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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3287   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Pours copper with rich thick head...smells very dry with a hint of alcohol...very wine-like...tastes of caramel and dark fruits...a bit tart...beautiful...

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bode (3) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 7, 2004 does not count
When you meet a wine snob who turns their nose up at beer, let them try this.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shrubber85 (8235) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2009 A strong cherry-apple aroma - could not detect any other aroma. Dark brown color with ample brown head. Taste is spectacular - a perfect balance of fruity sweetness and malt. Nice full body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2004
750ml Bottle: Poured light brown with a thick off-white head that lasted very well indeed and laced thickly. Aroma of subtle clove and caramel malts with a complex spice character. Flavour was banana, subtle caramel malts, and some spice notes. I found the palate somewhat watery, although the low carbonation and bitterness were very nicely executed. This is a nicely restrained evening beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 750ml bottle. Dark red. Really quite carbonated. Sweet, spicy aroma. A smooth, easily drinkable beer, unusual of 7% beers, alcohol hidden well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 27, 2004
07.26.04 750ml Bottle. Indeed, a reddish brown pour with a frothy and thick head. Aromas of banana, milk chocolate, fruit salad, apricot. Flavors are mild and pleasant, quite fruity and fresh. Somewhat tinny(?) before a nicely dry finish. I’ve had a few liters of this stuff over the years. It’s a bit pricey, but always reliably consumable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
run20six2 (119) - USA - JUL 27, 2004
A very good tasting beer and very strong. Has a lot of taste and a noticable taste of alcohol. A strong beer that is good for sipping.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Poured a redish color, has a fruity aroma and a creamy head. Flavor is kinda fruity, but bitter. Very smooth beer, and a good one.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2004
pours a very over-carbonated but pretty amber, with a huge head that is slow to recede, but leaves minimal lace. nose is full of medicinal spiciness, with notes of fruit, earthy hops and alcohol. flavor is quite nice, with a mellow maltiness that is equally balanced by a restrained hop bite, and the yeast tang. mouthfeel is quite light for its strength, as the beer is well attenuated, and the high CO2 content gives further balance. very drinkable for its size.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Nice reddish, mahoganny color with a creamy off white head.. Nice fruity, yeasty, malty, aroma with a hint of cloves. Great flavor apricots, bananas with an extra shot of fizziness right up front. Very palatable. Like it alot. Great brew.


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