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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3136   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Ruby color with medium lasting cream white head. Fruity malt and yeast aroma. Sweet malty flavour with notes off yeast.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown/amber with a light brown, slight crispy and lasting head. Caramel malty sweet aroma with clear yeast traces. Sweet caramel and almost breadlike flavoured into the finish. Yeast does give the beer some more complex notes, but it is still my least favourite chimay. Good but not as good as the other 2.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29208) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2002
A beutiful dark brown color. It has a light aroma of fruit and a good head. It has a slight aroma of hop bitternes. It is very drinkable but somewhat boring. If I could choose between this and Chimay Bleu I would never drink Chimay Rouge (and I very seldom do)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Muddy brownish colour with a beautiful rocky head. Extremely dry, more dry than bitter. Some chocolatey notes. Not as full-bodied as most other trappists, but still a very beautiful experience. 040993

As "Chimay Premiere" 050599

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20640) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2005
Hazy brown colour with a big off-white head. Spicy aroma with lots of yeast. Complex spicy flavour with sweetness and yeast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Bottled. Hazy brown colour with huge bubbly beige head. Sweet alcoholic citric aroma with some malty notes. Barley, malt and lots of yeast in the flavour. Also some banana and caramellish hints. Pleasant palate, but a bit much carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2002
Bottled. Burgundy. Malty, dry and rather hoppy with some toffee. Notes of banana, dry flowery finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2008
Bottle. BB 2005. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head. Has a fruity maalty and a little ueasty aroma with hints of dark fruit. Sweet malty dark fruit flavor with hints of yeast and honey. Has a warming sweetish malty finish with some hints of dark fruit in the aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
2nd May 2010
Hazy chocolate brown beer. Light palate, airy. A little soft and dry. Pleasant even malt with a light touch of chocolate. Lactose sweetness and well integrated subtle orange fruit. Finishes soft and dry. Well joined up.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 2010-12-29, vintage 2001, 9 years old, 6-4-6-3-12=31
Brown color, hazy; generous head. It’s lively but not overcarbonated. Dry aroma of caramel and dust. The body is slim, the mouthfeel is dry, with dry caramel flavor and some ashy feeling. Quite bitter. Nothing special.

2009-12-31, vintage 2001, 8 years old, 7-5-6-3-13=34
Hazy red-dark-amber color; very lively bottle, big head, creamy. Malt and caramel aroma, strangely it’s also corky. The body is not weak, but thinning, with good caramel flavor, but a bit old too; in the end the body is thinner; there is still some bitterness, but only from the dark caramel.
More a curiosity than a good beer: too old.

2003-01-14, vintage 1999, 3 years old, 8-5-6-3-14=36
Amber to dark-amber color, thin persistent head.
Very nice aroma, complex: malt, caramel, curaçao, madeira and light porto wine.
Medium body structure, dry, with some caramel, closer to a dunkel than a Belgian Abbey.
Bitter dry final.
The pale memory of the beer that it used to be.


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