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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3739   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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3.4
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
I like the white and blue better but the coppoery cololr and balanced palate make it a decent pick.

4
Dedollewaitor (16056) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2007 red brown with creamy white head. Like the other chimays it has a lively carbonation. Defenetly a bit like the bleu but not as complex. It feels like a little bit less of everything. Ok finish! Re-rating june 07: 2001 bottle enjoyed at a quiet pub in Venezia: Muddy brown with good head. COMPLEX - Dark sweet fruits, malty, light alcohol, pleasant warmth, port notes - light spice. This experience was fantastic!

3.1
jhwarfield (125) - USA - APR 12, 2006
Poors golden brown with a pebbly head. Drinks easily despite its high ABV. I found the red and white versions indistiguishable.

4.2
Quinten (1062) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2006
red brown color, foamy head, Medium bodied and wonderfully smooth velvety well balanced bitter-sweet-alcohol palate from start to finish, some woody flavours in there as well. Lighter flavoured than both the Blue or White but still a great beer in its own right. I think I prefer it over both the Blue or White

3.4
smcd (366) - USA - APR 9, 2006
A fine beer, true, but overrated. Not much in the way of aromas (fruity esters, to be sure, but muted). Silky smooth. Copper colored. Nicely bodied with just a hint of astringency. Good, but there are better .........

3.4
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
While I have found the experience of drinking a Chimay enjoyable, the product itself I believe to be somewhat overrated IMO. The beer is well done, no doubt. But there are better examples of this style. Anyways, on to the review. The aroma was fruity sweet, spicy, although not very complex. Appearance was a nice copper color that looked very nice in my glass. Mouthfeel was a bit fizzy and hot. Flavors weren’t too deep either with notes of caramel, dark fruit, some hops and malty sweet. Enjoyable, but like the Chimay Blue, a tad overrated.

3.7
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 Pours lighter than the Bleue, taste and scent is not as strong - a softer version i think, similar in taste but subtler and perhaps less complex. Very easy to drink, very nice.

2.7
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - APR 6, 2006
75cl bottle, tasted blind in a flight of 8 dubbels(this turned out to be the second beer of the tasting). Reddish/brown color, bubbly head. Very carbonated, very thin & dry. Earthy(reminds me of seawater somehow) very muted aroma...maybe a little peppery. very dry, and a bit of roughness in the finish...body is almost non-existant...slight fruitiness shows up here and there, but this really lacks any redeeming character.

3.4
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2006 33cl bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pours a murky dark amber / brown. (I poured a decent amt. of the dregs, I just couldn’t bear to leave too much beer in the bottle.) ~1cm tan head that dissipated quickly into a nice layer of foam. Great spicy, fruity, distinctly belgian aroma. (I am pretty new to belgians, so I don’t have a better way of describing it yet.) I would assume I’m getting some esters and cloves. Flavor doesn’t necessarily live up to what I expected out of the aroma. Just doesn’’t seem to be all that complex. Just a kind of bitter with a distinct belgian aftertaste, but doesn’t seem to be a ton there. A little yeasty and herby. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and light. It’s good, but for the price there has to be much better dubbels out there. I do have to add that the flavor did get a little better and more complex as the beer warmed. The last sip was better than the first. Lesson learned.

2.8
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2006
very middle of the road. big quickly dissapating head. brown with red showing in the light. yeasty wheaty almost pasta like aroma. very creamy mouthfeel. lightly sweet lightly bitter.


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