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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


3.8
   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.

3.2
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Bright red amber. Medium body with sweet herbal hop aromas. Toasty caramel malt flavors with prominent dried hop character. Well carbonated. Somewhat sweet, but balanced with bitterness. Very nice.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2003
A really complex flavor; something you have to sit and think about with every sip.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003
ever noticed that Belgian brown ale pretty much sucks(except for Rodenbach). This thick, sweet ale taste turns into a mucky taste after 4 or 5. GIVE ME LAGER!!!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerhound (16) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2003
It's hard to review this beer while drinking it, as my eyes sort of roll back in my head in ecstasy. Of the Chimay beers I've tried, this is hands-down my favorite although they are all good. The malt sweetness seems to be better balanced in this one than the others.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 21, 2003
In my opinon the best of the red/white/blue Chimay beers. The color is a dark amber, almost reddish brown. The head is think and dissipates fairly quickly. the flavor is not as sweet as the other chimay ales. There is a slight bitterness which is appriciated, the other chimays are amost too sweet for my taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8104) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Wondeful dark golden pour, with a large frothy head. Aroma of sweet fruit, with a nice balance of taste between sweet fruit and bitterness. My favorite of the 3 main Chimay beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Rerate: January, 21st 2005
Bottle Red-brownish murky body. Off-white (light-brown, faints of pink) head, which lasts mostly. Good lace. Nose of malts, spices. Complex, warm flavour. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Heavily bitter finish. Fizzy carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 19, 2003
(330ml bottle)Orangey brown, big creamy head which leaves nice laces. Apple, apricot, yeast and alcohol aroma. It has malty, pepery slightly fruity flavors. I'll drink the 750 ml bottle pretty soon and see if there's a big difference.


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