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

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3,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,692
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 141
Gots: 226 | FT: 1
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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 Buggies


4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with some hints of dark orange. Big head that fades to nearly nothing.

S: Smells sweet. Has a nice fruity aroma to it.

T: Taste is a little fruity with sweet malt. There is also a little spiciness there. Maybe clove? It makes for an interesting taste. Also has a warming affect as if there was big abv, but there isn't.

A very easy drinker that you can sip on during the evening hours to relax.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:33:46 | More by Buggies
Photo of jeffjeff1


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really good. I got the gift pack with the red, blue and whit and the goblet.

Appearance- dark red, translucent

Smell- winy, dark fruit

Taste- dark fruit

Mouthfeel- light to medium body

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, I would drink more, very nice

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 05:37:34 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After trying over 700 beers, I can't believe I have never tried a Chimay. So, I bought the Chimay box set, which comes with the three beers and the Chimay goblet. I plan on doing a Chimay-a-day and compare the three. Here is my review of the Red:

A: Pours a real murky brown color. Very cloudy. Head is a light tan color that sticks around nicely. Lacing is present as well.

S: Smells very malty. Pretty earthy and musty smell. A little sweet with maybe caramel or toffee.

T: Taste is very unique. Lots of malt in the flavor. There is a lot of toffee, caramel, maybe a touch of brown sugar. I also get quite a bit of earthy undertones in the flavor. I don't get much dark fruit. More malt centered and a little on the sweeter side. I am surprised the Belgian yeast flavor doesn't come though much in the flavor, which for me is a bonus.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Good overall.

D: This is pretty smooth and goes down easy. The beer is pretty balanced and nothing overpowers the palate. For me, personally, one is enough. But pretty easy drinking overall.

I am not the biggest Belgian ale fan. But this one is pretty solid overall. Flavor is unique and malt centered with a nice, creamy body. Carbonation is not over the top like some Belgians I have had. I would drink it again. If you haven't had it yet, it is worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 19:50:27 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet from a 33cl (11.2oz) bottle.

A - Pours a dark dark amber with a haze and a one finger head that is very active but recedes quickly.

S - Sweet malts and some raisins in the nose. Cloves are present as well.

T - Malts are initially present and a bit bready then cloves come in and some phenols. Some fruit is present as well. I keep tasting prunes or raisins. Surprisingly refreshing and crisp. Well balanced with some bitterness and dryness at the back end. As it warms I also get some spicy hints.

M - Crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D - Drinkable and enjoyable but Dubbel's aren't my favorite Belgium beers. Still a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 01:11:30 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown with an orange tint. Thin creme head. Nose is male and sugar. Flavor is the same. Earthy overall tone. Very slight fig and fruit thing going on as well. Feel has a bit of a nipping carbonation. Liquid is thick enough. Slightly complex on this one. Certainly not boring. And definitely a reliable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 05:15:35 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of jwinship83


4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle with a born on date of 02/08 on the cork poured into my duvel tulip.

A- a very murky golden brown colored body with a large light beige colored head. the head lasts a long time and leaves solid walls of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- this one smells strongly of belgian yeast. after that comes a plethora of dark fruits. cherries, plums, figs, dates, pears and raisins/tobacco. this one has it all.

T- the taste follows the nose closely. lots of fruits. pears, apples, cherries, plums, figs, dates and raisins/tobacco. bready malts and yeast as well. very complex with layers of flavors.

M- light and thin with a high level of carbonation. right on cue for the style.

D- easy to finish and almost low enough ABV to session. very nice. ill check this one out again. easily the benchmark for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:30:21 | More by jwinship83
Photo of bwhite105


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep amber. Typical Belgian dubbel fizzy carbonation which dissipates quickly

Smell: Light floral and honey aroma with undertones of alcohol

Taste: Balance. Sweet, fruity, nutty on the front of the tongue, crisp bitter finish on the back. Rather bitter after taste dominated by alcohol.

Good beer but overrated. Probably the weakest variety of the Chimay brews, and Chimay is, in my opinion, the weakest of any of the Belgian/Dutch Trappist brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:24:27 | More by bwhite105
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.33 L bottle poured into a pint glass.

Slow pouring yields a massive head that dissipates with moderate speed. The beer underneath is a brownish red and there's plenty of sediment.

Smells like a Belgian, but everything about this is just a cut above the rest.

Taste is both rich and sweet, but the sweetness is not artificial nor overpowering in any negative way. Only a mild bitterness that remains on the pallette.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and rich.

Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 21:10:18 | More by fullsweep
Photo of KarlHungus


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy dark amber color. The head is a firm one inch in height, and recedes very slowly into thorough lacing. The aroma is of dates, figs, hints of plums, faint star anise, and a soft malt undercurrent. It isn't the most robust aroma I've encountered in a Dubbel, but it is quite complex. The taste is more forthcoming than the aroma. There is a lot more anise, more malt, and ample fruit. The mouthfeel is on the a little fuller than medium bodied, with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a wonderful Dubbel that I will surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 20:59:38 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of infi

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark red-orange color with a nice amount of head that doesn't stay too long and has fair amount of lacing. Upon smelling, the Premiére gives off a nice maltiness and dark fruitiness, hinting of figs. Great aroma especially upon warming up.

The first taste is great with a sort of spiciness and tang and then following up with a fruity and yeasty smooth feeling. The taste is very delicious and delighting. The mouthfeel of the brew has a light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and suitable for a nightly session. Another excellent product from Chimay.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 03:22:43 | More by infi
Photo of MisterClean


3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 from total wine

A - Poured a light mahogany, with a 3 fingered head, that dissipated moderately fast. Left little lacing.

S/T - Figs, prunes, and toffee. Where are the saaz hops in this one?

M - Malt dominated and slightly thin.

D - Not bad. I would really like to feel some hop backbone and a richer quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 18:12:54 | More by MisterClean
Photo of TubaManJack


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I recently have tried to get into Belgians after my initial failed efforts early on, wow my tastes have changed

330ml bottle into my wishful righteous chalice. Two years of aging on this bottle and it was half off. There is something to be said for being lost in a dark corner of a grocery store.

Appearance- A moderate chilled bottle produced a cascade of cloudy deep amber liquid. The yeast is fully mixed in and a nice small head with full lacing. The carbonation is limited to a few bright streams of bubbles.
Smell- A slight yeast aroma with deep malty body with dates. Almost like a fresh baked scone. A slight sweetness to the aroma.
Taste- A great mix of grainy body and slight sweetness tang. The deep dark fruit does come through as well.
Mouthfeel- A full body slickness, with slight lightening from the carbonation.The slight dryness to each sip.
Drinkability- Its normally found in a 750ml bottle for a reason to share with friends. I am sad it took me this long to find it. I already thinking of excuses to pair it with food.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 02:05:02 | More by TubaManJack
Photo of morimech


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

Pours a rich brown color with a small tan head that settles to a thin cap. A little lacing is left on the glass. Has a sweet and slightly spicy aroma. Apples, plums, figs, cloves, phenols, and a little alcohol all add to a complex aroma. The flavor is a combination of sweet (fruits) and spice (cloves). Some phenols are detected in the finish. Alcohol is not detected. The body is surprisingly light and effervescent. I would say too much carbonation. Drinks easy for a complex beer. I would dare to say it is mildly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 22:15:29 | More by morimech
Photo of hardy008


4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle

Appearance - Pours a cloudy amber brown color with a small tan foamy head.

Smell - Fruit, malt, and spice.

Taste - Malt, fruit, spice and maybe honey?

Mouthfeel - Smooth, light to medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Highly drinkable as are all Chimay beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 04:34:20 | More by hardy008
Photo of CaptainIPA


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Presented in an 11.20 oz. brown bottle with raised lettering on the neck: Abbaye de Scourmont, and a red label with gold Chimay shield.

A: Pours a hazed brownish-orange color with a massive, three-finger, extra creamy head. Exquisite lacing.

S: Banana bread and fresh yeast.

T: Opens big with sweet fruit and grainy malt -- the taste of freshly baked banana bread comes to mind -- before the dryness of Belgian yeast takes over. Moves into spicy territory before suggestions of buttered popcorn come into play. Finishes bone dry with a sudden shudder of alcohol.

M: Smooth and crisp mouthfeel with lots of active carbonation.

D: Interesting. Complex. Tasty. Cheers to my first Belgian Tripel!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 16:49:05 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this lots of times and this one was in my cellar for about 2 years so I was happy to find the beer had matured gracefully and the carbonation levels that sometimes hampered the fresh exaples was gone and the dark fruit notes were now mixed down in the midbody. This is a great dubbel that often is lacking in complexity that its "blue"cousin has in spades. Nice to see that cellaring improves this beer

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 22:34:19 | More by canucklehead
Photo of ILikeGoodCider


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 05.20.09 from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: First pour was a huge 3 finger head that faded to nothing, and no lacing on the glass whatsoever. Yeasty sediment floats throughout the beer. Medium to dark hazy garnet hue with slightly red tone to the appearance.

S: 1st cold pour had very little smell - some dark fruits come through. As it warms - bread pudding. Phenols start to show, but still well under what one would expect for the ABV.

T: Very well balanced. Not too bitter, not too sweet, and the alcohol is pretty hidden. Good rolling carbs. Solid malt.

M: The good carb level makes this a pleasure to roll around the tongue.

D: Quite drinkable, but at $11 (at least here) - the drinkability goes down a notch. But, in theory, its "drinkability" is high.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 20:25:10 | More by ILikeGoodCider
Photo of SleepyMonk


3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into a Chimay chalice glass

Pours with a thick head initially that shrinks down to a thin surface covering. Body has a very thick and opaque coffee color.

Nose is very mild fruit and phenol notes when chilled however the odors open up more as the beer begins to warm towards room temp

Taste has a very strong malt profile with various dark fruit flavors mixed with slight medicinal/schnapps notes.

Mouthfeel is an almost perfect combination of medium body and crisp carbonation with a mild alcohol finish.

I have tried this same beer on tap and the difference is almost enough to consider them two different beers. The bottle version is a lot more "active" than its on-tap cousin

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 12:56:31 | More by SleepyMonk
Photo of seand


3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large red wine glass.

A: Pours a light cloudy reddish brown, with 2 fingers or so of off white head. The head doesn't stay too long, but leaves a bit on the top and a ring around the edge of the glass, which sticks around until the beer is gone. Mediocre lacing.

S: Sweet with some fruitiness.

T: The sweetness carries through from the nose, with the addition of some tartness, and a little bitterness which lingers on the aftertaste.

M: Quite carbonated, medium bodied. A touch of astringency.

D: Certainly not hard to drink, but the high carbonation and the bit of astringency hurt it here.

Overall it was good, but not really my favorite belgian style beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 21:06:21 | More by seand
Photo of Beejay


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium Brown, like a stained wood, slightly hazy, and a thick rich tan head.. Looks great.

S: Ripe fruit, slightly tart. Bananas, cherries, strawberries. And a good bit of yeast.

T: Sharp, and tart. A nice fruit flavor, and a bit yeasty. Definetely a solid belgian! Good all around.

M: Lots of carbonation, but clean and crisp.

D: A very nice brew.. Unfortunately sometimes a pricey one depends on the store... Still worth the 4-6 bucks if you ask me!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 21:35:31 | More by Beejay
Photo of IBUnit63


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let this one (750) warm while trying something else. Corked & caged with a fairly hefty pop of the cork. Into an Ommegang chalice it goes.

Pours what can be described as a murky bourbon color. With a little less red it would resemble a dunkel. Almost a full-finger of bleached ginger-colored head, but it goes quickly, leaving slight yeasty wisps in its wake. Sparse, moderate-speed carbonation.

A slight Belgian sourness is in the forefront at first, but peelin' the onion back, but there's plenty of dried and ripe dark fruits backing this deal up. The usual suspects...dates, plums...even a few prunes in there. A little cinnamon and clove with even a touch of praline sweetness behind it all and some dark muscat notes. This is what a Dubbel should be. Still, light-bodied enough not to scare anyone away.

Grain profile is rather hearty, but the taste and body are a little lean...at first. Sure, everything's in there from the nose but it's more aromatic and may not deliver the impact as it rolls down the gullet. Grains and light stewy roast (is there Special B in here? New to the whole brewing deal but it seems like that's the ticket) are full-bodied as mentioned but overall weight class may be a bit lean. Good, but lean. The carbonation drives the spice home nicely with only a slight saltiness. Mental note: Let this one warm quite a bit. Would like just a little more sweetness - it actually seems a bit peppery...but it's still quite good. Yeast electricity still shines.

This one plays lighter than expected - we have the carbonation to thank for that. Deep dark stewiness is countered by spritely carbonation and pepperiness and other spice along with yeast electricity to dance on the palate and enjoy the ride down. Finish is clean for a normally hefty style.

I have been meaning to review this for a few days but have had to go back to get more at the store. Y'know why? 'Cause I enjoy drinking it immensely and writing about it gets in the way of its enjoyment. Whaddya think about that? It's damn good.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 20:01:51 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 corked and caged bottle uncorks with a loud resounding pop and pours into my chimay chalice a clear luminous brassy orange red shade with a head which disappears so quickly I fail to note the color.

Scent is sweet fruits - apple, pear. Tannic and vinous notes and some spice.

Taste is nicely balanced between sweet and dry champagne like flavors. Spice notes (cloves, white pepper), slight alcohol esters. A tea like bitterness in the finish. Herbal and medicinal hop notes. Something a bit sour.

Mouth is nicely astringent with fairly active carbonation which tickles the palate.

Drink is good.

Nicely balanced with a decent amount of complexity and an astringency and carbonation that reminded me of champagne. Not a beer I'd have frequently, nor are dubbels my favorite style, but certainly a well crafted exameple of the styele.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 01:51:09 | More by sethmeister
Photo of OzarkElmo


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle on 05/11/09

Pours a dark amber with moderate creamy head. Fruity, spicey aroma. Wonderful taste and a very smooth beer that is excellent with dinner. Slight bitter finish and a great beer to enjoy a few of in an evening. First class in its category in my opinion - Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 02:12:59 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of Stavage


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice (Leffe branded not Chimay!) it has a gorgeous deep dark red colour, holding up to the light it's a pleasure to see the translucent ruby red at the top of the glass descend into an abyss of deep red darkness. The head was fluffy and white though this degraded fairly quickly. Some sticky lacing was left.

The smell is deep and rich. A strong sweet malt aroma, a deep fruit smell (maybe plums ?) mingling with honey and spice.

I'm a little underwhelmed by the taste, only because the smell made me expect something more intense. A definite malty sweetness hits the mouth but its smooth and ends in a faintly sour dry note. Aside from the medium sweet honey-malt taste there is a slight fruity aftertaste. Tiny bit yeasty. All in all very mild tastes. Hits all the right spots on my tongue just wish it hit them a touch harder.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and medium bodied. Nice carbonation, very natural feeling. Enough to excite the tongue without dulling it (and what I've come to expect from these Belgian styles).

Definitely drinkable. It's a sipping beer but its so smooth and mild you can imagine sipping a never ending glass of it all night. The alcohol was so well hidden I've only thought to mention it now at the end of the review.

Going to be a tough one to score, for some reason it seems more pleasant in hindsight than when I was drinking it 10 minutes ago, I think basically because I was expecting something different. Will be coming back to this one (I drank one of the smaller bottles, maybe I should try the 750ml corked bottle as I've heard flavours develop more in bottle with a larger volume).

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 10:40:07 | More by Stavage
Photo of LyonsHead


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark and deep red with a fluffy white head that fades relatively quickly, there was some lacing left on the glass

S: Huge aromas of banana, clove, and bubblegum. great yeast character

T: the taste follows right along with the scent. It has several layers of fruity flavors and esters. very complex, very good belgian

M: medium body, this part was good, but nothing amazing

D: Great Belgian, not the best, but a real complex beer with great fruity flavors

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 16:52:30 | More by LyonsHead
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,692 ratings.