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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 79
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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tsalou

China

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-26-2014 03:20:38 | More by tsalou
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:20:51 | More by falloutsnow
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Marius

Romania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-15-2014 15:23:10 | More by Marius
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janubio

Spain

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 15:00:31 | More by janubio
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-30-2014 14:31:52 | More by GJ40
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 04:44:33 | More by BucBasil
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Peter_L

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-09-2014 20:53:40 | More by Peter_L
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Darkhnum

Israel

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-01-2014 09:40:56 | More by Darkhnum
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Anatole

Belgium

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-22-2013 16:37:14 | More by Anatole
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Monstro

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-17-2013 03:01:29 | More by Monstro
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Hultkrantz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-10-2013 10:25:30 | More by Hultkrantz
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dwagner003

California

4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:08:56 | More by dwagner003
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TomSchuwer

Belgium

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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 .

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 19:33:52 | More by TomSchuwer
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Harkrank

Sweden

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-01-2013 23:11:32 | More by Harkrank
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-26-2013 20:15:53 | More by mikehillman
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Sweden

3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-19-2013 19:02:07 | More by apanloco
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beerpirates

Belgium

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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 !

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 14:04:29 | More by beerpirates
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Mattias

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-09-2013 18:59:14 | More by Mattias
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-29-2013 16:38:30 | More by JohneHoodlum
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bark

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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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patre_tim

China

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly cloudy golden colour much like many Belgian White beers. One half finger of white head with large frothy bubbles.

S: Floral, sour and bitter unripe apple quality, phenols, a blue cheese like sharpness without the stink. Watermelon, white beer including coriander.

T: Very light and dry and crisp. Again much like a white beer. Quite watery with some coriander, a dull bitter finnish like a green apple. I am also getting some froot-loops, and Trappist yeasts that are very subtle.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation, dry finnish.

O: Very different than the other Chimays. Its giving me insight into the monastery culture by trying this low alcohol beer that is so different from the ones for sale world wide. Very Belgian, but not typically Trappist. I l am glad to have had the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 14:01:26 | More by patre_tim
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hiq

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-27-2013 16:33:37 | More by hiq
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PeterVesti

China

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-25-2013 14:13:05 | More by PeterVesti
Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.