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: 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:
#1,607
Reviews:
1,726
Ratings:
4,981
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
313
Gots:
1,073
Trade:
5
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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

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
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

Photo of FrancisM12
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mds1101
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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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Photo of JoshJ
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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Photo of Bfork
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

Photo of achepil
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a reddish brown with a thick tan head. Lovely. The aromas are full of stone fruit, brown sugar, and a spicy component.

The taste is focused on the stone fruit and brown sugar flavors. An excellent dubbel, I wish I had tried this sooner.

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

Look - cloudy reddish brown color with a good tan head and great lasting skimming
Smell - rich plum scent and dried apricots
Taste - easy going slight plum and apricots like the scent just not as much. A little brown sugar
Feel - medium body light carb
Overall - really good but could use a little more flavor

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Photo of wingman14
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet, pours brownish copper with an off white foamy head. Smell is yeasty, malt, banana, spice, fruit and sweet notes. Flavor is big, starts with the yeast and fruit notes up front, with a mix of flavor, and finishes with a strong malt backbone. The malt lingers on with hints of the yeast coming through as well. The big flavor is well done, and there is nothing noted that would indicate that this is a slightly higher ABV than most. A medium mouthfeel, slightly harsh on the palette, good carbonation. Overall a very well done beer, the flavor is packed in and is more complex than most for the style. Highly recommended.

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

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,981 ratings