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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3110   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 11, 2003
As I remember it was my first Trappiste. Ruby brown color and brown medium head. Very aromatic: cherries, yeast, raisins. The taste was a bit ordinary, but fruitiness and bitterness interplayed beautifully. A Trappiste for beginners.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
I have to stop rating tonite, this beer tastes just like the one I just had. Did I even rinse my glass? Seriously, I think the more yeasty beers don't sit that well with me. Combine that with complex maltiness and it's a difficult quaff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Copper color with a medium head. Light aroma of malt and yeast. Very weak spice notes in the taste. Moderate alcohol presence. The malt flavor is almost hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 On draught at Belgian Beer Café "Belle Vue", Kiev, Ukraine. Hazy mahogany color. Unbelieavably ozon-like nostrils-filling aroma. Malty toffeish flavor. Fizzy, bubbly palate. Medium bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5526) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
Cloudy, nutbrown body. Fresh aroma, ozon-ish. Wellbalanced, but a bit thin with too little flavour.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2003
I was slightly disappointed in this. The head poured nicely, but not much in the way of "complexity" in aroma. Slightly fruity aroma with some hoppiness pepper in the nose. Bubbly and fizzy on the tongue, but taste was somewhat average. Malty, carmel with some heffe-like spices mixed in, but very faint. I was expexting to be "wowed" with all the hype, but it's just "very good". I drove 22 miles to find it, but I won't go to that trouble again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2003 Monstrous foamy Chimay head that diminished well but left behind a thick cottony lacing. Sweet floral and yeasty fragrance. Also aromas of stone fruit, bubble gum, and cotton candy. Flavors of citrus and candy-sugar. Alcohol is noticeable. Lively champagne-like mouthfeel but medium-bodied and silky smooth. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Very dark in the coloring, like a barleywine, in the look and aroma. Smells of fruit, raisins, bananas, pears and cloves. Very complex and slightly acidic, bittersweet with a roasted nutty malty caramel like aftertaste. Very full and satisfying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Brown and ruby colour with some haze. Big creamy head. Sweet aroma of honey with some pepper and alcohol. Tatse: very fruity and yeasty; dried apricot, tropical fruit and lemon. Herbs and peppery alcohol keeps it balanced. Also some chocolate in background.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Deep mahogany color, average head and lacing. Citrus aroma with a background of floral hops, licorice, banana, clove, bubble gum. Very complex flavor, very active carbonation but a smooth caramel finish. Bitterness in the end is present and a creamy mouthfeel. A very complex and satisfying belgian beer.


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