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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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours copper/red, creamy head that dissipates quickly, lacing the inside of the glass. Medium haze.

S: Spicy, sweet, and fruity.

T: Malt punch with some chocolate notes and dried fruit on the back end. Some spice, and very carbonated.

M: Medium body and very carbonated.

O: Tasty dubbel. Nothing surprising or out of the ordinary, but rich with traditional belgian characteristics.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Red
Great two finger head, bronze body.
Smells of lightly boozy yeast, some spices, and tobacco.
Bready malt, caramel, yeasty spices.  Great balance. Complex with even hints of raisin and dark fruit.
Nice carbonation.
One of the first Trappist ales I ever tried, if not the first. I'm more of a hop guy as opposed to malt, but even though this doesn't fit that aspect I appreciate it every time I revisit it.

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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lighter rusty copper color. Moderate head, creamy consistency. Light lacing. Body seems to be a bit hazed.

S-Sweet toasted caramel and dried dark raisins. Clove and light peppery notes. Deep yeastiness. Doughy dark bread.

T-Akin to the nose. Heaps of caramel. Figs and raisins. Yeast is found at the core of the flavor profile. Spiciness is a nice complement to the other flavors. A lightly off-putting coppery metallic flavor on the back end.

M-Fuzzy mouthfeel. Medium body with a touch of stickiness. Carbonation is mellow. Creamy.

O/D-Have enjoyed this before quite a while ago. A pleasant Dubbel. One of the classics. I don't find it to be amazing, but its good.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/3/12

Appearance: Dark amber with with some ruby and brown - slightly cloudy - creamy, off-white head, nice retention - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Yup, it's a dubbel - dark bread, caramel malts with some candi sugar, moderately sweet smelling - Belgian yeast, with a lot of clove, banana, and some phenols - dark fruits, notably raisins

Taste: Definitely Belgian and follows the smell - dark bread, caramel malts, light malty sweetness, and candi sugar sweetness - Belgian yeast funk, with some clove, very phenolic (but does not reach a Rochefort level of potency) - raisins and some lighter fruits

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: Solid, not spectacular

This is a tasty Belgian dubbel. On the spectrum, it's more towards watery than breathtakingly complex, but it's worth a try. Overall, I liked this about as much as Chimay's Grande Réserve.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,913 ratings
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