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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark dark hazy amber with reasonable white bubbly head which did not hang aroud for long. Plenty going on in the aroma, most notible is dried fruit and caramel. This transfers through to the flavour with a dry finish. Mouthfeel a little light for the style. Alcohol barely noticable, this is one that will sneak up on you.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2005
Pours a dark and sediment filled reddish brown with a creamy off white head. Aroma is fruity, but more your berry type fruity and somewhat malty. The flavor is lightly malty and fruity. A very lightly bitter and yeasty finish. This is very well balanced. Has an initially creamy feel that rolls over the tongue but it seems way too watery for me. My least favorite of the trio.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Texans0743 (5) - Sugar Land, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005 does not count
This was the first style of Chimay that I ever tried. I was overwhelmed after the first sip. It is also incredible, but after trying the blue, the red just isn’t the same anymore. The biggest difference is the bite at the beginning of each sip. It just isn’t as strong as the blue label, plus the blue has a little more alcohol, which never hurts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2787) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2005
Pours a dark dingy ruby red sort of color. Aroma of yeast and alot of spice. Flavor is quite nutty flavored. Spice fruit and a touch of alcohol. Finish is a little sweet and fruity. Enjoyable.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrHop (4) - New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2005 does not count
Amber orange color with a light malt and hops. Has the taste of a sparkling wine and is a little thin on the texture and body. Not one I finished

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2005
Average frothy slightly off-white head. Murky amber/brown body. Slight fruity aroma. Taste is sweet and almost takes on a champagne flavor. The finish is very slightly bitter/astringent/spicy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
This is a good brew for sure, but it’s just not mind blowing. It just seems standard when compared to other Belgians. It pours a nice and cloudy copper color with a beautiful head. If you have had the blue then you have pretty much had this one, except this one is slightly less complex. With a huge abundance of better Belgians out there, I really don’t see myself picking this one up very often. Still worth a try though!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2005
This bottle may have been faulty, as it foamed out of the lip of the bottle for a few minutes before I could pour. When I did, though, it came out normal. The result is a pretty standard, straightforward Belgain-type strong ae. Reddish-brown in color with decent foam layering, moderately fruity aroma, standard Belgian strong taste, and wonderful mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skisangelo (60) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pours light brune and cloudy, with the well developed lace expected. Spicy, nutty, earthy. Full flavored brew, nutty, yeasty, Belgian spicing. A beer to be enjoyed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
can8ianben (1394) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2005
The dark malty colour and taste of this beer is off set with the fruity aroma and flavour. There is a lot going on here and I really like it. The alcohol is hidden well, and there is a lot to smell and taste. I would place it between the blue and white as it doesn’t hold the depth of the blue, or the hoppy fruityness of the white. It is a great beer overall.


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