Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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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
Ratings:
4,857
Reviews:
1,689
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.98%
 
 
Wants:
294
Gots:
1,005
For Trade:
5
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Photo of VashonGuy
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nater919
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Macamah
2.81/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hazedandconfused13
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PSanger
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drank this beer among other ipas. I enjoyed the taste but didn't get much smell wise. I am not sure if thus due to drinking so many smelly and delicious iPas or not. It was just bland. The look and feel though as everyone says is awesome. Enjoy.

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Photo of goalie35
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monk2021
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spointon
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AleSan
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crissxhou_96
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eziel
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuccoFan
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice off-white head and medium brown color, with malty aroma. Taste is bland, however. Mistake I made here was to have had the Chimay and Westmalle dubbels the same week I had a St. Bernardus, and the St. B was vastly superior to both. But even independent of the St. B, I think the Chimay is too bland to have again.

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Photo of David19457
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Urk1127
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of steveh
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I used to enjoy Chimay beers often, back in my early days of sampling. So when I saw some smaller, single bottles for sale, I thought I'd treat myself on a Friday.

Poured into my Libbey tulip glass. Guessing by the code, it appears this was bottled on September 30, 2016.

L - Clear, deep copper color with a dense and resilient, creamy, light tan head.

S -- Sweet malty notes with caramel and light breadiness. Some mild perfume-like fruit esters and distinct pepperiness from alcohol. Light banana character with warming.

T -- Rich and sweet, almost candy-like flavor with dark fruits and alcohol pepperiness. Some mild clove, even allspice, blends with the peppery phenols and a floral bitterness in the finish. Rich malts and dark fruit characters encore for the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to spritzy with a medium to medium-full body.

O -- A very complex beer that grabs all of your attention. Flavorful and bold, yet refined and easy to drink. As mentioned, a nice Friday treat.

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Photo of gianluca88
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brew_Darrymore
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tbulling
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jliscin
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a muddy copper brown color with a one finger, beige head of rocky foam.

Aroma: There is a very clean alcoholic smell to the nose, almost like a fine plum or fig wine with notes of caramel and creamy malted barley. Spicy notes of coriander, orange rind, clove and white pepper play a role in the background. There are also aromas of cherries, banana and licorice.

Taste: Like most offerings from Chimay, I like to let this warm to room temperature or slightly below to really let the flavors open up. If you drink this ice cold you will be missing out on some of the beers key subtleties. The beer has a very creamy, caramely, almost chocolate like barley malt backbone, it's rich and luxurious but soft enough so as to not dominate the palate. Rich notes of figs, plums, cherries, licorice and even tamarind follow suit. Yeasty notes of clove, coriander, orange peel and white pepper linger throughout the tasting experience.

Feel: The body is creamy but not overtly so. Mid weight with low carbonation. Alcohol is detectable, but in a very pure and soothing way, at no time is the beer hot or abrasive.

Overall: Very heady and intoxicatingly delicious. Hits all the right notes I look for in a good dubbel, it's nice and malty with a creamy, fruity, dry and yeasty aftertaste.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another awesome Belgian.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,857 ratings.
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