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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10142) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2002
Dark amber coloured. Nice beige head. Spicy aroma of primarily corriander. Flavour of caramel, ligth citrus and some alcahol burn. Not much aftertaste, but a decent beer though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2002
A vey nice beer, far out strips 98% of beers for taste, aroma and impression. Can’t rate it as high as the Bleu because it is the best of the Stable

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2002
I wasn’t impressed. I was just depressed.------ miss my $5

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Has a cider look and a wheat smell. Taste is wheaty, but slightly bitter and finishes with an alcohol like flavor. Overall not bad, but not my favorite. I don’t like the alcohol aftertaste that it has.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 2, 2002
Soft aroma (a bit too soft) with scents of sweet vanilla. Cloudy amber, strong thick head. I would say classy, quality feel, light in mid, stronger on aftertaste. Nicely warming. Despite lack of any superb qualities Chimay Red is well crafter brew, recommended to all

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2002
Coper colored. Light fruity body. Not as good as the white or bleu, but a goot ale.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpockTheater (49) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
This was my first Chimay. Great fruity, crisp flavor. Not at all far behind the bleu.

3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
I think this is a classic. It’s not too complex, but when a beer is this balanced and tasty it doesn’t have to be. There isn’t too much of an aroma, except for refreshing yeastiness. I’m not sure how to describe the flavors, but they are integrated perfectly. This won’t knock the socks off too many people, but it’s a beer I’d gladly drink any time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Very pretty Belgian brown. Well structured trappist ale with quite a perfect head, reducing greacefully as you drink. Aroma is less boozy and more complex than many Belgians. The malt is framed so beautifully by effervescence, hops and alcohol, but I simply could not find much in the malt. Lacking basic flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Re-Rate 11/22/02: A deep translucent garnet to brown color on the pour, the head preposterous in size, creamy in texture, light tan in color, with oodles of lace to cling lovingly to the Chimay Chalice. The nose is dominated by the malt, but also a hint of yeast and hops, sweet, and quite sniffable. Start is malt sweet, the top middling in mouth feel, the finish is potently acidic, mercifully hopped, droughty malt aftertaste. My second most favorite Chimay, and as I have stated, if you haven’t tried a “Chimay”, you’ve not lived “Baby”.


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