FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jamesewelch (148) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 75cl, corked/caged, has about 4 inches of headspace in bottle, poured into 16oz Belgian tulip glass
Aroma: sweet fruity, malty
Appearance: amber, clear, massive tan head with good retention
Taste: Medium sweet
Palate: medium body, creamy or sticky texture, lively carbonation, short sweet dry finish
Overall: I’m not a big fan of Dubbels, but this one is exceptional. The aroma has lots of fruity like smells. At first, I thought it was cherries, but after reading the description saying apricots then I’d assume that’s more accurate. The color and body is nice. The taste is malty, smooth, sweet, creamy, and well balanced. If I had to choose one Dubbel, this would be it. Fantastic beer.
Leini (1154) - SWEDEN - APR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Brown body with a brief minor head. Caramel, dark fruits, herbal notes and a hint of banana. Loads of co2.
rollerton (127) - SWEDEN - APR 23, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bishop’s Avenyn. Very balanced and good beer, smoth taste and easy to drink. Very god!
alomtnez (129) - SPAIN - APR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big beige frothy head with very good retention. Hazy dark amber/coppery colour. Aroma is fruity, prune, caramel, molasses and peach. Taste is fruity (peach), caramel, toasted malt, some alcohol evidence and sweet bitterness finish.
sccp1910 (10) - BRAZIL - APR 20, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muito boa! Sabor bem frutado, aroma de caramelo....amargor moderado. Uma cerveja muito agradável!
caribou43 (42) - SWITZERLAND - APR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
C’est une bière agréable. La mousse est légère et sa robe est cuivre foncée. Je l’ai sortie fraîche du frigo et le mieux est plutôt de la boire à 12 degrès, fraîche sans trop l’être. Il me semble que le carameal ressort avec un goût d’alcool prononcé. Je préfère quand même la chimay bleue.
alberti92 (142) - - APR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange brown with a thick head. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Aroma is fruity with lots of apricot and subtle hint of nuts and some banana. Taste is mildly spicy, with a hint of apple and a hit of cloves. Good beer!
smroush (98) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly large off white head, though it diminishes quickly. Beer per se is a tawny color and quite cloudy.
Aromas are bready and doughy, along with some fruit, perhaps plum or apricot. Hops are quite mild.
Body is medium to full; there is a fair amount of sweetness, though it is masked by pretty lively carbonation. The alcohol is quite apparent. Seems fairly acidic, though it may just be the carbonation.
A good beer; interesting in that the yeast seems as prominent or more than the malt.
Batavi (79) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Uitgeschonken in Chimay bokaal. Donker amberkleurig bier met royale beige schuimkraag die stabiel is en lang in het glas blijft. Aangename geur van Belgische gist, karamel en donker fruit. De smaak volgt de geur: karamel, rozijnen, iets van perzik/abrikozen. Verder relatief droge smaak, opvallend bittere toets van hop in deze uitstekende dubbel Trappist. De afdronk is licht droog medium lang zacht bitter. Zoals eigenlijk elk Trappistenbier is De Rode Chimay een kwalitatief uitstekend bier, met een fraai eigen smaakpallet.
clockk (72) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma a caramelo y frutas, sabor a caramelo y cereal. Gran cuerpo, espuma persistente.