Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)
4,903 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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a deep amber brown that is extremely hazy and pours with a full finger of frothy light tan head with extremely fine bubbles that lingers really nicely and leaves absolutely not lacing
S: great scent, cherries and slight licorice at the end of the nose, quite pleasant
T: very nice taste for the style, slight woody notes in the middle, cherries and dark fruits throughout, leaves a nice malty character with a very very slight licorice taste on the palate
M: medium carbonation, the head has lingered for a long time and thus i get a slight bit in each sip, the head is very thin and seems to pop aggressively in the mouth, almost like pop rocks
O: a really wonderful representation of the style, loved every aspect of it except the awkward bubble popping

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours brown with a slight reddish tint, cloudy with sediment, and a fluffy off white head with nice retention.
S-caramel, raisins, cherries, no hop aroma
T-more of the same with the caramel being up front leading to the raisin and finishing with the cherries. Hops provides nice balance but aren't contributing alot to the flavor. Finishes a little dry
M-medium light with quite a bit of carbonation
O-Excellent dubbel, great balance and flavor.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - Pours a deep mahogany hue, with a fluffy, two-finger head of tan foam. Head retention is fantastic, with a thick layer of foam present long after the pour. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramel malt, cherries, light candi sugar, and nice clean malt. Very light upfront actually.

T - Dark fruits, candi sugar, and yeast. Finishes with a metallic sourness. Definitely some figs, dates and raisins. Lots of fruitiness in this. Light sour apple, muted brown sugar, and Belgian spices. Small hop presence in the finish. Complex overall, but quite muted as well. It feels like something is missing.

M - Nice smooth, medium-bodied feel. Almost creamy. Soft carbonation compliments the body beautifully.

D - While this dubbel is light in flavor and doesn't pack a lot of intensity, it's incredibly easy to drink. Just a very solid brew overall, and one I'm sure I'll be drinking many times in the future. Good stuff, but not quite great.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

A-reddish copper with lots of head and foam. bottle even overflowed after opening.

S-booze in the nose along with cherries, malt and dried fruit.

T-I actually enjoy this one more than Grand Reserve now. Nice maltiness and a little sweeter than grand reserve. Has the typical banana/bubble gum belgian yeast taste and some dried fruit like figs/dates. Good beer all around.

M-light and fruity, lots of carb, maybe too much.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a goblet.

A - Pours a murky mahogany, with a very pretty off-white head about a finger high. Not a whole lotta retention, but that may change as it warms. Leaves a film on top with minimal lacing.

S - Caramel malts, spicy yeast. Maybe some green apples in back? Very mellow, but still pretty appetizing.

T - Very sweet, with a nice yeast bite. Was right on the green apple, definitely in there, especially near the end, with a slightly sour finish. Hint pf caramel, but not as much as the nose.

M - Very mellow carbonation, but not quite creamy. Sharp and juicy flavors make for a slight pucker in the cheeks.

O - It drinks easy, and is pretty approachable.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,903 ratings
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