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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 80
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The menu at the abbey's cafe (Auberge de Poteaupré) lists this beer as "Speciale De Poteaupré."

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002)
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Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

2.03/5  rDev -46.3%

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.

05-28-2010 02:44:58 | More by craytonic
Photo of GreenCard


2.23/5  rDev -41%

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.

09-21-2003 17:37:04 | More by GreenCard
Photo of AZbelgian


2.65/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

01-03-2011 02:24:22 | More by AZbelgian
Photo of eric5bellies


2.93/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

09-29-2012 17:19:09 | More by eric5bellies
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-21-2014 20:10:28 | More by frontalot
Photo of Harkrank


3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-01-2013 23:11:32 | More by Harkrank
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-22-2013 16:37:14 | More by Anatole
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-19-2013 19:02:07 | More by apanloco
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.08/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

03-19-2014 02:37:21 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Mar02x


3.1/5  rDev -18%

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.

12-26-2011 13:10:06 | More by Mar02x
Photo of hopdog


3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

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

11-12-2008 14:04:40 | More by hopdog
Photo of beernads


3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-24-2013 06:38:35 | More by beernads


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

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!!

03-09-2014 17:19:26 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

09-13-2011 21:57:06 | More by Zimbo
Photo of TomSchuwer


3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

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 .

11-06-2013 19:33:52 | More by TomSchuwer
Photo of ggaughan


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

01-26-2006 01:20:45 | More by ggaughan
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

01-16-2013 05:19:38 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-02-2014 01:08:45 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-05-2014 11:42:22 | More by Vanz
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-04-2013 17:55:05 | More by aztraz
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

06-28-2004 19:04:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-12-2014 20:06:19 | More by Plae
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-18-2012 02:38:52 | More by MrBillyMac
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-27-2013 16:33:37 | More by hiq
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

02-26-2005 12:11:39 | More by paterlodie
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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.