Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3149   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Pours a nice dark gold with a huge foamy head. Aroma of fruit and spice leads into a nice complexity of flavor. Malt, spice, fruit, and hop bitterness all combine for a solid brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Really strong opening numbers - rocking with the deep amber and froth of lace - violins blazing with the aromatic expression of caramel, yeats, and so many musical hints of fruits and spices. Some of that in the heart of the set, too, especially esters and flowery hops to counterpoint the malt, but things start to fade, the band gets sloppy, the director takes a break and substance fades in favor of trailing ditties.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2003
Copper colour with a beautiful creamy head. Nose of apricot and other subtle hints of fruit. Taste is fruity and enjoyable. Finish is smooth and quite enjoyable. Subtle but beautiful. I thought this was superior to Achel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
document (36) - USA - FEB 5, 2003
The last bottle I had was perhaps a bit skunked. It's hard to say. I place this in the middle of the Chimay three. I will rate based on past memories of the beer, more pleasant than this last bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ferox (84) - Newcastle, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2003
Full-bodied and slightly sweet with a hint of berries and also has one of the best aftertastes of any beer to be found!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Damn fine ale, great out the bottle. I like it as it has some hop spicynesss to eat. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 2, 2003
Amber/red aolour with a thin, creamy, but unfortunately not persistent head. The taste is hoppy and fruity, less sweet than other Chimays. The aftertaste has traces of vanilla. What can I say? I love trappist beers!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
Appearance is a hazy amber color with a white head. Aroma is slightly fruity with heavy alcohol overtones. Well the alcohol aroma is overwhelming in the taste as that is all I can taste. Some slight fruit but mainly alcohol and at 6% that is unexpected and disappointing making me extremely reluctant to try their stronger beers. Finishes dry which is to be expected. There are much better examples for half the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 Pours a dark cloudy reddish amber color with an frothy tan head. Nose is spicy Belgian yeast with a hint of apricot. Flavor starts with a mild sweet malt followed by some Belgian spice with a touch of tartness. Finish is somewhat dry. Light body, creamy texture with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GiddyBoy (117) - USA - JAN 27, 2003
A very overrated beer. It has a great color and texture, but the taste is very lacking. I think I was unimpressed mainly because it is so hyped. I will try the Bleu and see how overrated it is.

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