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Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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

A-Pours a deep rusted copper. Very cloudy making it impossible to see through despite the relatively colorful body. A nice two finger white head make this Chimay absolutely beautiful, but I was praying for any bit of lacing of which there was none.

S-Sweet malts and dark fruits swirl throughout the nose. A bit of caramel mixed with a number of bread like notes balance the nose very well.

M-Not as creamy as I would have liked, then again dubbels do tend to have less viscosity than say a quad, but none the less that would have set the premiere's mouth and overall taste into another stratosphere for me.

T-Wonderful tasting. The deep fruits give just enough dull sweetness to cut through the strong malts and yeasts. It is sweet enough to highlight other notes all throughout the palate, but not too tart so it looses some of the harsher, earthly notes. The red chimay contains a good deal less ABC than its blue counterpart, and personally I think that makes all the difference. In blue the strong alcohol content is one of the forefront notes of the beer which I find detracts from a number of the complexities. Here it is an after thought that elegantly ties in and balances the rest of the beer.

O-Given the global notoriety of Chimay, it is continuously remarkable that their product is unequivocally world class. A true lesson in brewing.

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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.

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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.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,926 ratings
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