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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,245 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,245
Reviews: 1,592
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 193
Gots: 495 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

X-mas eve
pours a murky brown color body, with a thin creamy head.
aroma has banana and yeast notes.
Taste has dark fruit notes and a little boozy
mouthfeel is great and overall one of the best beers I had.

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

Photo of dludwig
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JasW
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mobrado
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of timnkate
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thornburyslasher
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of interzen
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Vedett flute

Look: Slightly murky coppery red with an insane amount of head.

Smell: To be fair, I had some difficulty discerning much in the smell at first blush. Once the beer had warmed up a bit there were hints of apricot, banana and yeast in there. Not much in the way of hop character.

Taste: Definitely an alcoholic vibe to it, but nicely balanced by dark fruits (think prune/raising kind of thing) with a slightly yeasty, bready hint to it. ABV notwithstanding it's not insanely bitter - the hops are barely noticeable and at the same time it's not exactly malt-forward either.

Feel: No doubt about it, there's body there - quite a yeasty feel to it, but that's the sort of thing I go for so no complaints. It's a dubbel, so you're hardly going to be throwing this down your neck with wild abandon.

Overall: I like Belgian beers and the Chimay variants are right up there amongst my favourites. If you're looking for super-complex flavour profiles then you're probably in the wrong place but if you're looking to dip your toes into the complex waters of Belgian Trappist beers there are far worse places to start.

Photo of gmattkennedy
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is OUTSTANDING!!! It's in my top 10 of all time.

Photo of mta11c
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Extrajoker00
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 12/18/14

Première (Red) - Bières de Chimay S.A.
poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into my Chimay tulip

Packaging- classic and simple Red Chimay 3.75

Apperance- unfiltered murky gold 3.75

Smell- dark fruit, yeast, faint banana 3.75

Taste- hint of warming alcohol, fruitcake, yeasty and bread like but still very very well balanced 4

Mouth-feel- clean and smooth great mouth-feel 4

Drinkability- excellent well balanced both light and satisfying at the same time 4

Overall- definitely a winner. A very good example of the style 4


A style I sometimes run hot and cold with but Trappist Monks in Belgum are hard to argue with. ---- J

Photo of RickyS
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CC-Hung
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TomHenry
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of vancean2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of beergoggles32
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of IamBundy
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Sathanas
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

My video review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVipWudOKUg

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,245 ratings.