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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
Aroma is slightly sour, musty with a hint of hops and sweet malt. Appearance is brownish-red in the glass with cloudy consistency and pure white head. Flavour is malty, sweet with slight bitter finish. Slight metallic taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7810) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2003
Dark brown with reddish shine. Medium-thick, slightly coloured head, collapsing. Very strange meaty smell, like gelatine in a meatpastry, and arachide (peanut)oil or -butter. Metallic nose too, and after some time, dark malts and just a hint of hops. Very little bit metallic taste, then roasted malts, spicey - don't dare to say hops - and, definitely, salts. There is some salty whiff in this brew. Retronasal again meaty - and fruity notes, or preserved fruit. Rather light-bodied, certainly for its 7% ABV. Something velvety, however, on the tongue. The wheat 'flour' showing? I cannot follow people who praise this to heaven, nor those who will see nothing but a commercially denaturated product in this beer. An above average, reasonnable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2003
I had this at a beer and food night and this one was the 'light' beer. It is lightly hopped with a hint of banana. The head in my glass was small with fair lacing. I thought the body could have been more robust and found the palate a bit too lively.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1075) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Nice and solid dubbel. Hard to add anyhting that the commercial description misses. A nice mixed fruit aroma. A ever so slight step down from the blue (if I remember correctly). Still a top notch effort.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Nice head, some bubble gum and spice can be detected in the aroma. Not as full flavored as its brothers and the body seems a bit lacking, thinner somehow. Finishes like tea, bittering and coating the tounge with a chalky residue. Not my favorite Chimay.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2003 A dark honey color with a large frothy off white head. A small amount of sediment floating. Aroma is malty and sweet with hints of fruit. Lively carbonation. A smooth lightly bitter finish

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (530) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2003
I wouldn't call it red, but a cloudy orangeish-redish color. Good head that quickly dissapaited. Aroma is interesting, and I had a hard time pin-pointing what it was, maybe some spices, and some vanilla. Flavor was complex and balanced. Good all the way though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane (101) - Skævinge, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2003
Another high-class Abbey Dubbel beer. A beautifully creamy head and brownish body. Ummm

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Hazy amber-brown color, thick foamy head that eventually settles down. Yeasty aroma, lightly spiced taste. I expected a little more out of this, but it was still quite good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Thick in the head, it eventually sinks down into a thin layer of rich whipped cream on top of a glowing dark amber pool. The aroma is difficult to find, just a hint of earthy vanilla. This beer has a very finely balanced roller coaster ride of spiceyness and sweetness that strikes you in waves. Big bitey nutmeg and cinnamon in the beginning, sweet doughy bread in the the middle, and a subdued acidic finish with a touch of hop bitternesss. Well executed, well balanced, well done. Be well.


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