Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This copper-colored ale boasts flavors of apricots, brown sugar and nutmeg. Brewed since 1982, Chimay Première is the first beer ever produced by the Trappist monks of Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey in Belgium.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,649
Reviews:
1,727
Ratings:
4,986
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
314
Gots:
1,079
Trade:
5
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmaggot
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle. Bought at Barrels &Vines. Didn’t see a bottled date.

Pour: deep copper brown. Thick three finger white foam head. Lasts and lasts and lasts. Moderate lacing.

Nose: dark fruit, sugar hint of alcohol.

Taste: dark fruit dominates with nutmeg, clove, banana. Slight bitterness especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated. Almost overwhelms at first. Mellows a bit as it warms. Not chewy but not watery. Very drinkable.

Overall: nose and taste are top notch, well balanced. The carbonation is a bit much for me but as the beer warmed the carbonation mellowed a bit. Great beer. Looking forward to finally trying the rest of the Chimay family.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RMW66
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
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Photo of chitoryu12
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Copper brown, slightly transparent, big head of tan foam.

Smell: Alcohol, dried fruit, citrus, spices.

Taste: A strong alcohol bite at the front, followed by hop bitterness, malt, and some of that spicy dried fruit characteristic. Subsequent sips are fruitier.

Mouthfeel: Sharply carbonated but surprisingly thick.

Overall: Tasty, but the alcohol content comes out a bit too much to get all the flavor notes.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

6/9/18: 1 pint, 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased 3/4/18 @ Binny's Niles ($10.99 + tax, free chalice included), multiple pours into chalice. Dark bronze pour, generous puffy cloudy white head. Spicy apricot aroma, strong and pleasant. Sweet taste, brown sugar, caramel, fruity taste. Carbonation holds well, thin texture easy drinking. Typically do not like sweet beers, but the quality here was great. Cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Copper colored ale with a khaki head of foam. Aromas of dark fruit, spice, and brown sugar. Flavors of plum, caramel, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg. Smooth and silky feel. Wonderfully flavorful and rolls nicely over the tongue.

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

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

Its good

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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