Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)
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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.
(finally got around to reviewing this classic)

pours a murky light brown/amber tone; moderately aggressive pour yields billowing foam which recedes into a lasting head... nice lacing evident. nose offers caramel malt, spice, and a touch of dark fruits. not flooring, but a nice aroma.

taste delivers more of the same. caramel malty with spice and secondary notes of plum, raisin, and fig. again, not the boldest or most complex flavor profile you'll come across, but a fine dubbel nonetheless. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, chimay red is a very solid beer. definitely not among my favorite trappists, and in my opinion it even takes a backseat to a number of dubbels on the market; that said, it remains tasty and enjoyable, and very approachable even for a non-craft drinker.

(originally reviewed: 04-30-2011)

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3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wanna say the body is red, but thatd be cliche. Theres a deep amber body, with what seems to be a thin white head. The smell is laden with yeast. Theres a bit of dark fruits and caramel sweetness from the malt, but its yeast dominant from the start through the finish.

I hate that I dont like this one, but it just doesnt do it. In a Dubbel, I want sweet dark fruits and balance (like westy 8), but all I get it this yeast bomb.

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3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy dark copper, almost brick red. Some orange peaks out on the edges when held to direct light. Head is tight and bubbly, starts of massive, and drops to a couple cm cap that continues to fizz away. Little lacing.

Smell: Deep sweet caramel notes. Belgian yeast pulls some nice clove and ripe, very ripe, banana. Some dark fruits pull through as well with hints of raisins. Slightly spicy. Malts run a touch bready with some deeper toffee notes pulling through. Sweet and chewy. Honey and fresh caramel.

Taste: Belgian yeast is powdery and loaded with sweet fruit flavors. Raisins, grapes on their way to overripe, and even something like a plum or date. Sweetness is up there and contributes to the overall fruity thing. Touches of honey. Powdery and light. Some caramel sweetness. Some bread dough. Clove is persistent, but not dominant.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a stronger than expected carbonation. A touch thin overall with a lingering, but not overly so, dryness.

Overall: It's a solid dubbel, but it's not the top of the line. Definitely a solid intro to the style, but pulls up a little too sweet and lacks some necessary body. Worth checking out.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep maple brown color. Soda like head with good retention and weak lacing.

Mild toffee and caramel in the nose along with hints of Belgian yeast.

Surface deep flavor of cooked caramel and bananas. Nutty. Cloves. Subtle earthy hop in good balance. Finish is tart.

Feel is light and way overcarbonated. Nearly ruins the whole beer.

Just ok. Less depth than many other examples of the style.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 89.1% out of 100 with 4,896 ratings
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