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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Bottle Conditioned - 75 cl, and 33 cl bottles.
Ingredients: Pilsner malt (French barley from Champagne); wheat starch or flour (10% - 15%); dextrose (5%); malt extract (0.1%); hop extract from German Hallertaur (aroma) & American Galena (bittering) hops. Yeast & liquid invert sugar added to the bottled beer.
Chimay Red is noted for its coppery colour which makes it particularly attractive. Topped with a creamy head, it gives off a light, fruity apricot aroma produced by the fermentation. The taste perceived in the mouth is a balance confirming the fruity nuances noticed in the fragrance. Its taste, which imparts a silky sensation to the tongue, is made refreshing by a light touch of bitterness. To the palate, the taster perceives a pleasant astringency which complements the flavour qualities of this beer very harmoniously. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Pours with a thick head, hazy brown color. Lots of fruity apricot taste, finishes dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Lovely creamy head with a slight beige tint. This one's an old friend not visited in a long time and it looks simply beautiful! The aroma's fruity, but not particularly strong, the taste somewhat harser than I had remembered. Somewhat sweet taste but also a strong hint of toasted bread? Not as rich or complex tasting as I remembered, but still a good slow sip for a relaxing evening. Re-rate: so it's not as rich and complex as I remembered? Big deal, it's still a very pleasant brew. So it's not the most vaunted Trappist, but it goes down well and fits most occasions. Let's call it an every day Trappist and all the better for it!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 A thick white head on top of a deep brown ale. Both aroma and taste are fruity, yeasty, sweety, malty...This all comes to you in a complex blend. A classic.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Another fine Chimay product. Smooth bubbly palate that always reminds me of champagne. Ages well, or so I am told ;)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
Red-brown colour. Velvety light-brown head. Malty and fruity aroma. Soft and smooth, malty taste. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2003
Dark red/brown with a slightly off-white head. Tasted malty, nutty with a slight bitterness. Malty and alcoholic finish. Nice, but nothing spectacular.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 beautiful amberish color with a thick looking density with a great fruity flavor and off white head..in 1 word - chi-marvelous

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3049) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2003
This is one of the better belgium beers that I have tried. Massive off white head which diminished quickly, not a full aroma (butterscotch?), good blend of flavours too numerous to list.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1429) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2003
I guess this isn't my favorite style of beer. Different to the IPA's and Stouts and Porters I'm used to. 750mL bottle. Unfiltered deep red/mahagony pour with a lacing tan head. Fruit/floral aroma. Kind of an odd taste, I thought it was a bad bottle, but the descriptions on this site match what I taste. Strong taste, sticks to the palate. Fruit, spice, and a definite yeast presence. Strong aftertaste, too much for me. Overall not bad for the style, but I don't want to get this again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 750ml bottle Underneath a massive, fluffy, light tan head is a burgundy body with hints of amber, red, and peach. The head fills half of my goblet on the pour, and takes quite a while to shrink. Leaves decent lacing on my glass. Aroma of sweet fruit intermingled with a strong spice note. This one has a very distinctive yeasty aroma. Flavorful with lots of fruit and spice in an acceptable balance. A bit heavy on the yeast flavor... The finish has a really slight smokiness that I haven't ever noticed before. While it starts off nice and somewhat rich, it's aftertaste leaves something to be desired, as it's a bit thin and lacking in complexity. Fairly thin body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Finishes with a tart dryness that, unfortunately, seems to highlight the subpar aftertaste. A bit watery, and not quite worthy of the reputation that having the term ‘Trappist’ on the label denotes.


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