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

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4,049 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,049
Reviews: 1,569
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 164
Gots: 373 | FT: 3
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Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000)
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Photo of Avagadro
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the local grocery store. After 53 hours of work this week, I deserved a trappist =D. I got the corked bottle and poured it into my tulip glass. A nice frothy head, typical of most belgians, formed upon the pour. I was suprised to see the head fall almost immediately. This is very possibly due to the fact that I havent used this glass in awhile and my mom was the last to wash it. Color is reddish copper and alittle hazy, very sexy. Aroma is strong and has the honey-fruit aroma that is present in many trappist ales. Taste is initiated with a blast of honey-fruitiness, I want to say plum, but I don't really eat them so I'm not sure. The flavor leaves with a sweet bitterness that leaves you wanting more. The mouthfeel is light bodies with a nice carbonation. You can feel the bubbles forming on your tongue with every sip. Drinkability is good for a Trappist ale. If I had the money this would be a good sessions beer. All in all I think this is a very fine brew. Great for a special occasion when you can't spring for Rochefort. This is alot better than Ommegang, and a tad bit better than Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde, which I feel tastes alot like this.

Avagadro, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of thebarracuda
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another corked beer (vintage jan 2006) pours a medium brown with a thick head that settles quickly, leaving some lace around the rim. Its got a very light carbonation, with creamy undertones, very clear and light, almost a thinned out version of Grand Reserve. With its darker color and fair amount of sediment, and as mellow and smooth as this beer is, you'd never guess its a 7%

thebarracuda, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer. A medium brown color with a thick white head and nice lacing. It has a sweet, molasses-like aroma, as well as some fruit. It tasted sweet, not too sweet, dark fruit, and maybe a little chocolate. Nicely carbonated. I could sit and drink this beer for hours.

lordofthewiens, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Gregorious
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750cl bottle poured into clean chalice...yum

A - Amber mixed with auburn color...like fall leaves. Little fizzing head.

S - Mild...but smelled red-fruits, honey and oats.

T - The alcohol is prominent but not unplesant. The taste of the Chimay changed drastically from one flavor to another from lips to gullet. Almonds, bitter honey, citrus, cinnamon, cloves, oak, maple. Where did this taste come from? I sure didnt smell it

M - clean and a bit heavy on the tongue..carbonation danced on my tongue.

D - Overall...its good beer. Definately drinkable alone or with food.

On a personal note, I have been finding that Dubbels are not my favorite type of beer, though I still enjoyed this one quite a bit....might wanna keep that in mind.

Gregorious, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of deuschbag
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml corked bottle. pores a lovely leathery red with a nice light tan head. lots of yeast sediment floating around.

smell is very fruity and spicey. lightly yeasty and bubblegummy.

surprsingly mellow tasting. very malty and spicey. hints of bitter hops and candy sugar.

medium to thick mouthfeel.

i was a little surprised at how easy this is to consume. very laid back and mellow. alcohol is there but not in your face at all. great beer by chimay.

deuschbag, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a big bottle with a fellow beer lover. Pours out a dark amber or even brown-ish color. Good size head, 3 fingers, at least. It smelled of yeast, fruit and you could detect the alcohol, as well. It had a much more malty flavor and it had a spicy kick, also. It had a crisp mouthfeel. The only complaint is that it is a little heavy. Overall, Chimay proves they know beer.

zeff80, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours as a cloudy brown with some nice raspberry color. The head starts off beautifully, it disipates quickly. There is no lace left on the glass.

The aroma is candy sugar with a slight amount of hop. Intiguing.

The flavor is quite mild up front--lots of sweet caramelized malt. A nice, but muted, hop shows up to provide excellent balance. I detect citrus, banana and alcohol warmth. There is some cream-like sourness. This is full bodied and highly carbonated.

As one of the six Trappest Ales; this marks a great start to our flight of Chimay Ales. Next up: Cinq Cents.

smcolw, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Chimay (white) was special because it was the first big beer I purchased in NC after they popped the cap. My second one (Blue) hit the spot because I brought it to share on a cruise at my brother's bachelor party (plus it tasted reallll good). I picked this one (Red) because it was $3.50 and the place had Cimay glasses to drink them out of. The coolest part of this was all the bubbles that floated only to the middle of the glass. Taste was nothing special, notes of fruit and caramel but served way too cold.

Backer2004, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay chalice with a deep, dark mahogany color, and a creamy contrasting head which quickly fades into a lasting, thin layer on the top of the beer.

Spicy malt scents with light citrusy undertones balancing it out. Smells just as delicious as I remember.

Spicy, mostly. Very malty, earthy taste, and a little sour, but not in a bad way. The alcohol is definitely there, but not overpowering. A little bit of fruity sweetness coming through as well. Nicely balanced, fairly complex.

Medium-heavy bodied, very creamy and filling.

This is a wonderful-tasting beer, but it's a little too heavy to get a higher mark as far as drinkability. Aside from that, it's very solid and one of my favorites. I'll usually pick up either this or the blue when I can't decide what else I want to get..

Phocion, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of ski271
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, dark, copperish-red with a medium-sized, off-white, frothy, slowly diminishing head. Hardly a speck of lacing. Smell is of some yeast, some light grain, and lots of woodsy spice. Clove, banana, vanilla, grape, alcohol and cassis. The taste is all about the clove, from the second it hits your lips until after almost all other flavors have dissipated on the medium-in-duration finish. This looked and smelled like a world-class beer, but the taste didn’t wow me and the mouthfeel I thought was a little thin and too carbonated. But still definitely very good and very drinkable.

ski271, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of Poppypitbull
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chimay Rouge (Red), 7% ABV dubbel. In the 75 cl bottle, it is known as Première. I found this tonight in a bar in the Ironbound section of Newark NJ for a big Portugal Festival. I asked the bartender for an Ale and she rattled off a bunch of things and some dude at the bar said "try the chimay."
It smells fantastic, goes down smooth, a little head from the bottle going into the glass and it settled perfect! Just an all around great tasting beer. I passed it to several friends who aren't big beer people and they all raved about it and couldn't believe it was 7%.

Poppypitbull, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of audiojon
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all around very good dubbel. This is a perfect example, not too out there in any one quality, very balanced. The ruby color, scent of candi sugar and yeast, and slightly earthy but somewhat understated flavor all scream dubbel. In my tasting experience, a good dubbel is very hard to find. Most American breweries tend to fail miserably, and even many Belgians have a hard time getting it right. That said, this is one that is very right, and a must try. Chimay is one of the most widely available Belgians; do yourself a favor and pick one up.

BTW drinkability is off the charts, especially at 7%. Enjoy!

audiojon, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear ruby. Haven't poured the lees in yet. Head is big and fizzy, quickly settling into a thin sheet. Turns to an opaque brown after adding the lees.

S - A little musty, Notes of alcohol and light toastedness. Some metallic and medicinal aromas as well. Yeast notes appear after the lees go in. Fruity, candy-like sweetness as well. Think I caught a whiff of citrus as well.

T - Thick malty taste. Sweetness coats the tongue quickly. Some red wine flavour as well.With the lees comes some extra bitterness in the aftertaste, and some tartness up front.

M - Smooth, a bit creamy. Definitely a heavier beer.

D - I do like this. As mentioned before, it's a heavier beer so too much wouldn't work for me. Very tasty though. I have no complaints.

allergictomacros, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of skillerified
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Chimay Red is actually red in color. I don't know why I was surprised by this, but I was. It was a pleasant surprise though. The color is rich and deep, although not particularly dark. Good two or two and half finger head that faded fairly quickly.

Smell favors the malt side, but there are nice floral and fruit notes. Maybe a little orange in particular, but without the citrus bite.

Taste also favors the malt. Mostly sweet and almost candy-like. Quite tasty.

The mouthfeel is excellent. There's a bit more of a carbonation bite than I've come to expect from a darker beer like this one, but it compliments the flavor quite well. The beer is extremely well balanced too. Not too much or too little of anything.

Overall a very tasty beer, one I wouldn't hesitate to have another of. But I do tend to prefer slightly less sweet beers and the alcohol content, although not ridiculiously high at 7%, did sort of sneak up on me. I think two of the 11.3 oz. bottles would be enough for me most nights.

skillerified, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle. Date on cork shows 11/04 (?) so this beer is 1.5 years old.

Appearance is nice, with a deep red and slightly brown color. Slightly cloudy due to the yeast. Nice head that fades quickly to a small layer that stuck around the rest of the way.

Aroma is very fruity, sweet, dried figs, and maybe a touch of cloves. Flavor is similarly fruity and sweet with a bit of a sour tang and cloves.

Mouthfeel is nice and medium-bodied with rather little carbonation. Drinkability is good, tasty with a reasonable ABV.

AaronHomoya, May 29, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color of prune juice with a bubbly head that reduced into a nice lacing, not especially sticky. It looks sweet though, like a wine.

Smell: Sweet malt, rich fruity notes, but not especially aromatic.

Taste: Smooth and sweet, fruity but not citrus, alcohol presence is moderate, hops are herbal and light. Notes of sweet apple, prunes, maybe the sweet side of a cranberry, banana.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a light soda-like carbonation. Smooth and good.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, this would be great with a meal. It's so smooth and sweet, just overall surprisingly drinkable for being somewhat complex and flavorful.

guitarmage, May 29, 2006
Photo of CortexBomb
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely gourgeous pour into my goblet...perfect caramel brown with haze and a 1 inch slightly off-white head on top. Beyond appealing. Smell is very malty with dark fruit and yeast edges on it...a lot of dates being predominant.

Taste kicks off with a slight estery / yeasty shot with the dark fruit presence noted. It then segues off into beautiful, sweet malts with an alcohol backbone to lend it some weight. My only real complaint is that the malt flavour is somewhat subdued, but this is still good stuff, easily.

Mouth, has hoppy bitters for the top of the mouth, but feels a tad thin. Still above average on the whole though. Drinkability is rock solid.

The bottom line is that this is a fine example of a traditional Belgian Dubbel. Easy drinking, flavourful, with malts dominant and spice characteristics there to keep you interested.

CortexBomb, May 26, 2006
Photo of dutchboognish
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful creamy white head on top of a redish brown body.

Smells very sweet with little or no hops present.

Tastes fantastic. Tons of malt sweetness. Very easy to drink and with 7% you can drink it for a while without feeling too much effect.

Loved this beer and will certainly have it again.

dutchboognish, May 24, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A - Dark, with a red hue.

S - Sweet, and subtle. Slight cherries.

T - At first a sweet delicate creaminess - cloves/spicy fruit tones, then slight citrus, which is closely followed by hop bitterness.

M - Creamy and delicious.

D - Good. Could always have another.

Overall, an excellent Dubbel. Give it a try.

HoustonTX, May 24, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery golden-brown, with a light bubbly head that retained well. Good bit of bubbles, and most excellent lace left during the drinking of both glasses. (Served in a Chimay glass at Natty Greene's brewpub in Greensboro, NC)

A subdued but still wonderful aroma: yeastiness allures, with a sweet malt backbone and herbal/flowery melange pervading over all.

Flavors were a hybrid of exotic spices, good ol' pepper, obvious but non-cloying alcohol, raisins, wild yeast subtleties and a solid malt/herbal presence that indicated a top-notch grain bill. Super enjoyable, just about a quintessential Belgian ale, much better from the tap than any bottle I've had.

Metalmonk, May 20, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass - It had a cloudy orangish-brown color with a thick foamy head that was well-retained.
The smell was floral and tangy with a bready background.
The taste was of a floral fruitiness - esp. apple - balanced between sour and bitter. Yeast and alcohol were noticeable, but in the background.
The mouthfeel was smooth, but a dry bitterness remained.
It is a delicious beer, though I prefer the "white" Chimay a bit more, and the "blue" Chimay much more.

jwc215, May 20, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a brown color with a nice lasting head that is very fine.
Smell is herbal and yeasty, some herbal, peppery notes.
Taste is mainly caramellic, with a bit of cork. Mouthfeel is dry and not bitter. I feel this lacks body, maybe one of the monks added twice the sugar or wheat flower.
I can't seem to find a lot maltbitterness or chocolaty flavor. In general this is a bit disappointing, I drank this beer before and then I was very happy with it. Not that it is bad now, but for sure less interesting.

Absumaster, May 20, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a Chimay chalis. The color is cloudy amber. It has a nice thick head with good retention. The aroma is excellent, dominated by fruity yeast with malty accents. The taste is lively with fruity yeast and complex, rich malt. It's balanced very nicely as it's not very sweet, typical of a dubbel; the hops are barely noticeable, mostly on the finish. There is some peppery accents due to the yeast used for bottle conditioning. It has a medium body with high carbonation and goes great with the taste of the beer.

Overall, this is Chimay's best offering in my opinion, or at least the one they really shine best on. However, with the alcoholic content you can't really drink too much of this. Otherwise you'll be taking a pleasant nap.

scoobybrew, May 20, 2006
Photo of gnoff
2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Swedish "Systembolaget".

Brown color, brown head.
Belgian beer scent.
Very metallic taste.

A bit unpleasant, and it's not just this one bottle, I've felt it when I've tried it (the red) before as well.

I love the Blue Chimay, but the red one is just not glass of beer at all.

gnoff, May 05, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murky brown with a small, 1 finger off-white head that stays around forever. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mild cocoa, candy sugar, gentle caramel, vanilla, along with yeasty dough.
Taste is of the same aromas in the classic Chimay style.
Mouthfeel is smooth, caramely, sugary, with creamy vanilla sliding along the tongue. Very clean with sugary vanilla esters and light caramel standing up to the challenge.

weeare138, May 05, 2006
Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,049 ratings.