Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)
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
Ratings:
4,864
Reviews:
1,693
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.98%
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
1,009
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my chalice, it poured a dark red and leaves the same color body. A small, half centimeter white head appeared and immediately died. No carbonation was seen rising. The smell had some dark fruits and dark bread which were very powerful as the beer warmed the clove and spices came out a bit. The taste was pretty much the same with some plum coming out a bit. The palate was about a medium with a hard crispness all around except for the tongue. Overall, this is good for the style, and I would have again.

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Photo of Spoda1983
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

2009 backlog. 11.2 oz bottle. Not much aroma here. The little bit I do smell is of grains; slightly sour. Pours muddy brown with little head. Thin island of foam on top. Excellent taste--maybe it’s a little old, though. Not as good as the blue label, but still very good.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 5 year vintage poured into a wide glass goblet:

Look starts off red with bubbly foamy head then soon dissipated to cider, copper, caramel look with a mist on top.
Smell is subtle chimay scent with fruity undertones.
Mouthfeel is very thin, foamy, and dissolves fast. Also has pop, fizzy substance to it.
Taste is cherry, yeast, wood, mellow booze, toffee, caramel, birch, licorice, and brown sugar. Also has a bit of a cherry Dr. Pepper flavor.

Overall I wish I had it fresh but I got a good deal on this only paid $7 for 750ml. It goes well with grilled chicken marinated with Founders barrel aged Blis Blast hot sauce.

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Photo of kevintaraross
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2Tinypt1
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bokreiner
4.86/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Full flavor with a lite feel. Belgian yeast with zero bitterness. Caramel color with a slight cloudiness. I prefer the blue, but this one is good. Many years ago this beer was my introduction to Belgian beers. Thanks to those that suggested it.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Coffeeist
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a goblet. Have had often, but 12/9/16 for this review.

Pours a medium amber with a reddish hue, cloudy, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Smells really good- malt, plums, figs, yeast, light wine and oak, some general spiciness, a little bit of bubble gum when fully warmed. The taste also starts with the malt, then brown sugar, yeast, dates, figs, spices, a slight bitterness underneath, less plums than the nose. Smooth, great body- although a touch lighter than average for the style, lots of carbonation.

A little different twist on the style, with less dark fruits, but a great aroma and lots of flavor. Certainly one of the top dubbels, one you try. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pau622
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satorn
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vishek
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave2234
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcotom
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 330 cl bottle into a Chimay logo chalice. Hazy, dark caramel color with a couple of fingers of off-white head that fades away in short order, leaving minimal lacing. Aromas and flavors of light toffee, caramel, yeast, and dark fruit. This is not very assertive on either the nose or the palate, although some estery alcohol characteristics begin to come through as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium, with a little sticky tartness on the aftertaste. Might pair well with lighter fare, due to its light and non-assertive character.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(11.2 oz bottle, code L16-165... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: dark orange-garnet, fairly-clear liquid... a loose tuft of cottony foam builds and slowly crumbles, leaving a thin, slovenly cap... no lacing

S: demerara syrup, red vinous notes, subtle hints of grassy hop, burnt caramel, black grape... have to strain to smell these though, and with the dregs poured in, the aromas get a touch nutty and also die off a good bit, though the vinous booze and some vaguely clove-like phenols slowly cut back through... not all that appealing though - robustly-scented meal would easily snuff out any

T: dense, medium-dark sugar, with a finish featuring hints of wet granite, mildly-tannic grape skin, lingering hearth ash... long vinous-y esters in the aftertaste... the malt/sugar does seem to lack definition - some melanoidins that hint at roasted nut, dark dried fruit (prune?), maybe even light molasses - there's certainly some depth and density to it, but altogether somewhat dulled and static

F: smooth, medium-light body, with a delicate syrupy viscosity that could in part be the 'legs' of the hot booze sliding back... good bit of firm heat flaring up through the finish... the one little speck I missed in the glass has the carbonation broke, giving a bit of a sharp sting on the tongue... as it flattens, it ends up reclaiming some sultry silkiness

O: maybe my 5th or 6th time having this... good bit more heat than I recall - I'll have to check the code to see how old this was... this has been better in memory, but has never quite come close to Westmalle or Achel or even the Ommegang abbey ale

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