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

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4,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,244
Reviews: 1,592
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 193
Gots: 495 | 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 pseudo
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Pours a copper brownish color with a slightly tan head into my snifter. Medium head dies to small cap with nice lacing. Looks excellent.

s: very complex. Some fruity notes are lightly noticeable (figs/plums), malts/breadiness, some sweetness, some alcohol.

t: great. not sweet. Kind of bitter, very bready and yeasty. No hops to be found. Somewhat fruity with a distinct malt character with breadiness. Alcohol appears highly by the end of the glass (as carbonation dies). It is masked well in the beginning however. Excellent.

m: Medium bodied. Carbonation is medium, dying (at least for me) in my snifter by the end. good feel overall.

d: medium drinkability. Could probably drink the whole 750ml (i shared it with my friend on new years however) but there seemed to be quite the alcohol presence at the end of the glass which annoys somewhat (it could just be my glass... not sure).

Photo of kaseydad
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very cloudy pour with a nice layer of foam that covers the entire mouth of the Chimay snifter. The aroma has hints of apple and pineapple. A spicy finish compliments each sip. Very nice beer and I will definitely purchase and drink this tasty brew again in the future.

Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy ruddy copper tinged brown with a medium light tan head that reduces down to a thin cap and leaves beautiful lace.

S-Mild fruit notes of plum, figs and cherry. Sweetness rises about the drier spicy oak notes.

T-Fairlt rich but fleeting. Flavour comes on strong but then leaves just as quickly leaving me somewhat disappointed. Dark fruits, as in the nose, with sweet biscuit and a nice aok/clove spiciness. Finsihes with a nice kick of cherry sweetness.

M-Medium-light bodied and a bit lacking. This does not have the big broad beefy shoulders that some other Belgian dubbel have. Nice creamy smoothness does help make up for the lack of body. Finishes fairly dry.

D-Certainly tasty and lovely to look at but the fleeting flavour profile and lack of body beefiness does not help this one hold up to other highly regarded dubbels. Regardless of this fact Chimay Red retains enough flavour and character to be a highly drinkable and enjoyable brew. Will always retain a near and dear place in my beer heart as this was my original gateway craft beer!

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into (what else?) my Chimay chalice. Got this in a gift pack along with the White and Blue varieties, but those are for another day.

A: Cloudy and brown with a touch of orange. Head was slightly off-white, and it had decent retention and nice lacing.

S: Sweet with notes of dark, overripe fruits. Slightly bready as well with a hint of yeast, but the fruits (plums!) are the star of this olfactory show.

T: Very good. Not as sweet as the nose suggested, which was fine by me! Dark, fruity flavors and some interesting malt notes make this a very complex brew. Sweet malty aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with some tingly carbonation. Smooth and finished relatively clean.

D: Smooth and well carbonated. Silky malt feel and interesting flavors. All this means that one little bottle was certainly not enough!

Very impressive indeed. Interestingly enough a lot of this beer's characteristics bore (to me anyway) a striking resemblance to a beer I reviewed not too long ago, Caracole Ambrée. The Chimay runs circles around it, mainly due to its superior construction and deeper complexity. I'll be looking for a bigger bottle next time!

Photo of cvfish
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a cloudy reddish brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that retained well and left a nice lace around the glass

S - The aroma was dominated by a huge bready yeast, with some malts and earthy notes

T - The taste was again dominated by a bready yeasty flavor, had some grainy malts, along with some fruity background, with a little alcohol on the back

M - This was a big, creamy, smooth beer with a medium to heavy body, grainy with sediment, moderate carbonation

D - This was a very good, hearty and thick (especially since they brew it to survive during fasting), a very good Dubbel

Photo of chsanders
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first time that I tried any Chimay beer, and was actually a little disappointed. The appearance was classic -beautiful color with a great head. I like Belgian beers but this one left me wanting in the flavor department. There was a little bit of sweetness from the malt and some fuity flavors but it took a few tastes to really find them, the earthy notes -almost musty-seemed to cover up most of the flavor.

From some of the other reviews I almost wonder if my bottle hadn't been taken care of properly -the cork had 11/07 stamped on it. I won't be afraid to try this one again and hopefully I'll get more out of it than this one.

Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml.small stubby brown bottle that was part of a Chimay gift set. Poured into the commemorative 25th. Anniversary chalice (denoting 25 yrs. in the USA), a murky copper-brown with thick creamy off-white finger of head. Good carbonation and head retention.

Sweet and spicy in the nose... fruity malts, spicy yeast with some hops and faint alcohol in the background.

Full sweet maltiness upfront with notes of plum, fig and sour apple that slowly winds down with spicy yeast and somewhat bitter hops. The finish is slightly dry and for the most part clean, with a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste and some warmth from the alcohol. Very tasty Dubbel with a medium plus body and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinks like a true Belgian...a pleasure to consume and enjoyed time after time. Get some!

Photo of erz316
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of timconnel
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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...

Photo of bbeerman
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Asgeirr
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of brouwer
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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)

Photo of thespaceman
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,244 ratings.