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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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86
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111 Reviews
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 318
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 94
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay S.A.
Belgium | 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 brdc
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Turdfurgison for this one. Small capped bottle, best before end of 2008, poured into a Chimay goblet.

Nice looking, light golden color with a foamy white head that keeps being replenished by the continuous ascension of bubbles produced around the etched glass area; not profuse like a Duvel but quite nice. The head holds well, and leaves nice lacing on its way down. At the end of the glass I added the yeast for an experiment, which clouded the otherwise clear beer and darkened it significantly.
Light bodied, very easy to drink, it has a good amount of flavor, but perhaps given the extreme cold today feels a bit watered down.
yeasty flavors are noticeable, a mild hoppy bite and earthiness, cookie like flavors as well as a slight malty sweetness. All very delicate and balanced.
A very nice session beer, that is, if you can get more than one.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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

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Photo of philipquarles
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy golden orange with a thick white head that reduces to a one-finger sheet.

Smells of malt primarily with some esters of lemon or other citrus. The taste is much the same, though the fruit isn't as prominent. Hints of honey near the end.

Mouthfeel is quite nice, with good thickness and carbonation. Overall, a very drinkable beer that would be great for sessioning.

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Photo of stcules
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -9.6%
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 +0.5%
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 -8.9%
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 -8.9%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.26/5  rDev -41.1%
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 111 ratings.