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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3137   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
33 ml bottle. Pours deep, slightly cloudy copper with a thick white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy - cloves, nutmeg, watermelon, dried peach and yeast. Flavor is rich, sweet and spicy, though I detected a slight metallic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Pours a very nice copper color with nice head. A fruity, spicy aroma. Sweet taste with nice fruit compliments. Very nice dubbel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Beautiful bronze appearance with generous head that only lingered for awhile. Fruit and spice in the aroma. Lots of carbonation. Sweet and fruity taste, balanced with a little bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark orange-red liquid light penetrates easily with a generous amount of near virgin-white head that collapses quickly, but leaves a thin film. Aroma is of decomposing straw, grass, vegetal, citrus lemon peel, and wet sandstone. Flavor is a spicy citrus that gives way to a very smooth and very clean palate, not dry, leaving the mouth moist. Feels good in the mouth. Tastes better than it smells. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jek803 (41) - USA - SEP 16, 2003
Burnt orange in color...sweet, flowery, malty, dry. Many tastes blend in this fine trappist beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Red ale with plenty of floating bodies. Light shines through slightly. The head is very white but diminishing. The smell is slightly citrusy. The taste is very smooth and slightly fruity. Not as bitter as some belgians and doesn't have a long aftertaste. Heavy carbonation tickles the throat, takes away from the flavor. Very enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 Yeasty taste on my tongue; after tasting.. Clove? Need to try this again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Semi-murky red with rocky, diappearing head. Apparent carbonation, smells of cherries, plums, alcohol and pepper. Taste of largely the same. Round-bodied, dryish finish. Too fizzy. But quite acceptable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2003
Nice dark copper color with a decent head. The taste is sweet and spicy. It finishes with a fruity taste of plums or grapes?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
It was with great anticipation that I opened my bottle of Chimay Red. The first time I had tasted this ale, it was during a night of drinking. I was pretty much pissed at the time and I didn't expect the brick that slammed into my face when I drank my glass. I called it a slow burn then, but hey, I was drunk, so what did I know? I was ready to taste it properly this time, and so I did. The Chmay Red poured a deep amber with lively rising columns of carbonation. The thick, creamy head rose like a cloud above my Chimay chalice. The beer looks wonderful. A vague fruitiness layered with a more harsh smell that, although not exact, reminded me of nutmeg. The aroma was as powerful as I expected. This was a different time and a different day so I was ready to be objective. No slow burn this time and no grimace. The flavor is spicy. the carbonatio heightens the bite of this beer and there's no hiding the alcoholic content, it packs a punch but with great flavor. This is a very good beer although I put it last among the three Chmays. However, that's definitely not a bad thing because all three are great.


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