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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000)
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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of cooler4life
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.

Photo of 2neardead
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bosox941827
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.

Photo of smchenry75
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of malthus617
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of dvanhandel
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of bezakjon
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jhiser
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of 4balance
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GregBlatz
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Musty brown in color. Not very clear but I did pour aggressively and didn't worry about the sediment. The bottle gushed when opened. Head is off-white and tight bubbles.

S - Yeast and some phenolic notes. Dark fruits and some alcohol burn.

T - More of the same above. Dark fruits come out. somewhat restrained in my opinion.

M - Thin with strong carbonation.

O - i was hoping for more character. It is very subdued. It is very easy to drink and is enjoyable.

Photo of amrozga
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shoop12
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark molasses color with nice aroma of dark fruits and wheat. However when you taste, the dark fruits really struggle to come through and make their way to your taste buds. Therefore you are left with more of a spicy flavor of cloves and ginger. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes with a crisp earthy finish. After recently having the Rochefort 8, I find this Chimay to be a little bit of a let down but still a solid Dubbel.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JZ57
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Rusty18
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Stouttyme
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of RollTide05
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JustABeerGuy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Majikchord
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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