Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)
BA SCORE
4.15/5
4,905 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,433
Reviews:
1,708
Ratings:
4,905
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
304
Gots:
1,032
Trade:
5
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Photo of Baldar
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good ale. Fit for a God.

OK, a bit pricy. For a celebration, or just show off.

Dark & heavy. Fruity with hints of caramel. Decent head. Nice aroma. Rich.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle dated 2015. Pours a dark red with a generous amount of head. Distinctive bready smell from the brett yeast. Foamy and smooth feel. Brown sugar and raisins with some bitterness. There's a sort of bitter and metallic aftertaste that is off-putting. Everything else is excellent.

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

Photo of cynewulf
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGust82
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roamer
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Thin. Strong initial flavors that are kind of harsh this mellow on the tongue to a good flavor.

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Photo of dandy14
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Juiposa
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SirFolmarv
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Metalsnota
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of OzmanBey
1/5  rDev -75.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A friend gave this to me though I did like the apricot nutty taste the body was just very light, too light for me and the flavor seemed to be inconsistent with every sip.

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Photo of OriginalWayOut
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tschude
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JT23
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mysticmage
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip glass slowly but still yielded large head that lasted well. Dark caramel colour of semi transparent goodness. Not much nose here fairly typical ale smell. Body was very good thanks fo ample nucleation throughout the drink. Great pick.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Atg1095
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of DTBush
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dreyski
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bat6
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chimay glass

L: majestic 2" cloud of level foam that reduces to soapy half inch after a couple of minutes. Light brown color. lace sticks lightly down the sides of the glass for 10 minutes as I drink. this is a beautiful glass of beer

S: sweet plum, spicy/dry white pepper, distinct underlying herbal/medicinal character. fascinating complexities in the nose

T: lightly sweet brown sugar up front. then a hint of fruit, maybe plum. the malt hints briefly at chocolate before a medicinal/herbal dry finish. the aftertaste has a metallic tea character that's off-putting for me, I don't understand it

F: lovely foamy-smooth body, swirls creamy around the palate, really great

O: beautiful appearance, fascinating nose, fantastic mouthfeel. I've had this beer many times, I always want to love it but the finish and aftertaste don't drive me back to this beer

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,905 ratings
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