Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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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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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with nice amber and ruby hues coming through. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of yeast, dark fruit, a sweet maltiness and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a the yeast and spice character but what i'm really getting are cherries and raisins giving it a nice sweetness with a woody undertone and bready and caramely malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweet overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Bottle from a Chimay gift pack into the Chimay chalice. Slowly gushed after I opened it.

A: Pours a ruddy, copper tinged red, huge 3 finger head stuck around for about 5 minutes before settling into a thin full cap. Not a ton of lacing, but a little here and there. Some oily legs show up on the glass.

S: Classic Belgian yeast, powdery and estery, nice odd toasted bready notes behind that, some dark fruits, and a nicely integrated sweetness.

T: Again, classic Belgian, banana/clove and powdery yeast are foremost, followed behind by a slight sweetness, caramel and toasty malt, and then a light alcoholic warmth. Finish is decently long and slightly dry, but clean.

M: Slightly thin compared to some of the others I've had, but this one is still good. Creamy carbonation.

O: Really, really good. I forgot why I liked this beer so much, now I remember why. Very, very solid.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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1/5  rDev -75.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33 cl. bottle with 2015 on the label.

A: Super dark amber in color with the slightest ruby tinge. Glows rather nice when held up to the light. A large tawny head puts up a fight as it slowly slides into the beer itself. Lacing is patchy but could certainly be worse.

S: Maybe I'm still getting over my cold, or maybe the beer is too cold, but I'm really not getting too much out of this. Some spices and an interesting nuttiness? A few fruity esters float around in the background, but otherwise this has very few of the normal characteristics of a dubbel.

T/M: As the label states, this beer boasts some very mild fruit flavors and a similar bitterness. Pretty weak (i.e. very light) body. Bland, barely caramelized malt makes up most of the flavor, with some very faint spice notes. Ends with a slight husky dryness. About the best thing I can say is that the carbonation is good and the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

O: I've never been a fan of Chimay really, except for perhaps the White. This beer just exudes lackluster. The flavors and aroma are muddled and weak, and I'm detecting some bizarre things that seem off (a bit of seafood on the finish? I must be crazy...). By far my least favorite Trappist brewery, though it might be a good intro to Belgian beers for those who don't want something too bold.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,934 ratings
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