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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 82
Gots: 34 | 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:
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 Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Dorée has a thin, off-white head, a murky, orange-gold (sort of pineapple juice) appearance, lots of powdery sediment, and fierce, tight bubble streams. The beer gets a lot cloudier, once the bottom caked sediment is swished and poured in. Aroma is of sweet, sugary bread and mild spices. Taste is of the same, with a noticeable balancing bitterness. Even alcohol seems to be in the flavor, here. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly from the carbonation, and Chimay Dorée finishes champagne-like and easy going.

RJT

Photo of mendvicdog
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nordbier
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Poupae
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bump8628
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Golden in color with a slight haze. Fine-bubble bone white head retains well. Delicate rings of lacing.

S: Sweet pale malts (Pilsner?). Light toast, biscuits. Doughy and very lightly musty yeast. Spicy hops. Hints of mandarin orange and fleshy tropical fruits. Dried herbs. Faint whiffs of cinnamon and brown sugar. Intricate and complex in a shy sort of way.

T: Tropical and fruity. Mandarin orange,mango, banana. Coriander. Good dose of herbal hop spice with a stiff bitter jab. Doughy and toasty malt base. Undercurrents of musty yeast. Brown sugar. Dried herbs. Dry finish of toast and dried herbs.

M: Medium body. Firm malt feel is cut by acute seltzery carbonation.

O: Very good all around. Very drinkable with some complexity. Downright crushable, actually. A great companion to milder washed-rind cheeses. It would be easy to make this a regular in the 'fridge if it weren't for the high price tag.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color of this beer is straw golden except with a twinge of amber that darkens up the color just a hair. The pour produces a big three finger head which is incredibly foamy and bubbly (champagne-esque). Lacing is very prevalent.

As expected with the aroma the yeast really pops out with spice and pepper aromas. There is also a acidic fruity sweetness as well with lemon and orange most notably standing out. The malt is hard to detect, but definitely adds a drying presence.

The taste follows the nose quite closely with acidic, almost tart, lemon showing up first followed by the spicy belgian yeast which provides a dry snap lingering the finish. The finish, while dry, is smooth out by a sweet cracker/ wheat malt and some fruity orange flavors as well.

The carbonation is pretty hign with this, but thats to be expected for the style. Light to medium body, dry, and incredibly easy to drink.

Overall, at only 4.8% this is an incredibly flavorful beer and makes for a perfect "session" beer. Its big on the spices and has a great tart dryness that kind of reminds me of saisons. A great beer for sure, and definitely a new go-to/favorite from a Chimay.

Photo of Pug
4.93/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So, so good. Such a wonderful beer, I must have more of it.

Photo of jessealmlie
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of admonster00
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MA08
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at La Trappe Cafe in San Fran. Served in a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with quite a bit of haze to it. Thin white head with some persistent fine strands of lacing .

Smell: Hint of spices, some powdery yeast.

Taste: Lightly tart, with hints of apple and pear, with a cracker-like malt, some hints of sweetness, and then a lightly bitter finish that had some spicy notes to it of coriander and some pepper.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation, just thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable - I had two of these with dinner and they went very well with the food I ordered. I do feel that this would have been better on a hot day, but it's a light and easily drinkable beer, full of flavor and interesting enough that you want to come back for more, but obviously not as rich as the rest of the Chimay lineup. I was not getting greatly deep flavors, but I was getting well crafted ones. Overall nicely balanced and I'm glad I got to try it.

Photo of Maillard
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.