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

S - While still foaming it smelled very metallic. Later I got more yeasty boozy smells.

T - Initially metallic, then a mild caramel, more like brown sugar, just a bit of that high booze taste, something vaguely earthy that is pleasing.

O - This was surprisingly light. It was not as robust as I was expecting, but it's enjoyable.

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

poured from bottle into palm glass

A-medium dark amber with a nice giant head that is slowly falling fluffy creamy white head.

S-can smell a peachy belgium yeast scent. thats the majority of what im getting. no hops. fruity malty scent

T-as my roommate put it "its like the molecules are making love to my tongue". wow this one is good. Im getting a fruityness pretty much throughout. Sort of a maltyness on the front end finishing with a yeastyness.

MF-very smooth. perfect carbonation. great aftertaste.

O-this is delicious. I have not had much in this style but this blew my mind. I will definitely be having this one again. I have delayed buying because of the price but this is worth every penny.

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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay goblet, i determined that the beer is from april 2011, just over 10 months old.

A: Deep mahogany crimson brown, with a blond creamy head that lasts a very long while and leaves an intricate lacing.

S: Slight sour notes with a munich and vienna style grain bill.

T: First notes are a dark fruit ensemble of cherry, plum, pineapple and mango. Secondary profile of munich malt, pale malt and coriander. Slight notes of caramel and creamy coffee as it warms up. Minimal noble hop bitterness but present more than other trappist beers. Dry citrus and belgian spiced finish.

M: Medium body with low to mid carbonation. Slight maltodextrin style thickness, with a good balance of bitter and sweet. No alcohol feel. Top of the line.

O: This is a pretty solid trappist beer. Not the best ive had (see rochefort 6, 10... and westmalle.) Still crazy good in comparison to other beers. The intense complexity of this beer is what makes it stand out. Must be drank at cellar temperatures, or all beauty is lost on a ruined, numbed palate.

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

A: Huge pillowy, small bubble, khaki head. Clear amber color. Looks great.

S: Belgian phenols, no banana or clove, caramel and sugar. All subtle.

T: Caramel, toffee, coffee, bitter malts. All balanced. Not overly sweet. Perfectly feremented. Classic and delicious.

M: Medium to thick. Balanced dry and sweet. Bitter and alcoholic. Excellent.

O: Perfect. These beers have such a paramount reputation. Luckily the beer stands up to them. Fantastic. Will buy again.

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

33cl bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle dating that I can find. Came from a 2011 holiday gift pack.

A: Fluffy two finger head. Body is a hazy brownish red. Not as dark and rich as other Dubbels I’ve seen. Minimal spotted lacing here and there.

S: Lovely Belgian yeast and dark fruit. Currants, plums, bread and clove. Smells sweet.

T: After a moment of not much, there is bread and clove up front. There is a tinge of sweetness, but not nearly as much as I got from the nose. Didn’t get much of the dark fruit but you can sort of make it out with some effort. Then light caramel malt, hops and alcohol take over to leave you with a dry biting finish.

M: There isn’t a ton of complexity which actually makes it quite drinkable. That’s not exactly what I look for in a Belgian style however. Carb is fairly high and the body is medium.

O: It’s been several years since I’ve had this. It was very drinkable and a good showcase for Belgian yeast flavors. Admittingly, Dubbels are not one of my favorite styles. I’ve also got the White and Blue so I’ll be very interested to see how this compares.

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Amber red with a two finger off white head, which lasted all the way to the end. It's clear with a decent amount of carbonation.
I smelled clove, spice (couldn't decipher which ones) and carmel.
Bitter hops with some burnt toast along with raisns make this a good tasting and complex beer. I also taste some clove spiceness which is rather faint but a nice added touch.
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A light brown with with a ruby hue to it and a big off-white head that takes its time settling down. Very nice aroma of the belgian yeast, some roasted malt, fruit, a little hops, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is very very nice. The belgian yeast, roasted malt,some fruit, and a touch of hops that holds everything together. A touch of alcohol was present. Medium bodied and active mouthfeel. Call me crazy but this is my favorite from Chimay and my favorite Belgium beer.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
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