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

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Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000

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Photo of MrDell
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10.10.15

Chimay Brune (Red) – bottling date unknown - Best Before 2018

Aroma: Figs, cooked bananas, alcohol.

Appearance: Dark brown with a deep red tinge. 1 finger off white head which quickly dissipates. Relatively low levels of carbonation despite being extremely lively and losing some upon opening.

Taste: first thing I noticed that the carbonation levels seem higher in the mouth than when looking at the beer. Taste is quite sweet, malt, dark fruits. Alcohol is very well hidden. Ever so slight hop tang late in the finish which is pleasant and to my tastes (not being a fan of hugely hop forward beers). This is a very well balanced dubbel from the mother land!

Mouth feel: Fairly low in body for a Belgian but it works with this one. While I love the tastes and aroma of La Trappe dubbel (the closest beer I've had in the past to this) I find the Dutch beer to be lacking in body and although this Chimay red is of about the same consistency, I find it works here. Overall the mouthfeel is balanced as well - it's not too dry, not too carbonated, not too bittering etc etc.

Overall: I drank quite a lot of this on a recent holiday in Spain as it was one of the very few decent beers I could find in the area and there while I did enjoy it, I know notice that I must have been drinking it too cold as it's much more flavorful at the temperature I'm drinking it at this time around (17 degrees C.) It could also be that it's a beer that is more suited to Swiss Autumn temperatures than Spanish summers. Either way, it is very enjoyable and one I will be sure to continue to consume - at this higher temperature. Chimay recommend serving at 10 - 12 deg. C. but I am really enjoying the quads and dubbels a little warmer than that at the moment so I'll stick with my 17 degrees! 9/10.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

ABV: 7%
Glassware: chalice (brewery recommended)

Appearance: Opaque dark copper with thin but firm and creamy tan head.

Smell: Fruity, possibly apricot.

Taste: Slightly to the bitter side.

Mouth feel: almost silky smooth

Overall: Beautiful beer. Satisfying and memorable. For me, just a small step down from the "Blue Cap".

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer, aroma and flavour is great and complex. Fruity and lightly acid. Pours deep brown with red highlights. Smell is complex and rich, malts, spices, fruity esters, some yeast. Taste is great, very good example of the style.

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Photo of DW78715816
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It looks, smells, and tastes delicious. So smooth and creamy. Very flavorful yet easy drinking. Complex, dark fruit, caramel, malt, hop, a lot of subtle flavors. Easy to drink quickly but best to relax and truly enjoy the outstanding quality of this excellent beer.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this in August and for one reason or another it kept being pushed to the back of the fridge and I finally drank it last night. Luckily, even with nine months age, it was a very good beer. It was light and refreshing, had some nice fuit in the flavor, I am looking forward to trying more from Chimay

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Photo of drmeto
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S:
-plums,caramel,toffee,strawberry,white bread,banannas,spices
T:
-Follows the nose plus chocolate cake and a substantial hoppy note
F:
-high carbonation
O:
My fave Dubbel

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-nice head that almost looks like cream sitting on the beer darker color than most dubbels i have tried
-very warm and inviting like the neighborhood bakery, pleasant yeast notes
- smooth as can beer with alot of very pleasant bread and yeast notes with a slight bitterness in the end
-feel is thicker but not dark a good grainy and yeasty beer
- overall a treat for the palate

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Photo of Mickey1313
1.69/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This had so much promise but it's bitter initial taste, after taste and insane amount of carbonation ruined any flavor that it hoped you would taste. I wanted to like this, especially with its Monk folklore. But it is simply unrefined and just... Monastic in the worst way.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Smell: fruity, some caramel and sherry notes, plum, spice. Taste: fruit, caramel and faint cola. Mouthfeel: This has a medium body with a creamy effervescence.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 8/31/2013. Cork popped itself off when I uncaged it. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible dubbel style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a lot of Belgian Dubbels but I can see why people are so high on the Belgian stuff. At this point in my beer journeys I think it's the yeast that is used I really have come to enjoy from Belgians. Good stuff and when I get the chance I'll pick up the yellow and blue bottles.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This is a very complex beer. I sampled it on tap at the Craft Beer Market in Calgary. It has a nice yeasty nose, caramel malt, and a fair amount of sweetness. This was my dessert beer and it suited the purpose nicely.

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Photo of Tilly
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear a dark brown with a small amount of white lacy froth.
Aromas of malts fresh baked bread and spicy nuts.
Flavors of sweetness, some fruit and cake.
Mouth feel is very nice. Small amount of bitterness. Very refreshing.
A great Belgium beer.

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Photo of canton330
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, red brown. Nice, thick cream colored head. Dissipated rather quickly, to a thin ring. Moderate lacing.
Mineral and earth on the nose immediately. Yeast is upfront, not shy.
Deep richness, with a prominate yeast. Spiced dark fruit in the middle. Mineral, musty earthiness on the end.
Can definitely taste the water used in this one.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is light and of the classic “Belgian Yeast” variety
A nice clean moderate hoppiness and bitterness permeate the beer
It taste slightly spicy and slightly sweet
A mild and enjoyable Belgian. Well executed but nothing amazing.
I don't think the flavors of this beer work together particularly well. When the flavors are subtle such as they are in this one I think a certain synergy is required to elevate the beer.

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Photo of Windexman
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark Caramel, thick foamy off-white, almost tan, head that lasts.
Smell: Lots coming from the yeast. Small amounts of dark fruits. Malty. Light earthyness, but not really a hop-like aroma.
Taste: Malty up front, fruits in the middle like plum and date. Slight bitterness in the finish, with a little but of mineral/metallic aftertaste.
Feel: Medium to heavy body. Lots of carbonation tickles the tongue.
Overall: A really balanced beer. The heavier body hides the alcohol, it could be dangerous. My only knock is the metallic taste I got. It tasted like iron/blood. It wasn't always present, but even I got some it was not very appetizing.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A classic in the Belgian world. This fine dubbel pours a solid hazy brown with a solid white head of tight beaded bubbles that dies down to a thick white ring and moderate lacing. Nose of Belgian yeast and candy sugars, fresh bread, and light traditional dubbel spice. Flavors are excellent and smooth with sweet candy malts up front and to the sides with a fresh sweet bread and Belgian yeast phenol flavor coming in on the back and middle. Smooth creamy mouth feel has a light ripe fruit flavor or plums and dates mingling with sweet malts finishes and high carbonation. Let it breathe and warm for the richest flavors to come through.

Excellent----a legend!

Cheers!

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; amber in color; 1 finger khaki head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: restrained; plum and cherry;

T: restrained up front; fruitiness comes out mid-palate; light bitterness at the finish that lasts awhile; ABV well hidden;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated;

O: nice, but a little bit of a let down - expected more;

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Photo of Scrapss
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into the chimay goblet.

A: Medium carbonation with off-white head.

S: Figgy with a medium bready note. Light spices and christmasy.

T: dark fruit with figs and raisin. Light bready note.

M: medium body. Creamy. Velvety smooth.

O: very nice dubble. Hits many positive notes.

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Photo of DarthVorador
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My first authentic Trappist beer! Here goes...
A: rich amber with a huge thick frothy head that lingers long & covers the glass in lacing.
S: strong sweet & fruity, notes of dark fruit are especially prominent.
T: sweet, malty with alcohol noticeable. Tart almost wine like finish.
M: carbonation so thick it coats the mouth.
O: not bad, but not worth the price IMO. Several American attempts at the style are far better.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay Red has a nice dark brown color and smells yeasty overall. I didn't get much fruitiness in the taste. The alcohol is present on the back end, and I like the carbonation on the tongue. It has a nice medium body, but the aftertaste is a bit much for me. I wouldn't want to drink this over and over, but once in a while, it's fine. I prefer the Blue.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle into goblet

a: an opaque caramel or brown raisin colour topped with a finger and a half of foamy ivory head

s: a great balance of bread, caramel, raisin, overripe banana, cooked apple, and cinnamon. slight alcohol presence

t: noticeably malty sweet at first (caramel, bread), but mellows out into banana, cooked apple, plum, and spicy yeast. a soft-to-medium bitterness comes through towards the end, but a lot of the flavours still linger. i think there are some chocolatey notes in here too

m: medium-bodied. lively carbonation at first, but settles as the beer warms. sticky finish

o: spicy, fruity, and delicious

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of interzen
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
92 out of 100 based on 1,644 ratings.