Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a medium copper in color with an average sized off white foamy head that was mostly lasting and had some what fair lacing. The aroma was of a toasted caramel malt, a light resin hop and a sweet yeast with a hint of apricot, banana, dried fruit and some spice (cinnamon and maybe a little nutmeg). It tasted very light, sweet and malty with notes of sweet dried fruit and banana in the beginning and finished moderately sweet with a tinge of bitterness that had a nice malty feel to it with notes of caramel and spices at the end. Although I would have liked the flavor to last a nice long while, it only lasted a short time. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and watery yet somewhat creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a very enticing brew, but anything from this brewer seems to taste well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsmerig (1363) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of raisins and dates. Taste is malty sweet up front with a taste of cherries in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (700) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Tap at bulldog downtown. Ruby with medium white off white head. Dark fruit smell. Dark fruit funk, decent yeast body. Sugary. Good balance. Classically great beer for number 700.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
One2remeber (201) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2015
L14-795 Bottled. 25 srm. Blow-off bucket, fermx/co2/yeasty. Similar candy aroma as Westmalle Dubbel, just not as intense. Esters more of lighter color fruit, pears/apricots. Prominent taste of sugar. Mild body, smooth, ’pleasant astringency’ indeed.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pitch992 (4) - SLOVENIA - SEP 29, 2015 does not count
aroma: banana, raisins, bubblegum, alcohol, appearance: coppery red, hazy, head forms quickly, white foam, is relatively lasting. taste: Similar to aroma. First you sense banana, raisins, possibly bubblegum, some malt, alcohol. Smooth banana and alcoholic aftertaste. Couldn’t sense hops. Too bubblegumy and banana flavor for my taste. Some diacetyl, light sweetness. palate:medium body, slick feel, lively, long slightly sweet finish. overall: Banana and bubblegum flavors and aroma is too strong for my taste. Did not enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bolian (74) - - SEP 28, 2015
Classic trappist. Pours dark brown and hazy with a thick fine foam. Caramel, plum and yeasty nose. Taste is complex with fine notes of apples, raisins and banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luengus (16) - - SEP 22, 2015
Average frothy light brown diminishing head with hazy light brown body. Average malt caramel aroma and dough presence. Medium creamy body with average carbonation. Long duration flavor. Moderately sweet, heavy acidic and average bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp15092001 (89) - - SEP 22, 2015
Jo jo - endnu en dejlig øl fra Chimay. Men den når ikke blå Chimays højder. Men trods alt en dejlig mørk øl...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aronvarga (387) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 20, 2015
Sweet malty aroma; dark amber colour, big medium-sized off-white head; medium body; average carbonation; sweet malty and caramel taste; ester and slight bitter palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
kingofthemtn (47) - - SEP 14, 2015
Purchased 1 bottle to compare to a recently finished homebrew that used Wyeast 1214 (belgian abbey). The homebrew had strong banana/clove esters despite fermenting around 63F / 17C. The Chimay red was much different than I remember from 15 years ago. I’d almost compare it to newcastle brown, with caramel and raisin flavors. Below that I got some basement/musty and hint of dried cherry flavor. My bottle gushed slightly when opened. Color was medium amber with slight hazyness. Very smooth drinking, no hint of excess alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Theodopilos (63) - - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle from dans holland park, light fruity aromas, but a full explosion of flavours

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