
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 172
Gots: 411 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

chcfan, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Vylo, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Acaciaatrox, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

casualfan, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

JonDubs, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

985th Review on BA
Bottle to Chimay Goblet

Dont understand the bottle code, so oh well.
Purchased a single 11.2 from Bevmo, Chino Hills, CA

App- A murky red and brown color that looks a bit too dark for caramel brown but not light enough for a crimson. A bit of a gusher from the bottle. Didnt let stand long enough to let yeast settle. A small one finger head falls to a sheen of topping lace. Only a tad bit of cling.

Smell- It's very soft all the way around. A soft yeast. A soft damp fruit note. A soft malt on the final pull of the nose.

Taste- A very soft dubbel with a lot of yeast behind it. The malts and fruits balance quite well. Not overpowering by any means but still quite good with a thin flavor profile all around.

Mouth- A little bit of a light medium body with a light/medium carbonation with a lot of bubbles in it. Nice residual fruit and yeast.

Drink- This wasn't as good as I remember. A bit thinner and missing that full bodied spicy dubbel taste. Ill probably come back to this one but not anytime soon.

FosterJM, Dec 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

throwback, Dec 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

pirmannt1, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

ogreen, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one gushed a little when opened, nothing wild though, just a slow rise up and over flowing. in the glass it is a semi-hazy reddish orange tint with a finger of off white head.
nosing into the glass shows mostly soft spices, similar to what a rye would impart, and some clean pears and light fruits.
Flavors are a mellow malt backbone with earthy noble hobs over the top, and some spices.
Mouthfeel is medium thin, not a really long finish either.

ChadQuest, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

mendonjoebeer, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, the cork exploded out of the top with just a slight thumbing. Is this a hint of excitement to come?

A: Pours a one finger head that settles to small islands of off-white foam. Multiple lines of carbonation are streaming to the top. Color is a hazy rusty brown, awesome. Retention and glass presence is moderate.

S: Strong Belgian yeast in the nose with some fruit and spice. Caramel undertones. Really balanced. I was hoping for more though.

T: Apple, raison, brown sugar. It hits all at once and leaves you with a very clean palate with just a twinge of pear and honey.

M: Carbonation is explosive (like the cork escapade). Tickles the mouth with just the right amount of chewiness. Refreshing.

O: Creamy, tart and delicious, this should be at the top when considering a Dubbel.

cooler4life, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

2neardead, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jak, Dec 12, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small, stubby 330mL bottle into an imperial pint glass
A - Rough pour yields a foamy rocky head that dissipates to a thin cap. Pours a cloudy brown/amber.
S - Molasses, toffee, a bit of malt.
T - Pretty much as the smell, with molasses-like maltiness being predominant. The prototypical banana-like Belgian-yeast flavor is there, but is not prominent, which is fine with me. Get a bit of alcohol as it warms up, but really no hops to speak of.
M - Very smooth and almost creamy, as you might expect this being bottle-conditioned.
This is definitely NOT my style, but if I had to drink a Dubbel, it would probably be this one. Not a ringing endorsement, I know, but this is a pretty good beer.

bosox941827, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

smchenry75, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

malthus617, Dec 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

dvanhandel, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

bezakjon, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Jhiser, Dec 11, 2011
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,134 ratings.