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Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)
BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
4,926 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:
#1,468
Reviews:
1,714
Ratings:
4,926
pDev:
10.84%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
306
Gots:
1,045
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 4,926 |  Reviews: 1,714
Photo of runlikeakenyan
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

Photo of 104401
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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Photo of sunsjammer
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gifted bomber from my bro, arizcards. Cork dated 2016. No other bottle on info.

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Photo of JamesGrove
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A sort of orange rust color,excellent feel with a lot of carbonation but doesn't get in the way. Almost champagne like carbonation and feel. Aroma was yeast,malt,fruit,and brown sugar. Taste was identical with just a small hop taste in the background. This is an excellent ale that I rank up there with some of the best

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Photo of emwilke
3.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,926 ratings
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