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

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4,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,316
Reviews: 1,604
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 201
Gots: 559 | FT: 4
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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 Herrbrokt
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11.2 oz bottle no fresh by into wide wine glass

Nice hazy ruby brown color beautiful nut brown head. fizzes out thin to coat the top

smells of spiced dough mmmm. nice yeasty clove

beautiful yeast taste. wonderful fruity flavors. banana/tart apple
clove and brown sugar. ends with warm alchohol

awesome balance. doesn't slap you in the face. you can sip heavily. isn't overly carbonated. huge fan

I'll be having a few more of these. but perhaps not in the same night at 7%

Photo of CanuckRover
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle. Best before 2012.

Pours a murky brown, plenty hazy. Big, giant, rocky, bubbly head. Quite lively. Lacings are present but rather thin.

Smells quite fresh, like a tart cider. Combined with a foreward yeast aroma, it brings to mind a hefeweizen.

Don't know I have much else to add. Apples, apples, apples. Herbal, it really does have characteristics of a wheat, just missing the citrus sweatness. Cloves are stand out. Cinnamon comes through like apple pie. That famous yeast slightly drying and combines with some well balanced hops for a little biterness. Subtle alcohol.

Slightly creamy. Perfect carbonation. Slightly dusty from the yeast.

As I usually say when I review these types of beers... a classic. A great introduction to what the Belgian ales are all about. Some can be a bit overwhelming to a newbie, but this goes down easy and isn't to over the top with the yeast and alcohol.

Photo of BucksBrew
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours a dark brown-red with cream colored head.

S - Its smell is suddle. It is not dramatic just mildly present. Similar to the taste.

T - A small amount of sour apple is present. However the major taste comes from the red tent. Phenols are present. The red isn't dramatic though. It is smooth.

M - I expected a deeper richer fuller taste. I expected a stout content. But the red was present. It was a pleasent supprise. It was a good red, extremely well balanced. Light and full flavored.


Photo of nrbw23
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light brown color with a cream colored bubbly head that has good retention.

S- Sweet malts, sugars, fruity mainly apples.

T- Bready and yeasty, some nice sweet fruits and spices. Pretty complex and well balanced.

M- Medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink. Highly recommended.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Orangish brown, with lots of floating sediment. A half inch of head forms and falls to a thin film, leaving moderate lacing.

S - Rich malt with lots of sweet spice, mostly cinnamon and clove. Fruit and bread abounds as well with a nutty undertone.

T - Sweet malt makes a brief appearance with bready flavor, and then spicy, clovey/peppery phenols kick in with a powerful kick. A mild hop bitterness mingles with some alcohol in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with some insane carbonation. The intense carbonation brings the entire beer down a notch or two, covering up a lot of malt flavor.

D - This carbonation is a bit much for me, but there's still a world of flavor in this beer. Pretty easy to drink and not overbearing.

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

From Notes:

A: Poured a light brown few chunks of sediment, off white head. 4.5

S: Sour and sweet smells, tobacco, definite yeast flavors. 4.5

T: Rich and very full, but not as flavorful as the Grande Reserve. Sour apples and distinct Belgian yeast flavors. Very dry and crisp. 4.0

M: Very thin and dry, nice carbonation, not very thick, but still a fine beer. 4.0

D: Very drinkable, but not as flavorful as Chimay's other beers. 4.5

Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with lunch at Aromas Café in the Barracks Road Shopping Center in Charlottesville, VA. Brought to me with a proper Chimay goblet.

A: Hazy chestnut brown with hints of ruby, active streams of carbonation, slightly off-white head, good retention.

A: Brown sugar, tart citrus, some leafy, yeasty notes.

T: Sweet, overripe cherries, light brown sugar, wholesome bready grains, lemon zest, grows less tart as it warms but never really sweetens, sugars are complex and heavy.

M: Good sublimation, big bubbled and big bodied, even, medium-to-thick.

D: Manageable in every way, and quite excellent in most - a classic dubbel, delicate and complex, not cloying or boring at all. Recommended.

Photo of JEdmund
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light brown, like iced tea; pours out like soda with a loud fizzing head that reduces quickly; cloudy with little bits floating about; some thick residue left at bottom of bottle

Not very big aroma; malty, fruity, sweet, caramel, some alcohol pepperiness

Taste & Mouthfeel
Very fizzy in the mouth, quickly turning to foam and going down feeling very creamy (I like it); sweet taste like caramel, malts, some dried fruitiness; very pleasant and appetizing; a lot like a well done brown ale

Very tasty and balanced; nothing offensive, yet nothing all that unique either; it's not worth the steep price of $5 bottle in my opinion

Photo of KaiMiller
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Subtle. Faint sweet aroma. Clear copper-brown, wonderful but fleeting head.
Banana esters, sweet spices (eg cloves), ripe stone fruit (apricot), apple pie. Yeasty, bread and toffee in the mouth. Slight alcohol warming in the finish. Exquisite if unchallenging. I want to drink a lot of these.

This is the benchmark of a soft, beautiful, balanced beer. I love it.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a hazy amber, with a nice 2 finger head that fades quickly and no lacing.

Smells of apple cider and champange.

Taste and mouthfeel is a heavy carbonation that tingles throughout, but crisp and smooth going down, with a sweet apple taste and a lightly bitter finish.

Overall good beer, could drink a few.

Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured from "wine bottle" sized corked bottle purchase at Giant Eagle in Painesville, Ohio into a clear glass

A 3-4 finger light brown head, pleasing amber body.

S Malty, complex, smooth, interesting, inviting.

T Nutty, grainy, woodsy, amber tones, Alcohol mid taste smoothes out in 3 seconds, leaving pleasing after taste. Despite these interesting occurrences I was not overly impressed with the taste. It was rather pedestrian for the big presentation promised by the large, corked bottle.

M full, it delivered with mouthfeel.

D Fair. It was just O.K.

Notes: complex, interesting but did not blow me away. Love the presentation in "wine" bottle with cork. My expectations were high and they were not met by this Ale which is so highly regarded and presented. Of course it is better than 95% of beers out there but again, my expectations were very high indeed.

Photo of Zadok
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured nice cloudy amber with a spritzy head that dissipated in seconds. The appearance of an unfiltered cinnamon apple juice.

S-Main smells are of light fruits, apple, pear, peaches maybe.

T-After the first couple drinks and tasting mainly pears and apples a strong bourbon flavor overtook the rest of the beer. Almost a form of Beam and apple juice.

M-Light and spritzy, borderline a champagne consistency with high carbonation.

D-Doesn't hold a candle to the Chimay blue but is definatly a quality product. Moderate ABV makes having a couple of these in a setting probably the limit.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle a few weeks ago as part of a chimay gift set. It pours a muddy amber brown color, similar to unfiltered apple juice. Bright white head settles to a thin layer of foam. Aroma is very nice and fruity, hints of apple and peach or pear, some vanilla. A bit of apple sweetness along with some faint spicyness and a bit of oak come through in the taste area. Mouthfeel is smooth, somewhat light on the palate, moist finish. A very good brew, worthy of the praise others have given it. I liked the Blue better, but this one is still very very good.

Photo of philipquarles
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the proper glassware, it has a nice thick head, though it disappears quickly, leaving a light film. Body is a nice dark, hazy amber. Smells of fruits and spices, along with the classic Chimay breadiness. Tastes of esters up front, followed by the bread again. Ends on a spicy, yeasty note. Somewhat medicinal. Medium bodied. A bit too phenolic to be terribly drinkable.

Photo of FSUmac
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle....

Appearance: A murky orangish brown color. 1 finger head with decent retention.

Smell: Very fruity. I smell orange, plum, grape, cherry. Also smell some malt.

Taste: Nice bitter start with a slight hint of malt on the tongue. Extremely well balanced. Also a sour aftertaste, but I find it quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean. Definitely feel the carbonation as it goes down.

Drinkability: I haven't had many dubbels yet, but I must say I love this one. I could drink several bottles of this at a time before I grew tired of it. Thank you to our monk friends for this great beer!

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

A - A swampy orange/brown colour with suspended yeast chunks. The head faded quickly into a thin lace of bubbles.

S - Very malty and heavy on the plum/dark fruits with a subtle mix of spice and alcohol.

T - Doesn't taste as malty as the smell suggests; it is more medicinal and clovey, finishing dry and sour. A good balance of the sweet and sour.

M - The carbonation is vigorous, smooth and cleans the tongue nicely. A very crisp beer.

D - While I'm usually not too fond of Dubbels this one is magnificent and surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle.

A- pours a thick and foamy mountainous head. A nice crispy white lacing is left behind all the way up my glass. lots of bits floating in the glass. i dont know if that is yeast or the hopsor grains. color is thick opaque dark brown.with amber tints.

S- i get maltand dark candied fruits that pemeate the nose. very sweet and sugary.

T- a sour yet sweet bready doughy taste. the sweetness resonates on my tongue and hangs there for a bit. packs a nice lil punch. A nice lil peppercorn spice is at the tail end.

M- creamy and smooth. Carbonated sits on the tongue. Very nice feeling.

D- this seems easy toput down at only 7% but dont let it fool you it can come back around to get you. Very smooth and crisp on the alcohol.

Photo of blakesell
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml caged and corked bottle into a cube shaped tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy red brown with a half finger head of swampy foam. Carbonation rises from the bottom. Lacing is not lingering.

Smell- Yeasty and sweet with hops, no hints of candi sugar, malty as all get out and bready, again from the yeast. Darker fruits like passion fruit and mango rise up as well.

Taste- Creamy and yeasty with balanced phenols that give a bready presumption. Hops are balanced, sweetness is present, but not over the top. Light alcohol and a slight peppery presence is also felt. Drying on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, overly balanced, highly carbonated, phenolic, not medicinal, medium bodied.

Drinkability- Very nice offering from Chimay. I will have it again in the future.

Photo of charlzm
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 06/23/08.

Poured into a La Trappe goblet, the beer is an orange/amber with lots of suspended particulates and plenty of carbonation bubbles. The head was a fine white layer that is now just a few suds around the edges of the glass.

Aroma is subtle; I'm picking up a little orange peel and some vague roasted maltiness, but that's about it.

The beer is thick and almost velvety as it slides across the tongue to its final destination.
Carbonation keeps it alive across the palate, though the finish is a little dry, leading to a pleasing cleanness.

Flavor is mostly aftertaste, oddly. Some ginger notes and a little spicy, honey-mead style heat. Cloves. Rmeinds me of bread pudding. A very subtle bitterness on the tongue after the swallow.

I really like this beer, but don't drink it often. It's a treat.

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

Large corked and caged bottle poored into a Russain River Beautification snifter glass. (thanks for the glass ricand)

Hazy dark ruby brown, with a large foamy big bubbled head that receids to a nice 1/4 inch froth and remains. There is also tons of carbination the cork hit the wall and the ceiling and still came down with force on the floor. OMG wow what an eye opening smell.I smell fruity esters all over the place, plumbs and over ripe peaches as well as alcohol warmth and malted goodness. But also plenty of sents that I cannot even describe and havn't experianced before. Tastes of Alcohol and plumbs up front with a malty dry earthyness throughout and some sort of maby root after taste that s wonderfull and addicting. I can pick out some hop bitterness inbetween multiple other flavors that I really will have to check out the vocab section to better describe in the future. Feels very nice in the mouth and althouh its a sipper I got the entire bottle down and wished there ws more. This really has me understanding why people are so high on good Belgian beer, and I may never look at beer the same again.

Photo of naterock
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a chimay goblet.
A: pours a cloudy reddish brown, I even detect a slight yellow hue, might just be the goblet though.
S: smells of esters, sweet bread, fig, wine fruits, smells a little boozy, but you'll never hear me complain about that.
T: smoothness of bread flavors of figs, with an acidity comparable to oranges.
M: heavily carbonated and sparkly but appropriate to release the boutique.
D: definitely a legend in itself, never fails to impress

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Trader Joe's in Manhattan Beach for $6.99, also split with my dad on Father's day, appropriately poured into its own Chimay goblet

A-Color was a deep amber, cloudy and murky, big 1 1/2 inch slightly off white head, stuck around for over five minutes, nice retention, some good lacing at the beginning

S-Apricot, plums, slight booze, malt, bread, lemons, tangerine, honey, faint bubble gum, caramel, sugar, spices, candy, and currants, very complex to say the least

T-Started off much breadier than I imagined, some chewiness dominated until the end, then some crazy fruit variety with a citrus sting in the finish, got a little sweeter as time went by and went from being a little dry to more crispy, would have liked to see less of the sugary accents and more of the neutral malt to take over, still very good, taste changed a lot over time, fruit gave it something extra throughout, not too sweet which I was happy about

M-Chewy, slightly sweet, and crisp mouthfeel, medium bodied, little too carbonated in my opinion but that could very by bottle because I had seen it before and it was way more mellow, taste did not linger much, subtle but flavorful at the same time

D-Could drink this bottle by myself with no problem and I cannot say that about many dubbels, light on the stomach and not overly sweet, well hidden booze and ABV is low for its style, went down and easy and smoothness was surprising

This would be a great beer to start with when it comes to Belgians and I wish I would have, it is kind of ridiculous to think I jumped right into a Westy 8 and 12 without trying this or many other Trappist brews first, it is flat out good, it will allow you to point out specific characteristics when drinking other trappist brews because it is not as complex as some others but it seems like almost the standard, there is a reason why this beer is so popular and has practically become commercialized, will definitely drink again even though it is a little expensive, recommended and the earlier the better probably, which I totally disregarded when getting into craft beer

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl (3/06) bottle in to a goblet.

Pours amber with an off white head.

Smell is malty with spice and currant undertone.

The taste starts with light raisin/ fruit and ends very dry and crisp.

The carbonation and crispness leave your mouth begging for more.

Easy to drink and nice balance.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a (gushing provided) dense off-white head. Picture perfect dubbel. Aromas really aren't intensely fruity, just a lot of dark candi sugar, a little bit of citrus, even less of clove, and a touch of band-aid. A medium bodied brew with very high carbonation delivers flavors of more candy, caramel, toasted bread, and a moderate amount of esters. Finish is quite dry and no noticeable hop flavor. Overall, it's a solid example of the style, no doubt. Not one of my favorite drinkers, as I really like something a bit more complex and pronounced in flavor and aroma, and perhaps not so dry.

Photo of TheSarge
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the crack of the bottle, this beer was screaming with freshness. The light tan foam just started rising out of the bottle, which there are of course ample amounts, when poured into my supplied Chimay chalice. The body is murky and brown.

Aromas are light, with a caramel and herbal medicine like fragrance.

The taste is sweet with honey and an herbal bite.

This feels lightly syrupy with a noticeable alcoholic kick.

Rolling in at a little less ABV than its sister brews, this is probably the best one for a moderate session of drinking. I feel this beer may be a little hyped up, but is altogether very respectable.

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