Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

4,864 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 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Chimay glass, pours bronze/light brown with a bubbly ivory head, excellent head retention, but no lacing on the glass. Aromas are bready, fruity, Belgian yeast, banana, and woodsy. Delicate flavors and tremendously balanced with notes of bready malt, ripened dark fruits, raisin, currant, faint chocolate, chardonnnay, toffee, earthy hop bitterness, and wood, while finishing dry. Booze is warming, especially towards the end as the ale itself warms up a bit.
Mouth-feel is creamy, silky smooth, lighter bodied, but feels fuller from the perfected carbonation. Overall, one of my absolute favorite beers out there. I love this beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a deep brownish-amber with three fingers of sand colored finely bubbled head that lasts for over five minutes and leaves behind massive sheets of lacing on the inside of the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells a little bit like raisin bread, but mostly of brown sugar with a light herbal / earthy hop and yeast spice garnish around around the edges. Tastes of the same elements as the nose but also has a touch of chocolate flavor and a much stronger emphasis on earthy character than the nose did.. Booze levels are mild for a dubbel.

This one is a very solidly-built, by-the-books dubbel.

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance. poured slowly to reveal a relatively clear garnet brown color. Lots of carbonation produces a 3 finger head which quickly dissipates to a thick layer on top of the beer and some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell. Very sweet all around. Initally it takes a more ripe grape like character, but starts to turn toward a cinnamon and raisin character in the end.

Taste. Starts off surprisingly bitter and a bit musty or cheese-like. It starts to fade into sweetness with some rumminess and hard candy. The cheese like flavors turn into an underlying spicyness of clove and cinnamon. The beer, again, fades away from sweetness with a cut of low bitterness and the return of the cheese like sharpness. The finish is a balance of the musty flavors and spicy flavors.

Mouthfeel. Perfectly not thick, carbonation gives it a champagne like drinking experience.

I still cant decide if I like what the chimay yeast strain does to the beers. I like them in that they remind me of certain wines (through the mustyness), but this obscures flavors that i like in some of my more favorite dubbels... Certainly a complex beer no matter what way you cut it though. Definitely recommended.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And the heaven cried out, and down came a bottle of Chimay--- peace was then on Earth

At least thats what they should put on the bottle. If everyone in the world drank this at once it would be a rockin place to live (big bottle of course)

Appearance - A respectable medium brown with hints of orange and gold that seem to glitter in the light.

Smell - Hoppy, alcohol, and bits of light herb that will set it apart from the rest

Taste - Perfect! Mellow that transcends into glourious complexty that is not overwhelming. To explain the flavor would be to explain God... all I said after the first sip was "wow"

Mouthfeel - Right carbonation at the right time, flavors are mellow that stick with you but only in a good way

Overall - One of the best beers out there. Dont fear the price tag, it must be drank

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,864 ratings.
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