Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

4,883 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a red tinted brown, with an off white head.

S: A little bit of citrus, some malt, and some dark fruit (plum?) in the nose.

T: Citrus, malt, plum, dark fruit, and maybe some apricot.

M: Medium bodied and a tiny bit smooth.

O: Pretty good. I'd recommend it, especially if you like the style. I'd say it's above average for the style.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle with my Chimay Chalice naturally
Notes from 01/25/14

A: Deep amber color. Rusty brown tones and a bit of yeast haze across the body. Thick two fingers of dense khaki suds forms atop. Near perfect retention efforts with some light dots and streaked lace travelling down the glass. Looks expertly crafted.

S: Dusty minerals and some mild Trappist yeast character on the nose. There are some soft bready notes and a light toffee sweetness. Not incredibly pungent aromas. Some distinct banana and clove materialize as well.

T: Toasted dark breads with some dried fruit and Belgian yeast notes. A light combination of banana peel, clove, and peppery spice. There is a subtle toffee sweetness to the beer by and large. Not particularly bitter to me and the alcohol is pretty much nonexistent. Wet earthy minerals at the finish. Not bad but not terribly exciting.

M: A bit watered down and thin in feel. Medium to lighter body. Some soft drying at the finish.

D: This is a decent Belgian Dubbel with some nice and easy drinkability. Definitely starts off strong but tends to fall apart at the seams for me. Good but not great.

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Chamay-moi, Chamay me fan. I used to think Blue was it, but red, white, blue all good in their own rights. Much depends on the temperature and condition of the bottle. This red Dubbel is a good one.

Appearance: Pours an opaque mahogany brown color with a tan fluffy head that hangs around and leaves much lacing. (served in a Carton Tulip)

Smell: Caramel malt backbone is decorated with herbacious, cedary, woody, raiseny nose; much must and yeast also, but it all works for me. Old world Church like.

Taste: As it smells, but fuller, rounder, with some spicy clove, berries, and a nice long bitter ride to the finish, then toffee sweetness and fresh cut tart apples. Beautiful finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium creamy, well carbonated, cidery, tingly, and again a beautiful, appetizing finish.

Drinkability: Subtle, contemplative. I like it as well as any other dubbel. In some ways, so far, I may give the edge to white, red, blue in that order, but it's l always love the one I am with.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
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