Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3123   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Initial pour yields a crackling, bubbly head over an intriguing ruby-amber body. Lightly yeasty aroma, offering a complex array of figs, dates, musky cologne, tanins, and carob. Solid Belgian malt profile, candy sugar and bananas, and some pepper. Lightly astringent, but the yeast pour softens it up a bit. The dry finish lingers on very nicely. Unfortunately, the very fizzy texture kept me from thoroughly enjoying an otherwise spectacular ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 I love this stuff, but the Gran Reserve is much better. Great complexity of flavor, nice spicy, slightly fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Got to admit I was expecting much more from this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
i had one of these as part of a world beer tour at an old chicago restraunt and i can honestly say i’m not ready for this one. the flavor was terrible almost like a cough medicine.best left to the real conniseurs of this style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scpullen (25) - Hitchin, Herts, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2002
lovely stuff...bought the blue as well so i am really looking forward to giving that a try

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 This trappist ale pours a clear amber color with a big, off-white head. The head lingers and produces good lace. The aroma is fruity, spicy, and yeasty with hints of banana and malt. Medium body with full carbonation, the flavor is malty with some balance provided by the hops. The finish is sweet with a touch of malt and banana flavorings. Great ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cckevin (38) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2002
330ml Bottle fruity aroma, but not overpowering. Slightly cloudy, with small yeast particles floating. Excellent head, and wodnerful retention of the tiny bubbles. Not very bitter, but a stronger alcohol flavor than I was expecting... It finished nicely however. I will certainly buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2002
I liked it better than the bleu too. You can tell its a belgian, but its like a light belgian without the massive notes of spices and malts, but more subdued and on par with a normal spiced up ale (if you can make sense of that). And I dont mean LIGHT, at 7 percent the alkee is still hidden. Perfectly balanced. The nose was this chewy yeasty vapor trail and the taste was spice and malts. The finish amazed me with these caramel highlights and tastes. Really good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2002
I had the opportunity of having this aged 2 years and let me tell you it was like drinking the beer of the gods.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ENTROPY (141) - Terra Bella, California, USA - NOV 2, 2002
perfect ale.

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