Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3110   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erlik (26) - SPAIN - OCT 19, 2002
It has a wonderful flavor and a wonderful color. I love its exotic aroma. Beers like this are difficult to find in pubs [in Spain], and it’s a pity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2002
330 mL bottle BBF 2005. This one was very very smooth and lusciously fruity and had no earth mustiness in the aroma or flavour. Even the yeast dregs tasted real good. It reminded me very much of a slightly milder version of and I still prefer it over the blue.
Third rating: 8/24/2002: 3.9This time we rated two different 750 mL bottles, one was a use by 2002 and the other was use by 2004. Both were quite different to my previous 2 ratings (see below which were in 330 mL bottles). The 2002 750 bottle demonstrated the peat aroma and flavour that others have reported but I have not found in the 330’s. The 2004 750 had no earth but strong cured meat, celery and chicken noodle soup character about it. The overall smoothness was also missing from both 750’s compared to the 330’s. Maybe storage is an issue here. Needs further research - a vertical rating even perhaps?
Second rating: 8/9/2002: 4.3 It’s good to have a beer like this right in the middle of rating a whole load of average stuff. It really helps you appreciate a good beer like this and puts the rest in perspective. Everything in my original rating still stands - this is an excellent beer:
Original rating: 22/6/02: 4.3 Faint hazy deep red-brown with large creamy tan lasting head. Very faint aromas when cold. When warmer, fruity hops, caramel, malt and light farmyard and doughy yeasts. Medium bodied and wonderfully smooth velvety well balanced bitter-sweet-alcohol palate from start to finish, some woody flavours in there as well. Lighter flavoured than both the Blue or White but still a great beer in its own right. I think I prefer it over both the Blue or White. Generally under rated and gains points because I could drink 3-4 of these at a sitting quite easily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TAR (2437) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 11.2 oz. Inevitably pours with a creamy persistent foam. Modest, yet refined aroma of plums and maraschino. Hints of cotton candy, pepper, and leather in there as well. Medium body. Watery middle reminiscent of cherry Kool-Aid. Straightforward flavors of white grape, cantaloupe, fig, and slick cherry-like malt. Only the slightest hint of toastiness in the mostly hop/yeast finish. Sadly, this has become a run of the mill dubbel and doesn’t begin to reach complexity. I also hold much higher standards for the Trappists. I’ll take my Allagash Dubbel any day over this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2002
UPDATED: APR 15, 2011 Bottle@SomePub, Apr 2011, 3.5: Light malty, light fruity and light herbal aroma. Light hazy, brown, beige head, fair lace. Herbal, light malty, more malts in the finish, light bitter. Medium body, dry start. Easy and balanced. Bottled, Oct 2002, 3.9: Light banana aroma and lightly smoked. Dark brown, off-white creamy head, good lace. Light sweet, light banana, light spicy. Little bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Finally number 100 and it was nothing short of wonderful. Of corse that is expected of chimay having already had the blue and tan I knew this on would have to be great. It wasn’t quite asa good as the blue but none the less great in itself. Deep reddish color with a big head. Aroma of exotic fruit and spice is almost intoxicating by itself. The first taste sets your tastebuds dancing in your mouth with malt and hop mixed giving a fruity earthy sensation that iss simply amazing. If you haven’t tried this or any of the Chimay line I highly recommnd and insist you try them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2002
Yeasty, baked bread-like nose with a wonderfully smooth, rounded mouthfeel. Thick off-white head, somewhat malty sweet body. My nose is a little stuffed up at the moment so I did not get any of the fruity aromas. Crisp, drying finish. Nice stuff, like a meal in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
aclore99 (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2002 does not count
Not as spicy and complex as it’s cousin the Grand reserve, this is still a wonderful Trappist Ale that gives a mix of cinnamon and vinilla with a complex malty flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Citellus (28) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2002

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Medium brown color, large lacy head. Malty, fruity and spicy. Smooth mellow taste. Lots of flavor, complex and subtle. Hint of apricot, banana, vanilla and other spices and aromas. Mouthfeel is very full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Great beer. My favorite of the red, white and blue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 2, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 Thick pillowy head. Amber brown Aroma of red wine,light yeast and apricot if you are looking for it. Silky smoothness. Alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Flavour is much more agreeable as my palate improves from my first tasting. Malty, dry, hoppy, slight earthy quality. Light notes of chocolate, licorice, alcohol.

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