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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3545   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2005
Got this in the small bottle. It’s one of the first "high alcohol" beers to trickle into my supermarket since NC has passed it’s "pop the cap" legislation. I tried Chimay blanche once when I smuggled a bottle from Tennesse. But Chimay Rouge is superior in flavor. There is less of the characteristic Belgian spiciness. And excellent hop/malt balance with a little bit of alcohol at the end. Very nice. Should be tasting a lot more higher alcohol beers now that NC’s cap has been popped. *grin*

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1570) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2005
This was the first beer I bought when I got to NC last week in honor of the repeal of the 6% law. Pours cloudy medium brown with large white head. Vary carbonated. Has a very yeasty and malty aroma. Taste is kinda toasty/cardboard/yeasty. Not too overwhelming. Pretty good. I think I like it better than the Blue.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
scotty (1128) - SCOTLAND - AUG 29, 2005
Murky brown in colour, the head doesn’t last long despite the steady bead of bubbles. There is an astringent edge which really spoils the palate for me. I find this thin and watery, the high alcohol therefore becomes harsh and unbalancing.I have tried this several times pre-ratebeer and enjoyed it, but this bottle was a big let down. May rerate at a later date.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Oen of the top beers I’ve found. The apricot tinged little wonder is just tart enough, just sharp enough, and just pleasant enough for "anytime" drinking.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2005
Dark brown and slightly cloudy. Excellent off white head. The taste was to my mind quite similar to the Chimay Bleu: certainly it had the same generous alcoholic warmth and aftertaste. Wonderful beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2005 Good beer. A bit to smokey for my taste. A little too much like beef jerky. Enjoyable and interesting but not as good as the blue.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sanuk (10) - USA - AUG 23, 2005
Great - but there is too much of an alcohol bite/aroma for a 7% ABV beer.... Also - it’s not your typical Belgian - it’s lighter and less complex than some of my favorite Belgian beers. However, for some this may be a good thing... especially if you’re planning to drink a lot at one sitting...

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sten (726) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2005
Dark red-brown colour with a fast disappearing white head. The aroma is a bit to strong but complex. The taste is sweet and fruity with a hoppy undertone. (Bottle 33cl)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2005
darker pour, sweet malty flavor. pretty much the same rating as the white, its been said 750+ times on this beer, so i dont feel the need to reiterate all of that. its a damn fine beer, and if you see one, buy it to try it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 21, 2005
After having such an incredible beer it’s difficult to go back and enjoy the mere mortal brewery offerings, but very well understood why so many other brewers like Ommegang, Allagash and the assorted other dubbel makers would try and duplicate. The heady aroma, magnificant maroon color, and distinctive malt, clove and spice flavor are well documented here but needs to be experienced for the special subtleties that make this such a refined and distinctive beer. This is Belgium brewing at it’s best.


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