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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3179   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 18, 2004
Medium-dark, brown body with some red hues. Head is eggnog colored and thick, packed heavily with bubbles. Smel is typical abbey: lots of malt, clove, sweet corn, vegetable hops an some dustiness. Looks perect in glass. Tate is just strong enough with dark fruits, currants and spices. Delicious malt blankets the taste buds wrapping a warm alcohol flavor. After taste is good: rich malt, grapes and warming from the alcohol

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
brown hued but lacking depth of color, very cloudy, perhaps I let the bottle expire, some spiciness upfront, decent fresh baked bread taste, I'll have to try again, not up to par with corsendonk or allagash double

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Dark oarnge/light brown. Nice,creamy,long lasting head. Nice yeasty,malty aroma. Very creamy,fizzy,mouth feel. Feel great in the mouth. Starts musty and bready,rich. Chewy yeast follows,with fruity malt flavors. Finish is has the slightest bitterness,and is mainly malty. I've always enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2004
A sparkling clear copper body is topped by a frothy tan head. The aroma is yeasty and quite malty. The flavor has a certain spiciness about it that is quite nice, also sweet malt and yeast come into play. Body is medium and the carbonation, while quite lively in the glass, is not overly so on the tongue. Pre-RateBeer this and the Ommegang brews were about the only Belgian-style beers I ever drank. I quite surprised at how well this beer stands up to the many other Belgians I have had since joining RateBeer. It is not in the Westvleteren class of Trappist brews but it is still quite a beer. The gift pack that includes all three standard Chimay beers as well as a Chimay chalice is a steal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
POP! Cork almost slipped from my hand, could have almost hit the ceiling, and the bottle rocked. (As in, it wobbled on the desk, but it rocked in that it's a cool bottle, too). Sweet aroma, smooth and balanced smelling. Banana and berries and spice and something lightly musty but nice. Hazy orange-red color with a good head that stays a bit. A bit of lacing. Slightly sharp on the tongue, some alcohol taste, but not overpowering. Light sweetness and a bit of maltiness and spice. Good bitter finish. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Fairly smooth in the mouth, a tiny sting going down, but no point loss for that! Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2004
I enjoyed pouring this beer into my newly acquired Chimay Glass. JUst felt right...Not much to add about this fantastic dubbel...Nearly perfect for the style..Nicely played

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Another great brew from Belgium.Do these guys ever take a break?A nice rustic autmn copper color with a foamy head that dissapates to a creamy texture.Very malty and hints of fruits and the alcohol was slightly hidden.The finish was clean with a little bit spiciness

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrat (1262) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 From a small bottle came a huge fruity,red faced warming experience.Good malty fun.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Great color that is best described as rusted pumpkin. Head retention is unbelievable. Taste is barely sweet, and not too bitter- gives a mild overall feel. Mouthfeel could be more malty, but this beer comes off very smooth and drinkable. Good bitter aftertaste, decent malty aroma. Quite mild, but still a success.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3303) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Beer 31 Belgium trip. An old favorite, and my introduction to Belgian beers all those years back. Medium brown, bit hazy, light notes of port and raisin. Flavors matched, with a bit of piquancy, light malts. Good, and will always hold a soft spot for this one.


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