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

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4,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,294
Reviews: 1,600
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 197
Gots: 533 | FT: 4
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000

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Photo of Stavage
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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).

Photo of LyonsHead
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Photo of glid02
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving a bit less lacing than I'd like.

Smells of sweet malts with hints of clove and pears. As it warms hints of darker fruits waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors backed by Belgian candi sugar up front are joined by good amounts of spices - cloves mostly with brown sugar - midway through the sip. Fruit flavors become more predominant as the beer warms. The ending is on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more.

Overall this is a solid dubbel with a bit more spiciness than others. Worth a shot.

Photo of supercolter
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good dubbel and I am now excited to try the other two (blue and white). Appearance is very good nice color with a good amount of head and lacing. Smell is of dark fruit raisins, figs, and plums, with just a hint of alcohol and no real hops. Taste is more of the same, but a very mild hop bitterness comes through. Mouthfeel and Drinkability are on par.

Photo of SpencerSauce
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

chimay is an awesome beer, its so tasty i could drink a couple bottles.

A- orange reddish color

S- yeasty smell, maybe some fruits.

T- lots of nice yeast. nice malt taste. sort of a wine-like taste.

M- crisp, and slightly wine-y

D- very easy. I would suggest this beer.

Photo of RuudJH
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The foam on this sample is rather thin, gone fast. Very nice brown colour.
The smell is delightfully fresh hops and malts, sourness with cherries and berries, spicy with cloves and some flowery notes....
The taste full and pleasant with bread, some fruits (banana as well), not too hoppy.
A very down-to-Earth holy beer, surely great at diners or suppers, extremely refreshing and easy going, for evenings, to quench your thirst.

Photo of goblet
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pouerd it out into my trusty goblet glass ,this is chimay i`ve had this before many times now and i still get excited about this brew.

Appearence:intially it give me a huge fluffy white head that faded to a thin coating.the color is an amber reddish brown with a good amount of yeast floating around its not clear by any means ,no carbonation that i can see.

Smell:the aroma is very subtle ,hints of cinnamon malt and grains perhaps spice and cloves a tad bit of alcohol is also detectible ,this brew doesn`t need a strong smell it`s great the way it is.

Taste:the flavor is were its at with this fine beer again it`s subtle,mild spicy yeast ,and cinnamon smooth fruits (apples,pears) with toasted bread crust on top of that the alcohol sits in the back of the class .

Mouthfeel:meduim body,creamy on the palate a tinge of sweetness you can feel the yeast and malt just covering your taste buds and sticks around, not a dry after taste here.

Drinkability:as is the case with all chimays this is a great beer it never dissapoints you. in my opinion ,this beer goes good with desserts like apple pie and ice cream is one of my favorites. cheers.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay ale...Red label. 7% alcohol.
Let me start off with the fact that i had high expectations for this beer because i had tried the blue label first....and this beer is excellent!

A- Medium brown with all kinds of floating haze and a very active bubbly head that falls to a circle around the rim. Little to no lacing.

S- Smell is very interesting has a slight woody scent with hints of fruity musk. Also would like to note the smell is quite a pleasure to the nose.

T- Here is where the beer gets it edge... a mild complex of flavors that make this the choice Belgian beer for me! Has a light but present flavor of roasted raisins and barley with a touch of plums. Also i sence a small hint of hops and alcohol as well. Very tasty.

M-D- This is one of the easiest beers i had ever had to drink and one that packs more than enough flavor to keep me coming back. Very dry on the mouth and so drinkable i could easily have six. Great brew!

Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy deep reddish brown. 2 finger fluffy white soft head that had great retention to it, and sheets of lacing were left on the glass. Nose was of cloves and cinnamon, slightly medicinal. Taste begins slightly medicinal with berries and cinnamon being the first noticeable flavors. Then sweet malts, yeast and the clove and spiciness on the tail end. This is a medium bodied beer, decent carbonation, well blended but complex beer. My first time drinking a Trappist - and highly enjoyable.

Photo of SimmoGee
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice

A - Dark brown in colour, high carbonation which pours initially with an aggressive head. This head didn't appear for very long though (dirty glass?.

S - Slight nut and raisin smell although to me it wasn't very strong.

T - What it lacks in smell, it makes up in taste. Strong sweet fruity taste with very slight alcohol after taste. Not overpowering.

M - Strong carbonation dances around the tongue. Taste and mouthfeel are definitely the highlights

D - This is definitely drinkable, superb taste and mouthfeel. This is a great example of a dubbel although, I think Westmalle Dubbel wins by a nose if only I could get it more often.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from a 750 ml corked bottle.

The pour is a hazy copper with two fingers' white head. The head is gone rather quickly, and lacing is next to none.

The nose is sweet and fruity with some sourness. The taste is bready whilst retaining the sweetness, sourness and fruits and adding some spices.

The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected and well carbonated. I could probably drink this all evening.

This is a great Dubbel (as it should be). I am looking forward to enjoying this again in the future.

Photo of GilGarp
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass and served slightly chilled.

Even after sitting several days from the time of purchase, there is still a lot of sediment floating in the beer. Color is a hazy copper orange and the small amount of white head doesn't last as long as I expected. It settles to a thin layer with no signs of lacing.

Aroma is really pleasant with typical Belgian yeast smells of banana and clove with a nice sweet and spicy layer as well.

Flavor is also excellent. It has all the great flavors I associate with a Belgian including the fruity esters, spice notes like clove and cinnamon, maybe some pepper, and a nicely bittered dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium plus body with a good effervescent tingle. Drinkability is very good and, if this were a 750ml, I would have no problem finishing it off.

This may have been the first great beer I ever had (back when I was in college) and I remember liking it a lot back then even when my experience with beer was mostly crap. I'm glad to see that it's still a great beer after all these years.

Photo of prosper
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden brown. Slightly hazy, though I tried to decant the beer off the yeast as best I could.

Smells intensly fruity, almost candy-like. Sweet malts, lots of esters. No hops.

Taste is, well, about as expected. Much like the smell. Light on the spice and phenols, though, mostly fruity esters and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel is medium. Surprisingly so, actually.

This is just too much to be a 'drinkeable' beer. Strong flavours, high alcohol.

Technically, a very good beer. Just, not really my thing.

Photo of mjaskula
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a large wine glass. Pours a cloudy, thick with yeast, reddish brown with a moderate tan head which head dissipates slowly.

The smell is interesting, malty with some dark fruit, alcohol, and a bit of sourness. The taste is sweet and malty, but also a bit sour. The alcohol is warming and a bit spicy. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall, I don't like it as much as I hoped I would.

Photo of linnet
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big creamy beige head deep red cloudy colour. Smell is yeasty, sweet, dark fruit, but the yeast dominates. Flavour is yeasty and very vinous there is also some hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very crisp with heavy carbonation, medium bubbles. This beer was very good it's big brother is a bit better, but this is also great!

Photo of Kensai
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Color is orange-brown, few particles swim in the glass. Smells nuts and honey, very pleasant.

A sip or two, nice and dense. The aftertaste is simply amazing: the nutty flavor is there, one of the strongest I've ever tasted! You don't feel too much alcohol which is a good thing.

I tried this beer with [lean] fish fillets and pairs them greatly!

Photo of Jeffo
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Chimay chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick fluffy off-white head. Decent carbonation evident, especially from the centre stem of the glass that ends up making a very cool psychedelic decoration in the middle of the thick film cap. Colour is brown-mahogany. Head is very persistent and a bit thick cap remains until the end but leaves next to no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A strong yeasty scent with lots of dark fruits, raisins and plumbs, as well as a bit of cloves and herbs as well. A bit of sweet pure honey and caramel malt as well. Very nice.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt and a bit of honey as well. A strong yeasty component, common to the style. Dark fruits, such as raisins and plumbs again, as well as a bit of clove in the background. The mild yet long lasting aftertaste is bitter-sweet and very appropriate. Complex and interesting.

PALATE: Medium-thin on the palate, but powdery smooth as well. Medium to higher levels of carbonation, goes down smooth, no bite, and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Could be slightly heavier.

OVERALL: A top notch trappist dubbel, and another great offering from Chimay. I could drink this one all evening. Very drinkable, very enjoyable, and one I'll re-visit for sure. Recommended.

Photo of iamntbatman
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nut brown in color with a big, thick head. The beer is definitely cloudy, even with a fairly gentle pour. The lacing is the only thing that takes away from the appearance of the beer, as it could have been even stickier.

Smell: The smell here is all about the unique yeastiness. The malt and especially hops here take a back seat to that yeasty goodness. Fruity esters from the yeast abound.

Taste: Quite mild, with a sweet nutty flavor. The yeast is the big player in the flavor, as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and syrupy with no alcohol burn to speak of. Nice tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day! Although at double the ABV of my typical session (some sort of English Dark Mild or Bitter is usually the order of the day) it would probably be a big mistake.

I gotta say, I put off drinking a Chimay for far too long. For some reason, the beer is extremely readily available in my area but the high price kept me from ever giving it a shot until I read a little more into it. Well done, Trappist monks!

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed gift pack. Poured into the Chimay Chalice that came with the pack.

A: Pours a ruby highlighted dark brown color with just a ring of bubbles for head. I was pouring very slowly to try to keep the yeast out of the glass. That might have kept the head from forming so I wont deduct from the score too much for that.

S: A nice dark fruit aroma as you would expect from the style. A bit of a spiciness in the aroma that I would expect more from a tripel.

T: Following the nose, the taste is predominantly dark fruit and spicy notes. There is a little bit of alcohol warmth as well. The overall taste is on the sweet side.

M: It is somewhere between light and medium body. The carbonation is astringent like the bottle of White I had earlier tonight.

D: The carbonation and ABV make it a bit of a sipper for me.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into Abbaye Val-Dieu goblet

A: 1 finger whitish head, smooth, small bubbles. Cloudy red coloring. Some active carb, but it's hard to see into the glass. head sticks around real nice. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells like beer, as poor and general a statement as that is. A little sweet, very little floral.

T: Tastes at first like a Belgian in general, decent maltiness, but not thick, and sourish. Fairly thin, but biting taste. A little fruity esters, I think apple, but I hesitate to say that. The more I drink, the more I taste a sugary candy sweet on the back of my mouth

M: Smooth, thin, but enjoyable. Nice amount of carbonation.

D: More drinkable than many other Belgians I've had, enough to make me maybe consider another Chimay..

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a 2 finger light tan head. Color is a brown-amber color with yeast sediments floatin about.

Smells malty, with dark fruit notes.

Tastes malty, yeasty, some citrus tastes thrown in there with some spice.

I feel an initial crisp carbonation feel on the end of my tongue. Smooth going down. Clean finish.

Easy to drink, goes down very well. Alcohol is very hidden.

Photo of JBogan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy light copper color with a smallish head which left moderate lacing. Slightly in color than I was expecting.

Fruity aroma. Maybe some pear along with some darker fruit and a bit of sweet malt.

Taste was along the same lines as the smell, although alcohol was a bit more prominent. Somewhat of a mustyness in there as well.

Mouthfeel was excellent. Smooth, and with a nice prickly feeling.

Overall this is a very drinkable brew and one I'll certainly revisit again.

Photo of BierFan
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled as a 2007 vintage. Poured from a cage-corked 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The cork launched itself into the cieling after the slightest nudging and the carbonated contents of the bottle began to foam over the top. Luckily not much of this great beer was lost.

Big light tan head sits on top of a dark brown body. Head drops kind of fast. The components of the aroma are very blended together. Lots of sweet dark fruits. Everything in the flavor is very mellow. Figs, prunes, and a little brown sugar. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, but that's not a bad thing and it helps to make it supremely drinkable.

Photo of colts9016
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Chimay glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A dark orange with dark copper hues in the beer. There is a light tan to a dark ivory head that has some retention to it. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is mostly cloudy with some light coming through.

Nose: A rich malt aroma with some sweetness. There is some floral, citrus, and clove like spices emanate from the beer. In the background of the beer is some dried cherries, phenols, banana, and some peppery notes.

Taste: A very rich thick complex malt with a subtle sweetness in the beer. The flavors in the beer is citrus, dried cherries, and spices. Coming from the end of the beer there is phenols, bananas, and some peppery notes.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly spicy. The mouth feel is medium body to medium full. The finish is slightly bitter and peppery. This is the first dubbel that I can stomach. The beer has a nice full complete body, there is no separation in the flavors. I really like this beer. Out of the red, white and blue Chimay, this is second to the blue.

Photo of dbtoe
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip

Looks good, a brownish red color with an off white head.
Smell is sweet and yeasty, some dark fruit and spice.
Taste a lot going on here. Very complex spicy and yeasty, with a lot of sweet fruit. Balanced towards the sweet side but nothing over powering.
Feel a little thin but carbonation helps allot. A little sticky finish but smooth.
Drink a very easy drinking beer I could have a lot of these and often.
Comment I liked Chimay Red a lot. It is a very good and tasty beer.

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,294 ratings.