Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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Reviews: 102
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Avg: 3.85
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 91
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Hunter
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Lovely pillow head of white, distinctive lacing. Cloudy golden ale.

Smell: Best part of this beer. Lemons, spice, florals, hay. Clean and sharp.

Taste: The smell comes through in the taste, but somehow it's more subdued on the tongue than in the nose. Light, fruity, with the aroma's spiced hops.

Feel. Effervescent, delicate, easily dissipated.

Overall: This is a lovely offering from chimay. Not quite on par with their trademark tricolor beers, but a lovely addition.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally, after many months I managed to get my hands on some bottles of this extremely rare trappist beer! I decided to drink it with my beerbuddy PapaEugene during one of our beer tasting evenings. Right after dinner (PapaEugene cooked an incredible dish with meat prepared in Aventinus beer,both smell and taste: 5) we opened the bottle.... Poured into a Rochefort glass. The beer pours a very nice, hazy yellow-brown color with a very small head that rapidly changed into a nice, balanced lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly strong for such a low ABV beer; Floral and fruity hops, some sweet fruits (peach) and strong clover honey.

Taste: The taste itself is quite short. Again honey, some yeast (grass, reminds me of weizenbeers), hint of nuts (almonds), soft-sour fruits (apple), floral hops and some notes of spicy herbs. The aftertaste is very dry, with bitter-sweet honey taste.

Mouthfeel: Just after opening, high carbonation that tingles the tongue. Minutes later however, medium-low carbonation, indicating a very high oxidation. The beer is light-bodied and very soft.

Overall: Wow, again a great table-beer of the monks. I was a bit skeptical on forehand, because of the mixed reviews here, but personally, I think this one can match the Westmalle extra. I could drink this one the whole evening. It is amazing how the monks can brew such an interesting beer, with so many different flavours, and still such a low ABV. Only possible in Belgium. I agree with TurdFurgison that this beer is a must-try for fans of Trappist beers. Although I realize that most people will not be able to drink it because of the rarity of the beer....We can only hope the monks will start distributing this one commercially!

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first beer of the second beer tasting evening with rvdoorn and, yes, he managed again to get his hands on a unique beer which is "not for sale".

A: Poured it into my Urthel glass. A hazy dark yellow color with a white tiny head.

S: Floral hops, clover honey and some notes of peach.

T: Honey, toffee, roasted almonds, apple and some tobacco/herbal aspects.

M: Light but impressive body. Low carbonation. Oxidation is rather fast once poured into the glass.

D: WOW, again a beer (after the westmalle extra) that is brewed by the monks for self consumption and it makes me jeaulous. A light brew with an impressive rich taste/smell.

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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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As the label says, this was once reserved only for the monks and guests at the monastery, but can now be easily found along with the 3 other Chimay beers.
Pours very hazy golden, one finger dense white head with great retention
Yeasts take center stage in the aroma, with tons of spices, then some honey, sweet grain, blond fruits and sponge cake.
Taste starts with juicy tutti frutti (apples, pears, oranges, lemon, even some pineapple and papaya), settled on some light bready malts. Spicy yeasts follow quick, with tons of clove, coriander, lemongrass, flowers, faint anise, cardamom, peppercorn, dry citrus peel, touch of sage. There's also some dirty green hay funk, straw, faint barnyard. Finish is a bit dry, a bit bitter, and the spices just keep going on.
Medium body and carbonation, somewhat crisp and springtimey, this is incredibly refreshing.
The big bag of spices might scare people unaccustomed with Belgian brews, this one being an extreme at that, but i personally found it very tasty. Incredible yeasts.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours medium honey murky gold with a decent amount of carbonation. A big white head bubbles about a couple fingers but fades quickly to a little soap on the sides. The lacing is ok.

The aroma is light mostly hops and light flowers.

The taste is great, I wasn't expecting much but its light but has tons of flavor and totally drinkable. This is by favorite belgian pale ale by far. There is some nice sweetness, light hops, and a great floral finish.

The feel is nice, totally drinkable.

My favorite belgian pale ale, my favorite Chimay. What else can you say?

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Photo of leantom
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I happen to really like this one. Here goes:

A: Slightly hazy but clear yellow. Pours a nice head that leaves good lacing. Plenty of effervescence, which is typical of the style.

S: Whoa, unlike any beer I've ever smelled in my life. If I could compare it to anything else in the world, I would say that it smells like suntan lotion. Banana cream with hints of lemon and hay. Very, very interesting.

T: Good. Lemon and wheat are very prominent, and these are followed by more grassy and hay-like flavors. Very good malt profile. The bready yeast also makes itself known, imparting lots of lighter spices and pepper. Very good and complex

F: Thick and bready, but not overly so.

O: very well-made beer.

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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. 

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

61st Review
Bottle to Westvleteren 12 (small) chalice

Thanks to Brabander for this one at our recent Utrecht tasting!

A: Bright, golden yellow. Shining like the sun! 1.5+ (white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Freshly tilled wheat field. Smells of citrus, cracked wheat, hard work, and mild pepper. Very earthy.

T: Crisp. Refreshing. Hints of orange peel, wheat, and pepper. Well-balanced and rounded.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Soft. Smooth. Gentle.

O: Yes! Yes! Yes! This beer is very inviting and well-rounded. Overall, just beautiful! I can see why the monks at Bières de Chimay S.A. work as hard as they do. This beer is wonderfully easy to drink and I think it truly captures the essence of what a table beer should.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I must admit I'm a little bit jaded. Having reviewed 430+ beers (and counting), it often seems like there is, to quote King Solomon, "nothing new under the sun."

But then I get a beer like this one. I found it in the sale bin at a local liquor store in Oklahoma City, one of the mythical low alcohol session beers that are brewed for the Trappist monks of the monastery! So I had to buy the 4-pack of 330 mL bottles.

I poured the bottle into a Boulevard snifter glass. The result is a bright gold liquid with a big white head. If pour carefully one could get a crystal clear look but I personally prefer to drink the yeast so the final result is a little hazy.

Interesting aroma. It reminds me a little of soap or maybe even Texas bluebonnet blossoms (normally not thought of as having aroma, but up close they smell fresh and clean, almost soap like).

The flavor is even more out there. Lots of citrus - the label says orange peel but I'm getting more lemons and wheatgrass. Very interesting spice profile. Starts off sweet then goes dry and then finishes sweet again.

Fairly high carbonation but not overkill. Crisp and fresh tasting.

Is it as good as the other Chimay offerings?


But is it something unique and worth trying out?


In strength it reminds me of a session beer which makes it a poor value for the cost, but the spices are what take it in a very different territory. The spices don't quite sell me but I have to say I enjoy the fact that they are so different.

So I say, give this one a try! You might like it! If not, then at least consider the fact that you had a beer with a story, one that previously was only available if you visited the monastery in Belgium, in which case $3-4/bottle is a bargain.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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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.


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Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to challenge the average rating here and say that this beer is just wonderful. It pours a clear, bubbly yellow, but I did not want to waste the famous Chimay yeast. I made sure to swirl the last few ounces in the bottle and turned the beer a cloudy yellow with a creamy head. NOW we're talkin.

The smell is weak, but refreshing. It's sweet and so quintessentially Belgian with an undertone of candied lemon.

The taste is just flat-out delicious. It's light and sweet, with such a wonderful Belgian yeast flavor. It's exactly what I hoped it would be. It's definitely more of a Belgian Witbier than it is a Pale Ale. It's very mellow and immensely drinkable.

What an honor to drink what the monks drink. My only complaint is that this bottle is so small.. I could drink this everyday. Bravo.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Bright gold nearly peach color with a bubbly, rocky white foam head that protrudes out of the snifter with a careful pour. Just slightly hazy but no sediment.

SMELL: Earthy nose of musty yeast, wheat and coriander. Dry spices really are evident in the nose, as well as farmhouse and a hint of citrus.

TASTE: Exceptionally clean witbier flavor, lemongrass, coriander, grassy hops, peach, lemon meringue creme, wheat bread, and cracker. Light bitterness, and very dry from the spice. Herbal, slightly lemony hop paired to citrus peel and a bready flavor also. Wheat, citrus and spice would be the three most prominent flavors in a complex beer having a rather simple recipe. Chimay just makes great beer.

FEEL: Medium bodied with ample carbonation, super dry for a 4.8% brew. Lingering spice and vague rustic farmhouse flavor really makes it special.

OVERALL: A clean, every day beer from and typically for Chimay Monastery Monks and visitors. Champagne like that and very drinkable, this is a special beer for me personally as it has been a long time want to review it. A class example of the witbier style with a hint of farmhouse.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought back 2 bottles of this (2008) from Belgium last month, and am now celebrating with a Chimay night (Doree, then Red, then Blue). This beer was very light colored, light yellow straw, until I poured the yeast in from the bottom of the bottle. That darkened things up a lot, and now the beer is murky dark yellow color. The foam was about 1-2 fingers but quickly receded to a thin but lasting film. The smell is a little yeasty-estery, maybe a little lemon also. The taste is nice, actually very flavorful for a 4.8% beer. Light yeast flavors are dominant, very easy drinking and tasty. The body is pretty watery but not unexpectedly so given the low ABV. A must-try for fans of Trappist beers, as this is supposedly the only beer in the Chimay line-up enjoyed regularly by the monks of Scourmont.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33 cL bottle purchased from Etre Gourmet.

Large, dense white foam head settles over a hazed dark golden, slightly amber color. Nose of bread and Belgian yeast, floral hop notes, lemon and zest, tangerine, coriander and orange. Flavor is floral and citrusy, tastes like a Belgian wit and Belgian Pale crossed with each other. Medium full body, with strong carbonation and a crisp, slightly hoppy finish. Very refreshing and enjoyable, would seek out for the novelty.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of rangerred
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very good new (to me) beer from Chimay. Very light and spicy with some great coriander notes. The flavor packs a heavy orange/coriander punch up front but kind of fades away to light bread towards the finish. A really nice summery beer.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a chalice

L: Hazy straw colored, white head with nice lacing
A: Citrus, light fruit, very nice
T: Wheat, lemon,
F: Great mouthfeel, good carb, thin body that compliments the taste/ABV nicely
O: Super flavorful, easy drinking, the perfect beer for working around the house (or monastery), simply lovely

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.