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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
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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 thespaceman
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of hoplover82
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Guzzler78
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Photo of gonzogambler
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of kevd193213
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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)

Photo of Clubchat
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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 !

Photo of Kadonny
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of Irie
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into branded Chimay stem glass.

Appearance: Poures a dark reddish-brown color with a light tan- ish, medium-sized head that doesn't stay for too long.

Smell: Slightly fruity with sweet malts. Alchol can be detected.

Taste: Sweet, a bit tart, with a sweeter finish and slight alcohol taste similar to that of a white wine. Very rich and very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, soft, and smooth. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely only something that can be had one or two at most, but an exceptional drink. Something to be savored and enjoyed- highly recommended. Also good for the winter, this beer will warm you up!

Photo of brewbucker
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought a gift set which includes a bottle of the Premier, Grand Reserve and the Tripel. Plus the awesome Chimay glass which I have wanted for a long time now.

A: Pours a cloudy copper with a medium light tan head. Nice lacing and fairly big carbonation.

S: This needs to set a bit and warm before the aromas come out. Fermented fruits (bananna), corriander, spices & rich malts.

T: Flavor is tartish malts, fruits, and light spices.

M: Pretty tart and sharp with a richness that balances everything out.

D: This is a style that I would not drink everyday. IMO it is meant to be savored and should be a treat every now and then.

Photo of Jettanbass9
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'07 bottle poured into a st bernardus chalice. Served around 40 degrees, free rose to about 45-50.

A - caramel with cherry highlights, head that quickly faded away (not sure if my glass was fully rinsed/clean, only gave it a quick rinse with warm then cool water).

S - over ripened plums, sweet malt and caramel, some esters present, some spicy belgian esters emerge as beer warms.

T - sweet, biscuity/cracker like malt character is present, dark fruits emerge with moderation as beer warms. dark fruit character is very restrained which really aids to an array of flavors. Hops are barely detectable however, sweetness is not cloying nor dominate in the flavor. A slightly oxidized port or sherry note is present but not as a distraction from the finer notes of the beer.

M - The carbonation of this beer really provides a prickily effect on the tounge, only to be smoothed out by the sweet and quite complex malt character. There is a lot of balance to this beer, neither too carbonated nor too cloying.

D - The mouthfeel describes it all, neither too dry nor too cloying. This dubbel slings back easy. Of all the dubbels i have tried over the past couple years chimay red is really hard to beat. With its restraint and balance this beer could be put back all day or night.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Lucky Baldwin's Chimay Celebration in Pasadena, CA. It was part of the Chimay pack offered; it was the small 11.2 oz. bottle that I poured into my new 25th anniversary goblet.

Beautiful copper colored with ample head, fizzled out kind of quick with a little lacing throughout the drink.

Smell was a bit like subtle ripe fruits with a yeasty bread note. Very slight aroma of hops in the background.

Taste was a good velvety mixture of malts and hops. You could taste the slightly high abv in there in between all the yeasty-bready goodness.

Mouthfeel was pretty bold. Rich flavor that hangs around on your tounge and smacks around your taste buds (in a good way).

Very drinkable brew, just like everything from Chimay. I wouldn't make a night of this beer because of its high abv, but it's always fun to have a few.

Photo of Japerrault
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy apple cider color with a nice cream white head.

S: Fruity malt, bready aromas. Hops not percieved.

T: Sweet fruity malts with a pineapple-like flavor. Candy sugar and biscuit flavors as well. No hops bitterness or aroma noticed.

M: A good velvety feel to this beer. Nothing thin about it.

D: Well carbonated and nicely crafted beer is very easy to drink. Like the other Chimays, this is a very quality ale.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 750ml bottle

Pours a light caramel color with an off white two finger head that leaves little lacing.

Smells musty, like dried fruits, especially pears, a little floral notes to it with a hint of sourness

Not much to the taste like it was to the smell, a little bitter, rust should I say, kinda medecinal flavor to it, yeasty, didn't stand up to what I was hoping.

Dried fruit taste with not so good aftertaste.

I had good expecatations from this after I tried the Blue, I wasn't satisfied with this one, blue was a lot better.

Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber chestnut with medium head lighter off white of beer. light beligan candy spotty lace. citrus sweet smell, grape like. taste has many subtle aspects. light pilsner hop. light banana, plum, cotton candy, light Gorgonzola finish. good feeling. very well balanced. quite drinkable although quite complex.

Photo of walshclimb
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy red body with thin head and not much lace. Head dissipated pretty quickly to barely a film. I poured into a red wine glass. Maybe that was the problem. I was a little disappointed with the appearance compared to some other reviews. Interesting sour malt with spice aroma. Complex warm malt initial flavor that is earthy and sour. Pleasant sour and bitter balance in the aftertaste that is long-lived and slowly evolving. Medium bodied with a sparkling champagne-like carbonation. Feels maybe a little thin on the finish. This is a tasty ale with interestingly complex aroma and flavor.

Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.9oz brown bottle into a clear glass goblet.

A: Distinctly golden-red in color with ample foamy but very sticky off-white head with intricate lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Bready and yeasty with spicy medicinal notes

T: Apple, pear, and plum with clovy medicinal flavors up front with brown sugar and crystal malt sweet breadiness giving way finally to drying yeast character

M: Despite all of the different flavors, there is nothing cloying and this leaves an astringent dry feel with a lightly fruity, sugary aftertaste

D: Highly drinkable Belgian ale that is appealing in its appearance and bountiful flavors

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 10/9/2005 (750mL bottle):

Pours a dark brown/reddish colored body. WIth a complex flavor, very spicy, and somewhat fizzy. No bitterness. Not much in the way of aroma. Medium body mouthfeel. Wow, I really like this beer. My favorite Chimay beer out of the red/blue/white.

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