Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3228   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anickell (14) - Aberdeen, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2004
Outstanding. Without question, one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Creamy head, reddish coloring. Extraordinarily fruity/flowery taste with hints of berries and slight bitterness...complex flavors without being too "heavy." Excellent finish and aftertaste...reminiscent of cloves. Temperature variations seem to have negligable effect on qualities of drink. Unbelieveable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2004
Bottle - nice yeasty, fruity aroma. Dark gold to light brown in color with a finely bubbled white head. Tons of floaties! Amazingly creamy mouthfeel. Malt and yeast fade into a hint of mild bitterness. A beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2004
Bottle pours light caramel, small fizzly white head, with tons of little yeasty bits floating about.   Aroma is typical belgian yeastiness.   Light fig/date on the flavor, more belgian yeast, finishes tart.   While not overly carbonated, it seems to generate the largest burps.   Tiz alright, but seems as if it could use more flavor & spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 (Bottled, BBE 2007) Reddish brown, slightly orange color with a medium, tanned head. Crisp, "Chimay-yeasty", slightly sweet and sour aroma with a slight smokiness. Fruity and surprisingly refreshing, wineous flavor with lots of yeast and berries. Sweetish, and a bit sour. Full-bodied, oily, refreshing, sticky, lightly wineous and quite carbonated - although very tolerable - palate. An excellent, complex and refreshing trappist. These guys do know how to brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmstout22 (24) - USA - APR 1, 2004
Poured a deep red hazy amber. had a medium sized fine head that quickly thinned to a small head. Fruity aroma. Fruity flavor with hint of grapes and cherries. Very smooth drinking with fruity aftertaste. This is my favorite of the Chimays(over the bleu)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Finally got to rate this after drinking numerous times. Large bottle. Dark brown with ruby glow, bit white head. Yeasty/banana aroma with some spice, maybe cinnamon and clove. Not as complex as I remembered (still complex though), firm body with malt and more spice, some bitterness, dry malty finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Me and my ratings ... this was the first Chimay that I tied and the last for me to rate .. unless I get my hands on some of the rarer stuff. What can I say other han I can still remember he first time I tried it. Prior to working for distributor a friend that worked for them brought a 750 to share at dinner at Brazilian restaurant. She watched as I had my first sip, knowing fully well that I would love it. Always think of the yeast first, then the rest follows .. malt and finally hops to finish it. Hope that they can survive the horrors of modern day technology and al he other plagues of mankind so that we can have good beer. I pray for the brothers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2004
Pours a small head that lasts forever over a cloudy red body, a smooth creamy palate. Cloves and banana. Flavor is pretty much a one hit of the same with malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2004
nice copper colour. almost pinkish. big off-white head. great fruity taste, grapefruity, and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2005 Pours a rich, creamy head that lasts the entire drink. Body is dark amber/brown. Head is an off white colour. Aromas of spices, plums, some rum, and fruit. Taste is fruit, floral, run, prunes. FInish is spices in the aftertaste, smooth and full bodied. This is my second re-rate of this beer. FOr some reason as of late, it seems to be almost watery. Still really good, but not as good as I had first thought.

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