Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2198) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crockett (1055) - 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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (14909) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 6, 2004
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.

   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)

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2004
Bottle - nice yeasty, fruity aroma. Dark gold to light brown in color with a finely bubbled white head. Tons of floaties! Amazingly creamy mouthfeel. Malt and yeast fade into a hint of mild bitterness. A beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2004
Bottle pours light caramel, small fizzly white head, with tons of little yeasty bits floating about.   Aroma is typical belgian yeastiness.   Light fig/date on the flavor, more belgian yeast, finishes tart.   While not overly carbonated, it seems to generate the largest burps.   Tiz alright, but seems as if it could use more flavor & spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2004 (Bottled, BBE 2007) Reddish brown, slightly orange color with a medium, tanned head. Crisp, "Chimay-yeasty", slightly sweet and sour aroma with a slight smokiness. Fruity and surprisingly refreshing, wineous flavor with lots of yeast and berries. Sweetish, and a bit sour. Full-bodied, oily, refreshing, sticky, lightly wineous and quite carbonated - although very tolerable - palate. An excellent, complex and refreshing trappist. These guys do know how to brew!

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