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

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4,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,425
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 223
Gots: 641 | 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 SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a stumpy little 330mL dark brown bottle with a standard macro-style label.

Appearance: poured into my St Feuillien trappist glass. A nice dark brown cloudy colour, with dull ruby when held up to the light. A great thick head with nice retention. Good lacing down the sides.

Aroma: quite a soft aroma. There are however definite heavy fruits - plums, cherries and raisins - with some caramels and spice.

Taste: more of the caramels and ripe fruits, quite full in flavour which is nice. It still doesn't feel as special as I thought it would have - pretty standard Dubbel.

Aftertaste: there is a slight spiciness and biterness on the finish. A somewhat sweet backing.

Mouth feel: moderate to full in body with a creamy feel. A moderate carbonation also.

Overall: quite a nice Dubbel, but certainly not the best I have had. I'd rather prefer a Grimbergen or a St Feuillien, the latter of which is also AU$100 a case compared to Chimay's $150. Easy choice.

Photo of BeerDocT
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled Piraat tulip.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a reddish-golden color. Decent head (1/2") and Ok lacing.

Smell 4.25: Very nice -if somewhat subdued-- bouquet. Light hints of malt and a very pleasant floral hop. Also lots of Abbey notes: musty, yeasty, thoroughly Belgian and very appealing.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet. Middle is dry and well-balanced with a hint of spicy Belgian yeast. Finish is where the Belgian yeast and the light hops combine to form a sublime taste experience. Aftertaste is long and tastes of raisins and dates.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Too conditioned for my tastes. Too many bubbles tend to hide some tasting notes and that is what happened with this beer.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer overall, but I feel that there are better Dubbels on the market. Don't get me wrong, I would not turn this beer down, I just do not feel that a bomber of it is worth over $10 US, which is what it is going for in some places.

Photo of NHPC
5/5  rDev +20.5%

This is a super high quality beer. Perfect in every way. Complex tastes.

Photo of avwrite
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Great presentation. Comes out a bit darker than expected, a little hazy, but looks solid. Taste is a little sweet with some bitterness. Goes down smooth but stays with you in the end. Reminds me of a nice caramel flavor along with hints of fruitiness.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber red with thick two finger dirty cream head of tight foam with amazing retention. This beer looks awesome and inviting as it drinks there is little lace as the foam is so heavy it falls again to the surface.

Smell - Sweet toffee and caramel malt with pretty decent sweet fruit; dates, plum and raisin with red grape. There is also some mild and I do stress mild herb aroma. The aroma profile is well balanced and pleasing but not as deep and complex as some Dubbles.

Taste - Sweet caramel and toffee with a smokey biscuit element like cookies baked in a wood fired oven. Plum and raisin with some solvent that off sets the rest of the flavour profile masks the herb and runs down its over all marks in this area. This is a shame as the beer was doing so well up til now.

Mouthfeel - Pretty full and creamy. This beer has an amount of solvent that makes the mouthfeel very close to poor watered down whiskey. Again the beer loses marks in this section and is not as good as others I have had in this style.

Overall - This beer looks and smells better than it tastes and feels.. It is not bad but for the style it is not the best you will ever come across and for my money I feel Westmalle do it better by a clear country mile.

Photo of T100Mark
4.15/5  rDev 0%

An 11.2 ounce shorty poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A murky reddish brown. Fine, tan head. Minimal stickage.

Smell - Sweet. Belgian sour. A faint whiff of herbs.

Taste - Prune juice. Slightly herbal. Mild toast flavor. A moderate Belgian sour hit that comes on early. Minor hop finish.

Mouth - Fine carbonation. A little on the thin side.

Overall - Obviously, this is an iconic ale. I was little surprised at how subtle this beer is. Very delicious.

Photo of coder
4/5  rDev -3.6%


Photo of gbarbee
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Appearance: Amber/Brown
Smell: Malts and fruit.
Taste: Malt, yeast, and fruit.
Mouthfeel: Full
Drinkability: A great beer and the makes me think of the classic Belgian Style. My second favorite out of the three Chimays.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of h22eg8
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Solid and smooth from draft

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle.

I've had this brew before, just didnt take the time to describe the experience. Thats what I call it when I drink a brew, ok! Enough of this chitchat, lets get down to business. You know, beer is serious business. While I popped its cap smoke came flowing out like a just fired pistol. Nice. While pouring this brew it, I became conscious. This brew is pouring the color of what I find to be called "real beer". This poured like a fantastic cup of tea. Dark murky brown body with ruby hues holding the dark body together. The off-white head that seems to not want to leave is still keeping a cloud upon this brew. Yeah, this brew is damn near perfect in appearance.

The old snifter has had a workout today folks. Hang in there nose, tell me whats inside this brew? The brew welcomes my nostrils with honey and banana fruitiness. Oats sit to the side with some spice and toasted nuts. This smells like breakfast time in my kitchen. On the backend caramel plays a role leaving a sweetness that works with the oats and honey notes perfectly. I almost just want to smell this beer forever.

The flavor is no different. Its balanced to the point of perfection. First hits the palate with that banana fruitiness then smooth oats come to make this brew caress the tastebuds. Spices of cinnamon and clove warm in mid palate while toasted malt complexity fills the back part of the tongue, namely toasted nuts. This brew finishes lightly and dry with a lingering banana and toasted nuts in the aftertaste. This brew feels great on the palate. Medium-light bodied with cola like carbonation. This brew wants your tongue to have fun. Its energetic and alive.

Overall: This brew gave me goosebumps when I popped its top. This brew is sweet yet refined so its not cloying sweet. The nuttiness adds a level to the brew making it more hearty that works well with the fruitiness and the oats. The dryness also makes the brew easy to drink, aching you for another gulp. There's nothing negative I can really say about this brew. Don't take my word for it, try it for yourself. This brew is Recommended.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Muted reddish brown like the color of fall leaves. Slight khaki head. Medium level of haze.

S- Dates, apples, raisins, spices, yeast.

T- Similar to aroma. Getting a lot of dried fruits, apple, and spice. Really melds together as it warms.

M- Medium, soft carbonation.

O- A great example of the style and easy to find. I prefer Chimay Blue to the Red but this hits the spot for a great Belgian dubbel.

Photo of BonzoBall
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Average decent beer

Photo of infinitebruner
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

October 12, 2014

11.2 oz bottle; snifter

A – Beautiful dark brown with a reddish glow. An inch of light tan, thick and bubbly foam that barely fades at all. Still sitting on the top of the beer ten minutes after the pour, very high retention.

S – Black cherries and sugary, malty sweetness. Some spicy yeast, and the faintest hint of alcohol. Fruity character is quite prominent.

T – Juicy, dark fruit juice, cherries and plums. A mild hint of cocoa, light molasses. Residual sweetness, with a touch of bitter honey.

M – Medium-high carbonation, very thick and foamy, coating the tongue. Sweetness from residual sugars follows through, then just a subtle bite, all washed away again by the bubbles.

O – A wonderful, solid beer, and even though it seems a bit obvious, a great example of the dubbel style. It isn’t flashy, isn’t overwhelming; just very, very good, and worth coming back to over and over.

Photo of dmgeng
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Got the Chimay gift box with the special goblet and one of each of their world renowned offerings.

A - Nice ruby/brown color. Medium white head with fine bubbles. Slightly cloudy from the yeast still in suspension.

S - Lots of the typical Belgian yeast spice character (phenolic) predominant. Just underneath that are the strong malt and caramel tones with some fruit character like dark cherry. No hops but this beer isn't made for it.

T - Very similar to the smell the Belgian character holds true but isn't the only player with lots of malty goodness sitting on a bed of the caramelized sugars. It's a complex beer that gets even more complex the more your tongue gets used to the Belgian flavors and it warms pulling you more in to the dubbel.

M - Full mouth-feel that isn't too cloying. Has some light bitterness and finishes complex with an aftertaste that isn't exactly the same as the flavor but doesn't stick to your entire mouth. Light carbonation making the flavors sit longer on the tongue letting you take in all of the complexity.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Definitely not a beer that I could drink more than 2 of but it is the pinnacle of the style. There is plenty to discover in this bottle and I would get this again. Give this beer a try and I'm sure that you will taste an adventure that you won't easily forget.

Glass- Chimay branded Goblet

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -6%

A: Clear toffee color, very highly carbonated with thin bubbly head(3/3)
S: Raisin, fruity banana and sweet malty character with light alcohol(9/12)
T: Refreshing malt character finishes with raisin and banana (16/20)
M: Very bubbly up front and dry finish (4/5)
O: Very drinkable and approachable to contrast with the grande reserve--not as much boozeyness and a lighter body. Would definitely drink again. Shame it’s not on “the list” anymore, because I think it gives the blue a run for its money. (7/10)

Photo of djmbk1
5/5  rDev +20.5%

A fantastic drink with red meat I've found.

Photo of nvera1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

strong bitter but balanced

Photo of Yanknonion
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Really different, nice, smells a bit like wine to me, lots of flavours. Nice head retention, cloudy

Photo of Lion088
5/5  rDev +20.5%


Photo of Hwidemond
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%


Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Bottle purchased at Apogee in Rochester, NY.

Pours out a striking dark amber red color, with a huge 4 inch head.

Smells like Belgian yeast, caramel, prunes, and raisins.

This one tastes pretty good, but falls a little bit flat near the end. Big tastes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, honey, and toasted bread. Slightly thinly flavored, though.

This one has a fairly thin body, with a small amount of carbonation, and a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Tasty, but not one of the best Trappist beers.

Photo of IvanJ126
5/5  rDev +20.5%

the king

Photo of PA-hunter
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into glass. 7% abv

Appearance- Pours a hazy, deep caramel brown color. Massive fluffy head that has a slight but noticeable brown tint.

Smell- Herbal and spicy with aromas of freshly baked bread.

Taste- Sweet flavors up front not unlike that of sugary candy. Fruit-like as well, with notes of plum. Has that belgian phenolic taste from yeast qualities. Roasted malts fade into the back end of the profile with a clean finish that has minimal to no bitterness. Alcohol also in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body. The taste from the malt lingers for awile.

Overall- A true Belgian. It is of good quality and is pretty complex. Not outstanding but still smooth.

Photo of MayonakaStout
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with a beautiful loose,thick beige head that dissipates to a film on the top after a couple of minutes. Apricots, slight clove and bready yeast ride the forefront of the bouquet with a hint of booziness in there somewhere. A long sip led to a smooth, unctuous mouthfeel filled with sweet dried fruit, great unfiltered yeast and a sweetness I can't put my finger on, non bitter chocolate? With an abv. of 7% there is an aftertaste of alcohol but not over powering by any means. A great beer.

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Ale Premiere

A: Cloudy, Amber. A lot of yeast suspended. I poured the Lees in, so it has a LOT of particles.
S : citrus. Yeasty like tangerine.
T: very little bitterness, until the very end. It’s softly flavored, not strong like most trippels etc.
M: thick, washes away nicely though.
O: an incredible amount of sediment. The bubbles are very small.
This beer is fresh and soft. There is no sweetness. It is completely fermented… it’s has a fruity feeling like a South African dry Riesling, I’m not sure if this is the autolyzed yeast for a spice in the ingredients. It has a great dry wine taste at the end. Nothing like the American cascade hops… the bitterness I would interpret as dryness, it has a very wine feeling that would seem more than only the 7% that it is.

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,425 ratings.