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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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very good

108 Reviews
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Reviews: 108
Hads: 304
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 91
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

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 Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow; massive snowy head with great retention.

Lemons, straw, and Belgian yeast on the nose, with flavor following. A touch of spice from the yeast, and plenty of malt despite the low ABV. Light and slightly fruity.

Refreshing but with substance; an easy-drinking beer that feels medium-full bodied.

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Photo of Suds
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extraordinarily pale, with an intense haze and an even more powerful effervescence. The head is towering and long-lasting, brilliant white, and composed of bubbles of varying sizes. The aroma is perfumy, with a slight background of sharp spices. The beer has an incredible hoppiness, yet is not bitter. It is a flavorful and incredibly enjoyable light beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

10 ounce pour - $8.00 at Trappeze Pub in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a near clear, yellow-gold body with a white, foaming head.

Smell: Hmm. Smells a little like a top-shelf soap. What's wrong with some humble Kroger-bought 10 for $10 Softsoap? Cereal-scented malts, lemon peel and aromatic fresh-cut flowers.

Taste: A light touch of pils malts, scantly cereal-esque and hay-hinting. Medium level of sweetness had. Some citrus, some spicy phenols and varying petals. As with the aroma, it's predominately lemony and soapy. Modestly bitter. Drying, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, I was hoping for something bright, light and refreshing. Instead, got some old lady soap. Disappointing, considering it's a Chimay release.

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Photo of MrDell
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Chimay Dorée
Belgian Pale Ale – 4.8% - 330ml Bottle - Bottling date unknown - Best Before

Appearance: Clear and light straw in colour with large bubbles that make up a beautiful, brilliant white head that seems to last forever. I spent half an hour photographing this beer and another hour to drink it and the head hasn’t dropped off a bit.

Aroma: Grassy with classic Belgian yeasty esters.

Taste: Lemon with wheat / light grains upfront, giving way to a slightly soapy then spicy taste with a short lived, mild hop finish. None of the flavours in this are beer are very strong, they are all slight and gentle but that is what this one is about. It’s VERY drinkable and I could easily session this, unlike the other – equally fantastic – heavier offerings from the monks of Abbaye de Scourmont.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and a little dry in the finish but, again, easy on the palate. Medium body.

Overall: Very enjoyable, I have been looking forward to trying the monks table beer from Chimay for a while and it does not disappoint. I said in my previous reviews of the Chimay range that “You just know, whether you are looking at the bottle, opening and pouring the beer into the lovely chalice glass or taking in the aroma and tasting, that you are dealing with a high quality product” and this lighter Chimay also lives up to that statement. 9 / 10.

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Photo of Auraan
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden body with two fingers of thick white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a very good Belgian Golden ale, quite well done. Scents of Belgian yeast imparting phenolic notes of white pepper at medium-light levels, sweet, spicy coriander dominates the front of the aroma backed by sweet orange peel. Low levels of floral hops and softly sweet Pilsner malt add depth in the background. Overall impression of aroma is of a very spicy, crisp, refreshing Belgian Blonde ale, very nice. Flavor begins with notes of orange zest imparting a tart citrus flavor, backed by spicy coriander and light floral, spicy noble hop flavors along with a supporting grainy Pilsner malt in the background. Middle continues flavors of orange zest and spicy coriander, picking up in dryness slightly with both spices and noble hop flavors. Finish is crisp and lightly dry with notes of orange zest initially, giving way to coriander and phenol-derived white pepper flavors and a floral noble hop flavor at medium-low levels. Pilsner malt offers grainy and bready flavors and alight sweetness in the background. Aftertaste is of coriander, white pepper and spicy, floral noble hops with a light grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a crisp, flavorful Belgian Golden ale, offering flavors of citrus fruit and spice along with malt giving it a complex overall feel. Very nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp, effervescent feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very nice Belgian ale. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Blonde. It is light, yet complex. As aromatic and flavor as any Trappist ale, yet refreshing enough for summer. An excellent beer.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml on-tap at Il Santo Bevitore pub in Venice (€6.00):
A nice enough beer & one I enjoyed drinking but I'd built it up too much in my own mind as it didn't quite live up to my expectation & I couldn't honestly say it was anywhere near as good at Chimay Blue, or even Chimay Red or Tripel. It was fresh & lively with a few nice flavours appearing but the nose seemed a little light & the flavours definitely weren't as complex as I've come to expect from Chimay over the years. It's one that I'm glad I was able to try but I imagine it will likely be a one-off for me & I'll most likely stick to Chimay Blue in future.

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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 josanguapo
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Playing Goodbye Deponia. A bit less tasty than the red one but much more sessionable and refreshing. Good aroma. Midly citric taste

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 8/18/2015. Pours lightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pear, apple, coriander, clove, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pear, apple, coriander, clove, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, coriander, peach, pear, apple, clove, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of bright fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Not too dry after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent Belgian pale ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of bright fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Hugues
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For years, I've wanted to taste my favourite monks' daily brew. and it's now available. And guess what? It's very worthy of them too. I could make it my daily brew.

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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 Beer-Revelry
2.24/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I did not like this beer at all. This "pale ale" tasted more like a lager with a bit of everything from the spice rack throw into it. The absurd amount of spices I got off this beer was very offputting with no hops to be found anywhere. Do NOT recommend this brew, worst of the Chimay line-up in my opinion.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle poured into a wine glass. A rare find here stateside until nowadays anyway. Pours a pale golden with a thick and foamy bottle conditioned cap of whitish foam. Touch of noble hops along with soe Belgiany yeast esters on the nose seem nicely balanced, and leaning toward more hop presence with warming.

Taste follows with a spicy hop finish and a subbtle pale malt character throughout. Offers notable pils attributes initially and until the yeast aromas become more dominant as the beer warms. Then you get more of a fruity and even Brett character yet sans any funky character. Clean in that regard, nicely carbonated to give feel to a light weight offering. More balanced Belgian aroma with more warming and drinks more like a witbier at that point. Smooth and easy.

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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 dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy pillowy bright white head that very slowly reduces to a very thick (slightly more than one finger tall) layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy pale malts along with moderate aromas of spicy Belgian yeast and light aromas of citrus/lemon rind.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy + pale malts with just a hint of sweetness (light fruit - apple). That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy Belgian yeast and just a hint of citrus/lemon rind. Light amounts of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of lively carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and much "lighter" than the other Chimay offerings. Alcohol is well hidden and this one is quite enjoyable. Glad that bottles are finally available here in the US.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - ripe banana yellow, cloudy, clingy lacy clumpy yeast fine bead head. 4

S - lavender cinnamon peppermint candy. Xmas cinnamon and orange rolls. Fresh Danish and a pinch of bubble gum. 4.5

T - muted flavors. Refreshing simple. Light but not crisp. Not flavorful doesn't match smells. Similar to Chimay but not heavy. 3

M - lots of mouthful. Chewy creamy and a touch fizzy.3.75

D - flavors don't match the rest of the experience. Ok table beer. 3

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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 breadwinner
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little torn on this one. Love the style, particularly during these dog days of summer, when the last thing I want is some giant tripel or some such to get me all boozed out beneath the beating sun. Generous foamy head, the nose isn't huge but offers some sweetened cereal grains, some musty malt/yeast combo, and maybe just a hint of citrus. Palate has similarities, that same musty note of grain and citrus and some Belgian yeast that occasionally throws off a phenol or two. At times, I was really digging it, at others those musty notes dampened the whole affair. Cool style. I'd give this another shot, I'd say.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma yellow fruits, coriander, belgian yeast, spices and light pepper notes. Taste yeast, yellow fruits, citrus, malty sweetness and nice fruity sourness. Very refreshing. Nice big head, good lacing and high carbonation.

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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 Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I see pale straw yellow in color with a hazy complexion. There's a quarter inch of eggshell white. I smell pale malt, German aroma hops, and coriander. I taste pure , fresh pale wheat and coriander. The mouth is light, crisp and refreshing.

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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 stevoj
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Used to be there was only one place you can get this, I had it on tap at the Auberge de Poteaupre as an accompianment to my food. As I was driving, it was also the weakest beer on the menu :) Nice blonde style ale served at the inn and in the abbey to the monks.. Tart, tangy and bitter with sticky lacing. Very fine carbonation....different from their heavier beers, but still very good.

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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 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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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.