Chimay Première (Red) | Bières de Chimay

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4.15/5
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Chimay Première (Red)Chimay Première (Red)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

Style: Belgian 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
Ranking:
#2,928
Reviews:
1,730
Ratings:
5,001
pDev:
10.84%
 
 
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315
Gots:
1,089
Trade:
5
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber colored pour with nice clarity and very active carbonation. Foam is thick, creamy, and sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

S - Toasted caramel malt aroma with banana, cloves, spices, some bread crust, dark Belgian candy sugar, and traces of dark fruit.

T - Lightly toasted caramel malt, some lingering pleasantly mild bitterness, spice, cloves, very delicate banana. Finishes with a lingering spicy clove breadiness and earthy bitterness with a hint of citrus on the very back end.

M - Amazing mouthfeel with alot of soft carbonation giving way to a creamy sensation on the tongue, fairly dry in the back of the mouth.

O - This beer is in the top echelon and far better than a 4.15, IMO.

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3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chimay Tulip

Apperance - Burnt copper brown, frothy caramel 1/3 head with great lacing.

Aroma - I'm getting heavy brown bread with hints of honey.

Taste - I'm initially getting a toasted biscuit flavor with some brown sugar in there for sure.

Mouthfeel - Thin mouthfeel, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall - This is a nice medium bodied beer, strong toasted biscuit flavor with some brown sugar. Not overly complex, which works well in this classic.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330ml bottle.
Interesting Belgium Dubbel a nice look and nose but not really my style of beer.
Had to try one.

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4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.69/5  rDev +13%
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a hazy mahogany color with an off white full creamy, pillowy head, lots of lacing and retention, lots of carbonation, head looks wonderful as its tiny bubbles stick the glass.

Classic Belgian yeast notes, honey, bready malts, banana along with some spice, toasted brown sugar, and subtle notes of dark fruits, lots of complexity and depth on the aroma.

Wonderful taste to follow the look and smell, spice up front like cinnamon and nutmeg, dark fruits like dates, plums, and raisins, moderate amount of spice-like bitterness, finish has notes of Belgian yeast, banana, spice, and dark fruits, all lingering in the aftertaste with great balance, very nice.

Another amazing mouthfeel from Chimay, lots of carbonation that leaves a prickled feeling on the palate, light, pillowy, easy to drink, finish is slightly dry, very nice.

Chimay brews world class beers with great depth, complexity, flavor, and smooth mouthfeel, this one fits perfectly with other Chimay beers I've tasted.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 5,001 ratings