Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

4,875 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy rust color with a one finger white head on top, pretty foamy, but thick. Decent retention, reducing to a thin layer on top. Nice sticky lacing all around.

S: A nice mix of fruit and Belgian yeast. A little bit of darker fruit, raisins and plums, mixed with some apple. Little bit of clove.

T: Nice fruit up front with some fig and bruised apple. Some underlying spice, cloves and a little pepper. Little bit of caramel and toffee on the back end.

M: Crisp and smooth, very easy drinking. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

O: Tasty beer, drinks smooth and easy. No sign of 7%, not overly filling. Might go pick up some more.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 with a 03/11 cork date, served in a Duvel tulip. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky, caramel brown, with brick red highlights. A 1.5-finger, slightly off white head just won't quit. Fine, thin waves of lacing and infinite tiny bubbles coat - but don't cling to - the glass.

A lot of fruit in the aroma. Some plums and prunes, other dark fruits, but what really sticks out for me is apple. Very prominent Belgian yeast characteristics. Also a pronounced bread element, with a little bit of biscuit malt.

Fruit is more muted in the taste. The bulk of the sweetness here comes from a brown sugar-esque flavor. There's a slight metallic twang, and a lingering bitterness. What's most surprising to me is the very perceptible alcohol quality - I'm not sure I've ever had a Chimay beer in which booze plays such a major and perceptible role in the taste.

Carbonation is on the high side, but the mouthfeel is lush and smooth. A slow sipper because of the complexity of flavors, not due to any fault of the beer itself or high ABV.

A classic take on the style, straightforward to a fault. I'd appreciate a little less alcohol in the taste, but that's a minor quibble.

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Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,875 ratings.
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