Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

4,864 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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Photo of Amburner
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chimay is legendary. Forget the esoteric BS about lacing, how many fingers of head and so on. I presume you might come here to learn something about a beer you've never tried. The entire Chimay range should be high on your list.

My best Chimay Premiere tip: Pair it with dark chocolate covered sour cherries. Superb! Here is Australia, Cherry Ripe is a pretty good substitute that's easy to find. If you're lucky, you can get Chimay cheeses to have with the beer. These are not so widely exported as the beer, possibly due to some countries rules against importing unpasteurised products. If you can't get them in your area, you might enjoy getting all three Chimay beers and three or four cheeses together with a few friends for a tasting party.

For me, Chimay Premiere is the pinnacle of beer. I would say its contribution extends to having influenced the style for many generations and helped spawn the amazing variety of exceptional quality beers we see today. Standing on the shoulders of the Chimay giant!

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3/5  rDev -26.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BryanRex
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy orange-brown with little lacing and retention. Aromas of malt and dark fruit prevail with a touch of apple and brown sugar on the nose. Fairly strong spice notes as well. The ale is spicy and bitter from start to finish which helps to mask the medicinal flavor. Phenols are readily apparent, and I lose the complex flavor amongst the fairly heavy spice and bitterness. The sweet aroma helps to balance the bitter after taste. The medium carbonation feels dry on the palate. The beer is good from start to finish, but for me it doesn’t live up to the hype. It’s slightly above average. For me the Chimay Grande Reserve is much smoother and more enjoyable.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this stubby bottle out of a large chimay glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with a thick, tan, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace and a partial trail down the glass.

S: Sweet aroma with hints of dark fruits and spices.

T: Equal mix of sweet and bitter flavor with a nice dark fruity background. There are a lot of complex flavors and spices here.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Classic Belgian Dubbel – nicely balanced and easily drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this as a final beer of the weekend. I sip this beer in celebration of a good weekend with family and in resolution to have a successful upcoming week.

I used a snifter to savor the Red. Based on an aggressive pour I had three and a half fingers and a lot of good sour belgian smell. It smells great.

The taste seems subtler than the blue. You get the sour presence. It is a luxurious taste.

I am glad to have made the decision to end the weekend on this beer. Good job Chimay.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,864 ratings.
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