Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 85
Gots: 48 | 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: 233 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by TomSchuwer:
Photo of TomSchuwer
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Type of glass: Chimay Tasting glass
Temp: about 5-6 °C

A: Cloudy with nice head

S: yeasty, herbal and spicy (coriandre) and lemon

T: it tastes like the smell, fresh, herbal and spicy

M: light bodied and refreshing

O: I will buy some again to drink in the sun .

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
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 chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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 ggaughan
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 2007. My cousin shared this bottle with my bro, my wife and I last night. The beer poured a nice bright golden color with a nice white fizzy head. The aroma of the beer was a nice spicy blend with a hoppy nose. The taste was nicely carbonated which I enjoy and it also had a nice malty/hoppy balance. The beer does run off the tongue very quickly after tasting so it doesn't have hte full body that the other Chimay beer do. Still a nice refreshing beer and nice to try something rare.

Photo of Mar02x
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had the opportunity to taste this beer on a tasting organized by BA's Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Actually I already had a bottle on my shelf. It was a gift from the Brabander, as I believe this one is too. This beer was the warmer, the welcome beer.

See for the total beer line up my review of the Brewery - Black Tuesday.

A - A white head on top of a yellow haze. One could also easily say it was amber in color.

S - A nice pine and citrus smell enters my noose, in that exact order.

T - A bit light in body, but yeh what do you expect from a blond. The taste is good however, again pine and citrus.

M - A medium to high carbonation, as goes for the bitterness in the end; also medium.

O - For a light beer its quite good. Thanks Thijs for sharing.

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Hopstafari
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
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 philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy golden orange with a thick white head that reduces to a one-finger sheet.

Smells of malt primarily with some esters of lemon or other citrus. The taste is much the same, though the fruit isn't as prominent. Hints of honey near the end.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, with good thickness and carbonation. Overall, a very drinkable beer that would be great for sessioning.

Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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 CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows Belgian phenols, grassy hops and a very soft but off-putting decomposing plant matter/muddy note.
Flavours concentrate one the phenols, grassy and spicy hops and light sweet malt. Finishes very dry however.
Carbonation seems a bit over the top.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden beer with a huge head with just above standard retention. Aroma is comprised of quite strong malt with some spice mix. Taste is quite refreshing with again the malt hitting you at first and ending with some noticeable spice mix. The body is thinner then the other Chimay but the carbonation is great. Overall, this is a very refreshing beer but not up to the standard of the other Chimay.

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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 RuudJH
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to find this in my local store. Never had the opportunity to try this, even as a long time Chimay fan.
Full white head, nice good carbonation in golden beer.
Smell is great. Citrus, fine biscuit malt. Very authentic as a Belgian tripel or pale ale.
Taste is a mix of bittersweet and some tartness in the aftertaste. It has a light crisp mouthfeel.
More tasting gives a dominant malt flavour. It's a lot like liquid biscuits. Some citric notes, a bit of what might be koriander in the background.
Overall this is great as a thirstquencher. It's relatively low alcohol makes it easy, but it's flavourfull, not watery.
I'm not disappointed. Cheers.

Photo of Squelch
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this beer at The Auberge de Poteaupré, right down the road of Scourmont Abbey. This beer pours a pale yellow, and looks like a pilsner. Thats where the similarities end. Supposedly the beer that the monks themselves drink, this one tasted like a triple, but without the alcoholic punch. Very flowery and aromatic, with the expected belgian funk mixed in. A truly excellent beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Sandalwood
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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 eric5bellies
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a cloudy pale honey color with Atwood fingered white head that retains well.

S - Heavy bready yeast aroma with a little lemon citrus

T - Delicate flavours of yeast and citrus the finish is a little dry.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - For a belgian pale ale you can get better examples. The flavours are a little unpronounced.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml Chimay classic bottle. Goblet. Pale gold color, chill haze appearance. White, close & lasting on top head. Herbal & yeasty aromas, hints of fresh bread, biscuit & Granny Smith apples. Malty, spicy & spiced upfront. Medium to light body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Dense texture & funny palate. Increasing herbal bitterness & slight tartar touch in the middle provides a refreshing sensation. Subtle quince astringency. Extended bitter finish. Green wood & fruity hues -apple like- on the aftertaste. Nice session beer. Probably, best Belgish Ale below 5% I´ve ever had!!

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chimay gold cap. Poured in Chimay tasting room. Fluffy white head. High retention. Golden color. High clarity. Aroma fruity, zesty, lemony, coriander notes.  Taste is very refreshing. Mildly sweet and bitter.  High carbination. Sessionable, I certainly I see why the monks drink this one all the time. Lovely. 

Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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 dstc
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at L'Auberge de Poteaupre near the abbey, or at least I think I did. On the menu there it is called "Chimay Special Poteaupre" and from what I understand it is the same thing. So please forgive me if I am reviewing the wrong beer but from what I know there are only the big 3 and the monks brew (Doree) which is what is at the cafe near the abbey.

This beer pours a pale yellow color with a small white head. Very thin lace throughout.

Citrusy smell like triple but other than that, nothing that stood out.

Clean light beer. Lemony flavor. Slight malts but very easy on the tongue and easy to put down.

Thin with moderate carbonation.

Easy drinking light flavored Chimay. If the monks drink this every day than I say lucky monks. This is a very decent, solid brew. Other Chimay's are better though. I ordered this first than a blue and when I finally ordered the blue the waitress looked at me, smiled and nodded as if saying "Yes, you made the right choice".

Photo of beerdrifter
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a fluffy white two finger head that fades pretty quickly with decent lacing. Belgian pale malts and bready yeast dominate the nose along with hints of grass, apple, pear, and lemon with just a touch of honey and caramel. The taste follows suit with a bold and subtly sweet malt base with hints of green apple, lemon, pear, and grass, with all of the flavors complementing and not overpowering the other. Extremely fresh and crisp mouthfeel that makes this crazy drinkable and refreshing. I can definitely see why this is the monks table beer.

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.