Chimay is one of the most well know Trappist breweries and they certainly know how to brew outstanding Trappist beer. Chimay Red was the first Trappist beer to be brewed by monks at the Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium in 1862. It is an amber dubbel made with water drawn from the two wells inside the monastery.
Pouring a rich mahogany colour with a tight beige head that seems to magically continue to grow, this is a beautiful red-tinged brown ale. There is some sediment in the bottle so I poured it carefully to get a clearer ale as I'm not a fan of bits but you can of course include the yeast if that is to your taste.
It has a mouthwatering aroma of dark fruit, particularly raisins and plums, sweet malts and a hint of spice. Although it doesn't smell of alcohol, the aroma is so rich that you can tell it is a strong beer. The taste is absolutely sublime: such a lovely blend of malt, treacle and fruit with a perfectly balanced citrus/metallic bitter finish. The sweet/bitter balance is perfect and I had to remind myself of the 7% ABV to stop me glugging it down.
It's a medium bodied ale that is well carbonated, with bubbles slightly on the harsh side and they certainly left my tongue tingling. It really is a delicious dark ale and I can definitely say that Ale Be Seeing You again.
Brewed by Chimay Brewery, Belgium
My Untappd score: 4.5/5