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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3387   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craighill (54) - GERMANY - JUL 2, 2015
Pours a two-finger white head on top of a somewhat cloudy, mahogany coloured body. Aroma is yeasty, malt caramels, and some hop menthol character. On tasting the phenols are present but restrained enough to allow some hop bittering to close out a dry finish. Fairly high carbonation. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PlinyDad1952 (101) - - JUN 30, 2015
WHAT GRATE BEERS BELGIUMS NOW COMPLEX AND FRUITS AND SPICES. CONNOSURS ALL OVER THE EARTH SEEKS TRADITION EXAMPLES AND BEERS HISTORY, FLAYVER; AROMAS; AND WINE:GLASS CAN SHOW YOU HOW GOOD BEERS LIKE THIS ONE IS. CHIMAY REFERS TO "TRAPPISTE" BEERS HAS ONE OF A KIND FRUIT AND SPICES TASTE. VERY GOOD BEER.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (71) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2015
Aroma: Caramel, dark fruits, malt, toffee. Appearance: Turbid brown/red beer with an off-white head. Taste/Palate: Starts with sweet malts and dark fruits. With a caramel and toffee taste. Ends dry and nutty. Overall: A really good Abbey Dubbel with an excellent balance. Still, this type of beer is still not my cup of tea.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DomD (163) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
Poured from bottle. Fruity citrus aroma. Pours a cloudy red with white head. Taste is a light sour. Medium body, creamy texture, livery carbonation, with an astringent finish. A nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redders1974 (288) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2015
Nose alcohol sugar look hazy brown with nice head taste damson plum yeast brown sugar wih a long medium slightly tart finish good stuff

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alex_leit (357) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle. Reddish-brown color. Aroma: caramel and toffee, cane sugar and molasses, dried fruits and dried apricots, perfume, complex fruity esters. Taste: warming, malts, spices, caramel, dried fruits (apricots, raisins, prunes), toffee, nuts, biscuit and cognac. Excellent balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (140) - GREECE - JUN 22, 2015
Ruby color with medium lasting cream white head. Fruity malt and yeast aroma. Sweet malty flavour with notes off yeast.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (389) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy ruby with a large, creamy, long lasting, beige head that laces. Sweet malty aroma with dark fruit, yeast and spice. Sweet malty, dark fruit flavour with yeast, sugar and a dry, spicy finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent dubbel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mauroruellas (234) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 18, 2015
Acobreada,turva,creme bege volumoso,no aroma frutas vermelhas,secas e caramelo,sabor adocicado com álcool aparente mas năo agressivo. Boa cerveja.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Knilas (21) - Sidney, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2015
From draft. Beautiful copper color...long sustaining head...nice lacing. Too bitter for my taste, wouldn’t seek it out. Still a nice pour though.


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