Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3123   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
dubs (117) - St Peters, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2003
Yeah its ok. Nice n bubbly, decent weird favour thingamigig. Gosh, I liked Duvel last night better. What else? Hope the white and blue are better: its all a bit ho hum really... not a tough guy beer (that is, not for me...)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 2010-12-29, vintage 2001, 9 years old, 6-4-6-3-12=31
Brown color, hazy; generous head. It’s lively but not overcarbonated. Dry aroma of caramel and dust. The body is slim, the mouthfeel is dry, with dry caramel flavor and some ashy feeling. Quite bitter. Nothing special.

2009-12-31, vintage 2001, 8 years old, 7-5-6-3-13=34
Hazy red-dark-amber color; very lively bottle, big head, creamy. Malt and caramel aroma, strangely it’s also corky. The body is not weak, but thinning, with good caramel flavor, but a bit old too; in the end the body is thinner; there is still some bitterness, but only from the dark caramel.
More a curiosity than a good beer: too old.

2003-01-14, vintage 1999, 3 years old, 8-5-6-3-14=36
Amber to dark-amber color, thin persistent head.
Very nice aroma, complex: malt, caramel, curaçao, madeira and light porto wine.
Medium body structure, dry, with some caramel, closer to a dunkel than a Belgian Abbey.
Bitter dry final.
The pale memory of the beer that it used to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
a creamy, dark red/nutmeg body with a tough little creamy top. A niceley spiced, floral nose withfruity hints as well. maybe some cloves as well. VEry well balanced. Malt presence is sure to please most. Sweet and tasty. Quite a fizzy palate, and I mean above astringency here, is everpresent. And a nice dry, very long finish with hints of spices in there too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBelgian (24) - USA - JAN 11, 2003
Cinnamon, clove, fruity, and walnut flavors. Very smooth on the palate. A dark reddish tan with lots of head. Well carbonated but doesn’t bite in your mouth. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
The Etruscan (506) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 11, 2003
Beige creamy, soft and fully lasting head. Dark amber-mahogony color. Aroma is fruity and slightly spicy. Flavour is fruity too but more balanced with a slightly bitterness that appears also in the long and mellow finish. Medium to full bodied. I tasted it near the Abbey de Scourmont, Belgium.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Great hazy dark brown colour, fantastic fruity, malty smell...full taste, with hints of fruit and a short distinct aftertaste!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Trappistenbier (49) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2003

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Dark amber hue, cloudy. Thin white head that disperses quickly. Light earthy fruit (musty cherries?) on the nose with a hint of yeastiness. Medium-bodied with continuation of the earthy fruit on the palate. Very light flash of malty sweetness on the medium-long finish and some yeastiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danimal (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Creamy off-white head that holds well, smells moldy/yeasty with complex notes from King Alcohol; nice reddish-brown body with hazy appearance. Up-front lightly sweet with strong sour milk qualities. Banana, cola, prune, vanilla come together with a nice acidic/metal long finish. Carbonation is lively - not what I would consider a session beer, but fun.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Rerate: Honest head; rosy-red, hazy hue; intense and inviting nose; strong and yeasty flavor, yet subtly sweet and soothing. Very smooth and drinkable, with small, tightly compacted bubbles. Very mild overall, yet not boring at all. I took it up a notch with some stinky Chimay cheese. It went unbelievably well with the beer. Addtl note: detected some interesting, candy-coated flavors. A sugary flavor that reminded me of those conical, multi-colored suckers of yesteryear. Maybe even a bit of that candy coating on Boston Baked Beans. Good stuff! But I think I like the Blue the best.

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