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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Had this one at The Old Toad in Rochester, New York. Poured cloudy read with a creamy white head. Aroma was bananas, cloves, and spice, not unlike a hefe. Taste was sweet and spicy with a medium body. Not as rich as the bleu, but quite refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Dark red/brown color and a medium head size. The aroma is mighty complex, bready malt smell (a la St. Bernardus,) and a smoked salmon and chesse smell. Flavor is a good blend of the smooth complex malts and some noticable hops. There is a definate sweetness to this, but it still comes through with the tint of flavor of good packaged smoked salmon.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2005
This is the second of the Chimay beers for me and most likely the last. Got a severe headache after drinking this one.. The color and head are good for appearance but the flavor is lacking, and I’m running low on Tylenol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Has a nice ruddy brown color to it. Fruity and yeasty aroma. Flavor starts of with malt sweetness and assorted fruity qualities. Has some dryness to it to balance things out. It may be the most mainstream Trappist beer, but it still tastes good and is easily drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2005
33 cl bottle. Served in Chimay goblet. Reddish bown w/ nice, tan head. Very pleasant and balanced in both aroma and flavor; dominated by malt and subdued spices. Easily drinkable.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
Silky smooth, foamy crown that lingers on, decent if weak aroma of yeast & pale spring flowers. Medium body, slightly watery palate. In my book the weakest of the Chimay Tricolor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 A fabulous dubbel. It’s a big, full-flavoured ale - I could imagine washing down a big juicy steak with this. It poured a ruby-red colour with a deep caramel head. A big fruity nose - blackcurrant and spices, with some underlying yeastiness. Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Bold chocolate characters amid the fruity middle. Sultanas. Wonderfully easy drinking. A fine cold-weather nightcap. (Bottle)

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JAN 25, 2005
This is definitely my favorite of the Chimay ales that I have had. It smells light and sweet, with a hoppy twinge. Looks great--dark and cloudy with a caramel colored head. The palate is so complex, with a sweet hoppiness that i’ve never really experienced before. Dark malts also reside in this complex, lovely beer. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2005
This smacked of quality. It was really a flavorful, complex brew that had weight and substance to it. I liked it, and probably preferred it to other Chimay products I’d had.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Poured a cloudy ruby/amber color with two fingers of head that quickly shrunk to a thin cap. The nose was of toasted malt, cherry and a mild yeastyness. The taste malty sweet tempered with some toasty grain notes. Cherry and alcohol contributes to the flavor creating a nice balance with the malts. The finish was bold and yeasty with light fruity esters. This was tastey and easy drinking. A little pricey but worth it.


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