Chimay Première (Red) 75cl (Sharing Bottle)
Chimay Première (Red) – 7.0% ABV
Chimay Première was the first ale to be sold by the Trappist monks in 1862, hence the name. The monks did not want to sell a beer that would compete directly with the lighter style beers in the region and harm the local economy for which they worked to reinvigorate. These local beers were known as “household beer.” So, the first brand they brought to market was the Chimay Red in 750ml bottles. It became famous for its dark copper colour, rich creamy foam and nutritious quality.
The beer gives forth distinct apricot aromas and has a pleasantly light and silky mouthfeel which finishes with a touch of bitterness. At 7% alcohol, the more subtle esters of Chimay’s yeast strain emerge nicely which gives the perception of a variety of fruits. This yeast strain was isolated by reverend Father Theodore following his studies at brewing school in Leuven after WWII. It was an important achievement in brewing and set Chimay’s reputation for consistency, quality and innovation that remains today.