Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2005
A light bodied double that strangely has hints of rice in it...reminiscent of a Kirin or Sapporo. I swear I did not have any sushi or Japanese beers tonight. Shaka Tamasna Kata Frata Brada!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
Pours more of a light brown than copper, thick head quickly dissapates. Might be my oncoming cold, but the aroma is quite muted, nothing really prominent. Fruity flavours with a spicy underlay. Cherry, dried apricot notes. Full bodied with a balanced finish. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Pours a dark brownish color with a nice amount of foamy white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor is light on the palate, sweet with raisiny spicy finish. Only the slightest bit of an alcohol taste. Overall, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 pours a ruby colour with a moderate lasting head. Apricot and Plums in the nose. easy on the palate, refreshing finish, i really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours (suprise) that usual red color of a dubbel. Head is thin and lacing is minimal. Aroma is dried fruit and slight wood. Flavor is large and malty, very little hop presence, dark fruits, a little veggie, a dry spell with a slight alcochol note, with a mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is much better than in the blue, thank God.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown color. It has a light aroma of light malts and fruits. It has a slight aroma of hop bitternes. The taste is mildly sweet, yeasty, malty, and lightly spiced. This one is also not as good as it used to be. If I had to compare I’d say this one has suffered the least with the Bleu and Blanche really taking hits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5693) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Rerate, 330 ml bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet, + Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger): ABV is 7.0%. Hazy brown colour, big and lasting off-white head. Spicy complex aroma and flavour, some winey and woody notes too. The mouthfeel has still too much carbonation, but this is none the less a very fine beer. I’m upping it a few points. Original rating: 330 ml bottle, at the White Horse at Parsons Green, London. Served in "appropriate" Chimay glass (whether those wide chalices really ARE the most appropriate for savouring complex beers, is a discussion of its own). Unfortunately served far too cold - you’d think White Horse waiters knew better. For good measure, the waiter poured the beer along the side of the glass, which prevented the beer from "opening up", the head disappeared quickly and the beer kept too much carbonation. The beer has a brown colour, aroma of leather, balsamico vinegar and barnyard. Flavour is quite dry, well hopped, elements of leather and tobacco. Hints of cardamom and ginger. Aroma and flavour improves somewhat as the beer slowly warms up, but altogether this remains my least favourite of the Chimays - give me a Bleu, please! Still a decent beer, but with the Trappists I expect more. Will re-rate when I personally control the temperature and the pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (23306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2005
Hazy brown colour with a big off-white head. Spicy aroma with lots of yeast. Complex spicy flavour with sweetness and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2005
Chimay Premiere. As my first introduction into Abbey Dubbel was quite pleasing. I since that first meeting I usally have it as a speacial treat and rare occassions. It is definitly a treat, I think I’ll treat myself to one soon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
Chimay Premiere - Beautiful Ruby body with appropriate head. The beer unleashes a perfect blend of spices with malt sweetness. There is definitely something bready in this and an almost warming finish. Good stuff.

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