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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3287   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Another fine Chimay product. Smooth bubbly palate that always reminds me of champagne. Ages well, or so I am told ;)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
Red-brown colour. Velvety light-brown head. Malty and fruity aroma. Soft and smooth, malty taste. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2003
Dark red/brown with a slightly off-white head. Tasted malty, nutty with a slight bitterness. Malty and alcoholic finish. Nice, but nothing spectacular.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2004 beautiful amberish color with a thick looking density with a great fruity flavor and off white head..in 1 word - chi-marvelous

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2003
This is one of the better belgium beers that I have tried. Massive off white head which diminished quickly, not a full aroma (butterscotch?), good blend of flavours too numerous to list.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
haddon90 (1528) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2003
I guess this isn't my favorite style of beer. Different to the IPA's and Stouts and Porters I'm used to. 750mL bottle. Unfiltered deep red/mahagony pour with a lacing tan head. Fruit/floral aroma. Kind of an odd taste, I thought it was a bad bottle, but the descriptions on this site match what I taste. Strong taste, sticks to the palate. Fruit, spice, and a definite yeast presence. Strong aftertaste, too much for me. Overall not bad for the style, but I don't want to get this again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 750ml bottle Underneath a massive, fluffy, light tan head is a burgundy body with hints of amber, red, and peach. The head fills half of my goblet on the pour, and takes quite a while to shrink. Leaves decent lacing on my glass. Aroma of sweet fruit intermingled with a strong spice note. This one has a very distinctive yeasty aroma. Flavorful with lots of fruit and spice in an acceptable balance. A bit heavy on the yeast flavor... The finish has a really slight smokiness that I haven't ever noticed before. While it starts off nice and somewhat rich, it's aftertaste leaves something to be desired, as it's a bit thin and lacking in complexity. Fairly thin body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Finishes with a tart dryness that, unfortunately, seems to highlight the subpar aftertaste. A bit watery, and not quite worthy of the reputation that having the term ‘Trappist’ on the label denotes.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - SEP 20, 2003
subtle yet very appealing aroma. Very deep, dark/red amber color. Nice foamy off white head. Very light and smooth yet bold taste. Not filling at all and satisfying aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Deep red color almost like the label itself. Cloudy and pours with a large head. Aroma and Flavor is sweet, yeast and fruity. Mango and figs. Slight bitterness. Finish is mildly dry and has a lingering sweetness.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Hazy, ruddy hue with an evaporating gusher head. Toffee and candied fruits, sherried, with perfume and rosemary. Caramel sweet, stone fruit acidity finishing in a whirl of yeasty dryness and bitter herbs. Thin-ish with harsh carbonation and a watery texture.

Overly acidic and yeasty; really needs food for balance.

33 cl bottle, best before 2011.

75 cL bottle, goblet, 05/99 bottling, 54 degrees. Tall, off-white, frothy head is quickly diminishing. The body is a murky red-brown. Mild coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, nutty malt (heavy); flowery hops (light); earth, cobweb yeast (heavy); raisin, plum, red wine, port, oak, toffee, alcohol aromas. Moderately sweet throughout, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish. Flavor is lightly than the aroma led me to believe it would be. Medium body, fizzy carbonation, watery texture with an alcohol-drying effect. I'd really like to try a fresher bottle to see if the robustness I was expecting is present. The bottom line is: I really like dubbels, so I was disappointed by the meek flavor in this bottle.


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