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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3153   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.


jamestulloch's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1391) - Edinburgh, - APR 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2014 Bottle from a bar in Pisa, for the most disappointing of World Cup matches (Italy 0-1 Uruguay). Murky amber body with a beige head that fades. No lacing. Aroma of red apples, white pepper, yeast and brown sugar. Flavour of yeast, nuts and apples. Not the most complex. Medium body with a frothy, powdery mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Quite an unusual beer with a distinct taste of apples. Overrated.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fakebeersnob (152) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pours a copper color with a creamy head that disappears leaving a long lasting lacing. Very malty with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a bit of a fruity presence. The mouth feel is off. I have not noticed this before, so wondering if my bottle is past its prime. It leaves a bit of a coating. Reminds me of a fragrance that you accidentally get a taste of. and coats the roof of the mouth. I know I have drank this years ago and loved it, so might have to do a rerate on another bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - SEP 19, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-3-1-3- Poured from bottle into a Chimay chalice glass Appearance – The beer pours a hazy copper-garnet color with a small tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is fruity with nice smells of darker fruits. The fruits are mainly of a resin, plum and prune. Mixed with the darker fruit smells are some nice yeasty smells as well as some spice aromas. Rounding out the aroma is wheat bread and a banana smell giving it an overall dark Belgian aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins with darker fruit and a slightly biscuit flavor. The darker fruit are just as would have been expected from the nose being mostly of raisin and plum. Right up front there is a moderately spicy taste of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon which is quickly meet with some caramel and banana sweetness. Toward the middle some yeasty taste begin coming to the tongue while some of the biscuit disappearing. Toward the end, a tiny bit of alcohol comes to the tongue as well as a moderately strong molasses sweetness which when combined with all the rest, leaves a nice somewhat sweeter and warming taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium in its thickness and creaminess with lots of carbonation bubbles filling the body of the brew. The moderate body and carbonation make for a more crisp feel balancing out the sweetness of darker fruits and sugary tastes well. Overall – Fantastically tasty and quite a pleasant drinking brew. This is renowned for a reason.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
doubelknv3 (983) - Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Burgundy, off white head, decent head retention, and lacing. Floral, fruity, mild raisin, and mild lemon aroma. Full bodied, mild syrup, medium lemon hop notes, earthy, and sweet fruit notes. Decent balance with watery, lingering bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fkoolen (286) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
Chestnut brown colour, creamy beige head that nicely lasts. Sweet malted aroma (light) and taste with peach, cherry, caramel/toffee, raisins, vanilla, light chocolate. Good alcoholic warmth. Soft but quite complex mouthfeel with prickling carbonation and rounded flavours, good body.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (771) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Mid-brown, hazy, bit of cream head. Malty, doughy aroma with a hint of berries. Malty caramel taste: my God this tastes English! Lovely tingly carbonated palette. While not a patch on its older brothers, this is a solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Icedwarf (325) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2014
Bruin bier met veel schuim. Smaak is licht zoet en bitter, chokolade en lichte koffie smaak. Blijft lang hangen.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
holdleder (177) - Kongerslev, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2014
75 cl. champagne-flaske. 7 % . Den røde Chimay er bare ustyrlig fantastisk god. Til den mørke sige, suveræn smag uden den mindste bitterhed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltman53 (328) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Pours a dark, hazy russet color with an off-white persistent head. Smells vinous, w/ Christmas cake spice and stewed raisins, a little sassafras or cherry tree root. Perfect amount of carbonation. Thick, balanced malty midddle, w/ a yeasty, drier finish. Overall, a classic in the Abbey Dubbel style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (783) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 8, 2014
BOTTLE 33CL from dcmchew. Look: hazy amber-brown, big beige frothy head. Aroma: harsh phenolic spice, a littler alcoholic even, some dried fruit. Taste: quite flat, phenolic, harsh phenolic bitterness. Had this beer, before and was not impressed, but this time it was like a bad homebrew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badazito (45) - - SEP 7, 2014
Aroma frutado e caramelado. Coloração vermelha acobreada e translúcida, com boa carbonatação e alta formação de espuma (boa retenção da mesma). Sabor frutado, levemente amargo. Retrogosto levemente amargo e frutado. Ótima opção se dubel.


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