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

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3,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,687
Reviews: 1,551
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 140
Gots: 224 | 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 erz316


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - a solid opaque brown, no chance of light getting in. a thin, one finger, head tops the crown of this beer, coloured light cream.

S - the most I can smell is a bit of the malt, mostly it is th metal from the ring around the rim of my Chimay goblet.

T - Great taste of malts, and a numb sweetness that stays with you throughout the drink. I think I detect a hint of fruity-alcoholness.

MF&D - one of the most amazing beers I've ever had the pleasure to drink. So incredibly smooth, goes down likes its nothing at all. the carbonation is noticeable but not an impediment to the drinking process, moreover, it helps one drink the brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 05:14:37 | More by erz316
Photo of timconnel


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured form a 11.2oz bottle into the Chimay goblet from the gift set. Poured a cloudy brick red with a pillowy cream colored head. It didn't leave any lacing to speak of, but the head lasted most of the glass. The head was extremely fine like a nitro stout.

Smell: The smell was malty, sweet, and a little fruity, but I didn't wait long to take a gulp.

Taste: It's complex but milder than I expected. It has a malt background with an almost cashew nuttiness with some dried fruit and overripe banana. The first couple sips I could taste th4e alcohol bite but I didn't really notice after that. Great flavor overall, nothing negative to say.

Mouthfeel: It's creamy and smooth, medium body. It makes me think of cream soda.

Drinkability: If this were less expensive it might be dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 02:09:28 | More by timconnel
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy reddish brown, almost apple cider color with a nice head and decent lacing.

Smells of malt and tart fruit. Sweet and sour notes. Very nice.

Malt background with a hint of sour cherry and some hops. Some honeyed sweetness and a kick of alcohol. Complex and delicious, finishes a bit tart and slight bitterness. Very inviting for a second sip.

Mouth coating qualities are gone when the alcohol kicks in. Actually thirst quenching.

Overall, just stellar. Cannot recommend enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 15:48:34 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another beer from the Chimay line that I have ignored for far too long. Stubby brown 11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice yeilds only a dime thick worth of head and leaves only scant whisps of a whitish cap that desperatly tries to cling to the side of the glass, bringing it back with a swirl is not too much trouble though. Finally a dubbel that smells like a dubbel. Sweet, not tart, biscuity maltiness, brown sugar, butter and light cinnamon, all very understated. I like, I like, sweetness of the nose is downplayed in the actual taste, here the malt bitterness begins to shine through. Taste at first of well cooked toast, slightly herbal, mild pepper and tart cherry with a noticable alcoholic warmth that kicks the tongue and back of the throat ever so slightly. Seeing this pecan beauty in my glass and thinking of how each sip with reveal something new makes this a beer one to return to over and over, but damn if I wish it could retain some kind of head, a cap, anything...

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 04:21:02 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of bbeerman


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

Small bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A..Deep brown with a wonderful amount of head. Head lingered for several minutes. Beautiful.

S..Somewhat sweet scent, with obvious notes of malt. Tempting, to say the least.

T..Malt is present throughout. A bit earthy in the taste. A good taste from start to finish, though I prefer Blue Chimay over this for taste.

M..This is how a beer should react in your mouth. You know it is there. Medium body and every sip is smooth.

D..Easy to drink and makes you want more. A couple of these in the proper goblet and you have yourself a lovely afternoon or evening. You know it's 7%, but this one doesn't knock you on your butt. Good ole Chimay, always trustworthy.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 06:24:31 | More by bbeerman
Photo of HalfFull


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. corked bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a light mahogany with some red/orange highlights, and with a bubbly inch of off white head. Head settles down to a creamy cap and yields some brief lacing.

Smell is of moderate malts, clean, and with a spicy, yeasty, bready nose.

Taste is moderately rich yet nice, ok, bump on the nose. Some spice as per the nose along with light citrus and dried fruits. Not as robust as some of the style but very clean and not overly sweet. Great feel as the perky carbonation masks any alcohol flavors. Like Chimay's Blue, the Red can be a bit overcarbonated and might need some air due to variations in bottle conditioning.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 05:55:49 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Asgeirr

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Chimay Première pours a opaque hazelnut brown-to-copper red colour along with a thick, two fingers tall 'n' creamy, light beige crown that diminishes completely after the duration of say 1½ minutes and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Strong scents honey-dipped bread, peach, some passion fruit with a backdrop of yeast and caramel fudge -- superb!

Taste: Reminiscent to the experience on would get of mixing a cherry coke with a birch beer (id est: sweet sensations along with some smoked ones topped with a reappearance, of caramel fudge in the aftertaste).

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, and yet so fresh at the same time, not heavy at all! Maybe not the most impossible task to pull of, but Chimay Première does so mainly thanks to the combination of a medium body and rich carbonation in great balance with one and another.

Drinkability: Surprisingly sweet and caramelly for my part, however only to the benefit of this great beer. This is my first one, I've kept it for som time, now I know it was worth the wait and that it's time for me to get another one aswell!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 02:19:06 | More by Asgeirr
Photo of scootny

New York

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

A 33cl stubby decanted into the ubiquitous Chimay chalice.
A cloudy deep red-brown liquid with a finger and a half of off white loveliness. It quickly fades leaving less lace than I expected but a few streaks here and there. A slight bit of carbonation evident.

Smell is deep and rich with sweet fruits and bready malt. Honey punctuates and broadens the sweet profile. While basic in it's makeup it is so well done you keep coming back for sniff after sniff

Taste is big and malty. Smooth sweet nectar of figs and honey. A touch of spicy, peppery alcohol. Dates and more dates.. Hops are mild and balance it perfectly. Finish is dry and slightly earthy with crusty dark bread

Mouthfeel is light and airy with cream and sugar

Drinkbility is super. You just sip and sip and it's gone. Alcohol hides well enough to press your ability to handel the 7% abv.

A real classic and standard dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 00:36:21 | More by scootny
Photo of brouwer


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been a fan of trappist ales. Chimay Premiere, in my opinion, holds its own in this category.

Appearance is deep dark opaque brown. The head is small out of the bottle.

Initial taste is only mildly bitter with a sudden splash of sweetness. It is smooth in the mouth with appropriate levels of carbonation.

I find the aftertaste pleasant and longlasting.

I would recommend this ale to anyone who prefers rich smooth unfiltered beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 22:56:42 | More by brouwer
Photo of yesyouam

New York

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

Chimay Premiere is a hazy raspberry brown ale with a mostly-diminishing, splotchy, sand-colored head that leaves good lacing. It has a tart aroma of straw, cherries, and perhaps dark bread, molasses, herbs, figs, butter, sweat, earth and cheese. It is dry, fizzy and medium bodied; sharp and dry like Champagne. It is lightly sweet and bitter, moderately acidic and tart. There is a musty quality that one would expect in a wine. It is a well-blended and focused flavor that's hard to pick apart. Great balance! The aftertaste is clean and lightly bitter with possibly a hint of coriander. A classic.
(rated Jul 5, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 05:30:04 | More by yesyouam
Photo of thespaceman


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared from a corked & caged 25.4oz bottle into a Chimay tulip and a Ommnegag tulip.

Appearance: Reddish brown in color, looked alot different in 2 glasses, maybe it's the middle of the pour? The first glass had a nice light red/brown color yet the second glass has a more darker brown hue. Kinda interesting but it must be the pour through the middle of the bottle.

Smell: A bit of grapes pop through, not overly fruity though. Not much in the nose but a tad bit of coriander, a small tinge of hop bite that gets drowned by the maltiness.

Taste: A light fruit flavor that is a little hard to actually spot, a nice maltiness to the body that isn't too heavy, yet offsets the fruit flavor. A bit of Belgian sugar creeps through that makes this one sweet to the palate.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, light to medium bodied due to the malt, this one keeps it's composure on the tongue.

Drinkability: Upon opening this, once we broke the cage from the bottle the cork got very ancy, and proceeded to pop itself off like a champagne bottle. Very cool to see. Is it better then the other Chimay's? No. But it's entirely on point with the muted fruit flavor and the maltiness. I'd rather have the Grande Reserve Blue but this one is a standout as well. Another great brew from the Chimay family.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:33:46 | More by thespaceman
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

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

A-As attractive as a beer gets...beautiful rich amber with a thick, creamy white head that craters nicely

S-Dark fruity raisins and dates....decadent..., a sweet heady brew with a whiff of alcohol

T-The smell carries through in an explosion of flavor, with a bit of maltiness fighting through...very little hop bitterness present, but a finish that goes on and on....

M-Medium but chewy and substantial, with moderate carbonation

D-Very drinkable, I could have a few of these without any regrets.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 02:19:50 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of hoplover82


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sad I didn't get to try this on a clean palate. Someone had it at a homebrewers meeting and I tried it but it was one of the last beers I tried, along with all that great homebrew. I didn't realy get to experiance the totality of the Chimay Red. It was good is all I can remember or say.

I hope I get to rereview this great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 13:07:28 | More by hoplover82
Photo of roadhouse


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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appears a hazy dark reddish color with orange tints. One and a half inch off-white head.

Aroma is sweet with the scent of candi sugar with some floral qualities to it plus dark fruit notes of plum, and a hint of red apple.

The taste has an initial sweetness to it that is somewhat restrained followed by a strong fruitiness that follows the aroma. Plum and some raisin notes, apple is more subdued. Moderate spiciness midway through that gets a little stronger at the time of the swallow. Linger has some faint earthy hop notes but mostly spice and fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, creamy, but the carbonation is slightly harsh especially at the end.

Tasty brew for sure but not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 07:06:50 | More by roadhouse
Photo of Mdog


3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brownish-orange, ok head.

Smell: Floral, sweetness, clove.

Taste: Fruity, a tanginess that reminds me of cranberries, clove highlights.

Mouthfeel: Feels heavier than some other dubbels I've had.

Drinkability: Ok, not one of my favorite styles though.

#2 in the Chimay tasting is the dubbel. I've been somewhat unimpressed by dubbels in the past, but this one seems to trade in the breadiness for some more fruit flavors which was nice. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 23:45:30 | More by Mdog
Photo of Guzzler78


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz Bottle
Pours a somewhat cloudy medium brown, light tan head that doesn't sit around long. Leaves some soapy white lacing.
Smells of caramel malt, some spice in there-light clove. Sweet citrus notes.
Tastes of dried fruits, spicy, strong maltiness very faint hops. A nice long, sustained finish.
Medium body and mouthfeel, leaves some creamy coating.
A good drinking beer. A great Belgian Ale.Try it!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 06:46:14 | More by Guzzler78
Photo of gonzogambler


3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a 3 pack with a chimay glass im drinking out of. Pours red/orange/brown, lots of sediment in the bottle. The head is white and spotted like tapioca or something (ick I hate tapioca, but it loses no points for that).

Smell is a little sweet & sugary with some nice spices and a hint of citrus.

Taste has definitely got some spice to it, this one has a lot more holiday type spices than the white. Its also got some dark fruit, chocolate and cola flavor. It starts nicely and then finishes a little watered down with a bit of fizz. Good but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 05:25:31 | More by gonzogambler
Photo of kevd193213

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Cloudy brown pour with great thick lacing and thin tan head. Aroma of caramel malt. Taste of malt with molasses, caramel and yeast. Great finish, one of the best widely available Belgians indeed. I feel like this gets knocked because it is so accessible, but I always will grab one when available.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 14:22:22 | More by kevd193213
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, poured into Chimay chalice.

Appearance - like a home-made apple cider, with a head. Exactly like that.

Smell - fruity, in the same way a good champagne is; sweet, but with many layers of niceness.

Taste - also fruity, then deep, then sweet and fruity again, with a long dark malty finish. Apple is present, cherries also seem to be there, maybe currents?

Mouthfeel - smooth, light on the palate, not overly carbonated.

Drinkability - pretty high; wouldn't be hard pressed to drink this by the stein-full.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:15:08 | More by WalrusJockey
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

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

Reviewed on 3/30/08. Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a creamy, light tan (1 cm) head that persisted. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light fruits, and as it warmed, dark fruits (raisin, prune). Initial taste of sweet light fruit (apple, pear, melon) and slight bitterness in the swallow. Also an aftertaste of smoked beef (odd, I know). A lighter version of the Bleu. Drinkable and tasty. 8/4/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 03:11:01 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Quebec (Canada)

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

au Trèfle Irlandais de Trois-Rivières

A: Dark red color. Nice fair head

S: Yeast, malty, somewhat fruity plum and cherry, little alcohol

T: Great tasty with a long finish. The sweet fresh fruits overpowered the hints of good malt

M: Medium body & carbonation, Excellent

D: Easy to drink, Nice brew, Worth the try !

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 18:11:44 | More by Clubchat
Photo of Kadonny


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle (from gift pack) into of course the Chimay goblet. Let the beer warm about 20 minutes or so.

A: A medium murky brownish amber color with a nice tight off white one finger head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Sweet fruit, sugars and spices on the nose. Very pleasing.

T: Sweet fruits with hints of some brown sugar and raisins with a fairly strong yeasty spicyness. Very nice, agian very complex. Coupled with the sweetness there is some tart darker fruits like black cherry that creates a very complex flavor. A very slight hint of hops on the finish.

M: Medium but full, not overpowering and the spices linger. Not alcohol heavy.

D: High, higher than the white. These go down really nicely.

Overall I'm just getting into the belgian beers and Chimay. I actually like the red a bit better than the white because it is a bit more drinkable but is still a great beer. Wow, these beers really are starting to amaze me, I'm glad I finally made the leap. Now off to the blue next!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 13:34:47 | More by Kadonny
Photo of Irie


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful cloudy beer with a dark heart and a light head. Smells like a weathered cask on a boat. It tastes like it belongs in an ancient ornate stein. It travels around the tongue like a flock of pillows, a light almost fluffy drink that smooths into velvet as it rushes down. The alcohol is carried by a boat procession of jesters and trumpets that turn into scholars and orchestral harmonies upon reaching their destination.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 08:01:44 | More by Irie
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fact that I've never reviewed this is a testament to procrastination. I've had this many many times, it's usually been a reliable stand-by for me for some time. Tonight I'm having a bottle as part of a romp through Chimay beers (Doree, then Red, finally Blue). The beer is murky, turbid dark orange-brown color with a solid-looking off-white foam. No lace now or in memory for this grade of Chimay. The smell is strong with yeasty products, lots of esters/fruits. The taste is nice, the fruity esters are there, solid malt backbone, and a little spice. The body is thick, substantial, and smooth. Very easy to drink, a great beer that competes well with all other dubbels I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 00:29:50 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

Appearance: Pours a murky, mahogany-hued body with an inch of fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Dark caramelized malts with a touch of treacle, dark fruits, toasted bread, and spice.

Taste: Toasty dark malts with a caramel sugar sweetness and light dusting of spice. Slight breadiness. Vinous fruit character with flavors of plums and golden raisins, though it develops a stronger banana taste upon warming. Fleeting hint of cocoa powder. Brief yeastiness. Finishes a bit sweetness with a final cocoa-fruit mix.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty good! Nice complexity and fairly well-balanced. In fact, the whole Chimay family is very solid and overall enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 00:27:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 3,687 ratings.