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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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

985th Review on BA
Bottle to Chimay Goblet

Dont understand the bottle code, so oh well.
Purchased a single 11.2 from Bevmo, Chino Hills, CA

App- A murky red and brown color that looks a bit too dark for caramel brown but not light enough for a crimson. A bit of a gusher from the bottle. Didnt let stand long enough to let yeast settle. A small one finger head falls to a sheen of topping lace. Only a tad bit of cling.

Smell- It's very soft all the way around. A soft yeast. A soft damp fruit note. A soft malt on the final pull of the nose.

Taste- A very soft dubbel with a lot of yeast behind it. The malts and fruits balance quite well. Not overpowering by any means but still quite good with a thin flavor profile all around.

Mouth- A little bit of a light medium body with a light/medium carbonation with a lot of bubbles in it. Nice residual fruit and yeast.

Drink- This wasn't as good as I remember. A bit thinner and missing that full bodied spicy dubbel taste. Ill probably come back to this one but not anytime soon.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ChadQuest
3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one gushed a little when opened, nothing wild though, just a slow rise up and over flowing. in the glass it is a semi-hazy reddish orange tint with a finger of off white head.
nosing into the glass shows mostly soft spices, similar to what a rye would impart, and some clean pears and light fruits.
Flavors are a mellow malt backbone with earthy noble hobs over the top, and some spices.
Mouthfeel is medium thin, not a really long finish either.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of cooler4life
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, the cork exploded out of the top with just a slight thumbing. Is this a hint of excitement to come?

A: Pours a one finger head that settles to small islands of off-white foam. Multiple lines of carbonation are streaming to the top. Color is a hazy rusty brown, awesome. Retention and glass presence is moderate.

S: Strong Belgian yeast in the nose with some fruit and spice. Caramel undertones. Really balanced. I was hoping for more though.

T: Apple, raison, brown sugar. It hits all at once and leaves you with a very clean palate with just a twinge of pear and honey.

M: Carbonation is explosive (like the cork escapade). Tickles the mouth with just the right amount of chewiness. Refreshing.

O: Creamy, tart and delicious, this should be at the top when considering a Dubbel.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small, stubby 330mL bottle into an imperial pint glass
A - Rough pour yields a foamy rocky head that dissipates to a thin cap. Pours a cloudy brown/amber.
S - Molasses, toffee, a bit of malt.
T - Pretty much as the smell, with molasses-like maltiness being predominant. The prototypical banana-like Belgian-yeast flavor is there, but is not prominent, which is fine with me. Get a bit of alcohol as it warms up, but really no hops to speak of.
M - Very smooth and almost creamy, as you might expect this being bottle-conditioned.
This is definitely NOT my style, but if I had to drink a Dubbel, it would probably be this one. Not a ringing endorsement, I know, but this is a pretty good beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Musty brown in color. Not very clear but I did pour aggressively and didn't worry about the sediment. The bottle gushed when opened. Head is off-white and tight bubbles.

S - Yeast and some phenolic notes. Dark fruits and some alcohol burn.

T - More of the same above. Dark fruits come out. somewhat restrained in my opinion.

M - Thin with strong carbonation.

O - i was hoping for more character. It is very subdued. It is very easy to drink and is enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark molasses color with nice aroma of dark fruits and wheat. However when you taste, the dark fruits really struggle to come through and make their way to your taste buds. Therefore you are left with more of a spicy flavor of cloves and ginger. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes with a crisp earthy finish. After recently having the Rochefort 8, I find this Chimay to be a little bit of a let down but still a solid Dubbel.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
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