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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2006
[Bottle, 75cl, fresh, chilled] Everything has been said on this. Lets just say that it’s another great trappist. Fruity nose.. plum/berry. Malt hits first then a bitter hint get noticed. Fine beer overall. To my opinion, the palate is the only deceiving part of the beer.. I guess i had high expectation for that beer but i find the body a little light, the texture thin and the finish abrupt..

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagobears (448) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 Complex taste. Fruity tasting , mostly apricot and maybe a hint of plum, some spices that are unknown to me. Yeast setiment at bottom of bottle. Beautiful hazy, dark copper color. My first Chimay and boy have I’ve been missing out. One bottle will warm you up nicely on a cold winter night. Can’t wait to try the Blue next week.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Again with the yeast. Chimay Red was a good looker but poor performer. It’s overcarbonated and equally flat if that makes sense. Blue has grown on me into some sort of chewy metamorphosis, but red I dont think has a chance. At best I got a faint amount of malt and some caramelly tones. maybe some dark fruits but I was so frustrated that I didnt bother. bleh

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Nice, creamy head with an absolutely wonderful aroma, slightly fruity. Malt hits you first. Followed by a little hopiness at the end that gives it just the right amount of bite and bitterness. Wonderful, I like this beer a lot. High dollar, but I will drink again! The only thing I didnt like about the beer was the cloudy, brownish color. Otherwise, it was great!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
badinplaid (106) - USA - JAN 10, 2006
An Excellent refreshing brew. A rich reamy head....deep copper colour. A wonderful Belgian.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Bottle: Pours a hazy copper with thick creamy head. Aroma is fruity apricot and caramel sweet maltiness. Flavour is a mix of cherry and apricot with a slight bitter aftertaste. Some sour molasses tones as well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2006
A very tasty dubbel. Maybe the best I have ever tasted. Better than Westmalle, and better than Konings Hoeven, but not by much, as those are all great beers! Great with Chinese, or mexican food. A little too expensive at about $10 for a 750 ML bottle, but I none the less consume one every three or four weeks !!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 4, 2006
"Poured out a copper color with a huge head with a ton of staying power. Has a fruity smell. Has an unbelievable smooth flavor. This is one i will try again and will now have to try other chimay"

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2966) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
This was the first Belgian Ale I ever had not to mention Tappist. Thus commenced my happy journey down the hoppy highway through the bourgs of beer from Belgium. I sometimes like to decant it, others drink it all. Only because of the health benefits, mind you. The color is an intriguing dark. The head wasn’t huge that I recall. The flavor was the same way, especially with the yeast. Gave it a bit of a nutty quality to contrast with the vineous malty character. Superb beer. An all-time fav. Too bad they’re jacking up the price so high that Bodega can’t carry it anymore. Wahhh....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a cloudy, unfiltered brown with an off-white head which almost fades completely but sustains itself if you swirl it around. Flavor has notes of raisin, white wine, apple, cherry, clove, banana and some caramel/toastiness. Well balanced. Medium to full bodied on the palate with that airy, soft yet very lively Chimay carbonation. Not my favorite style but a well made beer overall.


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