Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

4,876 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ericj551
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chimey pours a cloudy deep red with a fizzy head. Aroma is rich dark ripe fruit with a slight yeast aroma. Taste is a caramelized maltiness with a nice yeasty flavor, tart and slightly chalky. The beer is a little hoppier than I expected, but I really like it. It's dryer than I expected, but still rich and creamy with just the slightest hint of alcohol. I'll definitely have to pick this one up again.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with some slight orange hue and slightly hazy. Very carbonated - big bubbly light tan head that has decent retention.

A lot going on in the aroma. Dark fruit, bready yeast, caramel malt, and some Belgian spice.

The flavor is even more complex than the aroma. Plum, raisin, and some slightly tart citrus flavors. Spicy yeast flavors and some bready malt.

Very high level of carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Chimay is legendary but this one comes in a little lower than the white and blue. Still a very good brew.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle (from gift pack) into of course the Chimay goblet. Let the beer warm about 20 minutes or so.

A: A medium murky brownish amber color with a nice tight off white one finger head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Sweet fruit, sugars and spices on the nose. Very pleasing.

T: Sweet fruits with hints of some brown sugar and raisins with a fairly strong yeasty spicyness. Very nice, agian very complex. Coupled with the sweetness there is some tart darker fruits like black cherry that creates a very complex flavor. A very slight hint of hops on the finish.

M: Medium but full, not overpowering and the spices linger. Not alcohol heavy.

D: High, higher than the white. These go down really nicely.

Overall I'm just getting into the belgian beers and Chimay. I actually like the red a bit better than the white because it is a bit more drinkable but is still a great beer. Wow, these beers really are starting to amaze me, I'm glad I finally made the leap. Now off to the blue next!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has a cloudy, amber colour. The head was about 1 cm high and lasted about a minute, however it never quite went away due to the persistent carbonation. It has a lovely sweet, hoppy smell with a hint of yeast. The flavour is like lightly roasted malt with a slightly bitter, almost citrussy aftertaste.
This beer feels great in the mouth. It is reasonably thick and foamy, due to the carbonation.

Great flavour and extremely drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is thick, murky dark cherry red, with a tinge of mahogany. Steady, thin off-white head resembling the ozone layer. Opaque as the deep oceans.

Spicy yeasts are glittery in the nose. Some orange peel, some bar soap. As it warms, it becomes more flowery.

The taste is spicy with a pretty bready base. Belgian yeast with a flowery hop. A spicy, spiky initial flavor, but a sweet citrus/fruity finish, which follows into the aftertaste.

The feel is fizzy and chewy. A big thick consistency, leaving a nice aftertaste. A really great beer, greater than the sum of its parts.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice.
Arrived a dark brown tea like colour, a full finger head with quick withdrawl leading to a nice thick lace.
Nicely carbonated and dusky.
Medium/full body.
Malty nose plus a minor yeast.
Fruity mash taste with no discernible lead, only a light sweetness to begin and finishes the same.
Impressive mouthfeel.
No evidence of alcohol to the nose or taste.

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3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Red pours a a light off red color with a nice foam head with very little lacing. The smell is malty with an aroma of roasted caramel. The taste is strongly malty with a spicy finish. It is a little bit chewy in the mouth. A very good beer but probably not my favorite of the three from the Abbaye.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,876 ratings.
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