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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3224   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 Poured from 330ml bottle. Strong aroma of cherries and currants. Head was creamy, with no lacing in my Chimay glass. taste of raisins and malt. Wet and smooth finish. The warming effect comes gradually, with no alcohol bite. This dubbel is nearly a perfect winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Very creamy head. Nice fruity aroma. Soft, thick, creamy on the tongue. Well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Deep red color with big head and high carb. Fruitty smelling. Prune and raisin taste with a yeast notes. This is a great beer to introduce drinkers to Belgium Beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Tawny brown colour. Dense head. Malt in the aroma, but more muted than I expected. Sweetish malt flavour with a somewhat coarse yeasty sourness. Quite sharp finish which subsides leaving a residual sweetness. Fine, but nothing exceptional here, in my view.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2004
Another fine brew just like belgium know how to make them. Little head, sweet and fruity aroma, excellent mixture of sweetness and spiciness witch make it a really enjoyable and easy to drink brew. You can't really taster the alcohol. Bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 18, 2004
Medium-dark, brown body with some red hues. Head is eggnog colored and thick, packed heavily with bubbles. Smel is typical abbey: lots of malt, clove, sweet corn, vegetable hops an some dustiness. Looks perect in glass. Tate is just strong enough with dark fruits, currants and spices. Delicious malt blankets the taste buds wrapping a warm alcohol flavor. After taste is good: rich malt, grapes and warming from the alcohol

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
brown hued but lacking depth of color, very cloudy, perhaps I let the bottle expire, some spiciness upfront, decent fresh baked bread taste, I'll have to try again, not up to par with corsendonk or allagash double

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Dark oarnge/light brown. Nice,creamy,long lasting head. Nice yeasty,malty aroma. Very creamy,fizzy,mouth feel. Feel great in the mouth. Starts musty and bready,rich. Chewy yeast follows,with fruity malt flavors. Finish is has the slightest bitterness,and is mainly malty. I've always enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2004
A sparkling clear copper body is topped by a frothy tan head. The aroma is yeasty and quite malty. The flavor has a certain spiciness about it that is quite nice, also sweet malt and yeast come into play. Body is medium and the carbonation, while quite lively in the glass, is not overly so on the tongue. Pre-RateBeer this and the Ommegang brews were about the only Belgian-style beers I ever drank. I quite surprised at how well this beer stands up to the many other Belgians I have had since joining RateBeer. It is not in the Westvleteren class of Trappist brews but it is still quite a beer. The gift pack that includes all three standard Chimay beers as well as a Chimay chalice is a steal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
POP! Cork almost slipped from my hand, could have almost hit the ceiling, and the bottle rocked. (As in, it wobbled on the desk, but it rocked in that it's a cool bottle, too). Sweet aroma, smooth and balanced smelling. Banana and berries and spice and something lightly musty but nice. Hazy orange-red color with a good head that stays a bit. A bit of lacing. Slightly sharp on the tongue, some alcohol taste, but not overpowering. Light sweetness and a bit of maltiness and spice. Good bitter finish. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Fairly smooth in the mouth, a tiny sting going down, but no point loss for that! Good.


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