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:
4,857
Reviews:
1,689
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.98%
 
 
Wants:
294
Gots:
1,005
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,857 |  Reviews: 1,689
Photo of bendukes86
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a very dark brown body with huge foaming off white head that pretty much sticks around
Aroma of brown sugar and mouldy cheese
Red liquorice and chianti flavour

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Photo of AnkualiZer
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet

L: Nearly clear dark copper pour. 2 fingers of creamy white head that lasts forever... sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Dark sugars and darker fruits... plum, raisin, and fig. Spice... clove and nutmeg.

T/F: Follows the smell... lots of candied sugars and dark fruits... yeast and spice. Plum... clove and allspice. A bit of vanilla. Creamy in mouthfeel... ample carbonation. Mild hop bitterness at the finish to clean up the palate.

O: A classic Belgian dubbel... great representation of the style and always a pleasure.

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Photo of brewnme
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nater919
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Macamah
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hazedandconfused13
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PSanger
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drank this beer among other ipas. I enjoyed the taste but didn't get much smell wise. I am not sure if thus due to drinking so many smelly and delicious iPas or not. It was just bland. The look and feel though as everyone says is awesome. Enjoy.

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Photo of goalie35
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monk2021
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spointon
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of crissxhou_96
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eziel
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuccoFan
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice off-white head and medium brown color, with malty aroma. Taste is bland, however. Mistake I made here was to have had the Chimay and Westmalle dubbels the same week I had a St. Bernardus, and the St. B was vastly superior to both. But even independent of the St. B, I think the Chimay is too bland to have again.

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Photo of David19457
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Urk1127
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steveh
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I used to enjoy Chimay beers often, back in my early days of sampling. So when I saw some smaller, single bottles for sale, I thought I'd treat myself on a Friday.

Poured into my Libbey tulip glass. Guessing by the code, it appears this was bottled on September 30, 2016.

L - Clear, deep copper color with a dense and resilient, creamy, light tan head.

S -- Sweet malty notes with caramel and light breadiness. Some mild perfume-like fruit esters and distinct pepperiness from alcohol. Light banana character with warming.

T -- Rich and sweet, almost candy-like flavor with dark fruits and alcohol pepperiness. Some mild clove, even allspice, blends with the peppery phenols and a floral bitterness in the finish. Rich malts and dark fruit characters encore for the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to spritzy with a medium to medium-full body.

O -- A very complex beer that grabs all of your attention. Flavorful and bold, yet refined and easy to drink. As mentioned, a nice Friday treat.

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Photo of gianluca88
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,857 ratings.
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