Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,857
Reviews:
1,689
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.98%
 
 
Wants:
294
Gots:
1,005
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Gregaroo
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1-17-17 - Not sure why I've never captured this one, but I had a few tonight. Bottle poured into Chimay chalice (barkeep went and got me one from the front bar) at Pappilon in NYC. Just as I remembered with nice off-white head and dark brown/copper color. So tasty, but not The Reserve. I now ask for a bottle of Chimay if the taps don't tease me.

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Photo of derdtheterd
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Giangio
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerTest
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zet
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Okay, this makes me confused. I've had some great Chimay beers in the past and judging from other ratings, this beer's just as great. But all I tasted was a mediocre belgian dubbel. Slightly hazy orange/red colour with a modest but steady head of foam. Weak smell of yeast. Lots of yeast in the taste again, with some hints of banana, cloves and tangerine. Mouth feel was too foamy and a bit watery. I'm questioning my own judgement here. There will be a rematch in the future.

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Photo of Rymish
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ginger-tipple
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank the Premiere with meal of cold and smoked meats, a perfect accompaniment. It is all you could expect from Chimay. Only down was too much foam at the recommended temperature.

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Photo of madelf66
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsshuck
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreyGhost4
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmcquirk
4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nobledust
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: hazy, unfiltered, average head retention

S: 5/5 - Earth, pepper, spice, banana - the best part of this beer

T: Too much banana for my taste. I love Orval and Rochefort because they don't have this stereotypical Belgian banana thing. This Chimay is still one of the better Belgian beers if you take Orval and Rochefort off the list, though.

F: smooth, not boozy, full bodied

O: Chimay is the mainstream trappist ale. So of course it's good, but it's not the best out there.

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Photo of mkh012
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle pours murky golden brown into a tulip. Hints of red, as the name suggests.

Nose is yeasty fruit and spice, and the taste follows. Crisp carbonation to start, and cranberry, apple, and toffee mid-palate. Notes of yeasty funk and clove. Very easy drinking.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. Probably my favorite in the Chimay series at the moment. Good stuff.

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Photo of bwbetts
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.85/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

**
02/03/13
Super Bowl XLVII

AROMA:Bread, nutmeg. Brown Sugar
LOOK:Silty Brown Color
Taste: is sour fruit, caramel. Not bad.

Similar to rochefort trappistes 8 I had earlier, but a lot more rough around the edges.
**

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Photo of chossboss
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kalosjakar
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle with no bottling date into stein glass.

L: Unfiltered brown, two finger head sits there all fluffy for longimm
amounts of time.

S: Malt sweetness, phenols and some spice i.e. Clove, Coriander and pepper.

T: The balance and complexity of this beer is unmatched to anything I have tasted so far. Sweet malts float through right away, some spice like nutmeg and clove, slight hop bitterness. Insanely delicious. I can't rave enough about how delicious this beer is.

F: Super smooth on the palate. Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Perfection.

O: An exquisite brew by Chimay.

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Photo of Bhawks10
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,857 ratings.
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