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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3387   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 light copper color, medium head with so-so last. not as cloudy as I like an ale of this sort, yeast kind of playing it cool. good drinking beer when you're "having more than one" and overall very mild for [a trappist ale] my liking.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2004
Cork almost made my friend single again, and quite possibly compromised the structural integrity of his apartment. This was just magical. First beer of the night! Amore! Cloudy amber, excellent head and head retention. Wonderful maltiness and a creamy mouthfeel. I didn't find it too astringent. It had an aftertaste of fresh-baked bread. I am SO thankful for the peer pressure on this site, or I never would have discovered this! Forgot to mention, the 7%ABV was masterfully hidden. I had no idea till I looked!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2004
Bottle, BB 2007. Great looking dark amber-brown with an enormous white head. Wonderfully complex aroma, with notes of raisin, caramel, yeast and warm spices. Some notes of pepper and a bit of alcohol sneaks through. Very smooth in the mouth. Has a dominant raisin character, slight sweetness with a long herbaceous finish ending in crisp hops. Taste is not as complex as the smell, but still a fantastic beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3834) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Very cloudy and dark ruby color with a thick head. Sort of looks like cider. Very pleasant malty aroma with a nice earthy followup. Good malt flavor with a wonderfully silky mouthfeel. Very balanced with a nice lightly bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Dirty amber with frothy white head. Aroma is somewhat fruity, malty, and yeasty with a strange muskiness(maybe I got an old bottle). Mouthfeel is soft and creamy? with medium carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt and candi with a tinge of spice in the finish. Do Monks really make this?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2004
Pours a reddish brown with a nice thick long lasting head. Fruits and spices in the aroma which of course transfers into the taste. Cinnamon, clove, bread, mild hops and a nice finish. Currently trying to age a few.Yum.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mockerboy (52) - Kansas, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Pours beautifully with a nice off white foamy head. The color is amber orange and the smell is of fruit, but not too fruity. tastes excellent in the mouth and is very smooth. One of my favorites.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Bottled: Deep, rich red hue with a fine, creame colored head. Malt forward with aromas of bread, banana, cream soda, subtle hop character. Tastes of maltiness with sweet foral esters, mild hop balance. Like a loaf of bread fresh from the oven. Dry finsh with good, thick mouthfeel. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
Made by monks to make you pray for forgivness after too much of a rich and heady delicious thing. Spanner.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Beautiful copper colour and candy sugar aroma. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are both very pleasant with gargly candy sugar notes. Obviously not a session type drink but one I would pleasurably return to time after time. Score 4.0
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 3.6, 3.8 and 3.8. Average becomes 3.8


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