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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3353   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Originally reviewed 5/16/2009... Let this one (750) warm while trying something else. Corked & caged with a fairly hefty pop of the cork. Into an Ommegang chalice it goes. Pours what can be described as a murky bourbon color. With a little less red it would resemble a dunkel. Almost a full-finger of bleached ginger-colored head, but it goes quickly, leaving slight yeasty wisps in its wake. Sparse, moderate-speed carbonation. A slight Belgian sourness is in the forefront at first, but peelin’ the onion back, but there’s plenty of dried and ripe dark fruits backing this deal up. The usual suspects...dates, plums...even a few prunes in there. A little cinnamon and clove with even a touch of praline sweetness behind it all and some dark muscat notes. This is what a Dubbel should be. Still, light-bodied enough not to scare anyone away. Grain profile is rather hearty, but the taste and body are a little lean...at first. Sure, everything’s in there from the nose but it’s more aromatic and may not deliver the impact as it rolls down the gullet. Grains and light stewy roast (is there Special B in here? New to the whole brewing deal but it seems like that’s the ticket) are full-bodied as mentioned but overall weight class may be a bit lean. Good, but lean. The carbonation drives the spice home nicely with only a slight saltiness. Mental note: Let this one warm quite a bit. Would like just a little more sweetness - it actually seems a bit peppery...but it’s still quite good. Yeast electricity still shines. This one plays lighter than expected - we have the carbonation to thank for that. Deep dark stewiness is countered by spritely carbonation and pepperiness and other spice along with yeast electricity to dance on the palate and enjoy the ride down. Finish is clean for a normally hefty style. I have been meaning to review this for a few days but have had to go back to get more at the store. Y’know why? ’Cause I enjoy drinking it immensely and writing about it gets in the way of its enjoyment. Whaddya think about that? It’s damn good.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nazbion (70) - Tübingen, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2015
Pours brownish-red with thick, persistent beige head. Aroma of bread, herbs and dried fruits. Taste is balanced by sweet and light bitter, fruity and bready. A harmonious beer all around.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4570) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Bottle: Cloudy, dirty brown.....with a creamy beige head. Caramel, woody, fruit aroma. Taste is lightly sweet, caramel malt......a hint of pepper, apricot, apple-peel. Very nice and soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1769) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2015
Overall: Banana, plums, apple peel.
Note: On-tap at De Klomp. Reviewed 2015-05-18.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LaserPope (5) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2015 does not count
Nice sweet beer with a hint of bitter aftertaste. The sweetness masks the strength of 7 apv.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruuurd (107) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2015
Warm, sweet brown beer with caramel tones. Probably the best one ive had so far. Its sweet without beeing to sweet

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theswiftsa (23) - - MAY 17, 2015
Pours a murky Amber brown with a white head that fades quickly. Taste Sweet apricot, with some caramel and hint of biscuity malts. Sweet by not overpowering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeebon (261) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Pours a rich coppery red, slightly hazy with nice head which doesn’t last too long. Aroma is caramel, bready yeast, apricots, dried fruit and slightly herbal. Nice smooth taste lightly balanced sweetness, not too bitter and dry. Complex and good beer, noticeable soft carbonation yet also a bit creamy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamnowek (531) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2015
A classic. Reddish brown in colour with a tiny bit of clarity. Not very sweet but only a hint of bitterness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guialvesmd (1) - BRAZIL - MAY 9, 2015 does not count
There’s only one thing to say about Chimay Red cap: awesome. Right out of the bottle it smells amazing, the color, a dark red calls the first drink. Great taste in the mouth and just a little feel of the alcohol at the end. We can feel the sweet taste of fruits and caramel.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rotin (173) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. Cloudy, dark amber colored beer. Fantastic aroma of fruits, apricots, apples, caramel, bread. Flavor of liquid caramel, silky and delicious, semi-dry, moderately bitter, medium bodied.
Just great!


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