Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.
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4.53/5 rDev +19.8%
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!
09-14-2009 15:33:56 | More by rvdoorn
4.5/5 rDev +19%
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.
09-11-2009 22:06:02 | More by PapaEugene
4.47/5 rDev +18.3%
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?
01-15-2010 00:57:35 | More by jrallen34
4.45/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
06-27-2014 17:32:55 | More by dcmchew
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
03-01-2012 02:09:10 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.43/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
12-19-2011 11:20:26 | More by spdyfire83
4.36/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
11-08-2013 02:08:56 | More by dwagner003
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
11-29-2008 23:44:31 | More by TurdFurgison
4.23/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
05-02-2012 18:25:24 | More by BEERchitect
District of Columbia
4.23/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
02-05-2013 00:14:13 | More by yourefragile
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
10-04-2008 03:05:30 | More by philipquarles
4.2/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
04-16-2012 16:45:58 | More by beerdrifter
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Pours a light golden peach with sediment floating around. The head is super creamy white or off white. The nose has loads of sweet lemon and light zest. There is a nice peppery spice with some citrus and floral hops behind. Taste is much of the same, ripe lemon, not tart, light peppery spice balances with an assertive juicy citrus and floral hop finish with an accompanying bitterness. The body is light, soft, and creamy with a gentle carbonation and dry finish. very juicy, balanced, sessionable, and tasty.
01-24-2012 16:04:11 | More by cpetrone84
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Thanks Turdfurgison for this one. Small capped bottle, best before end of 2008, poured into a Chimay goblet.
Nice looking, light golden color with a foamy white head that keeps being replenished by the continuous ascension of bubbles produced around the etched glass area; not profuse like a Duvel but quite nice. The head holds well, and leaves nice lacing on its way down. At the end of the glass I added the yeast for an experiment, which clouded the otherwise clear beer and darkened it significantly.
Light bodied, very easy to drink, it has a good amount of flavor, but perhaps given the extreme cold today feels a bit watered down.
yeasty flavors are noticeable, a mild hoppy bite and earthiness, cookie like flavors as well as a slight malty sweetness. All very delicate and balanced.
A very nice session beer, that is, if you can get more than one.
12-16-2008 20:59:19 | More by brdc
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
Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.