Brewed by Chimay
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Baileux, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3650   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Originally reviewed 5/16/2009... Let this one (750) warm while trying something else. Corked & caged with a fairly hefty pop of the cork. Into an Ommegang chalice it goes. Pours what can be described as a murky bourbon color. With a little less red it would resemble a dunkel. Almost a full-finger of bleached ginger-colored head, but it goes quickly, leaving slight yeasty wisps in its wake. Sparse, moderate-speed carbonation. A slight Belgian sourness is in the forefront at first, but peelin’ the onion back, but there’s plenty of dried and ripe dark fruits backing this deal up. The usual suspects...dates, plums...even a few prunes in there. A little cinnamon and clove with even a touch of praline sweetness behind it all and some dark muscat notes. This is what a Dubbel should be. Still, light-bodied enough not to scare anyone away. Grain profile is rather hearty, but the taste and body are a little lean...at first. Sure, everything’s in there from the nose but it’s more aromatic and may not deliver the impact as it rolls down the gullet. Grains and light stewy roast (is there Special B in here? New to the whole brewing deal but it seems like that’s the ticket) are full-bodied as mentioned but overall weight class may be a bit lean. Good, but lean. The carbonation drives the spice home nicely with only a slight saltiness. Mental note: Let this one warm quite a bit. Would like just a little more sweetness - it actually seems a bit peppery...but it’s still quite good. Yeast electricity still shines. This one plays lighter than expected - we have the carbonation to thank for that. Deep dark stewiness is countered by spritely carbonation and pepperiness and other spice along with yeast electricity to dance on the palate and enjoy the ride down. Finish is clean for a normally hefty style. I have been meaning to review this for a few days but have had to go back to get more at the store. Y’know why? ’Cause I enjoy drinking it immensely and writing about it gets in the way of its enjoyment. Whaddya think about that? It’s damn good.

JuanFlk80 (318) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 25, 2017
Caña en Cerveceria Kraken (Oviedo) Color marrón claro, poco aroma, bastante suave para los 7 grados que tiene.

higgsbison (257) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Strong Belgian yeast fermentation. A nice malty sweetness with notes of burnt caramel and toffee. When first opened and cold it is very effervescent; reminiscent of champagne. this carbonation overpowers the subtlety of the beer. But that settles down after it sits a bit. The character really changes with temperature. You must let this one warm up to reach its potential. It is much mellower and tastier with a subtle complexity when just slightly chilled. An excellent Belgian dubbel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Eastwood (435) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 20, 2017
Tomada en el Kraken On tap. Espuma cerrada persistente. Color marr�n no muy oscuro. Cremosa. Equilibrada. El sabor no es fuerte. Cierto gas.

victorsampson96 (134) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2017
(330 ml bottle) Chimay has achieved near legendary status as a cornerstone of Trappist brewing. This example, their Red Ale, is comparable to an Abbey Dubbel. Pours a cloudy, crimson-maroon beer, with vigorous fine carbonation, and a tight, rocky, off-white head. The aroma is led by malt, and dark, fruity phenols: biscuit, honeycomb, caramelised sugar, then plum skins, cherry, spices, and a vague hint of banana. Oak sap and mineral water come through on the finish, and a warming tinge of alcohol suffuses the throat and nostrils. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Although the yeast does imbue the beer with a degree of complexity, it lacks the interest and depth of flavour that other Trappist beers provide.

loscovar (617) - Trieste, ITALY, Villeneuvette, FRANCE - SEP 14, 2017
Bottle from la superette à bières. Good beer, no doubt, the yeasts are giving this beer something special. Not my favourite from the brewer

biilz (126) - SPAIN - SEP 11, 2017
Классический Абадский Эль.Имеет множество оттенков и привкусов ; ягоды, земляника в том числе,цитрусы и цветочные нотки. Мешают всему этому великолепию четкое алкогольное послевкусие.

bmcwolf (3) - - SEP 10, 2017 does not count
Deep ale. Malty. 11 ounces is plenty. Have to be in the mood. One bottle is enough. Feels like an old time 17th century ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

coil (96) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2017
330ml bottle from Pop Inn, Reading. Dark amber / brown colour with off-white head. Sweet malt, brown sugar, dried fruits, almonds, spices, raisin, Belgian yeast, banana bread.

Gabrielc28 (2) - Santo André, BRAZIL - SEP 6, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2017 coloração marrom escuro.com reflexos alaranjados, boa formação e persistência de espuma aromas de malte, caramelo e toffee, aromas frutados que remetem à ameixa provenientes da esterificação sabor adocicado de malte, frutados (frutas passas e ameixa seca), condimentos e leve aquecimento alcoolico Aftertaste com residual de dulçor e álcool além das notas frutadas que acompanharam o sabor.

mithe (1834) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 5, 2017
(bottle 0,33l)
Aroma: Spicy, belgian yeasts, sweet, fruits, malty.
Appearance: Clear dark amber-brown color. Long lasting, creamy, beige head.
Taste: Very sweet, spicy, light sweet chocolate/dark malts, fruits.
Palate: Medium-full body. Creamy, light sticky texture. Soft warm finish.
Overall: Very good. Tasty and drinkable.

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