Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

4,857 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: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer I haven't had for quite a while. Dark amber color with a solid head is present on the pour. The aroma is pleasant with a yeasty background. The first taste has plenty of malt to match the alcohol in a nice balance. Slight bitterness is present as well.

Oddly, this beer is not as sweet as I remember. That is not to say that it isn't sweet. Dark fruits come to mind on the initial taste and ends in a slightly minty taste or perhaps hint of clove. A definite taste of yeastiness comes through in the end.

Chimay beers are always highly rated by virtually everyone and this is no different.

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Bottle (2012)

Thanks for sharing this with me, Chris!

Dark amber and brown with ruby and a moderately-sized light brown head. Dots of stick left down the glass.

Pleasant aroma of caramels, dark fruits, mild yeast character, and some chocolate-covered raisins.

The flavor is very well balanced and incredibly drinkable. Dark fruits (raisins, dates, and dried cherries), mild Belgian yeast character, brown bread, and just a warming alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Very good, classic representation of the style.

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This is bottled from 3/12 (according to cap).

It pours a ruddy caramel-raisin color with tight foam. The aroma has some cherries and raisin hints. There’s a noticeable sharpness on the flavor, with a hop bitterness I had not expected, yet it finishes smoothly. I get dark stone-fruits and a bit of the candied raisins and plums emerge. A desert beer that warms well.

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Smell - Aromas are bready with supporting notes of caramel and a touch of banana.

Taste - Subtle flavor, but multi-layered. Hints of caramel, butter toffee, bread, banana and raisin. Finishes with a touch more caramel, but also with a bit heat as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full-bodied; not nearly as thick and malty as other dubbels. Fair amount of carbonation and decent smoothness.

Overall - Good Belgian Dubbel, but like the Chimay Blue, probably not worth the high asking price.

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The bottle tasted had a best before date of 2015, so that would make it roughly about a year old. 30cl bottle into a Orval glass.

Pours a slighty reddish brown, quite clear. The head disappears quite fast and leaves a small layer of foam.

Smell is quite light. Yeasty, green fruits, some spices and then a feint smell of smoke or burnt bread.

Taste is a bit sweeter than the smell suggests. Quite fresh, some fruits and a very light hint of cocoa and some spice. There's a more pronounced taste of roasted malt/bread with honey, then a nice bitterness. After the beer has warmed up a bit there's a slight sourness, like the green fruits (apples) in the smell. Everything works well together.

Mouthfeel is slighty thin, with a lot more carbonation than what's going on in the glass. Quite good.

Overall this is a really enjoyable beer, very balanced. Not a taste-bomb but more subtle and complex. Very good for the style.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
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