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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3154   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.


3.9
   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 (10534) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 12, 2003
A wonderful dubbel. Very smooth and full to the palate, with the mixed fruit flavor that Belgians do so well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 Orangered. Cloudy. Nice thin longlasting head Aroma of chocolate, toffee, rubber, alcohol, syrup, raisins, figs, wood and spices. Chocolate and malt flavour. Spicy with creamy and almondy notes. A bit harsh.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2003
Pourred a copperish brew with a nice big head. The head stayed on top for a long time. Very complex spice with a not too distinct alcohol taste. I would describe the taste as sweet with a light bitterness aftertaste. Very firm body. This is classic and can never get enough of this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Had a small bottle with an excellent Italian dinner in Las Vegas. What a treat. Very complex and has lots of fruit flavor, but it is not distracting. Still has a robust body. Just enough bitterness.


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