Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chimay Première (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Bottling code: L16-782

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 26B Belgian Dubbel

AROMA: Classic Belgian character all around with a fairly strong presence of fruits such as raisin, fig, plum, cherry and red apple. There is a slight flowery/perfumey note as well as a touch of spice from the phenols. Malt base is bready; hops are difficult to differentiate from the yeast character, but may add a touch of spice or floral aroma. Alcohol is light, but noticeable with a clean, vanilla-like scent. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Dark burgundy hue, although a cherry red when held up to light (17-34 SRM). Mostly clear body with visible carbonation. Moderate, tan, creamy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Rich, malty, fruity and spicy. First half is a very lightly toasted bready sensation with a subtle spicy sensation. The best flavor comes after the apex with a sweet, delectable taste of red fruits (cherry, apple, raisin, etc.). There is a slight vanilla character on the backend which lingers briefly in the aftertaste before finishing dry. Bitterness is rather low, but palette is well-balanced to be sure. Clean, smooth alcohol presence. 19/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium-high carbonation. Though effervescent, texture is remarkably smooth, as is the alcohol, at 7% ABV. Not necessarily a sipper. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: The name Chimay Première is certainly accurate, since it absolutely defines the style. It's also delicious and fun to drink. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 48/50

NOTE: See my previous reviews of this beer:

2013 review of 2009 vintage: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/06/chimay-red-premiere-2009-vintage.html

2009 review of 300ml bottle: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/06/chimay-red-premiere-330ml-bottle-chadz.html

2009 review of 750ml bottle: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/06/chimay-red-premiere-chadz-beer-reviews.html

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