Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

4,884 Ratings
Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes you just feel short and would like to give or snatch a point of less than a 0.5 value. This is absolutely the case, as it is so far the "less good" Scourmont Chimay.

Pours a dark red/brownish tone with a tan thick lasting head that sits atop and leaves significant lacing. The carbonation, although not visible, "is there", and is valuable.

The smell is similar to the others, blending wheats and malts with some alcohol in a very nice aroma that invites you to proceed.

As for the taste, although it is very nice, it is a dryer representation of its sisters, where the basic elements of wheatyness, hoppyness and maltyness are present, but the taste fades from the embracing sweetness of the others to a stronger bitter feel that, although very nice, doesn't topple my bias towards Grande Reserve.

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Taste is interesting. There is some Belgian yeast / candi sugar going on and much more pronounced peppery spiciness. The flavors blend together well and the alcohol presence, while there, is not a negative thing.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style. The spiciness feels good on the tongue.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,884 ratings.
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