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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3367   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.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at a shared tasting in Venice, Italy. Light Ruby. Unpleasantly aromatic with notes of bread, medicines, seawater, salt, green plants and dark fruits. Dark fruits reside but the entire front and mid-palate is completely non-existant. The finish however is lovely, lingering and full of a malty sweetness. Once again though, my main problem, as with all the Chimay beers is the total lack of body. This beer still sucks but it blows away that awful Grande Reserve that they also produce.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Pours beautiful red with a nice ruby head that lasts the whole glass, very nice. Nose is malt, yeast, and alcohol notes, along with spice that is less sweet (cinnamon/allspice/clove) than spicy (oregano/basil/sage). When it hits the tongue I think alcohol, bubbles, cherry and red plums, then caramel apples, and overall a strong yeasty, bready note. To me the alcohol is not well masked in this (as opposed to Tripel Karmeliet or Westmalle, or even Grimbergen).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 Pours a deep reddish brown with a moderate head that leaves a great lacing. The initial aroma is malty and yeasty, but as it warms, the aroma gains a spice. Very smooth and silky. The taste is malty and fruity, and it too gains a spice as it warms. The alcohol is well hidden which leads to a very smooth finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2004
Lovely abbey dubbel. Nice murky dark colour with small head. Aroma and flavor is malty with a very delicat fruity note.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
madquacker (1069) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2004
Aroma of cherry which clears the nostrils. Copper appearance with a thick quickly disappearing head. Flavours of cherry, fizz and apricot. Lingering pleasant finish. Nice as a novelty but wouldn’t want to live on it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2004
(33cl bottle) The nose is full of yeast and dough that wets the appetite. Upon my pour the beer produced a lovely head, but the head quickly dissipated. The palate is full flavored and refreshingly carbonated. Much of the flavors seem to be either apple or pear. The hops are slightly spice, but restrained. The finish is long sweet and full of rich candi sugar flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Very carbonated, fizzed up as I swashed it. Sweet cherries, apricot, alcohol, and malt. I was kinda dissapointed by this. A pretty good dubbel, and seems to be pretty easy drinking.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2004
yeasty with a pronounced banana flavor with other fruit notes. a good brew. i must try more by chimay

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Copper/amber color, with a large white/tan head. Aroma is yeast and fruit. Flavor is yeast, brown sugar, and fruit, but they are rather subtle. The end is dry.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Belly Full O Beer (57) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
Really nice rich red colour. Smooth taste considering the alcohol percent. Head lasted throughout the glass. Little pricey at the LC though $5 per bottle


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