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Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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4.15/5
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5,031 Ratings
Première (Red)Première (Red)
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,227
Reviews:
1,742
Ratings:
5,031
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
Wants:
322
Gots:
1,103
Trade:
5
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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, sweet hell, BA’s... I’ve never had myself a Belgian Dubbel before, so ima kinda jumping into this one a buck naked virgin.

Now, scurred of this bad beauty Raul is not. And Raul ain’t gonna call this one basic, but it kind of is. We got caramel like it was sponsored by a Snicker; we got fig and raisin and plum like it endorsed by your grand papa favorite laxative company; and then all that mellows out all kinds of supple and smooth. It ain’t wild, it ain’t crazy, but you know what? It just good. Peace!

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Photo of JPadilla
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vaja
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jacob_Hargis
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 1 pint bomber into a tulip glass. Dark reddish amber color with a nice creamy light khaki head. Aromas of dried fruit, hazelnut, brown sugar, fig, and cherries. The yeast character is so unique and distinct with Chimay. More notes of dried fruit, dark candi sugar, pear, cherries, molasses, hay (barley) and a bit of honey. Hops lend a bitterness, followed by a slight boozy finish. Medium, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, a distinct and unique beers that has been brewed to perfection since 1862. This yeast strain is unlike many other beers out there. They just don't really compare, and that's why I highly recommend folks to try more Belgian beer. One of my favorites.

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

Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cannot believe I haven’t reviewed this before.

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Beautiful reddish amber color with a creamy, thick head and excellent curtain lacing. Smell of apple and strawberry. Taste of apples, pears, sweet berries and some cinnamon. One of those beers that suggests that more Belgian beers deserve to be consumed!

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

Slightly hazy, translucent dark amber/brown in appearance, with a pillowy off white head. Great retention and lacing.
Smells of dried cherry, prune, and fig; brown sugar, molasses, toast, and hay.
Tastes of dried cherry, prune, fig, sweet red apple, brown sugar, molasses, honey, toast, toffee, and hay.
Pillowy and effervescent carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a thick white foamy head and is a caramel color. Aroma is a mix of bananas, cloves and other spices, and apple juice. The beer tastes a lot like apple juice. It begins sweet and ends with a very minor bitterness. The beer is crisp and has good carbonation.

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

sweet, rich, mild caramel, mild fruit notes, not too bad. Cheers! B

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

Photo of Tomesco
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Expensive at about $15, but outstanding performance. Less bitter, more happy. It may have been the extra endorphins running through me at the time, however. I'll have to retest later when I'm feeling neutral. Or just drink it whenever I'm feeling naturally good. circa 2009

At some point I'm going to have to sort out the other Chimay beers that I've had, because my first memory, from 2006 or 2007, was of a fantastic product. It may have been another from their line. More to look forward to! 2019/02/03

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Photo of Mclusal
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mholdefer
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cambabeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: One finger or off-white cream colored head which hangs around for days. Brown, with a hint of reddish hues. Almost opaque, just able to make out my finger on the other side of the glass. Pouring in the yeasty bottom of the beer now makes it completely opaque.

Smell: Soggy malts. Apple juice and some spices. A touch of toffee. Some alcohol in the nose, not over powering.

Taste: The fruity character, apples, raisin, clove are at the front of this beer. A cleaner finish than I would have expected, with lingering hop taste and some yeastiness. A floral bitterness which is very balanced.

Feel: Nice carbonation throughout. Medium bodied overall, smooth. Just enough oiliness at the end to make me reach for another sip.

Overall: Really good. I keep meaning to get back to drinking Belgian styles more often, and times like this are the reason why. It feels complex without trying to be. Both light, almost refreshing, yet rich and semi-filling at the same time.

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

Photo of Jsalz21
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hockeypuck
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CisPiece88
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Eltrandos
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of VoxRationis
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a Tree House snifter glass; coded L17 - 715, produced in 2017.
A: Poured a dark copper to brown color with definite brown highlights, producing a two to three finger, foamy, very light tan color with strong retention and solid lacing.
S: Aromas of brown sugar, caramel, with banana, apple, and cloves notes.
T: Semisweet and slightly tart. Flavor pallet also consists of caramel, brown sugar, apple, and toast. Light bitterness is just appreciable. Remarkably crisp and clean finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with strong, persistent carbonation. Gentle, tingling sensation during consumption. Drinks very smooth and cleanly.
O: Just delicious. In my experience, sets the mark for this style.

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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

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Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 5,031 ratings