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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3158   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgb9348 (4740) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Great hazy dark brown colour, fantastic fruity, malty smell...full taste, with hints of fruit and a short distinct aftertaste!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Trappistenbier (49) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2003

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Dark amber hue, cloudy. Thin white head that disperses quickly. Light earthy fruit (musty cherries?) on the nose with a hint of yeastiness. Medium-bodied with continuation of the earthy fruit on the palate. Very light flash of malty sweetness on the medium-long finish and some yeastiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danimal (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Creamy off-white head that holds well, smells moldy/yeasty with complex notes from King Alcohol; nice reddish-brown body with hazy appearance. Up-front lightly sweet with strong sour milk qualities. Banana, cola, prune, vanilla come together with a nice acidic/metal long finish. Carbonation is lively - not what I would consider a session beer, but fun.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Rerate: Honest head; rosy-red, hazy hue; intense and inviting nose; strong and yeasty flavor, yet subtly sweet and soothing. Very smooth and drinkable, with small, tightly compacted bubbles. Very mild overall, yet not boring at all. I took it up a notch with some stinky Chimay cheese. It went unbelievably well with the beer. Addtl note: detected some interesting, candy-coated flavors. A sugary flavor that reminded me of those conical, multi-colored suckers of yesteryear. Maybe even a bit of that candy coating on Boston Baked Beans. Good stuff! But I think I like the Blue the best.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2003 Brown in color, with a thick, creamy off-white head that lingers, leaving sheets of lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly yeasty, fruity (banana and apple). Malty sweet start, middle is fruity with banana and some apple, and an acidic finish. Body is on the fuller side of medium.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1854) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Mahogony in color. Very tasty. Lacks the body of some of the other trappists, including the blue.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Great beer and everything I expect out of a belgian strong ale; actually preferred this beer to Trois Pistoles and Westy 12 although it didn’t stand the test next to its bigger brother, the Chimay Blanche. Great copper color, medium body and head, suprising fruity aroma and palate - perhaps due to the properties of the yeast used in creating this fine beer. Great balance between alcohol,carbonation and flavor. Look out for the chunk of sediment waiting for you at the bottom of the bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2002
Good mahogoney color. Light tart aroma. Sits well on the palate. Not as full bodied as the bleu.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Smells like something from a bowl of Halloween candy. Bready, yeasty and very smooth. A rather lean body. More sweetness than others I’ve tasted. The blue is better in my opinion.


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