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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

4,199 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 4,199
Reviews: 1,584
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 180
Gots: 452 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000)
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Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18B). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L13-651. AROMA: complex aroma with malty caramely background and fruity aromas reminiscent of pinneaple and apricot. hop aromas absent. APPEARANCE: semi-dark copper with material in suspension. medium ivoey head with average retention. TASTE: flavour less rich than the aroma with mild sweet caramel notes. low apricot notes. low bitterness with a medium-dry finish. PALATE: medium body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a dubbel with very nice aromas but, alas, not so complex flavours.

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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.

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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.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay S.A.
93 out of 100 based on 4,199 ratings.