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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2004
Lighter in color and lower in alcohol than Chimay Bleu. The aroma is like that of a fine bakery. you will be able to taste 7% alcohol, but that will not interfere with your enjoyment. Although still a sweet ale, the taste is surprisingly dry given the high gravity and fruity aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2344) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 13, 2004
Very yeasty citrus and wheat aroma. Yeast and malt flavor with a bit of tangyness.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2004
Tastes like Chimay Blue if blue was not filtered. Again, I have to state that trappist beers are not my thing, and red did not change my mind. Strong nose of malt, yeast, and alcohol. Taste hangs out with you for a few minutes after drinking. There was something wrong with this beer that I can't seem to put my finger on. I think that if people tasted this blind and did not see that it was a Chimay coming out of an attractive bottle, they would give it much lower ratings. IMO, a very overated beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
Copper in colour with sweet fruit and yeasty aromas. Flavor wise, it begins quite sweet, but dries quickly and becomes bitter with some earthy/oaky qualities. The alcohol is also very upfront. An interesting contrast to Chimay blue, which (in my mind) is a far more subtle and delicate product. Thanks presario.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
I've had this before and this isn't the best bottle I've had. Marks are adjusted accordingly. Cloudy brown with a gigantic white frothing head. Moderate lacing. Some sediment. I remember all the bottles at the LCBO this time looked a little weak, and the yeast looked a little mucus-y. Regardless I don't think the bottle had spoiled. Aromatic spicey, chocolate, fruity, soapy with notes of cherry scents. Prickley spiced flavours. Body is medium, relatively rich and bread crustiness is prevalent. Carries some yeasty sourness. There is a dominant flavour in the first palate (can't figure it out) which doesn't work for me. Not as complex as the white or the blue. Good none the less.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 10, 2004
One of my all time favorite beers. Pours a beautiful copper color. Nice light white head. Smells of faint fruit, some alcohol and spice. Drinks smooth and clean, works extremely well with creamy goats cheeses.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
slightly cloudy, dark copper/brown, thin white head, very fruity and yeasty, maybe a hint of alcohol, lightly hopped, grass, very distinct fruitiness – some cherries, prunes, citrus; flavor is sweet and fruity, some bitterness and alcohol, definite yeast presence, earthy and lightly sugary – malty as well, not overly complex but well done

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14263) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
Bottled
Dark copper brown hazy color. Pours excellent long lasting off-white head. Aroma is excellent: malts, prunes + citron-like alcoholic touch. Easy to drink despite being quite full-bodied malty. Palate is not extremely complex. Gives alcoholic kick in the finish.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004
What oh what has happened at Chimay? I first tried these beers in the Brugse Beertje in 1991 and liked them a lot. The red, in particular, was strong and complex and I decided there and then that if this was Trappist beer I liked it. However, recent tastings have left a bad taste in the mouth in more ways than one. The colour is the same, but the aroma is wheaty and vegetal. The body has vanished almost completely, with only a thin wheat, cardboard and chemically taste present, fading out quickly. They say the recipe hasn’t changed in years. I don’t believe them. This beer is now unpleasant to drink. Go and buy some Westvleteren instead. (bottle in Trappiste, Altrincham)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anickell (14) - Aberdeen, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2004
Outstanding. Without question, one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Creamy head, reddish coloring. Extraordinarily fruity/flowery taste with hints of berries and slight bitterness...complex flavors without being too "heavy." Excellent finish and aftertaste...reminiscent of cloves. Temperature variations seem to have negligable effect on qualities of drink. Unbelieveable!


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