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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Spicy, light phenolics, pepper. Dark sugar, caramel malts. No hop aroma.
Appearance: Lots and lots of carbonation. Big off white head dissipates quickly. Low lacing. Dark reddish plum color. Slightly hazy.
Flavor: Spices dominate some phenolics, peppery, light clove, cinnamon, light orange flavor. Light prune, raisiny flavors from malt. Very sugary of the dark persuasion. Grainy malts. No hop flavor. No off flavors.
Mouthfeel: Super high carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes dry, prickly carbonation on the tongue. Alcohol noticable but not harsh, slightly warming.
Overall: A wonderful example of the style. Give this a shot if you are just getting started into Belgian Ales.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with good clarity and a big, dirty head.

Toasty, yeasty and slightly phenolic aroma; fruit and spice (coriander I think).

Tastes fruity with notes of pears and ripe apples, slightly tart, slightly caramel-y, and somewhat tannic at the end.

Very effervescent, mildly warming, generally clean and dry with a light body.

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a wide mouth chalice. Hazy mahogany with a persisitent creamy cap that sticks to the glass all the way down.

S- malt and fruity Belgian yeast, no hops other than a slight grassy note.

T- starts raw and malty, like a whiff from a bucket of fresh milled grain. Then some mild phenols, a bit of booze in the back and malt at the finish.

M- smooth and rich, medium body with well blended carbonation.

O- this is an elegant, subtle and wonderful brew. A pleasure to sip and savor.

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3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My feelings for this bottle’s design stand right in line with the other two Chimay bottles. They are lovely as a collection of three, I like the simplistic heraldry of them, and the coloring as three distinct colors (for this bottle they are: Red, Gold, White) is great. A solid bottle that I would consider displaying on a shelf, but only if its two brothers are beside it.

The beer pours a yellowed brown like properly aged hay, and sits a nice deep amber brown, with a deeper milk chocolate brown at its center. The beer pours with a great brown sugar-white head that’s bouncing with bubbles and dissipates swiftly, leaving a little thin lacing that runs down the sides of the glass. It smells like day old cooked bread, not especially pungent, but not a terrible smell, rich in biscuitiness and yeasty character. There is even a suggestion of subtle spices in the corners of the smell, along with a slight sweet kick that suggests the candy sugars in the beer. It tastes like a loaf of liquefied brown bread, and soft with candy sugars. There is also a slight hint of brown sugar and an after linger that reminds me of stale honeydew melons. Mouthfeel is very thick and smooth, with an odd harshness on the top of the tongue which sits oddly with the rest of the beers smoothness. The carbonation bubbles fiercely in the initial rush, but quickly peters out on the tongue, providing most but not all of that initial roughness. Overall this a nice sugary bread beer, easily palatable with a little too fierce of a carbonation but some nice after flavors in the mouth.

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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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