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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3577   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.


3.7
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3364) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Smells spicy. Looks cloudy. Tastes bitter but good. Pours tan head. Mmmm.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Incredible colour. Incredible head. Creamy. Very fruity Abbey. Perhaps slightly too bitter for me for this type of beer, but good. Not my favorite from Chimay.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Smooth and very nice mouthful. Dave bought for beach trip. Poured with thick white- tan head. Complex tasting.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Blackduck18 (10) - USA - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 This beer is one of my personal Favorites. I knew it was going to be great as soon as I poured it into the glass. The head was wonderful and light. I usually am a fan of a little bit more of a smoother beer like a lot of wheat beers are but this beer made me re-evaluate my opinion of what a beer should be. The taste was very full and had a little bit of bite, but the aftertaste was sensational. I have yet to try the Chimay Grand Reserve, this beer puts the Chimay white label to shame. Much smoother and far better tasting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark, somewhat hazy, burnt red color with small white ehad. The aroma is oranges, wildflowers, and a bit of spice. The flavor is semi-sweet malt, bitter hops, yeast, and a touch of cloves. It comes together pretty well, but doesn’t linger at all.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2005
33cl bottle. Pours a deep cooper-brown, with a nice little tan head. Weak aroma of sweet, dry,fruit. mildy fruity, malty falvor with a dry slightly bitter finsih. Well balenced and very drinkable, but not as as complex as the other chimays.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Tap, copper/yellow, somewhat hazy. Fruity aroma that fills your senses with some apricot, candied malts, and other complex fruity, dry hints. The fun begins when you taste bitter yet creamy mix and a slightly dry intervention. Silky but bitter. Awesome

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heppo (6) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2005 does not count
This is the second cimay I’ve tried. (Tried the white first.) A little disappointed with the somewhat lack of aroma. What little there is though is quite fruity. A very attractive dusty copper colour. Tastes spicy and apricot/apple with a nice malt overtone. Thin in the mouth and fizzy (only way I can describe it). Finishes well with a bitter, creamy aftertaste. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
750mL: Pours Dark brown/reddish, complex flavor, very spicy, somewhat fizzy, not much aroma. Medium body, not bitter.


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