Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3626   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcd (366) - USA - APR 9, 2006
A fine beer, true, but overrated. Not much in the way of aromas (fruity esters, to be sure, but muted). Silky smooth. Copper colored. Nicely bodied with just a hint of astringency. Good, but there are better .........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
While I have found the experience of drinking a Chimay enjoyable, the product itself I believe to be somewhat overrated IMO. The beer is well done, no doubt. But there are better examples of this style. Anyways, on to the review. The aroma was fruity sweet, spicy, although not very complex. Appearance was a nice copper color that looked very nice in my glass. Mouthfeel was a bit fizzy and hot. Flavors weren’t too deep either with notes of caramel, dark fruit, some hops and malty sweet. Enjoyable, but like the Chimay Blue, a tad overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 Pours lighter than the Bleue, taste and scent is not as strong - a softer version i think, similar in taste but subtler and perhaps less complex. Very easy to drink, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 6, 2006
75cl bottle, tasted blind in a flight of 8 dubbels(this turned out to be the second beer of the tasting). Reddish/brown color, bubbly head. Very carbonated, very thin & dry. Earthy(reminds me of seawater somehow) very muted aroma...maybe a little peppery. very dry, and a bit of roughness in the finish...body is almost non-existant...slight fruitiness shows up here and there, but this really lacks any redeeming character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2006 33cl bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours a murky dark amber / brown. (I poured a decent amt. of the dregs, I just couldn’t bear to leave too much beer in the bottle.) ~1cm tan head that dissipated quickly into a nice layer of foam. Great spicy, fruity, distinctly belgian aroma. (I am pretty new to belgians, so I don’t have a better way of describing it yet.) I would assume I’m getting some esters and cloves. Flavor doesn’t necessarily live up to what I expected out of the aroma. Just doesn’’t seem to be all that complex. Just a kind of bitter with a distinct belgian aftertaste, but doesn’t seem to be a ton there. A little yeasty and herby. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light. It’s good, but for the price there has to be much better dubbels out there. I do have to add that the flavor did get a little better and more complex as the beer warmed. The last sip was better than the first. Lesson learned.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2006
very middle of the road. big quickly dissapating head. brown with red showing in the light. yeasty wheaty almost pasta like aroma. very creamy mouthfeel. lightly sweet lightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2006
This is definitely not as exciting as the other Trappist offerings I’ve had. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely lacking complexity and texture. Pours a hazy medium red-amber color with a very large, frothy, off-white, quickly diminishing and mostly lasting head. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain; hoppy with a light note of herbs and a trace note of lemon zest; yeasty with heavy notes of bread dough and light notes of damp basement; trace notes of orange zest, raw sugar. spicy alcohol. The flavor is moderately bitter, moderately sweet and lightly acidic with a longer-than-average, heavily alcohol, lightly bittersweet finish. Kind of an ichy soap/astringent aftertaste. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Poured in a Trappist glass. Very cloudy copper color with a medium off-white head. Light yet complex aroma of apricot, banana, and maybe some dark fruit, as well as some caramel malt and some spice. Flavor is caramelly, fruity, and just a little salty. Fairly fizzy mouthfeel and a long finish of malty caramel and some bitterness. I like this about as much as the other Chimays, just in a different way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2006
Had a 75cl bottle. Brown colour, with some red touches and an average, off white head. Sweet aroma, light caramal hints and fruity-spicy. Full body with a creamy finish, light bitter. Very good beer, I love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle. I used to drink this once in a while a few years back. However in the meantime I have tried thousands of beers and as such I was prepared to be disappointed. It was pretty good thought. Huge, fluffy head on a chestnut brown hazy body. Aroma is hoppy with notes of alcohol. Quite bitter and dry in the mouth with clear notes of hops and caramel. Slightly unpleasant metallic finish. Pretty good.

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