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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3181   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Re-rate. This is much better than I remember it being. Aroma is spicy/yeasty, not increibly complex, but attractive. Appearance is nice light brown with off white head that is retained. Flavor is quite nice also, full flavor exhibiting an awesome yeast strain, mild notes of dried fruit, some maltiness, and a dry bitter finish. Very good and I repent of my prior rants against Chimay.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Brownish amber color, head didn't last but thousands of tiny bubbles kept forming on the top making it look like it was still fermenting. Some sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Pleasant aroma of molasses with touch of soy. Delicious malty flavor that reminds me of baked apples or apple crisp. Finish is sweet, smooth and faintly hoppy. Different and intriguing, but still I'm sitting here wondering what all the fuss is about. But like I say, it's intriguing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Wow. Tons of carbonation which produce a nice head but then whisks it away rather quickly. Nice aroma of yeast and some fruit (cherry). Very good color of deep orange/copper. Carbonation is a little bit much and distracts from the flavor of the beer. As soon as you put the beer into your mouth it explodes into a bubbly concoction. Perhaps this will get better as the beer warms. Flavor is a bit sour and bitter with apricot, malt and yeast. The finish is a little bitter with a plesant alcohol warming. A good quality beer but there are better trappists out there.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 Date on cork - 05/02; Best before - 2006; Deep copper colour lots of tan, rocky head. Yeast, plum, apple, and berry aroma. Plum and raisin flavours, with yeast and an underlying spicy but mellow bitterness. Creamy, smooth, and full bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (3409) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Orange-brown color, malty and yeasty aroma (clove and alcohol notes). Taste is moderatly sweet, nutty and a little bit bitter, some acid. Aftertaste is alcoholic and a hint watery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2004 Looking at this beer in my glass reminds me of the Charles River in Boston. From the swampy color to the tan foamy head. Aroma is complex, fruity, malty with a slight floral presence. Crisp and effercescent, yet smooth and medium to full bodied with an ever so slight metallic finish. Very drinkable especially at 55+ degrees. Good sample of a good Belgian Abbey Dubbel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Bottle. Reddish-orange color. With amber and copper tinges. Smells like plum and alcohol. Initial taste has cherry flavored notes which are highly pleasant. Alcohol begins to come out immediately and does not overpower. Body is medium and there is a round flavor on the palate throughout. It warms very very nicely and many more plum, cherry and other fruit notes are apparent. Ends with a nice yeasty alcohol taste, that leaves a bit more to be desired body wise (I finished mine very quickly) but other than this, no complaints. Rerate, blind dubbel tasting. I sure dont remember this one being this full and flavorful, but wow. My friend and I both picked this one as our favorite (and best of style) hands down. Ripe red fruits, soft cherry cola, medium dark malts, bubbly palate and a wonderful yeastiness. The fruit was fabulous though and really put this one on top. Great stuff and it’s nice to revisit a chimay and find it better than remembered.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2003
This beer pours a cloudy brown with hints of red around the edges. It has a minimal head and minimal lacing - a very attractive looking beer. The aroma is filled with fruits and malts. The flavor is very enjoyable. It has a lot of fruity flavors and it is fairly sweet and full bodied. The alcohol is vaguely apparent, but just to the point that it adds character to the flavor. I would highly recommend this beer as well as the other Chimay products.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2003
Bottled. Amber with a good dash or red. Cherry and plum aroma, fruity sweetness. Lovely full texture on the palate, sort of scraps the outsides of your tongue on the way down. Not overly sweet which is a good thing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2003
very plummy, malty and round flavoured, which makes you expect a fatter and fuller body than you actually get. but i dont mind the lightness. a bit on the bland and sweet side, but there's nothing harsh or wrong with it - one for drinkin not thinkin.


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