Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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4.15/5
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4,959 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:
#1,556
Reviews:
1,720
Ratings:
4,959
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
1,064
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,959 |  Reviews: 1,720
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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Photo of Andarel
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Germansteinmeister
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small frothy head that disappears quickly and then turns a clear copper . Smells yeasty with a hint of apricots and plums. Tastes pleasantly smooth with a light ale "twang". Pleasant, complex notes with a crisp carbonation. Overall, quite enjoyable, but would have liked a bit more mouth feel with a creamier head.

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Photo of Monoceros
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rickrob7
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Balanced flavor. Nice body. Smooth complex flavor. Very well done.

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

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

Photo of ejmontoy1
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Pohr10
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zknight
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of porters4life
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jzeilinger
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber colored pour with nice clarity and very active carbonation. Foam is thick, creamy, and sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

S - Toasted caramel malt aroma with banana, cloves, spices, some bread crust, dark Belgian candy sugar, and traces of dark fruit.

T - Lightly toasted caramel malt, some lingering pleasantly mild bitterness, spice, cloves, very delicate banana. Finishes with a lingering spicy clove breadiness and earthy bitterness with a hint of citrus on the very back end.

M - Amazing mouthfeel with alot of soft carbonation giving way to a creamy sensation on the tongue, fairly dry in the back of the mouth.

O - This beer is in the top echelon and far better than a 4.15, IMO.

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Photo of DodgerLove
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chimay Tulip

Apperance - Burnt copper brown, frothy caramel 1/3 head with great lacing.

Aroma - I'm getting heavy brown bread with hints of honey.

Taste - I'm initially getting a toasted biscuit flavor with some brown sugar in there for sure.

Mouthfeel - Thin mouthfeel, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall - This is a nice medium bodied beer, strong toasted biscuit flavor with some brown sugar. Not overly complex, which works well in this classic.

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Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

From a 330ml bottle.
Interesting Belgium Dubbel a nice look and nose but not really my style of beer.
Had to try one.

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Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,959 ratings