Chimay Première is the red labeled beer of this classic trio of genuine trappist ales from Belgium. Although it makes no reference on the label, this is the Dubbel or bruin style of other abbey breweries. The colour of label is justified by the ruddy brown hue of the liquid, and the beer has many sweet, roasted malty notes often associated with that tint. There are definite soft floral hop characters on the palate, with light caramel and fig flavours following on. This is not a heavy version of a Dubbel, so finishes with crisp spiciness. The 7% alcohol is not particularly obvious, which makes this an ideal beer to have with a big meal. Roast Pork with roasted root vegetables, and a gravy made with Chimay would be my choice, but this is a versatile beer, so be daring and try it out with a variety of Autumn fare.
Best Served: 9°C