Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)
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Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)

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

Pours a cloudy deep reddish amber color with a decent off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells of caramel and chocolate up front with a fair amount of fruity and sweet maltiness. Light pepper and yeasty esters provide balance as the hop aroma is just about non existent. The flavor is sweet with lots of caramel and dark sugars with a fair amount of dark dried fruits. Prunes and raisins mixed with a bit of pepper and other assorted yeastiness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I love the flavor, and the aroma isn't half bad either. For my personal taste the carbonation level is a bit high and makes the mouthfeel a bit too bubbly. Minor annoyance to my palette in an otherwise fantastic beer.

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A-translucent brown amber color with a off-white head and some lacing

S-caramel, dark fruit, yeast, slightly spicy

T-dark fruit, malt, caramel, slight nutty flavor, yeasty with a hint of bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-very flavorful and drinkable dubbel that is readily available

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I got a faint smell of malts and bread. The taste was more of the same along with a little bit of sweetness. I kept waiting for a more powerful flavor to come out as the beer warmed but it never happened. Even if the beer wasn't as bold as I hoped, if it was easy drinking, I could find a place for something like this but it just didn't go down that smooth either. I know this beer isn't overly expensive but it costs more than what I would be willing to pay for it so I most likely won't be drinking it again anytime soon.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 89.1% out of 100 with 4,894 ratings
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