Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 262
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 88
Gots: 56 | FT: 4
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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 barczar
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%

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. (229 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (1,117 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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. (272 characters)

Photo of eskilgh
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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 (656 characters)

Photo of endovelico
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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!! (583 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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! (278 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (2,147 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (2,532 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of TomSchuwer
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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 . (266 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ! (537 characters)

Photo of bark
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle

A- Light orange colour, transparent, loads of carbonation bubbles going up, huge fluffy white head, very nice retention and lacing. A bit hazy on second pour

S- Maybe a slight sweet malt foundation. A touch of yeast earthyness but mostly a freshly grassy/herbal feel. A citric note, slight spiciness

T- Again a light sweet malt foundation, a hint of bread. Very much on the refreshing side as the smell suggested, a grassy feel with notes of lemon, orange, maybe a floral hint. Spices (coriander?) also quite vivid

M- Medium body, quite dense carbonation as suggested by the look of things. Very refreshing, herbal but not at all bitter aftertaste

O- Overall gets a bit higher score than other categories, it goes down just so easy, it's flavourful and perfectly balanced, expecially worth in the summer with it's great refreshing feel (853 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from V&B, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : golden yellow color, with white foam head.
Smell : malty and grassy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and spicy flavors, moderate bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Pale Ale. (278 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this beer at The Auberge de Poteaupré, right down the road of Scourmont Abbey. This beer pours a pale yellow, and looks like a pilsner. Thats where the similarities end. Supposedly the beer that the monks themselves drink, this one tasted like a triple, but without the alcoholic punch. Very flowery and aromatic, with the expected belgian funk mixed in. A truly excellent beer. (385 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy; yellow-orange; no head when brought out

Aroma: Slightly hoppy; candy sugar; citrusy; coriander; smells like Hoegaarden; sweet

Taste: A little thin; sligthly hoppy; smooth

Remarks: Had as part of 4 beer sampler at the Inn at Chimay

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (317 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33 cL bottle purchased from Etre Gourmet.

Large, dense white foam head settles over a hazed dark golden, slightly amber color. Nose of bread and Belgian yeast, floral hop notes, lemon and zest, tangerine, coriander and orange. Flavor is floral and citrusy, tastes like a Belgian wit and Belgian Pale crossed with each other. Medium full body, with strong carbonation and a crisp, slightly hoppy finish. Very refreshing and enjoyable, would seek out for the novelty. (466 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Kulminator

Fluffy white head and a hazy golden body. got a little yeast in it. Nice head retention.
Smells and tastes of black tea, soapy, and flowery.
Effervescent medium body .
Interesting to try. I don't know what I was expecting but those flavors weren't it. (277 characters)

Photo of Fux
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with a massive Chimay-like foam with a very good retention.
S: Smell is yeasty, a bit spicy (coriander). There is a strong herbal scent behind yeasts aromas, a bit subdued but well, that's what happen when you make review with a cold...
T: Taste is richer than expected, with no overwhelming sweetness to complain about. Some biscuit, toasted bread malts, yeasty and spicy with also an herbal, floral hopiness, quite lingering. The aftertaste is very bitter given the style and ABV.
M: High level of carbonation. The finish is very dry. Overall pretty drinkable and refreshing.
O: A good table beer, with a defined flavorful and balanced Trappist character, better than most brews from the same style. However not at the level of Westmalle Extra in term of richness of the aroma and consistency on the palate. (826 characters)

Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.