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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3037   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.


4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2003
09/01 premiere bottle: Pours deep amber-brown with almost cloudy look to it. Huge foaming tight beige head, half of it dissapeared rather quickly though, decent retention of the rest. Dark fruit aroma with a hint of smoke/roasted grains to it. Complex taste, very fruity and sweet but beautifully balanced. Hints of spice/clove to it as well. Lovely smooth full mouthfeel. Hint of alcohol as you get further into it, Top drop.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2003
09/02 date on cork, sampled 03/03. High pressure in the bottle when opened at cellar temp. PPoured with huge head, to be expected with the apparent carbonation. Nice reddish brown color with iny fine bubble rising. Aroma is dry and malty with a light nuttyness. Flavor is hard to pin down, not overbearing, it is warm and malty / nutty. Nice fuzzyness on the tounge with a little bit of hops in the finish. I had this once about 6 months ago and it find it better than I remember.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
japet (38) - DENMARK - MAR 8, 2003
I like this beer very much, a little bit more fruit than the blue. Great body and a very nice head and colour. Very harmoniously in sweet- and bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2003
fruity nose. What a great aroma. great color. wonderful sweet start with a slight astringent/alchohol finish. strong brew that was a pleasure to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cornhusker01 (76) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 3, 2003
What a way to start an education in beer. I spent two years in Belgium as an Army brat and thought this would be a nice reunion. It was very smooth going down, slightly bitter, and had a nice aroma. Compared to similar beers, it was very strong in flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2003
This Chimay poured with a mahagony body and a 2 finger white frothy head. Lots of bubbles and a great tingly carbonation. The palate is so very smooth and fills my mouth nicely. The aroma is floral with a bit of apricot. A nice spicy flavor, alcohol in the aftertaste that warms my stomach. Maybe some cloves. The head lasts the whole glass and is clinging to the side.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhart2 (19) - USA - FEB 28, 2003
Just starting to learn to appreciate good beer. I never understood what people meant by fruity..ect. After trying my first Chimay Red, I do. I really enjoyed this and can't wait to try the blue and the white.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ni209 (67) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2003
this is what i would expect a monk beer to look like: murky and filthy with bits of yeast swimming around. i love it. not as dry as the Blanche but a bit smoother. the taste is a bit fruity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eirikur (362) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 25, 2003
Like the blue this is also a great beer only lighter in aftertaste and more bitter in general.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultrasonix (15) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2003
Quite different compared to my last tasting of chimay, definatly has a stronger larger bitter flavour but yet still a sweetness which is customary for chimay. The aftertaste is mellower than i expected after the first sip, a great all round beer is definatly worthy of wearing the trappist name.


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