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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3364   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Not my favorite in the Chimay family but still a great Trappist. This one is kind of like the black sheep in the family; has a bit more "attitude" than its siblings. Deep copper in color with a slightly off-white head. Spicy nose with a well balanced bitter taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5506) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Deep clouded reddish brown body. Medium foamy tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with some caramel notes and some moderate spice. Some scents of yeast as well. Taste is nice! Malty and rich with more spice, yeast and some lighter caramel notes. Some dark fruit tastes in there as well, maybe plum or raisins. Everything is blended together well. Nicely balanced and filling. Mouthfeel has a fair amount of carbonation mixed with some spice. Finish is rather fruity and spicy. Another beer I can’t believe I hadn’t rated yet. Nice to revisit this one!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Very Good Chimay. Deep Gold Color. Strong, but well balanced. Yeast Flavor as well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dropkickm79 (53) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 9, 2004
i had chimay for the first time the other day. i was very impressed. it has a high alcohol content but no bad taste. very smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004
pours a deep orange with a beautiful white head with a wonderful white lacing. Aromas of that belgian yeast that we have come to lovem but it’s not that strong. Flavors are bitter yet sweet with doughy and citrusy flavor... this may be my favorite of all the chimays ue to that balance and flavor.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2004
750ml bottle. Banana, spices, yeast and alcohol aroma. Malt is there but quite subdued. Not full bodied with alcohol very noticeable despite strength. Over carbonated and dissapointing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Bottled. Nice head which disappeared quickly. Extremely well-balanced with nice fruity/bready malts. The wonderful, fine carbonation contibutes to what I believe is the best palate of any beer I’ve come across yet. Many of the American imitatitions have been over-done; Chimay gets it right; these monks know their stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craven5000 (103) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
There were floaters in the middle of the large bottle and noticeable sediment on the bottom. It poured a big off while head with popping bubbles. It was mostly diminishing. At first the color in a full glass reminded me of plum wine, but slightly lighter and with a little orange. Small bubbles rose from the bottom of the glass. Initially, it felt lively on the tongue and released a flavor that is hard for me to describe. After a short bit the liveliness died down allowing it to become smooth all the way through. It had a nice full round mouth feel that was clean after the swallow. The flavors started with what reminded me of warm doughy bread with a hint if nuts. It ended with a pleasurable metallic astringency, which lightly remained in the after taste. If drank quickly it has a sharp harshness that quickly builds up. It is a very good beer that I will have again. The reason for the lower aroma rating is because I have not been very successful in telling the difference between beers for a while.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 24, 2004
330ml bottle: After drinking this for so long, I’m finally getting around to rating it: pops with lively carbonation, and pours with a moderate, creamy head; nutty, caramel aroma; herbal, citrus hop and light dough nose; hints of banana, clove, bubble gum, pear, pepper and toffe flavor; finishes with a long, slightly metallic astringentness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
Pretty good, full of flavour, wonderful smell. Good beer to sip and savour


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