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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 82
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by roblowther:
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3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the cafe associated with the abbey. Going from memory here. Appearance was a reddish brown, not quite the head density of the other offerings. Smell was the characteristic Chimay yeast, with its various fruits and spices vying for your attention. Taste? I'd like it more if I hadn't had the others. Like the other Trappist daily drinkers, it comes off a bit watered down compared to its breatheren. The hops is a bit more pronounced, though, which is an interesting addition to the mix. Mouthfeel follows suit, a bit watery but maybe only because the flavor tells the brain that that trademark Chimay silkiness is coming at it just doesn't quite. Drinkability is OK but nothing to write home about. In short, definitely something to try for the novelty but I wouldn't travel to Belgium just to get some.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BraveMountie
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AxlSkull
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of ggaughan
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -18.8%
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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of R3ason
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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 crosenkrantz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of frontalot
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of MCDub
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 jessealmlie
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Rickus
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.