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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3149   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Temptation (224) - - NOV 29, 2012
I can’t understand the renown of this beer (not Chimay, but Chimay Rouge). It’s very correct in all aspects, the look is perfect and the aromas are very well integrated. But the mouthfeel is too light, watery and, in my opinion, very bland for its style. Biscuit, malts, caramel, even species, but all so tiny, with such short development, that I think that is one of the most flat beers in its style. Maybe the problem is mine...


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (764) - 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 (176) - 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 (325) - 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 (772) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
One of the three Chimay classics, the ’smallest’ one in terms of ABV and popularity, also tasted as Chimay Première on 75 cl. Creamy, very pale beige, equal, moussy head, very stable, colour a warm and ’autumn-like’, brownish copper with orange hue, darkish but fully transparent, clear at first with a steady column of fine bubbles moving upward, hazy after adding deposit. Subduedly sweetish, appetizing aroma of candi sugar, fondant chocolate, orange, walnuts, faint and elegant wheat sourishness, gingerbread, nutmeg, gin, grapefruit peel and white pepper. Soft, well-rounded, full palate with sharpish carbo, dried fruits, citrus peel, restrained sweetness, caramel, soft sourish wheat presence, bit granular and a little bit oily, smooth mouthfeel, nutty maltiness hovering between dry and sweet, finish reveals leafy and somewhat peppery hop bitterness, tingling carbonation also continues, slick, some warming, gin-like alcohol, dry and even a little astringent on the tongue. My least favorite of the three but still a very enjoyable, elegant and inviting beer, less complex, leaner and more bitter than the big blue one. Ages very well in the Première version though, but even then it cannot compete with the Grand Réserve.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (387) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle, at Peasant Cookery, Winnipeg. Very nice sweet fruit and vanilla nose, maraschino cherry and other candied fruit. Flavour is a little less sweet, some nice maltiness and dark dried fruit notes. One of the best dubbels I've ever tried.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
azzie (230) - - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle. Hazy orange/red color. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Medium bitterness, very sweet. Fruity. Aroma of metal and blood. A bit strange.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (1349) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle tap room batley. Red brown beige head. Aroma is fruity yeast caramel dark malts taste is same nice sweetness some alcohol. Nice body prickly carbonated. Good stuff.


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