La Chimay Rouge

While I was writing my notes up for La Chimay Bleue, I had recalled that I once tried a Chimay in the Fall of 2011 (either upon moving into my new apartment or during a Halloween party).

Realizing that this occurred well after the start of my blog (November 2009), I went to the first place I'd expect such a note on the experience would be. Lo and behold, I found a record of the tasting! Matching this up with my picture record, I also learned that it was a Chimay Red!

I had written the following: "The Chimay is nice. While it doesn't surprise me enough to sit at the top (of my favorite beers), its good. 9:20PM ET


La Chimay Rouge
(The Chimay Red Cap)

Relevant Links:
La Chimay Rouge (English)
Chimay Première (Red) (
Chimay Rouge (Red) / Première (

Website Information:
The Chimay Red Cap

The Chimay Red Cap, or "Première" in 750 ml bottles, is the oldest of the Chimays. This Trappist beer possesses a beautiful coppery colour that makes it particularly attractive. Topped with a creamy head, it gives off a slight fruity apricot smell from the fermentation. The aroma felt in the mouth is a balance confirming the fruit nuances revealed to the sense of smell. This traditional Belgian beer is best savoured at cellar temperature (10 - 12°C).

A little history

The Chimay "Première" was the first beer brewed at the Notre-Dame de Scourmont Abbey by the Trappist fathers in 1862.

Its current recipe was crafted by Father Théodore when he recreated the brewery after World War II. He was directly inspired by the original recipes from the beginnings of the brewery.


Taste : Silky with a light bitter touch
Type of foam : Firm and unctuous
Alcohol content : 7% alcohol by volume
Shelf life : to be enjoyed within the year

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