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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

107 Reviews
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 302
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 stcules
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the cafe associated with the abbey. Going from memory here. Appearance was a reddish brown, not quite the head density of the other offerings. Smell was the characteristic Chimay yeast, with its various fruits and spices vying for your attention. Taste? I'd like it more if I hadn't had the others. Like the other Trappist daily drinkers, it comes off a bit watered down compared to its breatheren. The hops is a bit more pronounced, though, which is an interesting addition to the mix. Mouthfeel follows suit, a bit watery but maybe only because the flavor tells the brain that that trademark Chimay silkiness is coming at it just doesn't quite. Drinkability is OK but nothing to write home about. In short, definitely something to try for the novelty but I wouldn't travel to Belgium just to get some.

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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 Quaffer
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. stubby bottle. Sampled this with a couple of beer-loving friends last night away from the computer, so this review is not as thorough as I usually like to do.

Appearance: A hazy, pale yellow with a stark white head. The beer had dopped clear in the bottle, but transporting it to another house stirred it up.

Smell: A very light aroma. Hints of malt backed up a stronger hops aroma. The weakness of the nose definitely hurt the overall rating of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, and dry.

Taste: A light malt body and hints of apples and grapes started things out. Then very quickly, this beer dried out and finished with a clean, refreshing hops bitterness. This thing was very dry and refreshing and left me wanting more.

This was a fine beer that I would love to have again. It was like a tamed down Cinq Cents. I believe that this is the single that is produced mainly for the brothers at the abby. Therefore, my buddies dubbed it "Monk Juice."

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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 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 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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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.