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Dorée - Bières de Chimay S.A.

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99 Reviews
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Reviews: 99
Hads: 275
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 91
Gots: 58 | 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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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 275
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)

Photo of eric5bellies
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a cloudy pale honey color with Atwood fingered white head that retains well.

S - Heavy bready yeast aroma with a little lemon citrus

T - Delicate flavours of yeast and citrus the finish is a little dry.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - For a belgian pale ale you can get better examples. The flavours are a little unpronounced. (379 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The amazing opportunity to enjoy this monk-only elixir finds me at the tasting room of the most famous of all Trappist brewers in Chimay concluding a very in depth tour. With so much finesse and succulence I can easily understand and appreciate why this beer clocks in under 4%, as a single chalice of the ale is hardly enough.

Doree (gold cap) decants into the chalice with a playful and sprite carbonation that dances about the liquid until the foam separates from the beer and leaves it nearly bright in clarity to show off its shiny golden hue. Ample carbonation fuels the light and fluffy cotton head that captures all the perfumy aromatics to come.

Seemingly of witbier, the aromas of coriander and curacao leap from the rim with a zesty and awakening scent- quite perfumy indeed as the spices are supported with the soft honey suckle sweetness and freshly kilned grain that rounds out the vibrant nose.

Moderate flavors of malt capture the crisp and clean sweetness of honey, powdered sugar, and slight candy. Fresh baking breads, cracker-like crispness, and pleasantly mild grain flavors deliver the briskness of German lagers but the spice/fruit interplay from yeast provides the complexity and balance with only the most modest glimpse into the herbal hop world. The almost-minty, lemongrass and floral character of hops are perfect complements to the coriander and curacao orange peel that provide a juicy and refreshing taste of tangerines and pez candies in the most elegant and delicate portrayal.

Modest in mouthfeel, the zesty prick of carbonation allows for a semi-champagne like lively texture that extends the floral and spicy flavors and minty-warm alcohols well into finish. Ultimately dry and refreshing, the beer seems to dissolve much like cotton candy as soon as the beer hits the middle of the palate and leads to an effortless and digestible beer event.

The first whiff of the soft spices makes me think witbier, but after a few sips, I didn't feel that I needed the unmalted wheat to make any impact at all. A base of pilsner malt and a few other aromatic malts make yet another formidable base beer for these floral and perfumy spice to rise- just another majestic flavor combination that result from the endless artistry of the brewing monks of Chimay!

A very special thanks goes to Fabrice Bordon for an informative and entertaining tour with tasting, and for his gentlemanly companionship for lunch at their cafe. (2,452 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a fluffy white two finger head that fades pretty quickly with decent lacing. Belgian pale malts and bready yeast dominate the nose along with hints of grass, apple, pear, and lemon with just a touch of honey and caramel. The taste follows suit with a bold and subtly sweet malt base with hints of green apple, lemon, pear, and grass, with all of the flavors complementing and not overpowering the other. Extremely fresh and crisp mouthfeel that makes this crazy drinkable and refreshing. I can definitely see why this is the monks table beer. (641 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chimay gold cap. Poured in Chimay tasting room. Fluffy white head. High retention. Golden color. High clarity. Aroma fruity, zesty, lemony, coriander notes.  Taste is very refreshing. Mildly sweet and bitter.  High carbination. Sessionable, I certainly I see why the monks drink this one all the time. Lovely.  (313 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden peach with sediment floating around. The head is super creamy white or off 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, 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, sessionable, and tasty. (511 characters)

Photo of Brez07
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #6. 330ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: As I pour this, it's mostly white foam with some golden colored beer. Settles in the glass a peachy color, with a fair amount of frothy white head sitting on top. The head doesn't stay around as long as I thought it might, but a very thin layer remains. Some nice looking lined lacing at the top of the glass (4)

S: Nose is full of floral notes and fruit. Passion fruit, tangerine and melon. Starts to develop a hint of spice, suggesting this may have been brewed with belgian yeast. I detect something similar to artificial vanilla as well. So far, so good (4)

T: Flavor mostly consists of yeast, but not really getting the belgian quality that I picked up in the nose. Floral is muted compared to the nose. Grass, hay and melon are other flavors that I'm getting (3.5)

M: Light to medium bodied. Initially heavy on the carbonation, it burns off a bit to provide just enough to keep things going. Leaves a soapy coating on the tongue (3.5)

D: A very drinkable beer. Nothing that wows, but a solid beer all around (3.5) (1,105 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a Chimay chalice.

Funny enough, in the left side of the bottle you can read the phrase "ne peut pas être mis en vente" that means "cannot be sold". Some say that this beer is the one consumed by the monks in the monastery and shouldn't be commercialized. Reality is that I've paid a reasonable price (7.5 euro for a 330ml bottle) at a famous beer shop in Brussels.

A: Pours an orange to chestnut very cloudy color. Forms a medium white fluffy and bubbled head. Small retention and some lacings left

S: Smell is close to a Belgian white beer. Very spicy, earthy and refreshing. Coriander, citrus hops, wheat and yeasts

T: As the nose, reminds a white beer. Wheat, coriander, bread, citrus hops. A dry, flowery and refreshing beer. Different from the other Chimays. Good beer, nevertheless. Strength point is its citrus bitter end

M: Light but bit creamy body. Medium carbonation. Delicious mild citrus and bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable and refreshing beer. Its low ABV contributes on that matters. Different from the other Chimays. Quite nice beer (1,082 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had the opportunity to taste this beer on a tasting organized by BA's Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Actually I already had a bottle on my shelf. It was a gift from the Brabander, as I believe this one is too. This beer was the warmer, the welcome beer.

See for the total beer line up my review of the Brewery - Black Tuesday.

A - A white head on top of a yellow haze. One could also easily say it was amber in color.

S - A nice pine and citrus smell enters my noose, in that exact order.

T - A bit light in body, but yeh what do you expect from a blond. The taste is good however, again pine and citrus.

M - A medium to high carbonation, as goes for the bitterness in the end; also medium.

O - For a light beer its quite good. Thanks Thijs for sharing. (757 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

61st Review
Bottle to Westvleteren 12 (small) chalice

Thanks to Brabander for this one at our recent Utrecht tasting!

A: Bright, golden yellow. Shining like the sun! 1.5+ (white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Freshly tilled wheat field. Smells of citrus, cracked wheat, hard work, and mild pepper. Very earthy.

T: Crisp. Refreshing. Hints of orange peel, wheat, and pepper. Well-balanced and rounded.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Soft. Smooth. Gentle.

O: Yes! Yes! Yes! This beer is very inviting and well-rounded. Overall, just beautiful! I can see why the monks at Bières de Chimay S.A. work as hard as they do. This beer is wonderfully easy to drink and I think it truly captures the essence of what a table beer should. (748 characters)

Photo of thepeter
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour into a tulip glass with a nice creamy head that lasted but left little lacing. Aromas of candy sugar, citrus, zesty spicy belgian yeast and a field. Tastes very nice, orange zest, spice, pepper, light grassiness (field) and slight bitter finish. Light and fluffy on the palate. Soft and nicely carbonated. Overall this is a very nice beer that I would have guessed to be a Witbier. Either way it went very nicely with mussels!! (439 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A HUGE thanks to Thorpe429 for bringing this back for me from Belgium! Truly a generous soul!

.33L brown glass pry-top, plain silver cap, no back label. Front stamped L10-681...which I believe means it's the 681st batch brewed in 2010...(?) Served in a large Chimay chalice.

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy but bright golden yellow with 1 inch of sudsy bleach white head. Nose is classic "Belgian yeast" fruitiness plus hay and citrus. Smells like a field full of wild flowers on a dry Summer day. I get a hint of coriander too, almost like a wit.

Palate is dry and sudsy. Flavors of orange rind, coriander, white pepper, hay/straw, lime zest, wheat grain and orange glazed sweet bread. Finish is drying and zippy. Very floral, too.

Notes: I'm surprised by how much this tastes like a witbier. Pretty tasty and definitely a "bier de table." I'm truly honored to have tried it! Thanks again Thorpe! (900 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 bottle poured into a snifter. This brew appears a light golden color with a little bit of haze about it. A finger of creamy white fluff sits atop the brew. Bubbles of carbonation rise slowly through the body collecting across the top in support of the head. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves spots of lacing sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a creamy topping.

The smell of this brew is quite sweet reminiscent of belgian candy sugar mixed with something along the lines of orange marmalade and a touch of vanilla. There is a light citrus hop aspect mixed with some clove spiciness and a yeast quality very familiar to the typical Chimay offering.

The taste is earthy to almost grassy with an initial sweetness of belgian candy sugar mixed with a yeasty quality. Some mild orange rind flavoring is present that fades into more of an earthy to dirt flavoring that is mildly cheese-like. The aftertaste is a mixture of earth, mild belgian candy character, yeast spiciness and some fruity notes almost like pear or apple. Lots of earthen flavors run throughout this brew.

This is a very light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Throughout the entire experience it has a watery feel about it to the point where I am struggling to even believe that this is 4.8% abv, it seems much less. It is easy drinking and I could see myself drinking a bunch of these if given the opportunity but the hassle to acquire a bottle was overall not worth it. (1,487 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as a gift from Brabander a while back. Thanks a lot buddy!

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a fluffy, creamy, whipped-cream, two finger, white head with great retention. Amber orange in color, clear, with lots of active carbonation. Head keep growing out of the glass. After doing some work around the house, head finally fades to a thick cap. Good foam cap remains until the end and leaves some nice mounds of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose of pale malts, green fruit and grassy hops. Green apples and pears, with some light yeasty notes. Quite nice.

TASTE: Pale malts with a touch of sweet toffee and honey up front. Green fruits, apples and pears, with some grassy hops at the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste is plenty bitter, with some nice sweet honey malt and spicy yeast as balance. Good beer.

PALATE: Medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Quite surprising, considering the look. Very creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Very nice feel for sure.

OVERALL: This was a great, easy drinking pale ale. I can see why the monks brew this and keep it all for themselves. I would make it my table beer as well. Had this next to the Westmalle Extra and this one was the clear winner. Give it a try if you can. Thanks again Brabander. Recommended. (1,336 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good spiky yeasty doughy nose. Promising. Nice one inch head with a hazy brown yellow (mustardy??) colour.
Very spritzy body but short on taste, almost hollow in the flavour profile though there is some apple before ending lightly stern.
A little bit more potent than expected too. Bit of a nice surprise here but nothing celestrial. (334 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing this bottle.

A - Straw yellow color with a fizzy head that didn't stick around for very long.

S - Some apples, white grapes, bready yeast, not a ton else. Has a lot of typical belgian pale smells, not bad.

T - Has more bisquity malts than anticipated, some slightly phenolic yeast that is appropriate to style, and some yellow/green lighter fruits. It's a pretty easy drinker that keeps from getting too sweet due to the yeast cutting into the taste.

M - Lighter, somewhat dry, phenolic finish, active carbonation.

O - Good beer, liked it quite a bit and found it easy to drink. Would like to have it again. (648 characters)

Dorée from Bières de Chimay S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.