Chimay Rouge is another official Belgian Trappist beer from the monks of the Scourmont Abbey in the town of Chimay, close to the French border in Belgium. Like its name suggests this Chimay Rouge is distinguished from its siblings by a red label and cap. This Trappist beer has a coppery colour and pours with a creamy head.
Chimay Rouge is a "Dubbel" beer (double, like the Westmalle Dubbel and La Trappe doubles), and it has an aroma with touches of sweet fruitiness (mainly apricot) due to the fermentation process. It has a very soft and silky taste with slight touches of bitterness and a pronounced cereal character. Common tasting notes for this beer include nuttiness, banana and vanilla.
Because it's best served a bit colder, it's a great thirst quencher. Alcohol packs in at a 7% ABV, making it the Chimay with the lowest alcohol content. The ideal serving temperature for the Chimay Rouge is similar to the blue one, at a "cellar temperature" of around 10 - 12°C.
Chimay Rouge is available in small 33cl bottles and also in larger 75cl bottles where it bears the name of "Première". If you like Chimay beers, don't forget to check out the Chimay Tripel.
This Chimay has its debut in 1862 and the most recent variety of the recipe was created by Father Théodore after WWII, taking inspiration from the original recipes dating back to the conception of the brewery. Unlike the Chimay Bleu, the Chimay Rouge is best consumed within a year of purchase and ideally in its own glass or chalice.
First sold in 75 cl (25.4 fl.oz.) bottles, it is noted for its copper color and as the first beer brewed by the monks of Chimay in 1862. 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 flavor qualities of this beer very harmoniously. This top-fermented Trappist beer, re fermented in the bottle, is not pasteurized.