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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3576   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Poured from the botte at The Jolly Gardeners (Putney, London), a reddish brown with a creamy head. A fruity aroma with hints of strawberries and banana. A sweetish flavour with fruit coming through again (tangy pear). Initially smooth in the mouth with a nice natural carbonation and a tangy sour aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
Pours an opaque deep brown. Aroma of malt, raisins and brown sugar but not strong. Great bubbly mouthfeel, well done, with a minerally flavour. ’Irony.’ Enjoyable, but not overwhelming.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Not a huge fan of this beer. Trappists to me, almost always seem to have the nose and finish which suggests cloves to me, which is a good way to turn me off to a beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 31, 2005
OK. Under tough circumstances this could be the best of what’s available. But generally not a top choice for Belgians.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy warm umber with a thin creamy head that lasted through the entire glass. Very pleasant light fruity aroma. Flavors of caramel, malt, and a bit peppery. Very smooth. Almost creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2005
33cL bottle. Deep copper pour with a short off-white head and lots of dark sediment suspended in there. Dark fruits prevalent in the aroma (plums and apricots primarily), along with some Belgian yeast and peppery spices. Flavor was definitely more impressive and intense... with the fruits deeper and more rich, the yeast imparting somewhat musty notes, and the spices were just well-balanced in there. Very smooth on the palate, with the wonderful flavors cascading across the palate. Sweet fruityness at the finish with some nice spices. Beautiful beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2005
I’m not really sure what to say about this beer. It was pretty smooth and malty with a decent spicy/peppery taste. I’m not sure that this is one I’d buy again, but I did enjoy it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1579) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
An excellent softly spicy, malty dubbel with a hint of citric bitterness. A good Belgian anyone can enjoy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Spicy lighter chimay. Peppery fruits and a red zing slipping in my throat. all happy and good in bed. but give me the blue... the blue... what a beautiful bootle to make you happy every time you see it...but..a favorite beer but ... i know it’s all about the blue...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Striking reddish brown pour supporting a wonderful pillowy and massive head with long retention and lines of velcro lacing. Slightly sour aroma of yeast, malt, cobwebs and sweet berries. Well balanced but strongly malty flavor surrounded by whirls of fruit, spice and vanilla all backed up with a modest hoppy bite. Creamy mouthfeel with some nice effervescence and a snappy but sweet finish. This is a world classic for a reason but it is still surprisingly accessable to many palates.


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