Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3600   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
moseefus (79) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Unlike the commercial description, i found the red to have a light, quickly dissipating head. The aroma was rich and inviting. The taste was slightly bitter, but very smooth and full. I was able to taste the fruit, and was left with an overall pleasing, and clean taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Cloudy brown with a tan head that seems to last forever. Oddly, lacing is nil. Sweet, fruity nose some figs, apricot, slightly malty. Silky mouthfeel, a touch creamy, good light carbonation. Flavor is considerably lighter than other Chimay brews I have tried, not as complex. Fruity but not quite as sweet as the nose implies, apricot and malt, a touch of pepper. Fairly clean finish, but it leaves me wanting. A good dubbel, but feels incomplete.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 Nice aroma, very cloudy/red with typical clear/white head. A little metallic aftertaste but nice entry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle. Poured an amber with good fizzy head. There was a nose of pepper and spice. The taste was great, pepper in the nose, vanilla in the after taste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Poured from the botte at The Jolly Gardeners (Putney, London), a reddish brown with a creamy head. A fruity aroma with hints of strawberries and banana. A sweetish flavour with fruit coming through again (tangy pear). Initially smooth in the mouth with a nice natural carbonation and a tangy sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
Pours an opaque deep brown. Aroma of malt, raisins and brown sugar but not strong. Great bubbly mouthfeel, well done, with a minerally flavour. ’Irony.’ Enjoyable, but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Not a huge fan of this beer. Trappists to me, almost always seem to have the nose and finish which suggests cloves to me, which is a good way to turn me off to a beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 31, 2005
OK. Under tough circumstances this could be the best of what’s available. But generally not a top choice for Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy warm umber with a thin creamy head that lasted through the entire glass. Very pleasant light fruity aroma. Flavors of caramel, malt, and a bit peppery. Very smooth. Almost creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2005
33cL bottle. Deep copper pour with a short off-white head and lots of dark sediment suspended in there. Dark fruits prevalent in the aroma (plums and apricots primarily), along with some Belgian yeast and peppery spices. Flavor was definitely more impressive and intense... with the fruits deeper and more rich, the yeast imparting somewhat musty notes, and the spices were just well-balanced in there. Very smooth on the palate, with the wonderful flavors cascading across the palate. Sweet fruityness at the finish with some nice spices. Beautiful beer.

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