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Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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4,912 Ratings
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours reddish brown with a finger length white head. The head dissipates, but does not disappear completely. The aroma is of sweet dark roasted malt, yeast, and dark fruits. The flavor is bready and sweet. The malt, yeast, brown sugar, and some dark fruit come through in the taste. It's not overly sweet and some faint hop bitterness comes in on the back end to help balance it. The body is medium and the carbonation provides crispness to the beer. It has a dry finish. This is an excellent dubbel and one I'd recommend.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Corsendonk chalice- pours a hazy brown/mahogany color with a luscious and creamy 1.5 finger head. EXCEPTIONAL retention and some nice lacing.

Smells pretty standard for a dubbel- sweet dark malt, yeast, and a bit of prune.

Taste is also very standard- not over the top malty, very reserved. Not a really full flavor up front but if you don't drink too fast some tastes show themselves; notably the prune, a little malty breadiness, and a bit of the yeast. I get a little bit of hops towards the end but very faint.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant- medium body with refreshingly crisp carbonation. Not sparkly but fuzzy if that makes sense. Good beer- not one I'll go for again but a worthy purchase.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,912 ratings
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