Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 3545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
33 cl bottle: Hazy amber brown color w/a lasting off white head. Yeasty, vinous raisin ester, and a little earthy/musty. Fresh baked bready malt, hints of alcohol, and an every so slight hint of roast with some bakers chocolate & diacetyl. Well balanced, but is lightly to bitter. Some roast comes through a little stronger than I remember it in this one and is almost coffee like. Dry flavor overall in the finish with some herbal hop flavors as well that linger into the aftertaste. Toasted matl comes through after the roastiness up front. Very little fruitiness as I also remember it having more. Highly carbonated, medium body, and lightly astringent. Alcohol is only lightly noticeable in the mouth. Overall, I’m a little disappointed with this beer, or at least this bottle. I seem to remember it being a little more complex. Fruity esters are low in the flavor and it seems to be a little over hopped for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4356) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2004
The strongest and fruitiest of the three Red, Blue, and White beers of Chimay. You can’t go wrong with this beer. Serve it with dinner or by itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ddenomme (37) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
Just a great beer. Looks beautiful, rich and full, dark but a hint of orange. Citrus notes, but not fruity. Creamy thick head gives way to a smooth but strong beer that lasts forever on the palate and could change your worldview if left to do so. Try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 750ml. Hazy orange-brown in the glass, with a nice creamy tan head and lacing. Pleasant fruity aroma. Flavor is yeasty, fruity, malty, with Chimay’s trademark yeast immediately apparent. Light in the mouth with astringent and dry finish. Not much alcohol presence and a little thin. Nice dubbel, but not as nice as the price and hype would have you believe. A little better than the White or Bleu.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HermanW (1059) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2004
A very fine dubbel. On the bottle is it chimay brune.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Cloudy brown pour with some orange tint. Medium frothy head, nice level of carbonation. Yeast, ripe fruit, spice and alcohol on the nose. Flavor echoes the nose, lightly bitter. Dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 I find this to be the perfect beer. Just the right combination of fruity.malty and alcohol flavors. The strain of yeast has a very destinctive taste that you can’t find in any other brew. Ver very good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottled. Pours murky brown with a copper hue. Hugh creamy tan head. Aromas of sweet banana and a bit of skunk. Creamy carbonation with flavor notes of prunes and/or raisins. Just a bit of bitterness at the end with no alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2004
My first taste of the style is still one of my favorites. Nice balance of sweetness and alcohol. One I still like to revisit every once in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2004
33cl bottle, Sampled December 2004
Pours a lightly hazy amber copper color that is topped by a pale amber head that is large and frothy. The beer is well carbonated with a steady cascade of bubbles rising form the bottom of my glass. The aroma is typical of the chime yeast with notes of bubblegum, alcohol, fruity notes of plum and raisin, some spicy notes of ginger, all-spice, and clove. The fruity notes are definitely the dominant ones in the nose.

The taste is lightly sweet, with soft fruity notes of plum, raisin, fig and clove up front. The beer then moves to a sharp note that is a mix of carbonation, and yeast derived esters, as well as a bit of alcohol in the finish. The beer is quite light on the palate, almost a bit too thin. There is a certain level of astringency in the finish, which I have always found a bit distracting in beer brewed with the Chimay yeast strain.

Overall this is not a bad brew, certainly nothing to get really excited about, but it is a solid beer. It really could use a boost in the malt intensity / body department though, it just seems a bit thin.

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