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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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85
very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 77
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-02-2014 01:08:45 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +13%

08-23-2012 02:04:17 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TurdFurgison for opening this bottle. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours yields a hazy straw-colored liquid with a pretty good white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose is nice but doesnt offer all that much. Quite a bit of bready yeast and not too much else. The taste is also quite full of baking bread as well as a bit of mild fruit. Mouthfeel is the highlight here for me with a really nice body and good carbonation. Nearly perfect for a table beer. Drinkability is good, not breast. Thanks again to Eric for helping me finish off the Chimay collection of beers. Considering that I bought all the others at a local shop, I really owe Eric yet again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 13:00:51 | More by Thorpe429
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 19:04:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 18:25:24 | More by BEERchitect
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-18-2013 04:44:16 | More by spycow
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 05:21:20 | More by drabmuh
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired at the beer shoppe in Ghent and poured into a Trappistenbier goblet in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of no real cream, bad thickness (i.e. it's rather thin), and really good retention. Colour is a hazy murky dark gold.

Sm: Musty scent of lemon citrus esters, cream, and soft barley body. Mild strength scent.

T: Delicately soft cream is most prominent on the open, but present throughout. Light and balanced lemon (and perchance grapefruit but I'm not sure) fruit ester hops entre just before the midpoint and stay through the finish, which is a nice touch. The barley is restrained and subtle, but still strong enough to support the clever hop layering. Complex yet light and refreshing. Wonderfully balanced and very well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complements the flavour of the body. Brilliantly delicate and light.

Dr: An average ABV refreshingly light beer that is wonderful for a summer afternoon. Well priced despite its rarity and very worth trying for anyone that likes a good beer. Would even satisfy the missus.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 17:58:23 | More by kojevergas
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 00:14:13 | More by yourefragile
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 21:28:15 | More by stakem
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

2007 vintage

The appearance is orange hued and slightly translucent. The beer is full of carbonation and appears extremely effervescent. I thoroughly enjoyed the aroma, which is rich with yeast and citrus scents. The flavor is tasty, though the aroma is even better. The body is extremely thin, giving the beer a watery feel on the palate. While this may adversely affect the mouthfeel, this ale is extremely drinkable, and it would be easy to throw back a few of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 00:52:29 | More by Huhzubendah
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:44:31 | More by TurdFurgison
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bark

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 18:19:33 | More by bark
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 00:57:35 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:00:08 | More by AgentZero
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stcules

Italy

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange. Turbid and hazy appearance. One finger of white foam, average.
At the smell orange flowers, fresh. Delicate and pleasant.
The taste is full, with again strong notes of orange and orange flowers. On a pleasant malty background.
Same notes in the aftertaste, average body.
Good.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 14:56:39 | More by stcules
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-25-2013 15:51:37 | More by Evil_Pidde
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 14:04:40 | More by hopdog
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 16:04:11 | More by cpetrone84
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:37:21 | More by CrazyDavros
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-13-2013 01:34:56 | More by tom10101
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dcmchew

Romania

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 17:32:55 | More by dcmchew
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

10-04-2013 17:55:05 | More by aztraz
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as a gift from Brabander a while back. Thanks a lot buddy!

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a fluffy, creamy, whipped-cream, two finger, white head with great retention. Amber orange in color, clear, with lots of active carbonation. Head keep growing out of the glass. After doing some work around the house, head finally fades to a thick cap. Good foam cap remains until the end and leaves some nice mounds of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose of pale malts, green fruit and grassy hops. Green apples and pears, with some light yeasty notes. Quite nice.

TASTE: Pale malts with a touch of sweet toffee and honey up front. Green fruits, apples and pears, with some grassy hops at the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste is plenty bitter, with some nice sweet honey malt and spicy yeast as balance. Good beer.

PALATE: Medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Quite surprising, considering the look. Very creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Very nice feel for sure.

OVERALL: This was a great, easy drinking pale ale. I can see why the monks brew this and keep it all for themselves. I would make it my table beer as well. Had this next to the Westmalle Extra and this one was the clear winner. Give it a try if you can. Thanks again Brabander. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 12:26:31 | More by Jeffo
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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.