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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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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Appearance: Ring of head. Patch of lace. Opaque brown.

Nose: Magnificent chocolate, currant, dark cherries.

Taste: Nice malt backbone over a creamy, balanced sort of grape and spice.

Mouth: Carbonated but not stinging or warm. Smooth and wet for such a dry taste.

What can one say? Chimay are wizards. A dubbel well done.

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Photo of brl
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jasper_Canale
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought the bottle on a supermarket. I don't know if I tasted it right... but I think the one I bought was skunked. What I tasted was underwhelming compared to the reviews this beer got on the internet. It was still better tasting than the popular brands though. The after taste is really great, gives a wine like aftertaste that is nice to the mouth.

Look: Beautiful copper color with a nice thick head. Marvelous in my honest opinion.
Smell: Slight undertones of wood and an overpowering smell of yeast. Not bad, but could be better.
Taste: Woody taste and slight bitters on the first sip. The following sips taste better. Gives off a smooth creamy taste from the foam and an exciting buzz from the beer.
Feel: Light and crisp at first but will then coat the whole mouth with a thick feel, almost maple syrupy feeling. This last a few minutes even after finishing the bottle.

Overall: Will try again, but was disappointed from reading too much great reviews (my fault). This is a really great beer. Cheers

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

Photo of spencz11
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely one of the best beers in the world. Has an extremely well balanced taste. This Belgian beer is the one I introduce to my wine friends due to its complexity and wide range of flavors. I love the Chimay line and I'm able to get bottles of the red for around $9 which makes this extremely hard to beat.

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Photo of BlackVeg
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ordybill
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap into a chimay chalice at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a slight brown color with a large white head. The aroma is full of malt and cloves. The taste is malt driven with fruit and yeast blended in. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber and clear. Frothy off-white, 3 fingers tall, persisting head. Excellent lacing. Very malty, grainy and bready aroma. Moderate fruity-esters aroma, like dried fruits. Some cloves.
Moderate sweet malty, grainy flavor. Medium-low bitterness, some yeasty bitterness. Cloves.
Medium body, creamy, fluffy mouth-feel. Long lasting, semi dry finish.

Elegant and rich. Chocolate flavors are missing IMO

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Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of srv33
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of a Dubbel taste off, consisting of this, Westmalle Dubbel, and Rochefort 6.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish orange. Nearly copper. With a beautiful thick head with very fine bubbles and an inch head that lingers without dissipating much. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma: Cloves, banana, bubblegum, some spiciness and a sweet fruitiness, reminding me more of a Tripel than a Dubbel.

Mouthfeel: A nice creaminess accentuated by the thick head that sticks around, followed by an almost overwhelming fine carbonation that definitely takes center stage. Champagne like. Fantastic mouthfeel overall.

Taste: Unfortunately underwhelming. Lacking overall punch and depth. Dark fruits, apricots, spices including nutmeg and cloves and perhaps whats best described as a sort of citric sharpness on the tail end.

Overall: This was a hard taste test. All three shone in their own ways which made judging hard. In terms of accuracy to the style, the Westmalle wins. In terms of all the other markers of the style, the Westmalle has the slight edge, closely followed by the Rochefort, and then the Chimay.

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Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my chalice, it poured a dark red and leaves the same color body. A small, half centimeter white head appeared and immediately died. No carbonation was seen rising. The smell had some dark fruits and dark bread which were very powerful as the beer warmed the clove and spices came out a bit. The taste was pretty much the same with some plum coming out a bit. The palate was about a medium with a hard crispness all around except for the tongue. Overall, this is good for the style, and I would have again.

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Photo of Spoda1983
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

2009 backlog. 11.2 oz bottle. Not much aroma here. The little bit I do smell is of grains; slightly sour. Pours muddy brown with little head. Thin island of foam on top. Excellent taste--maybe it’s a little old, though. Not as good as the blue label, but still very good.

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

A 5 year vintage poured into a wide glass goblet:

Look starts off red with bubbly foamy head then soon dissipated to cider, copper, caramel look with a mist on top.
Smell is subtle chimay scent with fruity undertones.
Mouthfeel is very thin, foamy, and dissolves fast. Also has pop, fizzy substance to it.
Taste is cherry, yeast, wood, mellow booze, toffee, caramel, birch, licorice, and brown sugar. Also has a bit of a cherry Dr. Pepper flavor.

Overall I wish I had it fresh but I got a good deal on this only paid $7 for 750ml. It goes well with grilled chicken marinated with Founders barrel aged Blis Blast hot sauce.

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Photo of kevintaraross
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2Tinypt1
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bokreiner
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Full flavor with a lite feel. Belgian yeast with zero bitterness. Caramel color with a slight cloudiness. I prefer the blue, but this one is good. Many years ago this beer was my introduction to Belgian beers. Thanks to those that suggested it.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of rjd722
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chimay Première (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,926 ratings
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