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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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very good

102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 285
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 17.4%
Wants: 91
Gots: 60 | FT: 3
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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 LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium straw amber with a huge three finger white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of sharp spices; pepper, coriander and clove, Belgian and saison style yeast, light pear juice. Flavor starts with light apple an pear juice, Belgian yeast and coriander, then dries out quite a bit to a saison-like dry champagne, coriander and clove finish, peppery. Light to medium bodied with strong, peppery carbonation. An interesting light Belgian ale with clear evidence of the Chimay yeast and nice light fruit character. The finish is perhaps a bit too light to carry the strong spicing, leaving the bitter coriander and clove flavors a bit stranded. Overall well crafted and refreshing as expected from Chimay. As a huge fan of blue and the tripel, the lighter flavors of this left me wishing for the intensity of those ales. A great choice if a more sessionable version is appropriate. I haven't seen this version before and glad to have the chance to try it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the stubby 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked L14-570. Sampled on March 8, 2015.

It pours a cloudy pale yellow leading up to a long lasting white fizzy head.

The aroma is both fruity and spicy. And by fruit I think orange or lemon zest. Toasted malts too.

Light and refreshing body.

The flavor focuses on the spicy character but the orange/lemon fruitiness is not far off. I have had the Chimay Red and Blue many times but it was nice to find one from them I had not had.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One solid finger of white head that slowly fades into a thin patch.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian aroma with hints of citrus fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, coriander, and white pepper. Malt hints of wheat, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Zesty citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon, and pineapple along with the typical Belgian scent of pear, green apple, and banana. Also some hints of floral and spicy hops. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. A very good smell.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a nicely yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian taste with good notes of citrus fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of coriander, clove, and white pepper. Soft pale malt notes of wheat, straw, cracker, caramel, and biscuit. Juicy citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple along with some white grape, pear, apple, and banana. Some spicy and floral hops as well. Sweet taste of Belgian candied sugar. A very nice zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Juicy, prickly, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A really good Belgian Pale Ale from these master Trappist brewers. Very nice juicy citrus bite with a good combination of spices and wheaty malt. A great session Belgian ale.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
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.


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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- ale brewed with spices, orange peel and corriander.

A: A rolling white cap consumes the greater volume of the duvel chalice, 3+ inches with a lengthy stay. Receeding to a foamy, sloppy covering, it leaves large chunks of soapy lacing on the vessel walls. Orange coloring, good clarity with a strong sense of carbonation.

S: Aroma was fresh and fruity, applesauce, wet lemon, and juicy pear. Fruity mentions of apricot and grapes with a bit of straw on the finish.

T: Flavor was fruity, apple, white grapes, juicy pear with sweet fruit and lightly dry pilsner malting. Very clean, banana hints from the yeast, crisp flavor with spicing of cinnamon and spicy floral hops. Oranges with hints of bubblegum yeastiness and lingering grapefruit, pepper and melon-straw on the finish.

M: Sharp mouthful, crisp feel, good tingle on the tongue's edges and lips.

O: Overall its hard to argue with chimay products, especially thier blue. Very clean, exceptionally crisp and sharp with a fresh wet fruitiness. very good overall.

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Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque golden straw with white head. Peppery aroma. Light and tasty saison flavor. Notes of banana, some pear, slight lemon zest. Mildly bitter back end with peppery, slightly prickly mouthfeel. Quite a bit there for something so light. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a slight haze. A big pillowy white head settles into a light cap with a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a big coriander presence. Smells like celery. Typical witbier aroma. There is some white pepper and other general spice.

The taste is of coriander. The bready malt provides a nice honey sweetness and helps to balance out the coriander. The coriander is more mellow with the beefier malt than in a true witbier. Not very sweet so not sure if they used any candi sugar in this one. Not too much depth to this as the coriander dominates the flavor. I am a bit torn as I am not a big fan of coriander but Chimay made a well balanced beer.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation. Sweet and spicy on the palate. Drinks well. A bigger body than what I would expect from a 4.8% ABV brew.

A nice beer. Not crazy for the coriander flavor but its well made.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spice, citrus juice, and dried citrus peel aromas. Taste is much the same with tea, spice, citrus fruit, and citrus peel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very happy to find this in my local store. Never had the opportunity to try this, even as a long time Chimay fan.
Full white head, nice good carbonation in golden beer.
Smell is great. Citrus, fine biscuit malt. Very authentic as a Belgian tripel or pale ale.
Taste is a mix of bittersweet and some tartness in the aftertaste. It has a light crisp mouthfeel.
More tasting gives a dominant malt flavour. It's a lot like liquid biscuits. Some citric notes, a bit of what might be koriander in the background.
Overall this is great as a thirstquencher. It's relatively low alcohol makes it easy, but it's flavourfull, not watery.
I'm not disappointed. Cheers.

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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%

Pear and apple esters in aroma, with a hint of plastic phenols and coriander. Flavor is fairly appley, with coriander adding an odd smokiness mid palate. The finish is dry and modestly bitter. Hints of pear skin weave throughout.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a fat Chouffe tulip)

L: sunbeam yellow liquid, rather clear until dregs slip in... open, spongy white foam... scant lace splashed around... maintains a soft blanket of suds

S: sugar cookie dough, lemon zest, yeast, coriander... quite bright, doughy, and with a touch of phenolic spice on the end... cleansing floral essence

T: hot damn! coriander out the ass - well-defined... witbier flavors pasted atop an abbey single?... whisper of malt fans out in the finish, but perhaps lacking in at least a delicate malt sweetness to balance... spices and fresh yeast linger long in the finish

F: suggestion of roundness up front, but then it vaporizes moderately snappy and quite dry... comfortably soft enough on the edges with mild parching effect

O: avoided reading much about it prior to opening it, I seemed to have it in mind that this was something in the realm of say a Trois Pistoles... now that I've had it, I do recall reading a bit where this was described as their table beer... looking at the label finally, duh, could have easily anticipated its flavor... a novelty here - wouldn't buy again

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

I thought this was a new offering, I guess not.
A spicy, sweet, yeasty aroma with some floral hops.
The taste is good. It's dry and tickles the palate.
The spices and flavor for that matter are lean and washed out.
This wasn't as good as I thought but overall it was good.

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Photo of eskilgh
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Poures a thick head that dissipates slowly. Light golden color, slightly hazy.

Smells of spicy phenols mixed with fruitiness. With less foam I get some banana, and in the background a bit of light malt character

Tastes of banana, peach and similar fruity flavours. Sweetness up front, but finishes medium dry with a medium low bitterness from the carbonation as well as the hops.

Medium high carbonation which fits the beer very well, after a while the carbonation drops and the beer feels smooth.

Overall a a well balanced brew that tastes of fruity and spicy esters. The medium dry finish gives it a great drinkability. A great belgian beer sub 5 abv

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Photo of endovelico
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale semi-hazy yellow brew; Perceived effervescence is high. Head is small with little persistence or lacing. Appearance closely resembles most witbiers.

Smell: Medium intensity. Notes of banana, clove and grain. Slight funk and barnyard notes on the backend.

Taste: Lively, pleasant, overall profile follows on the noseclosely with added complexity of bubblegum, flowers and more pronounced grainy notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium high carbonation. Medium light bodied. Decent finish. Clovey aftertaste. Acidic bite.

Overall: A decent effort; It is quaffable but still a let-down when it comes to all-around complexity and balance.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As the label says, this was once reserved only for the monks and guests at the monastery, but can now be easily found along with the 3 other Chimay beers.
Pours very hazy golden, one finger dense white head with great retention
Yeasts take center stage in the aroma, with tons of spices, then some honey, sweet grain, blond fruits and sponge cake.
Taste starts with juicy tutti frutti (apples, pears, oranges, lemon, even some pineapple and papaya), settled on some light bready malts. Spicy yeasts follow quick, with tons of clove, coriander, lemongrass, flowers, faint anise, cardamom, peppercorn, dry citrus peel, touch of sage. There's also some dirty green hay funk, straw, faint barnyard. Finish is a bit dry, a bit bitter, and the spices just keep going on.
Medium body and carbonation, somewhat crisp and springtimey, this is incredibly refreshing.
The big bag of spices might scare people unaccustomed with Belgian brews, this one being an extreme at that, but i personally found it very tasty. Incredible yeasts.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows Belgian phenols, grassy hops and a very soft but off-putting decomposing plant matter/muddy note.
Flavours concentrate one the phenols, grassy and spicy hops and light sweet malt. Finishes very dry however.
Carbonation seems a bit over the top.

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3.35/5  rDev -13%
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!!

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Photo of heygeebee
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.