Rouge (Red)
Bières de Chimay

Rouge (Red)Rouge (Red)
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From:
Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #6
ABV:
7%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,252
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 10.84%
Reviews:
1,797
Ratings:
3,407
Status:
Active
Rated:
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Added:
Nov 20, 2000
Wants:
  338
Gots:
  1,153
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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Rated: 4.17 by bplabernie from Michigan

Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a deep, semi-translucent amber with loads of dense beige colored head. Excellent head retention. Aroma is caramel & fruity esters with notes of fig. Taste is caramel malty goodness with the same fruity esters making a clear appearance. Hit of old banana. Very tasty. Medium feel. No alcohol taste at all. Good beer.
Nov 04, 2022
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Reviewed by txaudiophile from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
My least favorite from Chimay but it is still my favorite Dubbel. It is on tap at my favorite jazz bar in Austin, and fortunately it is available in the stores.
Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by te99912_123 from Switzerland

Oct 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Oct 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Aug 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by KT3418 from Colorado

Jul 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.1 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by Shiredave from New York

Jun 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.6 by cold_beer

Jun 02, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Popped a big thick 750mL tall brown bottle. Deep amber to the browner end of copper, it pours hazy with yeast and unfiltered goodness and a foamy two and a half finger head that recedes into a spotty cap with thick, clinging ring of foam around the glass. Large bubbles pop up, not in a line, just one by one, from the ethereal dark brown bottom.

Malty, sweet, caramel, yeasty esters on the nose are primary. Doughy and bready, and you’d be forgiven for smelling banana. Particularly good amount of spices, cloves and cinnamon. Little bit peppery but the general character stays to the sweet side and reminds mostly of that.

Flavourful and pleasantly balanced profile, not as strong as their other beers. This can easily be a plus or a minus depending on what you want from your beers. Deep savoury yeasty esters that border on doughy but are more restrained interact with the sweet caramel malt and gentle toasty flavours that never border on cloying. Clove and peppery spices present here. As for fruits, I get a lot less dark fruits than others do. Plum and raisin might be present, but they taste fresh and gentle, and banana is just as present. Maybe it’s the foamy carbonation giving it a lighter touch on my palate or something else. The alcohol is well hidden which likely adds to the lighter character that gives a more spicy-light phenolic touch that leans towards lighter flavours rather than deep raisiny-fig-pudding ones. Definitely some molasses here though.

Medium-ish bodied with a higher level of carbonation, the finish is barely touched by any hops or buttering presence and is lightly sweet, again, not cloying. Bready malts with a touch of yeastiness stays on the palate, and mild spice character reminds, the light pepper impression of white peppercorn and the sweetness and spice of cinnamon, light vanilla, and currants. The good carbonation level and tendency to highly foam when it hits your tongue gives the taste palate a unique spin that is a bit lighter and very nice, it’s not quite creamy or smooth but sort of a merge between them both. I chalk it up to the great way this beer blends palates and tastes.

Ah dubbels, the interesting beer that’s not between, but occupies little spaces between a doppelbocks, Belgian strong dark ales, and Tripels. Hard for me to localize how it fits, and my palate is unrefined, but I try! Chimay Red mixes things together that arguably comes out in a perfect cohesive blend. What can I say? I love malt, sweet, spicy beers. Definitely an excellent offering from Chimay, their Blue still my favourite, but this is as good or potentially better than white? Have to try both again. All the Trappist beers are just delightful, and the yeast is great for my stomach. Excellent beer to round out my 100th review!
Apr 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by clm9 from North Carolina

Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Perioddicals from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - Shared a 12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Dark brown thick light tan head on aggressive pour. Minimal lacing. Has alcohol legs

S - Sweet and buttery. Dark fruits. Maybe Mulled wine or after dinner wine in there. There is a caramel scent in it too.

T - Taste follows scent with sweetness and dark fruits. Fig, plum, and possibly banana. Some booziness in the taste. No bitterness at all. There is a malty caramel or toffee that shows up as it warms up.

F - Good carbonation and cola consistency that smooths out as you drink

O - Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Very drinkable with no bitterness (a little booziness) and a lot of flavor. After trying Chimay Blue, White, and Red, I enjoyed this Red a lot. While the Blue seemed like a Winter beer, and the White was a good beer for light hops, the Red seems great for regular drinking and I will definitely add it to my annual rotation.
Apr 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Kulikov from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
L: beautiful hazy amber with a foam that lasts for the entire glass.

S: yeast forward, not too strong, but pleasant.

T: tastes of toast and toffee with fruity aftertaste, well balanced with yeast and hops.

F: wonderful mouth feel, pleasant foam and thickness.

O: truly excellent; a readily available leading example of the style.
Mar 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
11.2oz bottle

Dark copper color, boozy smell, taste is tons of fruit esters and wheat and booze. Chewy and powdery and yeasty goodness. Buy it again and again
Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by JRGargis113

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is my favorite Fall and Winter beer. I have loved it for 20 years. It has not always been available to me which makes it that much more special.
Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle pour - opaque ruddy brown color with huge foamy beige head clinging to the glass for the duration.Nose is spicy and yeasty. Taste follows with some maltiness and a bit of stone fruit. Lingering spice on the finish. A fine dubbel.
Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by UnoBeero

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Chimay red was the last of the Chimay range I had the pleasure of trying, as it was difficult to find in my area of Ontario Canada.

Nose: Spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, apple, fig, mild alcohol heat and rich wheat and barley. Somewhat of a grape or red wine scent, currants perhaps.

In the Glass: Bold and beautiful rich frothy head.

Palate: Complex but simplistic, heavier on the malt side, with moments of a cidery overtones and some spice.

Finish: Warm and candied.
4/5 I would say this is my least favorite of the Chimay range , but nonetheless it is a fantastic ale.
Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.44 by irishevans from California

Dec 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Danzifer from Ohio

Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Dec 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Tenebris

Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.39 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by eluvah from New York

Nov 20, 2021
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Rated by eatsluggs from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
I must have it again!
Nov 20, 2021
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Rated by TheFrustratedBiomed

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Just very interesting, and a great evolution as it is warming up.
Nov 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by Rhetion from Florida

Nov 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by altrio

Oct 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by Daneve76 from Australia

Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by Darboux from China

Sep 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by 88caprice from Virginia

Sep 12, 2021
Rouge (Red) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 5204 ratings