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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 82
Gots: 30 | 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 GONZALOYANNA
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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!!

Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of heygeebee
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - hazy gold straw, pillow fluffy three finger head.

S - lemons, spice, Belgian yeast.

T - moderate weight taste, light zesty, Belgian yeast, lemons.

M - light, bubbly.

O - hmmm, just like a better looking spicier Hoegaarden really, but at four times the price. Tick! Done!

Photo of doktorhops
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #300, and this is indeed a special honour reserved for a special beer - Chimay Doree, also known as Chimay Gold, the "patersbier" or "fathers' beer" that is only available within the monastery and consumed by the monks themselves. The fact that I may never try this fine ale again, baring a bucket list tour of the 8 Trappist brewers in Belgium, makes this quite the solemn occasion for me.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Doree presents with a most pleasing (for bottle-conditioned beer lovers) cloudy mango body and a resolutely firm 1cm white head. When viewed with light from a white LED light from above it takes on an ethereal character like some sort of beer from God *Angels singing "Ahhh"*.

S: A very yeast driven aroma. Upfront with freshly baked bread and notes of clove and honey. You know this recipe is based off the Rouge but with slight changes in ingredients, as such you just catch a whiff of ethyl acetate in the aroma. The whole fragrance is classic Belgian monastic ale in a glass.

T: Light and fruity, easy drinking, a bit too easy drinking. The palate consists of bread, clove, honey, coriander and papaya. The finish is dry with a slight herbal bitterness. Again it is important to note that the flavouring overall is weak and surprisingly not as expected from a Trappist brew (even a lowly full-strength one).

M: An unexpected medium body with a creamy carbonation given the restraint of the taste.

D: I found this brew to be slightly too weak in the flavour department, yes I know that's the point but after revelling so much in its brethren I guess I was a bit "meh-ified" overall by this beer. I can however see how keeping the ABV low might be beneficial to the monastic orders in their patersbier as they do have to live/work/pray etc... and getting drunk at dinner every night only to wake up at 5am would be a hard slog. I believe more people should give this a go given the chance, just don't expect it to be as tasty as the Blue or Rouge.

Food match: I imagine this would match well with the Chimay cheeses, Kippenwaterzooi (a type of creamy Belgian stew) and fresh baked bread.

Photo of tsalou
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From: Etre Gourmet, Beauvechain, BE
Date: "L13-456 2014" stamped on label
Glass: Tulip

Chimay's "singel" is a fairly flavorful, perhaps overly sweet and herbal, low-alcohol abbey table beer. It's a bit too thin and overcarbonated (perhaps typical for Belgian trappist standards, which often works on higher ABV beers, but not necessarily so here) and too heavy/overdone on the herbs. That being said, this was quite easy to drink, and the Belgian yeast character still managed to shine through the herb soup. Would I get this again? If it were more affordable, sure; as it is, I'll probably brew my own instead.

2cm tall head of bright white foam, made up of medium to large-sized bubbles for a soapy-looking appearance. Retention is above average at about two minutes, the foam fading to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a very thin film lingering atop the body for the duration of the drink. Lacing is good, but not excellent, with scattered large blotches and occasional small patterns clinging to some of the glass' sides. Body is a fairly bright, light golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the slightly hazy body (10-20% opacity), very active and numerous.

Aroma of bright, fresh straw, bubblegum, light coriander and lemon-like herbs (lemongrass, verbena?), Belgian yeast phenols and mustiness.

Overall flavor is of pale malt sweetness underneath a fairly zesty mix of coriander and lemon-like herbs, with additional support from Belgian yeast character (phenolics, wet hay, slight bubblegum). Front of palate tastes large flavors of coriander, lemon verbena, lemongrass, fresh wet straw, and pale malt sweetness: a bit overdone, somewhat cloyingly herbal. Mid-palate is much more enjoyable, of more balanced coriander and lemon-like herbs, sweet pale malt, fresh wet straw, and mild Belgian yeast mustiness and phenolics. Back of palate tastes coriander, fresh wet hay, modest lemon verbena and lemongrass, all atop a base of pale malt sweetness. Aftertaste is very pleasant, of light staw-like sweetness and character, light bubblegum and spicy phenol, a bit of residual coriander and slight bitterness.

Beer is light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a fairly foamy (4/5) and slightly smooth (1/5) mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit too intense for the body, and this comes across not as fizziness, but excessive foaminess and large-sized bubbles. Closes very dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

330 ml. bottle. Cloudy golden colour, with a dense head that leaves a firm lace and thin cloak on the surface. Smell of flowers, fruits, citrus. Marzipan. Spices, clove or cardamom, coriander. Crispy and lively palate. Taste is dry, citrus, spicy, again clove or cardamom. Dry aftertaste. A different trappist, thinner body and alcohol than the usual ones, but really good indeed.

Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BucBasil
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Found a special beer here in Shanghai for my 500TH REVIEW!

Poured from the 330mL bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: The beer is a hazy bright orange color with some lazy bubbles of carbonation coming up. The head was slightly off white and reached a finger and a half but faded somewhat quickly.

S: Very nice and classic aroma of honey and yeast with lots of light fruits. Apple comes to mind and pear. Fresh smelling.

T: Unripe fruits at first then a new hop bitterness in the middle Some Belgian yeast throughout. A bit watery in the taste. Not as much substance as some other Trappists but the taste is still somewhat there. Don't want to compare but it's hard not to.

F: A bit thin.

Overall: A good beer that blows the socks off of many others, but when compared to others in its class (i.e. Trappist beers), it's mediocre. I like the idea of a lower alcohol Trappist. I may get this again because it's refreshing and a good taste of Belgium, but there are lots of better choices out there too.

Photo of Peter_L
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Darkhnum
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Anatole
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Monstro
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Hultkrantz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to challenge the average rating here and say that this beer is just wonderful. It pours a clear, bubbly yellow, but I did not want to waste the famous Chimay yeast. I made sure to swirl the last few ounces in the bottle and turned the beer a cloudy yellow with a creamy head. NOW we're talkin.

The smell is weak, but refreshing. It's sweet and so quintessentially Belgian with an undertone of candied lemon.

The taste is just flat-out delicious. It's light and sweet, with such a wonderful Belgian yeast flavor. It's exactly what I hoped it would be. It's definitely more of a Belgian Witbier than it is a Pale Ale. It's very mellow and immensely drinkable.

What an honor to drink what the monks drink. My only complaint is that this bottle is so small.. I could drink this everyday. Bravo.

Photo of TomSchuwer
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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 .

Photo of Harkrank
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mikehillman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of apanloco
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of beerpirates
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33cl bottle poured into a chimay glass

Pours a light golden yellow colour . The head is super creamy 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, lots of spices , 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 and tasty, nice brew !

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.