Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bottled. Nice head which disappeared quickly. Extremely well-balanced with nice fruity/bready malts. The wonderful, fine carbonation contibutes to what I believe is the best palate of any beer I’ve come across yet. Many of the American imitatitions have been over-done; Chimay gets it right; these monks know their stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craven5000 (101) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
There were floaters in the middle of the large bottle and noticeable sediment on the bottom. It poured a big off while head with popping bubbles. It was mostly diminishing. At first the color in a full glass reminded me of plum wine, but slightly lighter and with a little orange. Small bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass. Initially, it felt lively on the tongue and released a flavor that is hard for me to describe. After a short bit the liveliness died down allowing it to become smooth all the way through. It had a nice full round mouth feel that was clean after the swallow. The flavors started with what reminded me of warm doughy bread with a hint if nuts. It ended with a pleasurable metallic astringency, which lightly remained in the after taste. If drank quickly it has a sharp harshness that quickly builds up. It is a very good beer that I will have again. The reason for the lower aroma rating is because I have not been very successful in telling the difference between beers for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2004
330ml bottle: After drinking this for so long, I’m finally getting around to rating it: pops with lively carbonation, and pours with a moderate, creamy head; nutty, caramel aroma; herbal, citrus hop and light dough nose; hints of banana, clove, bubble gum, pear, pepper and toffe flavor; finishes with a long, slightly metallic astringentness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
Pretty good, full of flavour, wonderful smell. Good beer to sip and savour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
My comments on the "Blue" follow ( the "Red" is almost there) ... Blue -Just a superb Trappist rendition. I love the yeasty fullish bodied content, the red-copper color, the Belgian lace and overtones of malted caramel among other enticing flavors. The best of the Chimay line.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5193) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Bottle: Aroma is very fruity. A little hop aroma too. Pours a very hazy copper with lots of sediment. Nice off-white head with a good amount of retention. Not much lacing. Very malty and fruity tatste. No hops in the taste like the smell indicated. Slight alcohol taste, but for the most part covered up rather well. Virtually no aftertaste. Alcohol taste intensifies as you drink but never becomes overpowering. Excellent beer. Bleu gets the higher average rating, but I think this is much better. (8-4-8-4-17)

Bottle (33cL): Well, it’s finally time for a re-rate. The aroma is moderately fruity with raisins, grapes, faint apples, candi sugar, yeast, and light spiciness. It pours a hazy reddish-orange with a moderate off-white head with decent retention. The flavor starts with moderate fruitiness that’s just like the aroma with a nice mixture of raisins, grapes, and faint apple. There some slight candi sugar in the background. The finish is somewhat spicy with some metallic notes that are somewhat iron-like. Medium bodied with a nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel. As the beer warmed the iron flavors began to disappear, but never disappeared completely. My score probably wouldn’t be all that much different than before if not for the iron-like flavors in the finish.(9-4-6-4-14)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1927) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2004
redish, or lighter brown in color. Smelled of fruit and as usual with Chimay, plenty of carbonation. A great beer but not the best of the chimay line.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Hazy brown body with a foamy lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet of berries, malt and fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, yeast and some liquorice. A little mild in the flavor but still a nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
An absolutely beautiful beer - deep cloudy orange/brown with a fluffy natural head. Scent of fruit and hops. Sits nicely in the mouth - nice carbonation and a full flavour leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste. A big tasting brew with - believe it or not - a mildly "fishy" taste. Overall, a classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
The pour was most interesting, it kept foaming out of the 750 ml. bottle. I only wanted to try a few sips! Medium brown color with large but dissipitating head. Good smell with spice and some fruit, which did not disapoint in the tasting. Semi-dry aftertaste.

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