Rouge (Red)
Bières de Chimay

Rouge (Red)Rouge (Red)
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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #5
ABV:
7%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,275
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 10.79%
Reviews:
1,786
Ratings:
5,161
From:
Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  1,145
SCORE
93
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Rouge (Red)Rouge (Red)
Notes: Known as Première in 0.75l bottles.

The Chimay Red is the oldest of the Chimays. Its coppery color and sweet, fruity taste make it a particularly tasty dark ale.
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DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like the red Chimay as it gives the taste of a Tripel with a lighter ABV of 7%. Complex beer with many of the fig/banana/ sweet candy flavours of others, without a lasting hangover. This bottle was a little light on the effervescent side, and the head was gone in a flash, with not much for carbonation through the ending dregs.
I am preparing myself for our annual holiday, Canada Day, when I will only drink the colours of the flag, Red and White.
Next up, Chimay White!

Jun 25, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle. Brown body and a little murky. Big bubbles. Smells of bubble gum, bread, and fruitiness. Tastes of bubble gum and fruity sweetness with a bit of breadiness behind it. Finishes with lots of yeast flavor and a hint of yeasty bitterness, but mostly sweet bubble gum yeast. Medium heavy with high carbonation. The yeast is very strong, but there's enough malt to keep the interesting.

May 21, 2021
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: dark mixture of ruby red, light purple, and light brown. Some faint amber in here as well. 1/2 finger solid tan head, though I poured quite slow

S: dark fruits up front. Fig, plums, prunes, raisins, and a big brown sugar note. Molasses and leather. A hint of nutty aroma in here as well, something like cashews. Huge bready sweet caramel malt backbone. Smells fantastic

T: sweet raisins, over-ripe strawberries, and prunes. Figs, dark berries, plums behind that. A hint of that leather I picked up in the aroma and a whole bunch of sweet caramel malts. Toffee and fresh baked bread as the backbone

M: full mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: absolutely fantastic. Benchmark of the style for sure. Complex and sweet, it hits everything you want for a Dubbel

May 16, 2021
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jasadewi from Tennessee

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, sodaish brown. Almost looks like whiskey.
S: Sugar, candied fruits, plum, clove.
T: Buttery, boozy, alcoholic butterscotch, brandy, complex.
M: Medium-bodied.
O: A great beer. Certainly worth trying.

May 10, 2021
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hefe300 from Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Off white head sticks around a while and leaves moderate lacing. Color is light brown fading into redness. Some haze.
Smells like sweet grain and caramel. Tastes like dried fruit like dates, figs maybe some apricot with a bready sweetness. The yeast helps to balance the malt in a relative absence of hops.
Very good dubbel. Excellent representation of the style. Highly recommended.

Apr 17, 2021
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No idea how I don't have a review for this, 2020 vintage

Pours a large frothy semi rocky bubbly off white 2 finger head with med retention, some messy lacing, dark semi clear auburn to iced tea brown color

Nose big sweet malt and candy, toasted reddish biscuity caramel malts, toffee, caramelized and Belgian candi sugars, fair fruit with plenty of sweet cherry and little plum, smooth alcohol

Taste fair sweetness with lots of sweet flavors, Belgian candi sugar, toffee, various caramelized sugars, reddish sweety malts, biscuity Belgian toasted malt, bread crust, more fruits with cherry, plum, fig, light smooth alcohol, med sweet semi dry finish, touch of alcohol warmth, sweet flavors lingering

Mouth is fuller bod, sweet and rich but not syrupy, med higher frothy carb, hint of warming alcohol

Overall solid dubbel, basically defines the style

Apr 17, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. Label is codes as 'L20 536'.
Clear, deep amber colored body. Big, multi finger off white head upon first pour. Takes a few minutes for the foam to collapse to a thick cap. Leaves behind bubbly tendrils of lacing.
Aroma of bready malt, Belgian yeast and banana/cloves spices.
Taste is candy malt which is slightly sweet, along with the yeast esters that express banana and cloves. More minor, but definitely there, fruity hops punch. Sweet, bready, with a tang note from the yeast. More dry at the end.
More than medium mouth feel. Excellent carbonation.
Very impressed that such a malt centric beer can also deliver a spicy zing, and the ending yeast note.

Mar 18, 2021
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shambeano from Australia

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, best before 04/2024. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Pours a murky dark reddish brown. Has about 3cm of head with tight little bubbles. Takes about a minute for the head to subside, but leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell: Malty and yeasty. There is a little bit of spice coming through, clove and allspice. There is some fruitiness, but I can't quite put my finger on what.
Taste: Malty, caramel/brown sugar, banana, spice, clove, some dried dark fruits. Delicious.
Feel: Mid bodied, mouth filling but not heavy. A prickly carbonation in the mid palate. A dry finish.
Overall: Delicious. A was a little apprehensive on first smell, but it opened up quite well over the course of the beer.

Feb 13, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Copper brown. Hazy (unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle conditioned). Lots of creamy head with stubborn lacing.

S: Banana bread (Clove from the yeast)

T: Wow. Tangy bready wheat with faint grassy hops. Quite nice. Good beer is simple but well made.

F: Smooth clean finish, melts in your mouth, full bodied, packs a kick.

O: One of the most impressive brews I've ever had.

Jan 28, 2021
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Anders91 from California

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: amber with lots of carbonation and a small cream head

Smell: yeast, lots of nice malt, some breadiness

Taste: dark fruit, malt, yeast, a little bit bitter on the front end

Feel: very bubbly

A solid dubbel, but not as good as the Rochefort

Jan 23, 2021
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Murky copper color. Tall off white/almost light tan head that settles into a thin puck. Spotty lacing.
Smell: Spicy and phenolic. Old spice cabinet, oak, whole grains.
Taste: Complex and rustic. Peppercorns, dry and yeasty, whole wheat bread, light brown sugar, hint of date, maybe some allspice or clove.
Feel: On the lighter side. Lots of carbonation but it isn't too aggressive. Bone dry finish. No alcohol warmth at all.
Overall: Spicier and drier than the blue but not as sweet. Confirmed good shit.

Dec 18, 2020
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r-m-kaylor from New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from past tasting, served a cellar temperature into a Chimay Challis - poured to empty the bottle with a nice tight creamy head...dark brown, not too murky not too clear...on the nose, classic Chimay yeast esters - fruits (stone), leather and a bit of Candi sugar along with the expected strong malt backbone---on the mouth, up front as the nose, opening up in the middle and back with hop bitterness to clear the palette with a gentle warming all the way down. A solid everyday selection.

Oct 18, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Restrained pour into a Chimay Chalice producing a brownish-red/ ruby copper brew with a parchment colored 1" inch head. This brew is highly carbonated with good lacing. This is an translucent, cloudy brew. Elegant appearance.

S - Sweet toffee, caramel, and fruit. There's an undoubtable hefeweizen quality present; banana is in attendance. There is also an obvious clove or nutmeg characteristic.

T - Robust, complex. Sweet but no overly so. Banana, clove, apricot, mineral, metallic (in the best way possible). Chimay offerings are hard to pin down. Either way, amazingly great tasting. There are no artificial flavors whatsoever.

M - Clean and fresh. For the ABV, thinner than what I would expect.

D - Fantastic drinkability. Not a session beer due to the cost/ abv but, I must admit, I'd love to try. This is an amazing brew. It is a must try. You won't regret it.

Oct 11, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy darker brown. Aroma is awesome... tart w/ spice... The flavor is so rich, caramel and bready into a bit of sweetness from the dark fruits, and a touch of spice. Awesome.

Aug 15, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fruity trappist with a great aroma of red fruits, subtle hint of fresh yeast and a copper colored body. Well balanced and refined. Smooth yet delicate. Maybe one of the better doubles.

Aug 13, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I started out not liking Begian beer, for being too foul and yeasty, and for some reason I was convinced that every beer from tjem is like that. I don’t even recall what made me feel like that. Was it a wit? No idea.
At one point a friend of mine gave me a Westmalle and it was surprisingly good. It gave me back faith in Belgian beer - and since I started trying out a few ones recently, I must admit that all of them have been excellent, just like this Chimay. This one smelled a bit sweet with a kind of fizz, I was expecting some Brett in there but I guess there wasn’t? Although I wouldn’t be surprised if there was because the beer was quite intensely carbonated, very finely carbonated just like a Brett and had a slightly champagne-esque character, although it wasn’t dry. On the contrary, it had a very decent malt presence that made the beer a bit sweet with caramel overtones? Still, overall the beer wasn’t just like a sweet brown ale, it is much more interesting than that. The booze? Maybe. The yeast? Must be. The hops? Well, it must have been an interplay between all of these. It is a very well made beer. Let’s see what the other colors (white and blue) have to offer next time!

Jul 11, 2020
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Audiobrains84

2.07/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into Belgian glass, an attractive burgundy with deep plum color. Very thin head that dissipated quickly. Smelled heavily of tobacco, vinegar and leather with a fig and date undertone, slight spice. Tasted like I was drinking tobacco leaf juice...not very sweet or tart and not what I expected from my favorite style of beer. Judging by other reviews my beer may have been bad. Nothing like the reviews Ive read. Glad I tried it though.

May 19, 2020
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a figgy brown colour. The smell is the classic Belgian aroma. The taste combines the aforementioned Belgian spicyness with dried fruit (figs, raisins, dates) Less bitter than other Belgian wannabes. Overall one of the best Belgian beers I’ve tried.
May 11 2020

May 12, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with Easter dinner.
Pours a dark caramel amber with finger + of khaki head.
Aroma of toffee, caramel malt, bready, Belgian yeast, and some fruity esters - dark fruit, hint of cherry. As warmed more complex spicy note.
Taste is up front sweet caramel malt, bready, gingerbread, slightly nutty, with again notes of fruity esters and a touch of bitterness at the back end.
Medium full mouthfeel with average carbonation - slightly tart but sweet caramel and fruitiness coating palate. Very good.

Apr 11, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice Dubbel and one that I enjoy a lot. It is an "easier" drink that the White and Blue Chimay's though not as full-bodied or as good a taste.

Apr 10, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Copper red with 1 1/2 fingers of white head which gives way after a few minutes, leaving a small light head across the top.
Smell: Apricots, malts, earthy and a hard to describe soapy sourness.
Taste: Cinnamon and pears. Spice and yeasty with a hint of pumpernickel bread.
Feel: Very interesting, starts out a little watery and subtle at the start. After a few seconds in the mouth the beer really opens up with a spicy and creamy expression. Fills the whole mouth with something going on all over the tongue and palate.
Overall this beer earns a solid A.

Mar 23, 2020
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into a tulip.

L: Clear, brilliant deep chestnut body under an inch of dense, creamy white foam. Solid retention and lacing. Quite attractive, if not quite as voluminous in the head department as many Belgians can be.

S: Vibrant, complex aroma with elements of bread crust, dried fruit, and spice all playing significant roles. A bit of banana and cinnamon interplay as well. Really nice.

T: Malty, nutty, and moderately sweet up front, with some spice (more clove than cinnamon) arriving just before the dry, mildly bitter finish. Balanced and enjoyable, but not as layered as the aroma.

F: On the light side of medium-bodied, with ample fine effervescence.

O: Excellent beer, up there with my favorite Dubbels. Maybe the best Chimay offering relative to its style.

Beers of Fame tick 193/250. Cheers!

Feb 14, 2020
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - Opaque mahogany head with explosive and very active poofy eggshell colored head that lingers for almost forever and leaves behind some mighty impressive lacing.

Smell - An immediate impression of roasted carrots, but that soon gets out of the way for brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. Some rye bread and spicy citrus on the backend.

Taste - Caramel brownies, gingerbread cookies, and maple syrup. Very sweet with no distinguishable bitter character, yet somehow not at all unbalanced.

Feel - Thick, creamy, and velvety smooth with a gentle fizzy finish.

Overall - Powerful yet reserved. Like a liquid dessert. Full-bodied and rich, and quite delicious.

Jan 01, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with lots of fine-grained foam in the Ommegant chalice. Yeasty, fruity aroma. Flavors of pear and malted milk. Nice sloshy mouthfeel with a pleasant prickle of carbonation. The classic Belgian yeasty and spicy taste. Hints of dates. Modest bitter aftertaste and the dry finish. From the 330 ml stubby bottle. Just a dab of yeast in the bottom.

Dec 31, 2019
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KooVee from Finland

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, bb in 3 2/3 years, so quite fresh.

Somewhat darker than standard copper, very clear. Light beige foam with persistent lace.

Aroma of figs, dates and prune. And some cellar and brown sugar.

Taste adds nutmeg and cinnamon, with additional musty but pleasant notes riding on top of a very supple body. I remember the mouthfeel to have been thicker in the past, but this is very drinkable on the other hand. Slightly bitter and spicy aftertaste which I guess is often called 'yeasty', although this is altogether too smooth for the taste of a random yeast (residue).

Still well worth seeking out, even if not quite as assertive as this once was. Hope they would let the yeast shine more with additional emphasis on the malt flavours. Hard to believe this could improve for almost four years.

Dec 23, 2019
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