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.
nazbion (70) - Tübingen, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Patrickctenchi (4570) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
rarbring (1769) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall: Banana, plums, apple peel.
Note: On-tap at De Klomp. Reviewed 2015-05-18.
LaserPope (5) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice sweet beer with a hint of bitter aftertaste. The sweetness masks the strength of 7 apv.
ruuurd (107) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Warm, sweet brown beer with caramel tones. Probably the best one ive had so far. Its sweet without beeing to sweet
theswiftsa (23) - - MAY 17, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
beeebon (261) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
adamnowek (531) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A classic. Reddish brown in colour with a tiny bit of clarity. Not very sweet but only a hint of bitterness.
guialvesmd (1) - BRAZIL - MAY 9, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Rotin (173) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.