Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
4,883 Ratings
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:
4,883
Reviews:
1,703
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.98%
 
 
Wants:
303
Gots:
1,018
For Trade:
5
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,883 |  Reviews: 1,703
Photo of Wonkanator
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jisom123
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Kremlock
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper brown in colour, short head witth a creamy brown look, beer has a slight haze to it.

S: Caramel, toffee with a pleasant alcohol feel. low metalic smell. A slight bitterness can be picked up but the malt does carry the weight in this beer.

T: Low on caramel and toffee, malt and bitternes well balanced, yeast is very clean.

M: Crisp with great carb. Carb is nice and refreshing.

O: Good intro to trappist. Very clean beer. Had this with seafood and cheese and found that it cleaned up the mouth very well.

 519 characters

Photo of DimWit
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Brunthe
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a beautiful 750ml bottle with a best before date of 2016. I am tasting from a 33cl Maredsous goblet.

The beer pours a nice chestnut brown with a very small white head that diminishes rapidly and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

It smells of sweet caramel, and spices. It's a very pleasant smell to enjoy before tasting.

The beer is rather spicy to begin with, and quickly turns into a malty sweetness. There is a mild lingering spiciness to the aftertaste. It is a wonderful beer to taste.

The mouthfeel is too carbonated for my own tastes, but it takes away very little from the experience.

The red cap Chimay is not my favourite Trappist, though it may be the best Dubbel I have had so far. Either way, it shines as an experience worth repeating. If you see this anywhere and you have time to spare I would recommend picking it up and taking the time to enjoy it.

 889 characters

Photo of gtg079x
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Odri
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of caseyjacks
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Dwarf
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Trulius_Slackerus
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of gutbuster
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cde1218
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Boz12
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of grumpygerman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jgarvis
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jivex5k
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Razr86
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Hbat68
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Ankur
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Moo5152
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Mortarforker
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: the beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a good size puffy layer. It is murky orange brown color with little visibility and signs of carbonation.

Smell: bready, sweet, Belgian candy, spicy, and dark fruit aromas.

Taste: same as above. A little booze on the palate too. Everything molds together good and is tasty too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little chewy, a little dry, moderately carbonated, medium to full bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Solid dubbel that I have enjoyed many times over and over and more in the future.

 599 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.