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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3684   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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3.7
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle... poured a dark ruby color with a frothy white head. Roasted malt aroma which was almost wine like. And a very fizzy , full palate. Tastes of sweet malt and alcohol with other fruity flavors. Finished smooth and short.

3.4
rayg1 (596) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Pours a deep red with a small white head to it. Aroma is of spices, dark fruit possibly plums, yeast and a twinge of alcohol. I will say the aroma is really nice and this is a great beer to smell. The taste is nice with some spice and yeast. Alcohol is also noticed but the fruit I smelled in the aroma is not represented well in the taste which was dissapointing. Ends with a pleasing bitterness and astringency but carbonation is a bit high in my opinion. Also not nearly as silky a mouthfeel as expected.

3.9
breichow (17) - USA - DEC 25, 2006
From 33cl bottle into chalice. Nice head, although it did not last as long as I would have wanted. Wonderful aroma and flavor, with a medium long finish.

3.9
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 25, 2006
First off, this was cellared for a year and a half (large corked bottle). Poured a dark ruby red. The head was the dark side of tan, going to lace after first showing up substantially for a minute or two.

Smells quite floral, sweet and fruity. I have to make the comparison to Hoegaarden... it’s similar in aroma. As it warms, the alcoholic notes waft up a bit more.

Nicely carbonated. Mouthfeel is good and average. Nothing amiss.

Tastes a bit woodsy with definite high alcohol notes. Tart initially, then bitter towards the finish. The aftertaste is a pleasant sour. As it warms, you get a bit of vanilla.

I quite like this. A nice one to bring out on special occasions.

3.6
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2006
A pleasing ruby pour with an ample but quickly diminishing head. Looks like a foamy pinot noir. Yeasty aroma with nuances I am at a loss as how to describe (aftershave?). Pleasing creamy small bubble mouth feel. Fruity flavor (cherry, banana, cloves) followed by a slightly mettalic and sour aftertatse. Very interesting beer ... my frist Belgian ale.

3.5
Braudog (6854) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Poured the color of a deeply steeped tea, with the fizzy, snap-crackle-pop of a cherry soda. Very artistically subtle aroma of yeast and malt. Fizzy to the palate, not unlike a cola, with a quiet well balanced flavor of tea, cherry, malt, yeast, pear ... Very enjoyable.

3.5
marcus (10760) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 13, 2006
This copper ale poured with a typical fluffy Chimay head. There is a nice blend of malt and hops, resulting in a pleasant fruity flavor that is enhanced by the superior Chimay yeast. More bitter and less body than the Blue label.

3.5
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2006
The small bottle.The only Chimay I’ve drunk recently (its discounted in Tesco’s!). It looks lovely in the glass, a deep translucent ruby, with a good head. Slightly fruity and lighter than I expected. Nice, I’ve got 5 more to drink and I’m looking forward to it.

3.6
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Has a lot of carbonation, then when that fades, it is a much more delicious beer. The malty flavor is almost slightly sweet. It doesn’t really last on the palate, but it delicious while it is there.

3.9
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2006 A creamy white head sits atop an amber pour tinted with copper highlights. Yeast, fruit and alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is yeasty and fruity. Cherry, raisin and pear came through. A little on the fizzy side until it truly opens up. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a pleasant warm alcohol finish.


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