Chimay Red
The overlooked Dubbel


Two indisputable facts at the start: Chimay blue is one of my favourite beers and the dubbel style is not what I would grab first from the shelf; that would be a tripel, preferably a Westmalle. So, where do I stand with the dubbel with the red cap and label from Chimay?

First a few words concerning the beer type. The Belgian Dubbel is malty beer with some spicy / phenolic and mild alcoholic characteristics. Compared with a Belgian Strong Dark Ale the fruitiness is more in the background. Hop bitterness and flavour are mild. A caramel flavor from the use of crystal malt or dark candy sugar may be apparent. Generally a medium body and good carbonation.

Chimay red fits the description well; red – brown in colour with a good off white head that lasts well. Malty smell; taste sweet honey-like malt with a touch of plum and mild bitterness/ slight herbal medicinal flavour. Alcohol ( 7% vol.) stays well in the background.

A good beer, as one would expect from Chimay, but if I’ve got to drink Dubbel I’d prefer a Westmalle or a St Bernardus 8.