Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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4.15/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,485
Reviews:
1,716
Ratings:
4,934
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
1,053
Trade:
5
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcar403906
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Brolo75
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a hazy mahogany color with an off white full creamy, pillowy head, lots of lacing and retention, lots of carbonation, head looks wonderful as its tiny bubbles stick the glass.

Classic Belgian yeast notes, honey, bready malts, banana along with some spice, toasted brown sugar, and subtle notes of dark fruits, lots of complexity and depth on the aroma.

Wonderful taste to follow the look and smell, spice up front like cinnamon and nutmeg, dark fruits like dates, plums, and raisins, moderate amount of spice-like bitterness, finish has notes of Belgian yeast, banana, spice, and dark fruits, all lingering in the aftertaste with great balance, very nice.

Another amazing mouthfeel from Chimay, lots of carbonation that leaves a prickled feeling on the palate, light, pillowy, easy to drink, finish is slightly dry, very nice.

Chimay brews world class beers with great depth, complexity, flavor, and smooth mouthfeel, this one fits perfectly with other Chimay beers I've tasted.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lampro
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pleasant ale with light fruity/ester tones and a distinct touch of yeast. Good, but I'll probably be better off saving my wallet.

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

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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

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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Soda brown with lots of carbonation, 1" white foamy head, and bubbly lacing that fades pretty fast.
S: Dark fruit, malt, and brown sugar.
T: Very nice, rich raisin and nutty flavors mixed with a soft sweetness and slight bitterness at the end.
M: Light to Medium very easy drinking.
O: Very nice beer, quality and brewing skills come thru on this beer.

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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

12oz bottle poured into a chalice shows a murky orangish-yellow-gold and floats a consistent 1/8in tight bubbled tan head leaving a velvety clumpy lacing.

Aroma is bready malt, and clove.

Flavor is sweet malt and clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel leans a lighter medium and cleanly clears the pallette.

Overall a standard, still.

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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ronl12
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ekish58
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tellsplatte
2.56/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I started my Belgian beer obsession with the Chimay Red. I like beers that are in the 7% to 8% abv range. After some time, I moved on up to St. Bernardus Prior 8. I tried the Abt 12, but it was just a bit too strong/alcohol-tasting for me. St. Bern isn't as widely distributed as Chimay, so I often have to settle on Chimay, but each time I drink Chimay, I can taste the inferior quality of it compared to St. Bern. Sorry to say, but I keep feeling that Chimay has sold its soul to the devil in exchange for corporate profits and made their beer nothing more special than any American domestics. Folks, if you like Belgian ales, buy a Chimay Red, a St. Bern Prior 8 and taste them. There is a big difference for me.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Calraven
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eberesford
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark copper, almost brown with a generoud, rich, creamy, parchment coloured head and plentiful lacing. The head begins at about 4cm and settles to about 1.5. Aroma: Toffee, apricots, spice. Flavour: add raisins - the souce is now a more pronounced nutmeg, some gentle bitterness to prevent it from being cloying. Rich and full without being unduly heavy. A wonderfully balanced beer. Far more drinkable than its strength or complexity might suggest.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,934 ratings
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