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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 80
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews by doktorhops:
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Review #300, and this is indeed a special honour reserved for a special beer - Chimay Doree, also known as Chimay Gold, the "patersbier" or "fathers' beer" that is only available within the monastery and consumed by the monks themselves. The fact that I may never try this fine ale again, baring a bucket list tour of the 8 Trappist brewers in Belgium, makes this quite the solemn occasion for me.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Doree presents with a most pleasing (for bottle-conditioned beer lovers) cloudy mango body and a resolutely firm 1cm white head. When viewed with light from a white LED light from above it takes on an ethereal character like some sort of beer from God *Angels singing "Ahhh"*.

S: A very yeast driven aroma. Upfront with freshly baked bread and notes of clove and honey. You know this recipe is based off the Rouge but with slight changes in ingredients, as such you just catch a whiff of ethyl acetate in the aroma. The whole fragrance is classic Belgian monastic ale in a glass.

T: Light and fruity, easy drinking, a bit too easy drinking. The palate consists of bread, clove, honey, coriander and papaya. The finish is dry with a slight herbal bitterness. Again it is important to note that the flavouring overall is weak and surprisingly not as expected from a Trappist brew (even a lowly full-strength one).

M: An unexpected medium body with a creamy carbonation given the restraint of the taste.

D: I found this brew to be slightly too weak in the flavour department, yes I know that's the point but after revelling so much in its brethren I guess I was a bit "meh-ified" overall by this beer. I can however see how keeping the ABV low might be beneficial to the monastic orders in their patersbier as they do have to live/work/pray etc... and getting drunk at dinner every night only to wake up at 5am would be a hard slog. I believe more people should give this a go given the chance, just don't expect it to be as tasty as the Blue or Rouge.

Food match: I imagine this would match well with the Chimay cheeses, Kippenwaterzooi (a type of creamy Belgian stew) and fresh baked bread.

02-28-2014 10:01:07 | More by doktorhops
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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.

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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.

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
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