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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3341   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2004
Hazy reddish brown with a lively beige head. Raisins in the aroma, yeasty, spiced flavour leaves me wanting a little more presence. Medium body. Not bad. Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Bottle, 01-04. i’m also cellaring another for next summer and i’ll rerate if needed. has a cloudy red color with a beige fluffy head that fades. has a raisin/date aroma that is a little sweet. taste has a bite to it. flavors of assorted spice fruit and floral, but is very astringent. finish leaves a malty fruit, mainly raisin like, taste. not bad, i look forward to next july.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
On tap. Poured a reddish brown color. Fruity flower tastes and smells with berry hints (was that raspberries I smell). Very smooth to drink with a dry finish. Very easy and enjoayable to drink.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 11, 2004
Pretty much similar to Chimay Blue, but a little less to it. Still has the spiciness to it. Dark reddish-brown in color. More drinkable than the Blue. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7255) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Bottle. Brown color with a big white head. Fruity aroma with some malt and yeast. Light bosy, a little carobonated, but flavoir had some fruit, malt, and a touch of yeast. Easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2004
Nice reddish brown color with a medium nicely laced white head. The aroma is mostly fruity and malty. Nice fruity, malty and spicy flavors with a fruity/sweet finish. Light to medium body and an oily mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Although it is not up to its sister’s quality, Chimay Bleu, it is a very good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2004
i’ve decided this is not style of beer. too much carbonation, and not enough taste to fill the beer quota. fruity with a fizzy head. similar to the lambics but less fruit, and more spices. not enough here to make me a fan by any means.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Initial appearance is the beautiful copper coloured beer with a white frothy head,it shouts.."Drink Me!" It has a nice rounded fruity, maltly flavour and a slightly sour after taste. You can tell its an abbey beer,but this has to be my favourite one so far - Totally Delicious!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2005 Very nice fruity Belgium. I’ve actually only had it on tap never in a bottle. All flavors are evenly weighted of fruits and malt.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2995) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2004
750ml bottle. Obvious signs of bottle fermentation. Nice copper colour, tan head. I have to admit, I was pretty ignorant on this style going in, and so I was very surprised to find in this Belgian beer a great malt character, with hints of bitterness to balance it out. The carbonation was perfect, and the alcohol was not even noticeable. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this was very good, maybe without being truly outstanding.


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