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

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3,859 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,859
Reviews: 1,557
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 156
Gots: 309 | FT: 3
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 crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Thought I'd add some additional comments here, and wanted to upgrade the numbers from my previous review.

I had a small bottle of this a few months after the original bomber and liked it a lot more. Both the aroma and flavour were more complex than I recalled, with a lot more dark fruits (prunes, plums), a little bit of molasses. Not sure where I got the "light" or "unripe" notes in my original review, as there was none of that in this bottle, and it wasn't grainy at all. Really enjoyed it, having not had a trappist beer in a while, and will grab some more if it's available at the LCBO again.

06-06-2007 16:14:36 | More by crwills
Photo of meadhead


4.1/5  rDev -1%

as per the 3 Chimay ales
mild subdued and refined
not at all over the top
with a bready yeast bottom line

hints of tart fruit and fig
subtle spice and mild sweet
a little phenol in close
well balanced indeed

taste is subtle and

mouthfeel well carbonated

very easy and not complicated

06-06-2007 02:45:57 | More by meadhead
Photo of sewald


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

This is my favorite Chimay. A well-rounded trappist ale, with great malty and yeasty aromas. Looks nice in a chalice, with a small but creamy head, leaving a small lace. Tastes of bread, malt, mild bitterness in the end. Alcohol and mild carbonation make for an interesting taste. For the style, the drinkability is awesome, great for those winter days when all you want is to get warm and drink something heavy.

06-05-2007 21:10:46 | More by sewald
Photo of DESTRO


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

a classic. pours out a cloudy amber with a 1/2 inch head that dies to a small ring. brown sugar and fruitiness everywhere. sweet with a champagne like carbonation. light in the mouth. yeasty with a dark fruit/banana nose. alcohol is well hidden. a favorite dubbel of mine. it looks as good as it tastes.

06-04-2007 00:43:16 | More by DESTRO
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a nice looking medium-dark brown color with some amber red hints as well. Alright head that goes away and leaves a little circle of foam on top. Just a touch of lacing. Nose is good, although fairly mild. Sweetness, a little ripe fruit, malty goodness. Taste is good, although again pretty mild. Raisins, chocolaty malt, some spices too. Feel is good and pretty thick, full body, but not cough medicine syrupy. Overall, this is a good one. The bartender told me it was far superior to the White. I have to say I totally disagree with her; however, this one is definitely a good and tasty buy.

06-03-2007 15:46:26 | More by soupyman10
Photo of willjschmidt


3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into the appropriate Chimay chalice. Cork is marked with a 05/06 bottle date.

A: Brown with ruby red undertones. A nice thick light tan head on top, decent lacing.

S: Slightly sweet dark malts as well as some dark ripe fruits.

T: It is hardly sweet at all, surprising since I picked up a lot of sweet aromas in the smell. Dark malts, some dark fruits as well. A little bit of pepper and herbal notes. There is a metallic aftertaste that is not at all pleasant. Not a lot of depth and complexity to this beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel, decent level of carbonation that comes as across as crisp.

D: Very drinkable due to the smooth and not complex flavors and low level of alcohol at 7%. My least favorite of the 3 Chimay's.

06-01-2007 05:06:27 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of PhiloPsych


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

The color was orangish brown as it poured from the bottle and a very attractive reddish orangey brown in the bottle; not completely clear--somewhat hazy. The head was off-white, very thick, bubbly, and foamy on the top. The smell was subtle/weak, but pleasantly sweet and malty. There were some nice malt flavors and a pleasant earthy aftertaste. The flavor is good, but pretty understated, I think--I'd even call it a bit weak up front. I expected it to be stronger than the Chimay white, so I had the white first today; but if anything I think the white was stronger and richer in flavor than the red. The mouthfeel was clean and I found it to be a pretty drinkable beer.

05-28-2007 21:17:30 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of ndekke39


4/5  rDev -3.4%

Drank this from the 11.2 fluid oz. bottle, with no discernible bottling date on it. Poured this into a tulip glass. It's a very cloudy, reddish-brown color. A little sediment in the glass. A couple fingers of head at first, although it settled down into a thin, off-white layer. Very nice retention. Smells first of bread and yeast. Hints of fruit: apples, bananas, and something tangier, like cherries. Rich floral fragrance. Flavors are a little darker than I expected. Opens up nicely in middle with dark toasted bread and apples. Ends on a flat, slightly metallic note. But it picks up with a good aftertaste like the skin of a red apple. Mouthfeel is very light. Tiny bubbles that fizz on the tongue like a cola. Overall, a nice example of a Belgian Dubbel. Not the best I've ever had, but there's still a good complexity of flavors, aromas, and textures. I look forward to exploring it again.

05-26-2007 02:36:10 | More by ndekke39
Photo of NCSUdo


4.68/5  rDev +13%

750 mL bottle. Cork dated as 2006.

A: Great color. Clear ruby/brownish, crimson-like color. Second glass was more hazy probably due to yeast, but that was my fault. 1 inch head that died down and left little lace. Great color but the head left something to be desired.

S: At first, seemed a little lacking. However, it did eventually reveal itself. Sweet up front, with some bananas, pears and apples. Definite spiciness, cloves. Good smell overall.

T: Sweet up front, banana fruitiness dominates. Some raisins also. Little to no alcohol, same goes with hops. Ultimately semi-dry finish. Overall a great taste.

M/D: Heavy body, but not too heavy, with a fair amount of carbonation. Great drinkability. A sipper but not something I would have to limit myself to 1 bottle at a time. Drinks much lighter then expected, extremely smooth, if I could give it a 6 I would.

Overall a great beer. This one is going to go into the books as my snobby beer. The one I brag about and always have on hand. Incredible taste and drinkability, coupled with a damn good appearence.

05-26-2007 00:17:20 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of gunnerman


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a snifter pours a rustic brown in color with a fluffy head that recedes quickly and does leave a bit of lace not much though. Smell is of fruit and honey also a bit of orange peel. Taste is pretty impressive each sip brings a bit of a different flavor to me, the sip has a bit of a sweet fruit with a bit of bready yeast aftertaste, next sip has a bit of alcohol plum taste, this is a pretty impressive tasting brew. I enjoy drinking this thinking of how its made impresses me I do enjoy drinking trappists beer and reading the history of their fine products.

05-20-2007 21:08:42 | More by gunnerman
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

I purchased this a few months ago, and it probably aged some on the shelf. I didn't get much of a lasting head, and it was a little overcarbonated for my taste, and I believe it is because it might have slightly overaged. The carbonation reminded me of some of my homebrews I forgot about and discovered well after it should have been consumed. The aroma was nice with a malty smell and slight alcohol. It is dark reddish brown, and lots of floating yeast from the bottle carbonation. The flavor is a wonderful malty flavor that leaves a lingering aftertaste that is like fresh yeasty bread. A slight bitterness is lingering also, which is pleasant. Great beer!

05-13-2007 23:56:36 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

The aroma is very yeasty, spicy, and a bit malty.

The colour is brown. Fast rising head. Ok head retention. leaves good amount of lace.

Tastes spicy, and malty sweet. Flavours of cloves, brown sugar, and raisins.

Mouthfeel is ok. On the heavier side of medium bodied. It starts smooth and ends sharp.

Overall I love it. You must try it if you haven't already.

05-07-2007 22:08:35 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of joeysmokedporter


4.68/5  rDev +13%

Preface to the normal evaluation--I served this bottle with minimal chilling time so it was served fairly warm. This was the first time I've had Chimay red since I began grading beer. I was absolutely blown away by the malty paradise of this beer, which seems to get better every time I drink it. I normally see the good German Oktoberfests and dopplebocks as the standard for malty goodness. not anymore.

A: pours reddish-brown, hazy, but a substantial head that settles slowly and leaves a model Belgian lace in its wake.

S: caramel and spice, combined with an alcohol note.

T: what I've long awaited. Starts with an amazing maltiness, caramel and fresh-baked bread. a slight amount of estery fruit and spice, before a very light bitter finish that is barely there unless you attempt to notice it.

M: A very light beer that packs a lot of flavor. Good carbonation.

D: The Chimay beers set the standard for drinkability. If surrounded by an unlimited supply, I could drink myself into oblivion. If I am dying, please surround me with a substantial supply of Chimay Red and Blue. I would not regret anything. Long live the very able monks who continue this tradition.

05-01-2007 03:15:38 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

got this at a small-chain bar/pub called the fox and hound, ordered it without knowing they no longer served it in chimay glasses...wtf? still got a goblet-style glass but it just wasn't the same. needless to say it was the best beer they had available there...they carry a lot of shit, pretty much every macro and macro import you can think of, but sadly very few good beers. anyways, this poured a deep, beautiful, dense ruby brown but still had some clarity. very nice, thick, off-white head. aroma is dominated by dark stone fruit and floral aromas. also some caramel and toffee notes underneath. has some red wine characteristics in the nose. exceedingly complex, i could smell this all day just trying to figure it out. taste starts out with some dark malt sweetness and is as complex as it smells. hops are underneath there somewhere providing balance. ample carbonation also serves this medium/thick bodied beer well. finishes sour, again reminiscent of wine. drinkability suffers because this seems so much like a very complex wine, something you want to sip only small amounts of and enjoy the long finish. i happen not to particulary enjoy sour or winey characteristics in a beer and that is why the taste and drinkability suffers a bit in my scoring. also the relatively high abv prevents you from having too much of this one. definitely something everyone should try at least once, but hopefully in a more relaxed environment to really appreciate this one.

04-27-2007 04:40:32 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of cichief


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- Pours a deep amber, almost brown, with a thick, light-brown head.

S- Yeasty, smells of ripe fruit and raisins.

T- Very yeasty and malty, but finishes dry.

M- Medium body, with nice fine bubbles. Dry finish.

D- A good example of the style, a nice dessert beer.

04-27-2007 01:09:17 | More by cichief
Photo of SaltyLime


3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance - Nice dark amber in color, a little cloudy. Good head, lasted well.

Smell - Mild yeast aromas.

Taste - Slight bitterness at first that went away quickly to a smooth flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel - A little tingly at first, light bodies, smooth.

Drinkability - Excellent paired with barbecued ribs.

Would try again.

04-16-2007 17:56:31 | More by SaltyLime
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3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

25oz. bottle.

Poured a clear, medium brown/dark orange color with a large, light brown head.

Aroma included candi sugar, spices and barnyard with a deep inhalation. Overall, scent seemed restrained.

Taste opened up quite a bit compared to aroma. Clove and other spices. Bitter more than sweet, but well balanced. Alcohol and phenol notes, fairly mild. Little bit of caramel and some candi sugar. Grassy at finish and in aftertaste. Very complex.

Medium body, seems just a bit coating. Medium + carbonation. Dry. Alcohol warming comes on fairly quickly.

Nice and complex. Taste profile didn't wow me, but I would happily have again.

04-10-2007 18:25:55 | More by
Photo of BWH3


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

Chimay Premiere at 45-50 F from a Goblet

Appearance: Orange/amber-brown with fair beige head. Head could last a bit longer, but does come out with aggressive pour. Very effervescent.

Smell: Raisins, malt, and a sour note. some fruity esters but not too much.

Taste: similar but too light in my mind. Prefer a fuller maltier dubbel. Taste is more sour than malt and very bubbly on the palate. Finishes nice and dry. Very little bittering from hops or malt.

Mouthfeel: Excellent body. Quite a bit bigger than the taste. Holds well on the tongue.

Drinkability: Very good beer. Not the best belgian dubbel, but it is a nice drink to share amoung friends.

04-09-2007 01:16:55 | More by BWH3
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.43/5  rDev +7%

Poured from the bottle into a goblet a dark hazy orange-brown color with a thick off-white head. Light lacing to the end.

The sweetness of dark fruits was dominant with just a slight hint of spiciness.

The taste was sweet, slightly and slightly spicy. As it warmed I noticed a bit of banana to it.

A medium mouthfeel with heavy carbonation to it.

This is a very good Belgian ale. Elegance to the last sip.

04-07-2007 03:10:20 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of chrhowe


4.47/5  rDev +8%

The second from a "sampler", poured into a chimay goblet. This brew pours muddy and merky with a slightly tan head. The head is nice and thick that laces nicely.
Smells of dark fruit, malts with a bit of spice. The taste remains loyal to the smell, maybe with touch more spice than what it's aroma gives. The mouthfeel is so "silky-smooth"! Wow!
As far as drinkability- bring it! A great quality beer!

03-31-2007 15:59:15 | More by chrhowe
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

I poured this beer into my Chimay goblet. It was somewhat cloudy with a big, persistent head and very nice lacing. The smell was sour. The taste was sour and malty – there were some cereal notes. The mouthfeel was full boied. This is a nice beer that I’d consider pretty drinkable. It is a good standby if you simply want a Belgian beer.

03-26-2007 13:10:27 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of uconnalum2


3.85/5  rDev -7%

Serving size: 11.2 oz. bottle
Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a one-finger head. Vigorous jets of carbonation at first but then settles down. Smell is fruity and a little spicy. The taste is malty and slightly spicy. There is some sweetness but its not too much. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and rather fizzy. Drinkability is decent but I'd probably stop at two of these. Overall a good beer to have once in a while but not my favorite Belgian.

03-25-2007 03:26:33 | More by uconnalum2
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Tap pour. Big head, white and foaming. Some chunks develop. body is dark orange/rust color, hazy.
Spice, yeast and soft fruit dominate the aroma, some phenolic hints.
Taste is very smooth mix of rich spicey yeast, some herbs and a bit of citrus zest. Seems to dough up, but the hops keep it from becoming sticky. Good feel to it, makes the drinking much easier.
I had this before an American stout. this one really wakes up the taste buds, followed a bit of cold water. nice.

03-18-2007 19:37:46 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of schusterbauer


4.97/5  rDev +20%

deep brown, red, orange...depends on how the light hits the glass. gentle white head laces the glass and coats the top of the beer indefinitely. aromas of french toast, maple syrup, clove, caramel, malts, dusty book pages, fresh fruit. how can all of those things smell good together? this is how. the flavors are all of the above with the addition of exotic spices and sweet liqueur. so many flavors, and yet the beer is so smooth and refined, and unassuming in the palate. tastes of a recipe that was long ago perfected, and is no longer being experimented with, because the efforts would be in vain.

03-16-2007 21:55:15 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of Hibernator


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Chimay Premiere
750 ML brown bottle with a caged cork
08/06 & 90/80 listed on the cork
Served in a Chimay goblet

Pours a rustic amber brown with a fluffy off-white head on top. Attractive patterns of sticky lacings cling to the sides of the goblet.

Whiffs of dark fruits, pepper, Belgian yeast & hops.

Prune and raisin flavors lay the foundation with a caramel syrup smoothness. This beer is actually really smooth and quite drinkable at a 7.0% ABV. Just a touch of fruity flavors with a peppery bite and hoppy finish. A hint of cloves and spices round the sip out and provide some complexity.


03-15-2007 21:39:54 | More by Hibernator
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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