Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3035   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danimal (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Creamy off-white head that holds well, smells moldy/yeasty with complex notes from King Alcohol; nice reddish-brown body with hazy appearance. Up-front lightly sweet with strong sour milk qualities. Banana, cola, prune, vanilla come together with a nice acidic/metal long finish. Carbonation is lively - not what I would consider a session beer, but fun.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Rerate: Honest head; rosy-red, hazy hue; intense and inviting nose; strong and yeasty flavor, yet subtly sweet and soothing. Very smooth and drinkable, with small, tightly compacted bubbles. Very mild overall, yet not boring at all. I took it up a notch with some stinky Chimay cheese. It went unbelievably well with the beer. Addtl note: detected some interesting, candy-coated flavors. A sugary flavor that reminded me of those conical, multi-colored suckers of yesteryear. Maybe even a bit of that candy coating on Boston Baked Beans. Good stuff! But I think I like the Blue the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2003 Brown in color, with a thick, creamy off-white head that lingers, leaving sheets of lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly yeasty, fruity (banana and apple). Malty sweet start, middle is fruity with banana and some apple, and an acidic finish. Body is on the fuller side of medium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1807) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Mahogony in color. Very tasty. Lacks the body of some of the other trappists, including the blue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Great beer and everything I expect out of a belgian strong ale; actually preferred this beer to Trois Pistoles and Westy 12 although it didn’t stand the test next to its bigger brother, the Chimay Blanche. Great copper color, medium body and head, suprising fruity aroma and palate - perhaps due to the properties of the yeast used in creating this fine beer. Great balance between alcohol,carbonation and flavor. Look out for the chunk of sediment waiting for you at the bottom of the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Good mahogoney color. Light tart aroma. Sits well on the palate. Not as full bodied as the bleu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Smells like something from a bowl of Halloween candy. Bready, yeasty and very smooth. A rather lean body. More sweetness than others I’ve tasted. The blue is better in my opinion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 27, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2003 (28Feb2003--750ml bottle) A big letdown compared to the draft version. Heavy acetaldehyde, bitter, tangy, yeasty. Huge rocky head. I give it a 3.2 or so. (26Dec2002--draft) What a treat to find Chimay on tap in the U.S. A memorable experience! Deep red color. Thin, bubbly, persistent, and creamy head with good lace. Incredibly floral hop aroma, balanced with sweet malt. Perfect mouthfeel. Fruity, floral flavors. Watermelon, honey, and wildflowers. Alcohol very well-hidden. I'm having trouble placing this beer in the context of other Belgians, as my experience is limited. Aw, shucks, guess I have some tasting to do!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2002
excellent Ale, i would consider this the a toss up between blue for the best .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (5402) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 25, 2002
Bottled(330ml). -very good beer but theres a lot of better belgian beers, amber color, fruty aroma, nice spicy

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