Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 85
Gots: 49 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

The menu at the abbey's cafe (Auberge de Poteaupré) lists this beer as "Speciale De Poteaupré."
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Ratings: 240 | Reviews: 90
Photo of DoubleJ
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chinay's house-only beer now comes in the bottle! Out of a 330 ml stubby bottle, on to the beer:

A soapy, cracking head sits on top this morning sunshine colored beer. The body shows cloudiness, and frothy retention sticks around. The aroma brings not only a delicate smell, but a delightful one too. With its coriander, orange peel, grass, it smells closer to a well-done witbier.

Doree isdry, crisp, and extremely refreshing. The orange peel is a great addition, plus vague fruits and the soft fruity yeast present makes this beer a gem. It's a light bodied beer that is also soft and creamy.

You can tell that I liked this one a lot. Good call for shipping this to the US, Chimay!

Photo of Neorebel
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, pale amber with a very fizzy head. Wonderful aroma with vibrant spicy and herbal notes, as well as some banana and Belgian yeast. Altogether sweet and flowery. The first remarkable thing about this beer that jumps out immediately is its fantastic, soft silky mouthfeel. It coats the palate oh-so-pleasantly. While the flavor is more on the mild side, it does have distinct aspects such as wheat and clove essences, and a malty sweetness that does not overpower. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, especially in the summer.

Photo of farmhaus
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look -- Nice, deep golden hue. Good, Belgian foam.

Nose -- Yeasty nose with floral notes that giveaway to a strong bergamot spice.

Taste -- Spices and black pepper. Orange rind and dried apricots on the finish. Always the noticeable clove phenol.

Feel -- Medium body with a very bright mouthfeel. Silky.

Overall -- A different brew for Chimay, for sure. Pleasant, but I'll stick with their other offerings.

Photo of Alextricity
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Wish I could have appreciated this more. By the time I got it, I was getting some serious beer bloat... this tasted like a spicy Belgian beer, take that as you will. Not sour, not loaded with banana, but a clove and coriander sort of flavor with an interesting array of spices I can't quite recall. Body was moderate with a pleasant carbonation. Good beer, but a mediocre review -- all I can say is that this is a pretty tasty beer. As great as some other Belgians I've had, no, but good nonetheless.

Photo of Casp1119
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent beer will get it again

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average. But my average is 3.0, not 3.75.

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What's this? A new Chimay?! I am gonna be all over that. Poured from the bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Soft topped bone white, slow decant and angled pour gives not much head, but manages to keep it's very soupy puck on top at a simple finger. Very fine head bubbles almost nitrous looking too. Body color appears unfiltered, but has a simple glow of lemon to orange as the tapering gets close to the top. Fine carbonation continues up to the top to keep the head repopulated. Solid looker.

What a great aroma. Full of fruit and wonderful sweetness and spice. Allspice to clove like sweetness, not even dry or hot. Sweet bready notes of honey, maybe a touch of vanilla, oranges and even some mild lemon fruit zesty quality. Has a wonderful angel food cake like smell to it, perhaps a hint of strawberry peaking out of this as well. Great stuff.

Palate though is much more subdued it seems. Lots of mineral and perrier like carbonated water flavors that really cut through. Hints of mild honey and the carbonation gives to some dioxide and pepper rush on the finish. Gaseous palate. Not much depth for this either even for a lighter patersbier/wit/Belgian Pale ale whatever you want to direct the style notes towards. Interestingly the fruit forward aroma and flavor seems to only exist in the aftertaste, in airy gulps and breaths after the swallow.

It's just way too carbonated and without much malt depth unfortunately. Happy to have tried it, but even for a lighter Belgian this isn't giving me that much joy. Perhaps I expected too much, but no big complaints that's for sure.

Photo of Hopstafari
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with spices...a wonderful fruity spicy finish...just enough head throughout the entire glass...deserves a higher rating

Photo of Sandalwood
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow golden color with a huge frothy white head with plenty of carbonation. The odor is spicy, clove, bread like, citrus lemon, orange, coriander, grassy. The taste is very crisp, citrus orange, lemon, spices, clove, grassy, bread like, malty, coriander, cardamom, a little dry in the finish. Slight bitterness throughout.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at WoB in JAX Beach.
Hazy pale golden with a thin but durable head.
AROMA: fruity and mildly yeasty with some light bread.
Flavor: impressively complex for style. Good balance.
Feel: near medium body with good carbonation.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very mildly hazed gold; much cloudier when the whole bottle is poured in. Thick and frothy white head. Nose is great. Floral, yeasty, bready and sweet nose. Flavor is good. A bit earthy. Dough and ink thing going on. Smooth feel. It's a good Belgian ale, for sure. Not quite up to the level of all of Chimay's other brews, but I can appreciate it.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium straw amber with a huge three finger white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of sharp spices; pepper, coriander and clove, Belgian and saison style yeast, light pear juice. Flavor starts with light apple an pear juice, Belgian yeast and coriander, then dries out quite a bit to a saison-like dry champagne, coriander and clove finish, peppery. Light to medium bodied with strong, peppery carbonation. An interesting light Belgian ale with clear evidence of the Chimay yeast and nice light fruit character. The finish is perhaps a bit too light to carry the strong spicing, leaving the bitter coriander and clove flavors a bit stranded. Overall well crafted and refreshing as expected from Chimay. As a huge fan of blue and the tripel, the lighter flavors of this left me wishing for the intensity of those ales. A great choice if a more sessionable version is appropriate. I haven't seen this version before and glad to have the chance to try it.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the stubby 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked L14-570. Sampled on March 8, 2015.

It pours a cloudy pale yellow leading up to a long lasting white fizzy head.

The aroma is both fruity and spicy. And by fruit I think orange or lemon zest. Toasted malts too.

Light and refreshing body.

The flavor focuses on the spicy character but the orange/lemon fruitiness is not far off. I have had the Chimay Red and Blue many times but it was nice to find one from them I had not had.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One solid finger of white head that slowly fades into a thin patch.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian aroma with hints of citrus fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, coriander, and white pepper. Malt hints of wheat, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Zesty citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon, and pineapple along with the typical Belgian scent of pear, green apple, and banana. Also some hints of floral and spicy hops. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. A very good smell.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a nicely yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian taste with good notes of citrus fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of coriander, clove, and white pepper. Soft pale malt notes of wheat, straw, cracker, caramel, and biscuit. Juicy citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple along with some white grape, pear, apple, and banana. Some spicy and floral hops as well. Sweet taste of Belgian candied sugar. A very nice zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Juicy, prickly, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A really good Belgian Pale Ale from these master Trappist brewers. Very nice juicy citrus bite with a good combination of spices and wheaty malt. A great session Belgian ale.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured nearly into a killer Chimay glass. Pours bright, honey color. Mostly clear. Head fades into a thing ring of white. Aroma is soft and obviously Belgiany. Yeast, bread, pale fruit flesh, spice. The flavor is just too soft for me. I enjoy it's no-frills Belgian attitude but it's not enough. Spicy and bready with a general fruity flavor. Yeast is more prominent than any other flavor. Body is light; almost watery. Peppy carbonation. A decent table beer. Drinkable but too bland.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Dorée has a thin, off-white head, a murky, orange-gold (sort of pineapple juice) appearance, lots of powdery sediment, and fierce, tight bubble streams. The beer gets a lot cloudier, once the bottom caked sediment is swished and poured in. Aroma is of sweet, sugary bread and mild spices. Taste is of the same, with a noticeable balancing bitterness. Even alcohol seems to be in the flavor, here. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly from the carbonation, and Chimay Dorée finishes champagne-like and easy going.

RJT

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Golden in color with a slight haze. Fine-bubble bone white head retains well. Delicate rings of lacing.

S: Sweet pale malts (Pilsner?). Light toast, biscuits. Doughy and very lightly musty yeast. Spicy hops. Hints of mandarin orange and fleshy tropical fruits. Dried herbs. Faint whiffs of cinnamon and brown sugar. Intricate and complex in a shy sort of way.

T: Tropical and fruity. Mandarin orange,mango, banana. Coriander. Good dose of herbal hop spice with a stiff bitter jab. Doughy and toasty malt base. Undercurrents of musty yeast. Brown sugar. Dried herbs. Dry finish of toast and dried herbs.

M: Medium body. Firm malt feel is cut by acute seltzery carbonation.

O: Very good all around. Very drinkable with some complexity. Downright crushable, actually. A great companion to milder washed-rind cheeses. It would be easy to make this a regular in the 'fridge if it weren't for the high price tag.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color of this beer is straw golden except with a twinge of amber that darkens up the color just a hair. The pour produces a big three finger head which is incredibly foamy and bubbly (champagne-esque). Lacing is very prevalent.

As expected with the aroma the yeast really pops out with spice and pepper aromas. There is also a acidic fruity sweetness as well with lemon and orange most notably standing out. The malt is hard to detect, but definitely adds a drying presence.

The taste follows the nose quite closely with acidic, almost tart, lemon showing up first followed by the spicy belgian yeast which provides a dry snap lingering the finish. The finish, while dry, is smooth out by a sweet cracker/ wheat malt and some fruity orange flavors as well.

The carbonation is pretty hign with this, but thats to be expected for the style. Light to medium body, dry, and incredibly easy to drink.

Overall, at only 4.8% this is an incredibly flavorful beer and makes for a perfect "session" beer. Its big on the spices and has a great tart dryness that kind of reminds me of saisons. A great beer for sure, and definitely a new go-to/favorite from a Chimay.

Photo of Pug
4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, so good. Such a wonderful beer, I must have more of it.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at La Trappe Cafe in San Fran. Served in a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with quite a bit of haze to it. Thin white head with some persistent fine strands of lacing .

Smell: Hint of spices, some powdery yeast.

Taste: Lightly tart, with hints of apple and pear, with a cracker-like malt, some hints of sweetness, and then a lightly bitter finish that had some spicy notes to it of coriander and some pepper.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation, just thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable - I had two of these with dinner and they went very well with the food I ordered. I do feel that this would have been better on a hot day, but it's a light and easily drinkable beer, full of flavor and interesting enough that you want to come back for more, but obviously not as rich as the rest of the Chimay lineup. I was not getting greatly deep flavors, but I was getting well crafted ones. Overall nicely balanced and I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a beautiful hoppy belgian pale. a perfect all-day beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- ale brewed with spices, orange peel and corriander.

A: A rolling white cap consumes the greater volume of the duvel chalice, 3+ inches with a lengthy stay. Receeding to a foamy, sloppy covering, it leaves large chunks of soapy lacing on the vessel walls. Orange coloring, good clarity with a strong sense of carbonation.

S: Aroma was fresh and fruity, applesauce, wet lemon, and juicy pear. Fruity mentions of apricot and grapes with a bit of straw on the finish.

T: Flavor was fruity, apple, white grapes, juicy pear with sweet fruit and lightly dry pilsner malting. Very clean, banana hints from the yeast, crisp flavor with spicing of cinnamon and spicy floral hops. Oranges with hints of bubblegum yeastiness and lingering grapefruit, pepper and melon-straw on the finish.

M: Sharp mouthful, crisp feel, good tingle on the tongue's edges and lips.

O: Overall its hard to argue with chimay products, especially thier blue. Very clean, exceptionally crisp and sharp with a fresh wet fruitiness. very good overall.

Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque golden straw with white head. Peppery aroma. Light and tasty saison flavor. Notes of banana, some pear, slight lemon zest. Mildly bitter back end with peppery, slightly prickly mouthfeel. Quite a bit there for something so light. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a slight haze. A big pillowy white head settles into a light cap with a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a big coriander presence. Smells like celery. Typical witbier aroma. There is some white pepper and other general spice.

The taste is of coriander. The bready malt provides a nice honey sweetness and helps to balance out the coriander. The coriander is more mellow with the beefier malt than in a true witbier. Not very sweet so not sure if they used any candi sugar in this one. Not too much depth to this as the coriander dominates the flavor. I am a bit torn as I am not a big fan of coriander but Chimay made a well balanced beer.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet and spicy on the palate. Drinks well. A bigger body than what I would expect from a 4.8% ABV brew.

A nice beer. Not crazy for the coriander flavor but its well made.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spice, citrus juice, and dried citrus peel aromas. Taste is much the same with tea, spice, citrus fruit, and citrus peel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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