Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3287   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 On draught at Belgian Beer Café "Belle Vue", Kiev, Ukraine. Hazy mahogany color. Unbelieavably ozon-like nostrils-filling aroma. Malty toffeish flavor. Fizzy, bubbly palate. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5827) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2003
Cloudy, nutbrown body. Fresh aroma, ozon-ish. Wellbalanced, but a bit thin with too little flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2003
I was slightly disappointed in this. The head poured nicely, but not much in the way of "complexity" in aroma. Slightly fruity aroma with some hoppiness pepper in the nose. Bubbly and fizzy on the tongue, but taste was somewhat average. Malty, carmel with some heffe-like spices mixed in, but very faint. I was expexting to be "wowed" with all the hype, but it's just "very good". I drove 22 miles to find it, but I won't go to that trouble again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2003 Monstrous foamy Chimay head that diminished well but left behind a thick cottony lacing. Sweet floral and yeasty fragrance. Also aromas of stone fruit, bubble gum, and cotton candy. Flavors of citrus and candy-sugar. Alcohol is noticeable. Lively champagne-like mouthfeel but medium-bodied and silky smooth. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Very dark in the coloring, like a barleywine, in the look and aroma. Smells of fruit, raisins, bananas, pears and cloves. Very complex and slightly acidic, bittersweet with a roasted nutty malty caramel like aftertaste. Very full and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Brown and ruby colour with some haze. Big creamy head. Sweet aroma of honey with some pepper and alcohol. Tatse: very fruity and yeasty; dried apricot, tropical fruit and lemon. Herbs and peppery alcohol keeps it balanced. Also some chocolate in background.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Deep mahogany color, average head and lacing. Citrus aroma with a background of floral hops, licorice, banana, clove, bubble gum. Very complex flavor, very active carbonation but a smooth caramel finish. Bitterness in the end is present and a creamy mouthfeel. A very complex and satisfying belgian beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 I’m really not sure how I feel about rating it for I will tie Emily (ChimayBabe) in overall ratings and do it while drinking Chimay Red. I know she would understand. Now the day I equal Aaron, Jeff, or Eric will be cause for celebration. This is one of the beers that created the beergeek I am today, 15 years later and it is still one of my first loves and something I drink 3 or 4 times a year. Anyway, on to the rate: Copper hue with lasting head and excellent lacing. Fruity aroma with hints of cassis, apples, straw, oak, and nutty malt. Nice crisp fruity taste with equal balance of bitterness and sweetness, finish somewhat dry and clean. Very lively yet full-bodied mouthfeel. Wonderful! It’s complex yet smooth, this is a world-class dubbel and my favorite of the Chimay line. Very highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Good stuff. Coppery color, with a large head. It had a subtle light fruity taste that flowed like silk while being quaffed.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4353) - Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Sorry thedm, but I call them the way I smell them!! If my remark influenced your decision, I apologize. This is rating #300 for me!! This beer poured a medium tan head with fine sized bubbles. Yes, the nose did remind me of vomit. The body was murky and there was carbonation observed. The hue was that of cider and the lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. The flavor was spicy and the mouthfeel was smooth and tingly on my tongue.

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