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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3626   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottle. Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a moderate creamy off white head. Lacing is minimal. Light bread dough aroma with some fruitiness. Big malt, bread type flavor, some fruit in the taste as well and a little corn. Medium body and slightly creamy on the palate. Finish is slightly bitter. A very easy drinking beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebirdshow (27) - Burlington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2005
This beer poured a nice head with a golden dark brown appearance. A full bodied carmel taste. A smooth finish to a well balanced beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattShizzle (599) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
A good Belgian. Doesn’t taste strong at all. Only real defect is overcarbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Poured from the bottle this beer appears a dark copper with a nice creamy head. Aroma is fruity with that distinct belgian yeast tone. Flavor is spicy on the tongue with plenty of banana bread maltiness rounded out by a slight bitter in the finish. Fizzy on the palate with medium body and a smooth coating of fruit tones left behind. Well balanced and well crafted...god bless the monks.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Pours a nice cola colored brown. Aromas of dark malts, fruit, and a touch of spice. Has flavors of chocolate, caramel, and a touch of wood.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
Small bottle. What a surprise. Even with my limited experience…..I found this beer to be near perfection in a glass This beer was served in a local pub in the proper Chimay goblet glass and at the proper temperature. You don’t see that too often. (Other members in my group complained that their beer was not cold enough !! ) A perfect balance of spices, malts and creaminess. Simply an very enjoyable drinking experience. You just sip this beer very slowly as oppose to gulping it. Makes a good accompaniment with your dinner.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NNCRed (17) - Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Nice red color with cream colored head. Musty and fruity aroma. Bitter and fruity flavor with hint of alcohol. Smooth and creamy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Large bottle. Dark reddish-brown. No shortage of yeast, but it is not offensive. Fruity aroma and taste that somewhat belies the alcohol content. My favorite of the Chimays. This is the one that showed me many years ago that the U.S. really didn’t know how (at that time) to brew a great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Small bottle. Pours a deep amber color, clear, except for the few yeasties that made it in the glass. Nice sized off-white head that lingers indefinitely and leaves suprisingly little lacing. Aroma is fruity and sweet with hints of cola. Plenty of yeast in the nose. Lighter bodied with a high level of carbonation that never seems to fade. Ample bitterness balances the sweet sugar and fruit flavors nicely. Decently done.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
At first whiff, dry and woody, but subsequent pulls reveal more sweetness and hints of considerable alcohol. Very dark reddish brown body with plenty of large, floating sediment. Color is very similar to the "red" color of the label, so close in fact that it must have been made that way purposefully. Average-sized to large, off-white head that is slow to dissipate. Not much lace. Initial mouthfeel tastes identically to the aroma. After a couple of sips I detected a delecatable buttery component. Wonderfully pleasant and balanced; my initial impression that this brew was pedestrian proved wrong; it is really nice. Not as carbonated a mouthfeel as a lot of Belgians. Nectar. This would be a great beer to replace the customary bottle of wine as a gift when attending a party.


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