Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

4,857 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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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a chalice. Total gusher. I lose 1/2oz before I even have a chance to pour.

Pours a cloudy mahogany brown w/ a 1-finger beige head.

Aroma is predominantly bready yeast, dark fruity malt, candi sugar.

Taste follows nose. Bready yeast, fruity malt, plums, raisins, clean water.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Sharp bite from the carbonation.

Overall a solid dubbel despite excessive carbonation. A classic version of the style.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish dark brown with a small amount of visible sediment (yeast) near the bottom of the glass. The beer has a just shy of two finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin layer covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing os observed.

S: There is a very malty and slightly yeasty aroma overall for this beer. I detect some sweetness to the malts with hints of brown sugar. There are also some hints of dark fruits, mostly raisin and plum/prune. There is a subtle hint of the alcohol as well.

T: The beer has a nice and sweet malty body upfront, with lots of hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. Then there is a light spiciness with a light clove presence. The beer seems to get a little sweeter as it warms but never gets too sweet (not cloying at all). There is no taste of alcohol.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a pretty easy drinking beer and gets even easier as it warms up and there is additional sweetness. The presence of alcohol is faintly there in the smell but well hidden in the taste. A very good example of the style and one I have been drinking for a number of years (and likely will continue to drink).

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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, and cloudy brownish orange with a little bit of sediment. Moderate amount of bubbles and a huge six finger off white head which sticks for a bit then fades into a patchy layer. Moderate amount of lace.

Smell: Big fruity aroma. Dark malts with a big presence of dark fruits. Hints of raisins, dark grapes, prunes, figs, plums, dark berries, and a little apple. Good amount of Belgian yeast with some hints of clove. Also some brown sugar and a light hint of alcohol.

Taste: Somewhat spicy upfront with Belgian yeast and some clove spice. Some bready dark malts. Big taste of dark fruits takes over with notes of prunes, raisins, figs, grapes, berries, and plums. Hints of brown sugar. Also some earthy hops towards the finish that add a lightly bitter bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Chewy and pretty crisp. Finishes fairly dry. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A very solid authentic Dubbel. Very nice dark fruit flavors without being too thick or sweet.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on 3/11/2012 @ noon

Appearance: A brown amber color without head retention probably due to temperature in my house. Opaque with no yeast precipitate. I did a smooth careful pour.

Smell: Strong alcohol smell. Raisins, plum, and pear notes dominate this brew. The malty flavor causes a strong brown sugar smell.

Mouthfeel: Light beer with a medium level of carbonation.

Taste: A decent beer. Fruity notes that are complimented by the smell. Very sweet.

Overall: A decent Belgian, I've had better. This one just didn't wow me.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
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