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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3334   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
This was probably my first and still my most favorite dubbels on the market. Very complex and yeasty much like westmalle. I dont like such dubbels that are overly sweet and cloying. THis one is a nice deep brown color with a great head and complex sweet and spicy flavors and aromas. One of the best examples of an abbey dubbel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4841) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Aroma of malt, flowers, and herbs. Brown, large white head. Flavor is complex. Some bitterness. Malt, and fruit that seems to hold back. Heavy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2004
What a fine looking beer. Pours reddish/honey colored with a beautiful head. Lovely little bubbles that just stay there. Smells clean and crisp. Aromas of flowery malt and just a hint of hops too. The taste lives up the that clean crisp smell. Almost a bit champagne in body with the bubbles whisking by your tongue. The bitterness is mild but present. Just a touch metallic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 2, 2004
A nice warm copper color with a cream-white head of fine soft sparkly bubbles. Head thins after the initial pour, but a layer of froth lingers nicely. Pleasant clean earthy smells. Some flowery hops. Toasted sugar. As it warms, some candied oranges in there too. Body is smooth and lingers in the mouth long enough to be satisfying, but without cloying. Tastes of carmel and gentle fruit esters.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2004
What’s not to like? The signature dusky copper colorisn’t the prettiest girl at the dance, but one of the most popular, because of her other worldly charms. I detected Eve’s apple in the aroma and flavor. Spicy and crisp, like a Spanish dancer, but light in body, bold in spirit. A woodiness that is calming and warms your heart..and gets you drunk enough to lose all control.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Bottle: Ruby red with a brown haze, large off-white head. Quite carbonated at first, make sure to allow this one to breathe. Spicey nose has yeast, fruits, wheat, and is very malty. Taste has tons of malt, spicey yeast, dark fruit, and some acidic notes to it. Decent beer, but there’s better from Chimay out there.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Clear crimson coloration, with busy fizzing above in the beigish head, which dies quickly..nose is spicy, sweet, caramel, and cola, dark fruits and more, but, really, not enough...these days, I expect more from a dubbel. In the mouth, tasty enough, but not much more than average...nutty, slightly chocolatey, very light, very lean, leaves the palate quickly, though...and a dull fuzz remains on the tongue, and dies...pretty average, really. Boy, this used to be a good beer, I mean, a really good beer, but, this is just kind of dull. Medium bodied, dull, soporific finish...fizzy cola-ish taste...very dull, compared to other Belgian, hey, even, no, especially American offerings!!! I am damned disappointed in the dullness of this rather dreary, lackluster, coasting- on -the- coattails- of- it’s- past-kind of brew. It’s been several years since I’ve had a bottle of this, and it may be many more, now that I’ve had it again. It’s like you get a glimmer of the taste, but it dies too quick, and does nothing...this should never be thought of as an exemplar of this style, if you really want to try the real stuff...even Maredsous is better than this! A better beer than, say Milwaukee’s Best, but not a match for St. Bernardus or even Allagash!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Amber to nut brown with a huge off-white head, good lacing. Huge wheat aroma with a sweet and malty nose. Wheat flavor with caramel notes. A little dry to metallic finish. Medium palate, dry and warm.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2004
Bottle: Pours a red coppery body, with creamy head. Aromas of fruit, and hints of vanilla. Tastes of fruit, and somewhat sour. slightly feel the alochol on the finish. I enjoyed this one!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Reminds me of a shallower chimay bleu. Malty and nice, but I’d never buy it next to the blue.


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