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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3582   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.


3.9
   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 (2970) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (4392) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2005
Bottle, at home (030925). Bronze with light brown head, longlasting, unfiltered. Aroma and flavor: sweet, light yeasty, light alcoholic, no particular finish. Medium body, the alcohol is felt.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottle. Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a moderate creamy off white head. Lacing is minimal. Light bread dough aroma with some fruitiness. Big malt, bread type flavor, some fruit in the taste as well and a little corn. Medium body and slightly creamy on the palate. Finish is slightly bitter. A very easy drinking beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2005
This beer poured a nice head with a golden dark brown appearance. A full bodied carmel taste. A smooth finish to a well balanced beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattShizzle (592) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
A good Belgian. Doesn’t taste strong at all. Only real defect is overcarbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Poured from the bottle this beer appears a dark copper with a nice creamy head. Aroma is fruity with that distinct belgian yeast tone. Flavor is spicy on the tongue with plenty of banana bread maltiness rounded out by a slight bitter in the finish. Fizzy on the palate with medium body and a smooth coating of fruit tones left behind. Well balanced and well crafted...god bless the monks.


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