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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3148   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Bottle pours a hazy copper color with a nice off white head and lace sheeting. The aroma is of yeast and apricot. The flavor is much like the aroma and has yeast and apricot. The palate is quite carbonated. Overall, this is OK, but not my beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Choos (599) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2003
Aroma after much searching I got some apricot and cloves but no banana. Murky browny red suprised it's commercial description is "particularly attractive". Rich sweet smooth malty flavours with the tiniest amount of alcohol afterburn. At a decent temperature it almost has a fruity/apricot sweet aftertaste with a trace of bitterness.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2003
11.2 oz. Bottle. Tasted like every other Belgian beer with that sickening taste of yeast and bananas. Do the Belgians only make beers with that taste? I keep searching for an exception to the rule, but they ALL taste the same!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Sweet aroma, with hints of banana and clove ... cloudy, dark amber in appearance with slowly diminishing head ... flavor has a hoppy/bitter start with a with a sudden drop into a malty finish. Overall, not the best that Chimay has to offer, but by the same token, it isn't Hamms either.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Wonderful fruity aroma of apricot. Creamy head and wonderful copper color. Flavor is robust, with a silky texture and LOTS of carbonation. Semi-dry and very complex. Quite delicious

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rkearney (35) - Amherst, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Nice copper color with a full head. Spicy taste, I can feel the alcohol content in this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dredd (689) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2003
not a bad beer in the scheme of things, however, it is probably the weakest of the red/white/blue chimay's. Yeasty malty flavour and mild bitterness. It lacks the full depth and complexity of the others.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Very nice. Pours a rich golden-copper, with a nice head to it. Aroma is a little fruity, some berries, but mostly bready malt aroma. Flavor is pretty yeasty, slightly hoppy, and "old" tasting. Wish I'd tried this one sooner.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2003
Hazy, bronze color with a good head. Aroma is some licorice. Flavor is yeasty but the bitterness takes over quite quickly. Too bitter and sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10510) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Hazy bronze color with a nice and creamy white/brownish head. Has a fruity aroma with a touch of smoke. The strong bitterness takes over the flavor quite quickly. Yeasty.


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