Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3583   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Blackduck18 (10) - USA - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 This beer is one of my personal Favorites. I knew it was going to be great as soon as I poured it into the glass. The head was wonderful and light. I usually am a fan of a little bit more of a smoother beer like a lot of wheat beers are but this beer made me re-evaluate my opinion of what a beer should be. The taste was very full and had a little bit of bite, but the aftertaste was sensational. I have yet to try the Chimay Grand Reserve, this beer puts the Chimay white label to shame. Much smoother and far better tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark, somewhat hazy, burnt red color with small white ehad. The aroma is oranges, wildflowers, and a bit of spice. The flavor is semi-sweet malt, bitter hops, yeast, and a touch of cloves. It comes together pretty well, but doesn’t linger at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2005
33cl bottle. Pours a deep cooper-brown, with a nice little tan head. Weak aroma of sweet, dry,fruit. mildy fruity, malty falvor with a dry slightly bitter finsih. Well balenced and very drinkable, but not as as complex as the other chimays.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Tap, copper/yellow, somewhat hazy. Fruity aroma that fills your senses with some apricot, candied malts, and other complex fruity, dry hints. The fun begins when you taste bitter yet creamy mix and a slightly dry intervention. Silky but bitter. Awesome

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heppo (6) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2005 does not count
This is the second cimay I’ve tried. (Tried the white first.) A little disappointed with the somewhat lack of aroma. What little there is though is quite fruity. A very attractive dusty copper colour. Tastes spicy and apricot/apple with a nice malt overtone. Thin in the mouth and fizzy (only way I can describe it). Finishes well with a bitter, creamy aftertaste. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
750mL: Pours Dark brown/reddish, complex flavor, very spicy, somewhat fizzy, not much aroma. Medium body, not bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle (750ml). Poured hazy deep reddish-brown with an average (for the type) lasting tan pancake-batter head. Clove, coriander, other spices merge with yeast, light roast malt and sweet fruits for an appealing aroma. Taste is quite tart apple, spices, some alcohol and hop (?) bitterness, very mild roast malt and yeast - finishes quite bitter. Mouthfeel very lively, a little thin; gets very moreish as it warms, it mellows out and the harshness abates. Solid "4" in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marko (4766) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 8, 2005
Third out of three Chimays available in the Tolkien’s House pub in Zagreb. 0.33l bottle / tiny Chimay tulip.
It poured a small firm "spongy" white head, and it was of a nice deep red colour (I think, it was dark outside). The nose was fruity, strawberry maybe, and coriander with some yeasty hints. Slightly sourish anyway. Pleasant taste, malty, fruity, spicy, herbal in a way, but far too prickly for my liking. Pleasant bitterish aftertaste though. Well, it’s the best dubbel I’ve had, better actually (I’ve had only two), and I’m starting to like the style. This however, while nice, didn’t make me love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Pours a murky brownish red color with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma is fruit laced with hints of apricots,bananas, cream and malts. Taste is a rather bland combination of the fruits described above with a creamy aftertaste. The weakest of the 3 Chimay Trappistes. Not bad but not as good as one would expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2005
This one was my favourite Chimay, but no. Smells fruity, malty, slightly yeasty, berries. It’s fluffy and sort of uncomplex. MOderate sweetness. Lightly bitter.

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