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Bières de Chimay

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Bières de Chimay
Ranked #7
Ranked #4,270
4.15 | pDev: 10.84%
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Nov 20, 2000
Known as Première in 0.75l bottles.

The Chimay Red is the oldest of the Chimays. Its coppery color and sweet, fruity taste make it a particularly tasty dark ale.
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Reviewed by Cathartes from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
11.2 oz bottle acclimated to 51°F and poured into a Chimay chalice.

Pours a murky brown, dark but pale in saturation. Produces a 1.5 finger, foamy, persistent khaki head, leaving moderate lacing.

Initial aroma is prunes, rum extract, and molasses. Further smells yield notes of dark brown bread and a hint of caramel.

Initial taste before swallowing is rich in dark malt and dark fruit.

After swallowing I'm first hit by powerful dark brown bready malt, then a note of sticky caramel, which is joined by some mild to moderate hops, which mellow, yielding a slightly metallic but pleasant and sweet caramel malty finish in the back of the mouth with a kiss of hops in the front. Notes of raisin found throughout.

Feel is really wonderful, the best way I can describe it is that it really is really like drinking liquid grain.
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Rated: 4.28 by OhioLimoncello from Ohio

Feb 16, 2024
Rated: 4.41 by mushycake from Connecticut

Jan 31, 2024
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Tastes like a delightful combination of a brown ale and sparkling champagne.... I should have known that once I popped the cork this Belgian beauty would be quite delicious ... I was not disappointed
Jan 19, 2024
Rated: 3.5 by SeanP99 from North Carolina

Jan 11, 2024
Rated: 4.29 by Prospero from Colorado

Jan 05, 2024
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours murky brown with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, dark bread, yeast and stone fruit. Flavor follows the nose, a touch sweet up front with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Feel is light and well carbonated. Overall, a very nice ale.
Jan 01, 2024
Rated: 5 by drownedsorrows from Idaho

Dec 30, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by stfady2009 from Romania

Dec 16, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by KeithGreatNorth from Canada (BC)

Dec 02, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
.33 L bottle. Best by 7/2027. Poured with gusto into a snifter, a fab beige cap forms atop hazy mahogany fluid.
Aroma is caramel malt, yeasty dough, figgy plum.
Flavor is right in the same pocket. There’s nutty goodness, date, an assertive hop pops joy. Well balanced. A bit chewy. The yeast note corrals everything together and keeps any overt sweetness at bay.
Mouthfeel is medium-full, and it has bouncy carbonation.
Overall, a fine, really easy drinking offering from the Cistercian Trappist Monks of Chimay.
Nov 29, 2023
Rated: 4 by Nyoder

Nov 26, 2023
Rated: 4.69 by superwho24 from Arkansas

Nov 16, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by MrJones07 from Spain

Oct 21, 2023
Rated: 3 by BrisLoganite from Australia

Sep 18, 2023
Rated: 4.7 by Beecham from California

Sep 17, 2023
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Reviewed by KleinSchwein

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 330ml bottle .

Pours deep brown , thickly milky with a mocha head that leaves moderate lacing .
The smell is subtle , very yeasty and earthy and the taste follows on from this , the subtly surprising me as I expected it to become robust , it's still richly yeasty with hints of burnt caramel, wood , minerals and plum with a pleasant bitterness , the flavour sweetening as it warms .
The mouthfeel is voluptuous.
Overall it's heavy in a good way , rich but subtle in flavour. I prefer westmalle dubbel which matches this in style closely but I'd not say no to this at all . If I have this again I think I'll let it warm a while after pouring to begin tasting it , I like the sweetness and fruitiness that come as it warms .
Sep 02, 2023
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