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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
This is my favorite out of the 3 CHIMAYs. red in color. I received no head on this beer. Might be too cold! 330ml sweet malt aroma. medium sweetness, taste of soft fruit like plums. I enjoyed this beer in a CHIMAY glass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Finally rated this one. I like the blue so much, it is hard to want to buy the red. A clear brownish-orange pour, large creamy off-white head. Hints of sweet in the nose with a nice noble hop spiciness and breadiness. Lovely mouthfeel, tastes of sweet malts and spice balanced with decided nuttiness. Delicate, yet complex. A lovely dubbel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (14222) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle Conditioned, 330 ml, Aged 5.5yrs. Tawny with light head.Saved this rating for an aged beer and boy did I enjoy it. The smoothness was supreme with a thick mouthfeel and a juicy fruitiness. Enjoyed this while watching England in the World cup and although it was a nervy second half against Paraguay with a dodgy Mexican Referee both the beer and team were winners. I hope this doesn’t re open the new vs old Chimay arguments, but this was a belter, just like Becks free kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2006
750 mL bottle. Poured dark brown with a solid off tan head. A nice drink, with small hints of sweetness that I could not really place. I may have to try this one again because it seemed to be hiding more flavor that I could not seem to taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2006
750 ml Hazy dark amber with a nice soapy head. Lt. hops with a green spice flavor reminiscent of cloves. Better than the White, but not as good as the Blue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (12071) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2006
330ml bottle brought back to the arctic north from a supermaked in Crete!. Cloudy brown. Beige head. Fruity and sourish aroma. Milk caramel flavour profile with a rummy touch. Slight bitterness in the end. Crispated.Well rounded taste, but though a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Probably my least favorite in the Chimay line-up but still a great beer. Appearance is a nice darker brown color with floaties present, it looks quite good. Typical Belgian esters pull through with a good spice bite to it, but this one is just not as complex as other dubbels... a little bit average but when you’re talkin Belgian beers average is still very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 Summed rating for two experiences (5/05 and 8/07): Nice smooth dubbel. Poured a dark slightly cloudy brown color with a nice head that didn’t leave. The aroma was spicey and plum like. Alcohol was very tame and the flavor was true to the style and aroma with some candy sugar detectable. Nice spice-dark fruit interplay, yeasty, bready, dry touch to the finish. Mouthfeel was carbonated with a medium body. Dubbels are nice, but not that impressive anymore.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alcamp99 (72) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Very balanced brew with a hint of sweetness. Beautiful amber color, creamy head with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ehoyme (4) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2006 does not count
This is my favorite beer. I love the brown-amber cloudiness, the burning/warming feel of 7% alcohol, and the sweetness that develops in the finish. I can smell light toasted maltiness, red wine, and floral scents combined with heavier syrup and alcohol aromas. For me, the flavor and mouthfeel lift this dubbel above its competitors. I enjoy its soft to lively carbonation, medium to full body, and moderately alcoholic finish. Chimay Red’s sweetness and bitterness are in near-perfect balance.

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