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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 285
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 91
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
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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 craytonic
2.04/5  rDev -47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is not very good. Not very good at all. Pour is decent enough, a bit more pale than expected with an enormous head. Aroma is malt, spices, and dead hops. Taste is about the same, but a bit off. Body is too thin, and very heavily carbonated. Didn't finish it and would never drink it again. If I were the monks I would brew something a bit more tasty for my lunch.

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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 GreenCard
2.26/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted at 2003 Kempisch Bierfestival in Geel, Belgium...

Appearance: amber/golden, good clarity, huge foamy off-white head which collapsed during the three-four minutes our server spent recommending another beer (which I subsequently tried)

Aroma: faint aroma, not much there, slightly mossy

Flavor: blandish, watered down, very light malt flavor, kind of like an amber mixed with club soda

Mouthfeel: watery, light, mineral-water-like carbonation

Overall Impression: I believe this is Chimay's "table beer" or, effectively, thier "single". I must say I'm pretty disappointed. I have heard tell of this one and had looked forward to tasting it one day. Is this what those poor monks have to drink every day? I didn't even finish drinking my 33 cl sample.

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Photo of AZbelgian
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was not aware of this beer until I stopped at the Auberge de Poteaupré (restaurant down the street from the Abbey) and had it on tap as part of their Chimay sampler. They do not call it Dorée they call it "Spéciale Poteaupré"

Light blond color with very little lace. Citrus flavor and light in the mouth. Malty with a dry bitter aftertaste. Goes down easy but I expected more from a Chimay. Prefer the big three Chimays, but not a bad beer if you are feeling adventurous and in the neighborhood.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a cloudy pale honey color with Atwood fingered white head that retains well.

S - Heavy bready yeast aroma with a little lemon citrus

T - Delicate flavours of yeast and citrus the finish is a little dry.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - For a belgian pale ale you can get better examples. The flavours are a little unpronounced.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Photo of Mar02x
3.12/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle labeled best before 2007.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of yeast and light spices. I swear the aroma reminded of fresh out of the pot prosciutto filled tortellini. Tastes of yeast with some lemons. Thinner and watery body.

Notes from 10/28/05

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3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml Chimay classic bottle. Goblet. Pale gold color, chill haze appearance. White, close & lasting on top head. Herbal & yeasty aromas, hints of fresh bread, biscuit & Granny Smith apples. Malty, spicy & spiced upfront. Medium to light body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Dense texture & funny palate. Increasing herbal bitterness & slight tartar touch in the middle provides a refreshing sensation. Subtle quince astringency. Extended bitter finish. Green wood & fruity hues -apple like- on the aftertaste. Nice session beer. Probably, best Belgish Ale below 5% I´ve ever had!!

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Photo of TomSchuwer
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Type of glass: Chimay Tasting glass
Temp: about 5-6 °C

A: Cloudy with nice head

S: yeasty, herbal and spicy (coriandre) and lemon

T: it tastes like the smell, fresh, herbal and spicy

M: light bodied and refreshing

O: I will buy some again to drink in the sun .

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Photo of Zimbo
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good spiky yeasty doughy nose. Promising. Nice one inch head with a hazy brown yellow (mustardy??) colour.
Very spritzy body but short on taste, almost hollow in the flavour profile though there is some apple before ending lightly stern.
A little bit more potent than expected too. Bit of a nice surprise here but nothing celestrial.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Kulminator

Fluffy white head and a hazy golden body. got a little yeast in it. Nice head retention.
Smells and tastes of black tea, soapy, and flowery.
Effervescent medium body .
Interesting to try. I don't know what I was expecting but those flavors weren't it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden beer with a huge head with just above standard retention. Aroma is comprised of quite strong malt with some spice mix. Taste is quite refreshing with again the malt hitting you at first and ending with some noticeable spice mix. The body is thinner then the other Chimay but the carbonation is great. Overall, this is a very refreshing beer but not up to the standard of the other Chimay.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before end 2006. Poors in ok with nice white head and apricotcolored beer with quiet some particles floating in it. Nose is yeastestery with mostly apricot and apples. Further malty and smooth. Taste is of the same smoothness being quiet empty. Litle maltyness( with amber notes), sober and dry beer thats good for a beer with lunch as the monks do( at least thats told, as they say its their "refeter beer").
Ejoyable with that lunch( like i did today) but not as suited to drink at night.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy; yellow-orange; no head when brought out

Aroma: Slightly hoppy; candy sugar; citrusy; coriander; smells like Hoegaarden; sweet

Taste: A little thin; sligthly hoppy; smooth

Remarks: Had as part of 4 beer sampler at the Inn at Chimay

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

I thought this was a new offering, I guess not.
A spicy, sweet, yeasty aroma with some floral hops.
The taste is good. It's dry and tickles the palate.
The spices and flavor for that matter are lean and washed out.
This wasn't as good as I thought but overall it was good.

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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 stakem
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 bottle poured into a snifter. This brew appears a light golden color with a little bit of haze about it. A finger of creamy white fluff sits atop the brew. Bubbles of carbonation rise slowly through the body collecting across the top in support of the head. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves spots of lacing sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a creamy topping.

The smell of this brew is quite sweet reminiscent of belgian candy sugar mixed with something along the lines of orange marmalade and a touch of vanilla. There is a light citrus hop aspect mixed with some clove spiciness and a yeast quality very familiar to the typical Chimay offering.

The taste is earthy to almost grassy with an initial sweetness of belgian candy sugar mixed with a yeasty quality. Some mild orange rind flavoring is present that fades into more of an earthy to dirt flavoring that is mildly cheese-like. The aftertaste is a mixture of earth, mild belgian candy character, yeast spiciness and some fruity notes almost like pear or apple. Lots of earthen flavors run throughout this brew.

This is a very light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Throughout the entire experience it has a watery feel about it to the point where I am struggling to even believe that this is 4.8% abv, it seems much less. It is easy drinking and I could see myself drinking a bunch of these if given the opportunity but the hassle to acquire a bottle was overall not worth it.

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Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The colour is cool orange (25 EBC), the liquid is cloudy. The finger thick head is white and airy, it sinks quite quickly to a tin lid leaving no lacing.

The smell is sweet with notes of marzipan, cloves, bitter oranges, dough and clean bitter flavours. Tangly hints of apricots and lime peels.

The taste is dry and a bit tart with growing bitterness. Tart notes of lime and bitter hops. Some spicy notes like cloves and cardamon. Some soap-like phenol in the background. Light to medium body. The aftertaste is dry and a bit spicy with hints of Belgian yeast and some raw meats. The finish is mild with some dough and phenols.

The carbonation is very strong, the few bubbles are large and sharp. The liquid is dry and quite light.

A light and very refreshing Belgian blonde. Enjoyable.

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Photo of dstc
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at L'Auberge de Poteaupre near the abbey, or at least I think I did. On the menu there it is called "Chimay Special Poteaupre" and from what I understand it is the same thing. So please forgive me if I am reviewing the wrong beer but from what I know there are only the big 3 and the monks brew (Doree) which is what is at the cafe near the abbey.

This beer pours a pale yellow color with a small white head. Very thin lace throughout.

Citrusy smell like triple but other than that, nothing that stood out.

Clean light beer. Lemony flavor. Slight malts but very easy on the tongue and easy to put down.

Thin with moderate carbonation.

Easy drinking light flavored Chimay. If the monks drink this every day than I say lucky monks. This is a very decent, solid brew. Other Chimay's are better though. I ordered this first than a blue and when I finally ordered the blue the waitress looked at me, smiled and nodded as if saying "Yes, you made the right choice".

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. On my quest to drink all the Trappist ales know to man, I had to slay the rare Chimay. I did drink this out of my Chimay goblet but I regret not taking a photo of the goblet with the bottle and not serving this beer with Chimay cheese or with other bottles of Chimay.

So, the beer is yellow, light, thin white head of small bubbles, some carbonation, some retention, some lacing, not a lot of anything but looks like beer.

The aroma is sweet like candy is sweet, malty and yeasty. Subtle but present.

Beer is thin, thinner than expected and I expected a thin beer. It's sweet and bready on the palate. Mildly carbonated overall but still quite good. The finish is nice, I would call this a Belgian session ale.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing this bottle.

A - Straw yellow color with a fizzy head that didn't stick around for very long.

S - Some apples, white grapes, bready yeast, not a ton else. Has a lot of typical belgian pale smells, not bad.

T - Has more bisquity malts than anticipated, some slightly phenolic yeast that is appropriate to style, and some yellow/green lighter fruits. It's a pretty easy drinker that keeps from getting too sweet due to the yeast cutting into the taste.

M - Lighter, somewhat dry, phenolic finish, active carbonation.

O - Good beer, liked it quite a bit and found it easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured nearly into a killer Chimay glass. Pours bright, honey color. Mostly clear. Head fades into a thing ring of white. Aroma is soft and obviously Belgiany. Yeast, bread, pale fruit flesh, spice. The flavor is just too soft for me. I enjoy it's no-frills Belgian attitude but it's not enough. Spicy and bready with a general fruity flavor. Yeast is more prominent than any other flavor. Body is light; almost watery. Peppy carbonation. A decent table beer. Drinkable but too bland.

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