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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2004 Looking at this beer in my glass reminds me of the Charles River in Boston. From the swampy color to the tan foamy head. Aroma is complex, fruity, malty with a slight floral presence. Crisp and effercescent, yet smooth and medium to full bodied with an ever so slight metallic finish. Very drinkable especially at 55+ degrees. Good sample of a good Belgian Abbey Dubbel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Bottle. Reddish-orange color. With amber and copper tinges. Smells like plum and alcohol. Initial taste has cherry flavored notes which are highly pleasant. Alcohol begins to come out immediately and does not overpower. Body is medium and there is a round flavor on the palate throughout. It warms very very nicely and many more plum, cherry and other fruit notes are apparent. Ends with a nice yeasty alcohol taste, that leaves a bit more to be desired body wise (I finished mine very quickly) but other than this, no complaints. Rerate, blind dubbel tasting. I sure dont remember this one being this full and flavorful, but wow. My friend and I both picked this one as our favorite (and best of style) hands down. Ripe red fruits, soft cherry cola, medium dark malts, bubbly palate and a wonderful yeastiness. The fruit was fabulous though and really put this one on top. Great stuff and it’s nice to revisit a chimay and find it better than remembered.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2003
This beer pours a cloudy brown with hints of red around the edges. It has a minimal head and minimal lacing - a very attractive looking beer. The aroma is filled with fruits and malts. The flavor is very enjoyable. It has a lot of fruity flavors and it is fairly sweet and full bodied. The alcohol is vaguely apparent, but just to the point that it adds character to the flavor. I would highly recommend this beer as well as the other Chimay products.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2003
Bottled. Amber with a good dash or red. Cherry and plum aroma, fruity sweetness. Lovely full texture on the palate, sort of scraps the outsides of your tongue on the way down. Not overly sweet which is a good thing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1320) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2003
very plummy, malty and round flavoured, which makes you expect a fatter and fuller body than you actually get. but i dont mind the lightness. a bit on the bland and sweet side, but there's nothing harsh or wrong with it - one for drinkin not thinkin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
Aroma is slightly sour, musty with a hint of hops and sweet malt. Appearance is brownish-red in the glass with cloudy consistency and pure white head. Flavour is malty, sweet with slight bitter finish. Slight metallic taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8034) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2003
Dark brown with reddish shine. Medium-thick, slightly coloured head, collapsing. Very strange meaty smell, like gelatine in a meatpastry, and arachide (peanut)oil or -butter. Metallic nose too, and after some time, dark malts and just a hint of hops. Very little bit metallic taste, then roasted malts, spicey - don't dare to say hops - and, definitely, salts. There is some salty whiff in this brew. Retronasal again meaty - and fruity notes, or preserved fruit. Rather light-bodied, certainly for its 7% ABV. Something velvety, however, on the tongue. The wheat 'flour' showing? I cannot follow people who praise this to heaven, nor those who will see nothing but a commercially denaturated product in this beer. An above average, reasonnable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2003
I had this at a beer and food night and this one was the 'light' beer. It is lightly hopped with a hint of banana. The head in my glass was small with fair lacing. I thought the body could have been more robust and found the palate a bit too lively.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1082) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Nice and solid dubbel. Hard to add anyhting that the commercial description misses. A nice mixed fruit aroma. A ever so slight step down from the blue (if I remember correctly). Still a top notch effort.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Nice head, some bubble gum and spice can be detected in the aroma. Not as full flavored as its brothers and the body seems a bit lacking, thinner somehow. Finishes like tea, bittering and coating the tounge with a chalky residue. Not my favorite Chimay.


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