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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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First time getting this beer, and still kind of new to the dubbels, but still a satisfactory experience.
App: as soon as i opened the bottle (gently) foam started to come out of the opening, poured with mild vigour revealing a nice brown caramel like colour, cloudy/ un translucent, carbonation visible, nice head with big bubbles, about 4 fingers at fist, as i said very reactive. let it rest then poured the rest. no lacing. served in a standard pint. has some sediment.

Smell: mild smell, fruity, malty, earthy, bit of alcohol.

taste: well balanced, starts sweet, progress to a little fruty bitternes, earthy and little metalic palate, medium lenght aftertaste, alcoholic but masks it. medium body.

Overall: bit strong could drink a couple without problems, tasty and full of flavor, would buy it again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Really nice amber color. Clear appearance at beginning of pour from 750 ml. Very creamy head with lacing on side. Served in tulip glass.

S: Malty and bread with fig and dark fruits.

T: Very good. Should be paired well with hearty meal.

M: A little thinner than expected from this style. Used to big malt mouthfeel. Still good though.

O: Very nice beer and will have again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a generous, healthy head. Foam is slightly off white, veering toward a tan tone.

Nose is malty, sweet banana bread, and fig newtons.

Palate has a unique presence. Following the nose, I was anticipating something on the sweet side, but the actual taste goes into other territory. It offers a profile that is more sophisticated. Liquid bread, if the term ever really fit a beer - here is a meal in a glass. A initial dry carbonation yields to fruity notes (apricots, raisins) and then evolves to reveal sweet bread.

Mouthfeel is entertained with moderate caronation and a coating of the sweet bread. Much maltiness lingers on a lasting finish.

A quality beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 3 pack of bottles with "Free" glass at Giant Eagle in Bethel Park, PA.

Pours a nice dark amber, with a very light tan head. Head stays a long time. As does the lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, but not too strong, just enough.

Not very complex, but very nice and consistant. Definitely some roasty dark fruits. Very nice body, no bitterness at all. Rather delicious.

Better than expected.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, with foamy white head, about half-finger thick. Little bit of lacing, not much.

Very sweet nose of banana,apricot, other fruits, caramel, nuts. Very soothing and pleasurable. Very tropical.

Very sweet flavors of tropical fruits, chewy caramel, with a smooth as silk body. Average carbonation level. I'm loving it. Maybe a little tango in there as well. Nice.

Again, the only real setback is the price. This is an outstanding brew that is worth a four-pack or single bottle purchase.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,883 ratings.
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