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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 80
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The menu at the abbey's cafe (Auberge de Poteaupré) lists this beer as "Speciale De Poteaupré."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The amazing opportunity to enjoy this monk-only elixir finds me at the tasting room of the most famous of all Trappist brewers in Chimay concluding a very in depth tour. With so much finesse and succulence I can easily understand and appreciate why this beer clocks in under 4%, as a single chalice of the ale is hardly enough.

Doree (gold cap) decants into the chalice with a playful and sprite carbonation that dances about the liquid until the foam separates from the beer and leaves it nearly bright in clarity to show off its shiny golden hue. Ample carbonation fuels the light and fluffy cotton head that captures all the perfumy aromatics to come.

Seemingly of witbier, the aromas of coriander and curacao leap from the rim with a zesty and awakening scent- quite perfumy indeed as the spices are supported with the soft honey suckle sweetness and freshly kilned grain that rounds out the vibrant nose.

Moderate flavors of malt capture the crisp and clean sweetness of honey, powdered sugar, and slight candy. Fresh baking breads, cracker-like crispness, and pleasantly mild grain flavors deliver the briskness of German lagers but the spice/fruit interplay from yeast provides the complexity and balance with only the most modest glimpse into the herbal hop world. The almost-minty, lemongrass and floral character of hops are perfect complements to the coriander and curacao orange peel that provide a juicy and refreshing taste of tangerines and pez candies in the most elegant and delicate portrayal.

Modest in mouthfeel, the zesty prick of carbonation allows for a semi-champagne like lively texture that extends the floral and spicy flavors and minty-warm alcohols well into finish. Ultimately dry and refreshing, the beer seems to dissolve much like cotton candy as soon as the beer hits the middle of the palate and leads to an effortless and digestible beer event.

The first whiff of the soft spices makes me think witbier, but after a few sips, I didn't feel that I needed the unmalted wheat to make any impact at all. A base of pilsner malt and a few other aromatic malts make yet another formidable base beer for these floral and perfumy spice to rise- just another majestic flavor combination that result from the endless artistry of the brewing monks of Chimay!

A very special thanks goes to Fabrice Bordon for an informative and entertaining tour with tasting, and for his gentlemanly companionship for lunch at their cafe.

BEERchitect, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

InspectorBob, Yesterday at 01:35 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Gregaroo, Tuesday at 06:31 PM
Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%

Pear and apple esters in aroma, with a hint of plastic phenols and coriander. Flavor is fairly appley, with coriander adding an odd smokiness mid palate. The finish is dry and modestly bitter. Hints of pear skin weave throughout.

barczar, Tuesday at 12:16 AM
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Dbthwaites88, Monday at 07:57 PM
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4.02/5  rDev +5.8%

tkdchampxi, Nov 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

hermuli, Nov 21, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Keelerm2, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

msquared36, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Sarmento, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a fat Chouffe tulip)

L: sunbeam yellow liquid, rather clear until dregs slip in... open, spongy white foam... scant lace splashed around... maintains a soft blanket of suds

S: sugar cookie dough, lemon zest, yeast, coriander... quite bright, doughy, and with a touch of phenolic spice on the end... cleansing floral essence

T: hot damn! coriander out the ass - well-defined... witbier flavors pasted atop an abbey single?... whisper of malt fans out in the finish, but perhaps lacking in at least a delicate malt sweetness to balance... spices and fresh yeast linger long in the finish

F: suggestion of roundness up front, but then it vaporizes moderately snappy and quite dry... comfortably soft enough on the edges with mild parching effect

O: avoided reading much about it prior to opening it, I seemed to have it in mind that this was something in the realm of say a Trois Pistoles... now that I've had it, I do recall reading a bit where this was described as their table beer... looking at the label finally, duh, could have easily anticipated its flavor... a novelty here - wouldn't buy again

Bouleboubier, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

GreenMind, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

I thought this was a new offering, I guess not.
A spicy, sweet, yeasty aroma with some floral hops.
The taste is good. It's dry and tickles the palate.
The spices and flavor for that matter are lean and washed out.
This wasn't as good as I thought but overall it was good.

micromaniac129, Nov 09, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

gafferjohn, Nov 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

BraveMountie, Nov 06, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

Rickus, Nov 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BILF, Nov 02, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Givemebeer, Oct 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Fettpopps, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Etrusco, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Franck, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

brugsbeertje, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

RaphaelSC, Sep 17, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +8.4%

Gervaise, Sep 12, 2014
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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.