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Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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4,926 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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3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 year old 33cl bottle at DELICES & CAPRISE , Brussels

A: Hazy caramel brown with lots of carbonation and a one-finger lingering head.
S: Nondescript sweet fruit and malt, a hint of spice.
T: Complex with spice (clove in particular), herbs, fruit, malt, and a bitterness on the finish.
M: Crisp and a bit tart.
O: Certainly unique but in a good way. I love the complexity, am not a fan of the bitter finish, but I would not hesitate to get this again.

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

Pours nicely, great head and retention. Color is dark amber and very thick. Eerily tempting me. Almost an allure as the head settles.

I go for a whiff and am pleasantly misled by the fruitiness I catch on the nose. Unable to identify much else.... some sort of fruit. So I take that first swig; had to go for a taste.

Not a lot of flavorS, but a lot of flavor. That one taste I get is strong and consistant... sip after sip. I have trouble identifying it but it is almost like a roasty, florally raisin. I try for another flavor or something more concrete to grab onto but don't get much variation.

Minutes after a few sips I can still taste the deliciousness in my mouth. It has stuck to my tongue and will not let go. To me, that is a great thing in a beer. Like a heavy wine.

Suddenly I realize i'm hungry and regret not pairing this beer with some kind of awesome meal/snack.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with very thick, frothy tan head.

The scent was of sweet fruit, honey, and toasted malt.

The taste was surprisingly light, sweet tropical fruit, some notes of herbal hops, and some notes of honey.

Medium body, pretty smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty beer, nice and flavorful and easy to drink.

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a - brown and murky with crazy insane carbonation. 3 finger head that retains forever

s - sweet and earthy with a pleasant floral note. Its a tad faint and not as out front as a few other Belgians I've had but it is very pleasant none-the-less.

T - Exceptional in every way and complex bouncing of flavor on the pallet. Even in the aftertaste I continue to notice sweet sensations followed by slight bitter hop notes. Similar to the scent, its pleasant in every way but a tad light and not as mind blowing as some other Belgian ales I've sampled.

M - very pleasant and full bodied

O - Another world class beer from Belgium. Love their beers.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
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