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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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-29-2011
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.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body and high carbonation. Finish is fairly dry.

Overall a very good,easy-drinking Abbey ale. Tasted better as it warmed up to room temperatures.

Seems like this was not as impressive as the first time I tried it. I may need to revisit this one in the future and see if maybe this bottle was off.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: somewhat opaque dark reddish amber, foamy off-white head

S: sweet caramel malt, red fruit flavor, perhaps plum

T: sweet caramel malt, yeast flavor and bready flavors

M: smooth and creamy with a nice crispness as well. medium light bodied.

O: good beer, though it definitely needs to be served chilled as it the flavors are not as prominent as it warms up.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper color with a fine bubbly belgian head. smells woody, yeasty, and slightly fruity. dried fruits in the flavor tart a bit perhars like cranberries or bing cherries, green apples even. floral hops gently appear in the flavor as well, but the yeast is the star here for me, slightly sour but very round in the finish. mouthfeel is great, like all chimay brews its lively and drinkable. this is not what i think of when i think of a dubbel, its lighter and more fruity than many examples of the style, but it is a very well made beer, and one that im sure ill purchase again.

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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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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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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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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,960 ratings