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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3339   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
Made by monks to make you pray for forgivness after too much of a rich and heady delicious thing. Spanner.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Beautiful copper colour and candy sugar aroma. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are both very pleasant with gargly candy sugar notes. Obviously not a session type drink but one I would pleasurably return to time after time. Score 4.0
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 3.6, 3.8 and 3.8. Average becomes 3.8

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
Malty aroma emerges from a very cloudy chocolate brown beer topped with a light tan head. Sweet with bits of spice thrown in: sweet turning very slightly bitter aftertaste. Nice.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cobra (1100) - - JAN 30, 2004
750 ml. big 'ole brown corked & caged Belgian bottle. Bottling date of 1/02/03. January 2, 2003 was a good day for bottling Chimay, because mine is wonderful. Poured out a hazy, rusty orange color. The cork shot out of the bottle first. Very effervescent, highly carbonated. Huge head at first, mocha cream in color. Slowly slid back to a thick matting, and even more lacing down my Chimay chalice. Huge island of yeast floated in the middle of the beer. Aromas are of caramel malts, lactic wheat tang, fresh cut hay, slight earthy & slightly musty aromas as well. I could go on describing this beer all day, because it is so complex, and so well made. Only 1 point off for cloudiness. Other than that, it was perfect. Tastes the same as it smells. Slight lactic wheat tang, enormous malty backbone supports the hops very well. Noble hops make an all too brief appearance towards the end. Bready, yeasty bite, and smooth mouthfeel make for a great beer. I wish I lived down the road from this Abbey.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2004 750ml bottle. Pours reddish-brown with a large, lasting, fluffy head. Aroma is mildly malty with some yeasty notes, but uninspiring. Thin body yields simplistic flavours that disappoint. The typical full, sweet, and fruity flavours that one expects in a Dubbel are only vaguely apparent, with more off-putting cardboard flavours in the background. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Chimay over the last few years concerning ingredients, recipes, and cost-cutting, but who knows where the truth lies? Having enjoyed this many times in the past, I can only say that this is not the same beer that built Chimay’s worldwide reputation, nor the beer that will sustain it. Update (7/19/2004): 750ml bottle, aged 18 months. The aroma and flavour have a much more pronounced dark fruit—almost vinous—character. Slightly fuller mouthfeel. Less of the cardboard taste. Probably gains a few points here and there, but still very disappointing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2004 Poured from 330ml bottle. Strong aroma of cherries and currants. Head was creamy, with no lacing in my Chimay glass. taste of raisins and malt. Wet and smooth finish. The warming effect comes gradually, with no alcohol bite. This dubbel is nearly a perfect winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Very creamy head. Nice fruity aroma. Soft, thick, creamy on the tongue. Well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Deep red color with big head and high carb. Fruitty smelling. Prune and raisin taste with a yeast notes. This is a great beer to introduce drinkers to Belgium Beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Tawny brown colour. Dense head. Malt in the aroma, but more muted than I expected. Sweetish malt flavour with a somewhat coarse yeasty sourness. Quite sharp finish which subsides leaving a residual sweetness. Fine, but nothing exceptional here, in my view.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2004
Another fine brew just like belgium know how to make them. Little head, sweet and fruity aroma, excellent mixture of sweetness and spiciness witch make it a really enjoyable and easy to drink brew. You can't really taster the alcohol. Bitter finish.


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