Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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4.15/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

Style: Belgian 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:
#3,040
Reviews:
1,733
Ratings:
5,008
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
319
Gots:
1,095
Trade:
5
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Photo of beertodaygonetomorrow1
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of nasty15108
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1pt 9.4oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

L - Brownish red in color with a thick head of tan foam.

S - Malty with hint of ripe fruit.

T - More ripe fruit and a slight malty biscuit sweetness. Finishes with a slight dry hop bitterness.

F - Thin to medium body with good carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel.

An absolute classic. One of my all time favorites and it never disappoints.

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Photo of Helluvaz
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Red, dark chestnut/maroon color with creamy, foamy head.
N: Roasted barley malt scent. Slightly smells like whiskey wort with the right amount of hoppiness.
Very rich body mixed with sweet wheaty scent. Smells a little bit like baked bread with some spice (cinammon and clove).
T: Rich, rich, balanced taste with a slightly toasty taste. Certainly can feel different layers of hop. Very pleasant and tasty. Extremely smooth and tasty finish.
F: Easy to drink. Honestly, a little hard to stop drinking.
Overall: this beer is so good. A great standard for Trappist bier. Would buy again.

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Photo of jduprey007
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elnachooo
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cerveza con gran cabeza blanca que se disipa a los pocos segundos. Su aroma tiene afrutado con notas de frutos secos. En boca es una cerveza dulce, afrutado y con un toque de café. Cerveza equilibrada con alta carbonatación.

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

Photo of nick_perry
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark color, thin white head. Malty, but otherwise no complexity.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a goblet.

L- Pours deep, dark amber with an off-white head that is as resilient as they come.

S- Smells of apricots, dark fruits, plum, some banana, spice and sweet malt.

T- Taste follows the aroma with big fruit and malt flavor: dark fruit, apricot, banana, spice, and an impression of malty sweetness but with a dry finish that doesnt linger.

F- Body is medium-light. Finish is somewhat dry but this beer is not thin. Highish carbonation.

O- A favorite, something to be savored!

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Photo of hoponit
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wolverine0712
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark amber with an off white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: Fruity aromas from plums are the strongest. There is a bit of cherry with it. There is some malty sweetness.

Taste: There are strong fruity tastes of cherries and plums. It has a bit of spiciness to it with some bread. It does have a slight earthly notes to it as well.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a very dry finish.

Overall: A pleasant blend of fruity esters and Belgian yeast make this a complex ale with a very dry finish.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Abbey that I would have rated higher if not for the price, $17 - 4 pack. With that said, the beer reeks of quality and is always a treat. For a buck more however, $18 - 4 pack, Chimay Blue is really worth the coin and blows the Red out of the water. Ommegang Abbey at $10 4 - pack is a better buy and just might be better overall.

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

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobbob6000
1.95/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Catalinmunteanu
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of CMA
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdmcnrmk
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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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 5,008 ratings