Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3388   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 (Re-rate, prev. 5/5/04,6-3-7-3-15). Dark brown colored, vasnihing light brown head. Lively carbonation. Spicy and licoricy aroma with sweet caramel tones, yeast and mild alcohol. Medium to full bodied, surprisingly high carbonated. Flavor is not as rich as aroma: caramel, bubbling carbonation with obvious yeast, alcohol lasts in aftertaste with sweet caramel and biting sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
One of the beers that introduced me to how complex a beer can be. Tasted it on the weekend, just wasnt the same. It was ok, but not like a few years ago when I tried it. My guess is that this is the belgian most folks have when they first start to understand how good a beer can be. There are too many beers out there better than this, but still a solid pick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Pours a nice copper color with a lasting head. Quite carbonated and lively. Fruity, spicy aroma and flavor. Well-balanced between malt and hops. Overall, an excellent beer and one worth savoring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Pours a vary dark amber brown Colour with yeast in the glass. Nice big head which kinda lingers. Aroma is lively with scents of hops, fruits, spices, and other added flavorings. Tastes like a Dr. Pepper on Steroids, with hints of Raisins, Caramel, Pecan, other nuts Pie crust and the custard of a Pecan Pie. This beverage is Highly carbonated and yeasty which greatly contributes to the overall enjoyment of the beverage. A dry nutty finish brings this distictive Malty brew into a realm that for me doesn’t quit match up to its bigger brother the Grand Reserve but is a very good alternative. Kudos to Chimay. Bon Appetite!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1632) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
Hazed garnet hue, frothy cap that holds a real Brussels lace and holds it to the end of the glass. Smells of bread pudding with a hint of medicinal clove, . Sweet raw honey-like malt aroma. Starts very smooth and silky with a rolling viscous carbonation that plows though peppering the tongue with ginger-clove tastes and malty sweetness with a hint of birch. The finish is rather dry with a fascinating herbal sweetness left on the tongue. This is an abbey beer fit for serving with a rich meal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2004
Color is the dull red-brown of autumn oak leaves. Small but insistent ecru head. Promising aromas of candi sugar, spice (nutmeg/clove/anise), candied fruits, chocolate-covered raisins. Flavor is complex, but eludes an accurate description; the closest I can get is amber malts, dark rye bread, almost-chocolate, fig, mineral water, and a very light acidity. Some (noble?) hop bitterness rears its head and then fades away in the effervescent, fluffy mouthfeel. Finishes dry with an aftertaste that is vaguely chocolate, lightly peppery and nutmeggy, cocoa powder, and... fresh parsley? Tastier than blue or white label, in my opinion. I could imagine pairing this with turkey or pulled porked, with mole sauce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2004
Pours a milky brown color with yeast all over. Aroma is that of wine, alcohol, and medicine. Flavor is fruit, apples, apricot, and yeast. Very much like wine. This is a style that takes getting used to. Overall, interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2004
Quite sweet, I couldn't taste the alcohol in this. Bitter towards the end. A slight disappointment but enjoyable none the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haf (525) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 26, 2004
Rica cerveza de abadia (fermentada en la botella) con ligero sabor afrutado.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1620) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2011 Tart and fruity nose with a bit of cellar mustiness. Pours deep and cloudy coppery-red with a thick, lasting off-white head. Sparkling character dances on the tongue. Starts with a lightly sweet fruit winey flavor which mingles nicely with a bittering quality near the very dry finish. A hint of cherries in the aftertaste. Very quenching.

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