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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Poured from "stubby" 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Deep tea color, with a big mushroom cloud of lifht tan foam.
Aroma-Orchard fruits, Belgian spice
Taste-Belgian spicy yeast, fruity, clove, earthy hops. Very effervescent and perfectly balanced. A classic, classy beer that would be very welcome at the dinner table.

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I know its New Years but come on, my beer didn't know that! The cork shot up to the ceiling with such force it put an indentation on it. Glad my face wasn't near it, would have lost it.

The body color is orangey red and hazy with plenty of noticeable bubbles. Off white head, light beige that sticks around for quite some time.

Dark fruits like plums and Belgian yeast.

Bananas, cloves, plums, some spice and breadiness.

Medium carbonation, medium body, it feels dry.

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Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Chimay chalice
Purchased: Gift pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Color is dark red or copper, with cloudy clarity due to a lot of sediment. The head is cream-colored and 2 fingers high, composed of tight bubbles. The head features great retention and a low amount of lace.

Aromas consist of dark fruits, caramel malt sweetness, molasses and spices.

Taste is rich and strong, with caramels, dried cherry fruit, cloves, and sweet malts. There's a light bitterness as well.

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S: great scent, cherries and slight licorice at the end of the nose, quite pleasant
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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
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