Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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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: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet, natch.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. The head is about a finger high, with a cream shade - it doesn't have good retention at first, but seems to last a while after fading to a thin film. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

S: There are lots of apple notes from the esters that really mesh well with the strong caramel and brown sugar aromas. There are even slight hints of chocolate and cherry. So, the aroma is three parts caramel-coated apples and one part chocolate-coated cherries. How is that not awesome??

T: Didn't live up to the aroma, sadly. Apple esters hit the palate immediately and end up as the primary note over the secondary caramel and brown sugar flavors. The balance between these two notes is bang-on; it's the lack of the depth (and the unwanted metallic notes) that kill its chance at greatness. Still, this is enjoyable enough.

M: Very fizzy, as expected. The fizz bothers me here a bit more than it did in Chimay Blue, simply because this doesn't have the full body to help mask it slightly. But it's as bone dry as can be, and that gives it rock-solid drinkability.

O: As a straight-up dubbel/BSDA, it doesn't hit me the same way Rochefort 8 did. It's far from bad, don't get me wrong, but I'm kind of nonplussed here. This is probably on the lower end of quality in terms of trappist ales.

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Outra cerveja que eu acho menosprezada pelos especialistas. Mas na minha visão, trata-se de uma cerveja de coloração linda, bom aroma e ótima presença gustativa. Um rótulo da Chimay que me surpreendeu nas duas experiências que tive com ela, principalmente na versão rolha.

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S: initially malt, with a metallic tang; clarifies into fruit, reminiscent of a lambic, with notes of apple and pear
T: opens with strong malt, per the nose; caramel replaces fruit as the second element, with a muted apple undercurrent; bitter finish
M: medium-bodied; creamy; dry
O: solid dubbel, maybe a bit too bitter on the finish, but fans of malt and apple may find this ideal

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
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