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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2004
Brown thick head, slowly disappearing. The body is dark copper colour and the aromy slightly fruity. The taste is fruity, but a bit more bitter than its cousin the Chimay bleue. No obvious alcohol in the taste, and a milder finish. Very good, but I still prefer the bleue.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3363) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2004
Almost muddy coppery body with orange/caramel glints. Large beige foamy head that gets bubbly after 3 or 4 minutes. Delightful fruity and vineous aroma. The various nuances (raisin, dark cherries, apricot...) makes it quite complex. Taste is characterised by relatively strong hoppy flavors. Alcohol remains well hidden, and the finish is surprisingly mild. Very good stuff... a classical choice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 Great Stuff. The taste is similar to the Chimay Blue but weaker. The aftertaste is quite pleasant. This beer is much better in the bigger bottle in my opinion. Even though it is more money I recommend it that way.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
swiseman (444) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 amber/copper amber color; thick head and lacing - heavy carbonation. The taste seems to start off sweet and fruity and ends with bitterness (coffee and nuts are evident as is banana).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
This was probably my first and still my most favorite dubbels on the market. Very complex and yeasty much like westmalle. I dont like such dubbels that are overly sweet and cloying. THis one is a nice deep brown color with a great head and complex sweet and spicy flavors and aromas. One of the best examples of an abbey dubbel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4969) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Aroma of malt, flowers, and herbs. Brown, large white head. Flavor is complex. Some bitterness. Malt, and fruit that seems to hold back. Heavy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2004
What a fine looking beer. Pours reddish/honey colored with a beautiful head. Lovely little bubbles that just stay there. Smells clean and crisp. Aromas of flowery malt and just a hint of hops too. The taste lives up the that clean crisp smell. Almost a bit champagne in body with the bubbles whisking by your tongue. The bitterness is mild but present. Just a touch metallic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 2, 2004
A nice warm copper color with a cream-white head of fine soft sparkly bubbles. Head thins after the initial pour, but a layer of froth lingers nicely. Pleasant clean earthy smells. Some flowery hops. Toasted sugar. As it warms, some candied oranges in there too. Body is smooth and lingers in the mouth long enough to be satisfying, but without cloying. Tastes of carmel and gentle fruit esters.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2004
What’s not to like? The signature dusky copper colorisn’t the prettiest girl at the dance, but one of the most popular, because of her other worldly charms. I detected Eve’s apple in the aroma and flavor. Spicy and crisp, like a Spanish dancer, but light in body, bold in spirit. A woodiness that is calming and warms your heart..and gets you drunk enough to lose all control.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Bottle: Ruby red with a brown haze, large off-white head. Quite carbonated at first, make sure to allow this one to breathe. Spicey nose has yeast, fruits, wheat, and is very malty. Taste has tons of malt, spicey yeast, dark fruit, and some acidic notes to it. Decent beer, but there’s better from Chimay out there.


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