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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3420   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Muddy brownish colour with a beautiful rocky head. Extremely dry, more dry than bitter. Some chocolatey notes. Not as full-bodied as most other trappists, but still a very beautiful experience. 040993

As "Chimay Premiere" 050599

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Medium orange-amber in color. Thick off-white head (not lasting). Cinnamon, belgian yeast bright scent, some kind of fruit too. light bodied. tastes like sugarless fruit, maybe grapefruit (citrus hopps). highly carbonated. Thanks Chuck...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Re-rating this fellow, (1992, kulminator, dirk didnt look sure about giving this, so thanks). Aroma is a good aged appely/oakiness, that i normally find this aged beer, i think it could have done with another few years however, fruit and light sweetness that i wouldnt normally have expected from this being as old as it is. Taste is similar to taste with the apples blending well with the darker fruits to create a delicious beer. I actually found the gf, pauline, had left half a glass left on the table towards the end of the nite and was like bonus if ever there was one.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Thanks Chuck! The appearance is a thick, bubbly/creamy off-white head that fully stays. The body is a weird brown color. It bubbles more than champagne. Excellent lacing provides a nice appearance. The aroma is yeasty, cinnamon, bananas, cloves, grain, apricot. The flavor is yeasty, hay, alfalfa, cloves, cinnamon, something weird I can’t pinpoint. The palate is watery with a light/medium mouthfeel. Extremely carbonated.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2005
an odd orangish brown pour w/ a big thick white head that laces pretty well nice champagne like bubbles but dissapates quickly nocking it from a potential 5 in appearance. A scent that is yeasty cloves, cinnamon, fruitiness very sweet hints of apricot or bannana in it as well. Palate is highly carbonated medium bodied. flavor is sweet and a touch spicy very fruity and malty defintelly belgian yeast almost over carbonated. Overall a decent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1097) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2005
hazy, dark orange, medium carbonation. I think still a classic dubbel. The dark friuits play nicely with malt sweetness and a subtle spiciness. note - put a cork in it and finished the next day and it was still pretty damn good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Hazy, cloudy, orangish-brown. Oily, off-white head. Aroma is of bananas, brown sugar, raisin bagels, cloves, coriander and cinnamon. Flavors are similar to aroma, with Belgian yeast, caramel sweetness, vanilla, toffee and cloves being the most prominent. Effervescent. Clean sweeping finish. Peppery aftertaste. Nicely done.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2654) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2005
Oh so scared of opening my three year olds, I opted for a young batch of this instead (LAm-434). Poured into it’s own tulip glass, a two inch off-white head formed atop an auburn copper body, with very fine carbonation agitating the ’bread crumb’ yeast floating about. Low Cabernet red grape and general vinous aromas, yeasty and earthy. A little toffee for sweetness, but more malty and peaty. Aroma follows through into the mouth, well rounded flavours, light, very fine carbonation, medium bodied, and quite fairy floss sweet throughout, with earthy undertones, leafy hops, gritty malt and a generous dark fruit, almost blackcurrant, zest, that adds a needed balance. Quite ’Scotch ale’ peaty, good length in the bitter and lowly sweet swallow, but, like a good red wine, I could tell it was young. I need to open one of the three year olds and see how much they’ve matured. A complex and lovely brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (932) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Initially didn’t care for this one but now I can appreciate it’s qualities. Unfortunately, a tad to malty, yeasty and raisiny for my taste. Yet still a very solid ale that gets better as it warms up. Big points for the one finger head that never went away along with the tiny bubbles that continued to rise to the top.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Not nearly as spicy as the Bleu, but somewhat spicy nonetheless!!!!1112 Deep reddish brown color, and quite carbonated. Has that Belgian, yeasty, malty taste just not as strong. But still very drinkable. Perhaps it is well suited as a breakfast beer.


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