Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Seems that my Chimay reviews have dissappeared for the second time! I don’t know what’s going on in the database. Regardless, I like the red best of all of the Chimay Ales. Good body and great tangy sour wheat flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3275) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2006
De basic beer from Chimay. Light brown color with a large white head. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Flavor is very much the same with a bit of fruityness to it. OKAY.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Bottle: Red brown color with a lovely off-white, bubbly head. Strong aromas of yeast, alcohol, fermented corn silage, and sour milk. Ripe bananas can be found in the taste along with yeast and plastic -- all malts. The body is about medium and leaves a thin film in your mouth. I think this is the least favorite of the three Chimay colors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 16, 2006
Coppery and hazy colour with a very compact thick white head. Light but nice aroma of hop and caramalt. Medium bodied. Very nice aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Bottle at Melting Pot in Montgomery. Obviously a very good beer but the aroma and flavor were a bit lacking - just never really came through for me. From the appearance I expected a bigger bolder taste. All that being said - very smooth and rich in the mouth - velvety. Beautiful appearance and a great looking foamy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AskForJenny (1082) - Ontario, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2006
This was my first contact witht he Trappist beers. I took a big swig after complaining about the super massive foamy head I got no matter how I poured it. I felt like I got ran overthere was so much going on. It was then I realized the "Burgundies of Belgium" were something different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16882) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Bottled, 75cl champagne-cork. Orange-brown and hazy-looking with a small head. Cellar, caramel, spices and some hops in the aroma. The flavor is quite sweet, with roasted malt, caramel and candi-sugar. Full-bodied beer that disappointed me a bit, comparing to the blue and white Chimays, but definately a good beer. Rating: 7-4-7-4-14-3.6.(060819)

Bottle, 33cl. It pours an orange-brown, unclear body under a really creamy, beige, fingerthick head. The aroma is lovely, but maybe a bit one-tracked. Dark sugars and dried fruit, mostly sultanas, run the show, leaving some place for a yeast note. Some ripe blue plums as well. It’s quite full-bodied and slightly warming in the mouth, with flavors of dried fruits, ripe blue plums and sugars. Some caramel too, and it’s quite effervescent. Good bitterness in the finish, which else has the same flavors found initially. A really good beer that I find a bit hard to rate. It’s one of those beers I want to give 7.5 on both aroma and flavor, but lacking that option, I raised the overall by 1 extra point. A beer to return to. (080818)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2006
This is just the right Belgian taste, but safe. I’d love to go to Chimay, though, and have it in the place where it began. Very aromatic with longlasting thick head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiwinhants (6) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2006 does not count
Poured a dark amber. Complex palate which is satisfying. A nice beer to savour - alcohol content is not overpowering. Not the best Chimay of the 3 in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Simply put, Chimay is classy. Even non craft beer Savants will appreciate a Chimay whether it is the Red White or Blue. Personally, I prefer the Blue and I would not call this beer (the Red) one of my favorites, there are so many other classy beers for celebratory occasions; but this one does have its time and place. Appearance: Served in my goblet the appearance is party translucent (but not transparent) amber / brown, with a decent head and nice lacing. Smell: The smell is sweet & malty with suggestions of caramel and plums. It also has some fruity characteristics and hints of yeast. Taste & Mouthfeel: This beer is very carbonated. It is sweet and bubbly in the mouth. The taste seems a bit straightforward and simple for a Dubbel. It is pleasant but not extremely exciting. Sweet malts and flavors of dark fruits and caramel sugars dominate the mouth. The hop notes are very subtle but present. It is very crisp. Maybe the high carbonation is partly responsible for the thinness in the taste. As it sits and warms the over carbonation fades and its best aspect seems to be the sweet aftertaste that lingers in your mouth for a very long time. Nice. Drinkability: For a simple bubbly beer this is a great choice for graduation parties and anniversaries with a wide variety of drinkers. It is simple enough on the palate that few people will find it objectionable. It will successfully accompany a wide variety of food selections and it goes down very easily. So, like I said before, Chimay Première (Red) does have its time and place. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

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