Bières de Chimay

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #27
Ranked #13,733
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Bières de Chimay
Very Good
Notes: The menu at the abbey's cafe (Auberge de Poteaupré) lists this beer as "Speciale De Poteaupré."
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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

L: Dark orange, with a touch of brown. Two finger white head has stellar retention.

S: Spices like coriander and clove are at the forefront. Faint fruit in the middle with some apple and banana. The finish is a touch of orange peel and a slight bready note.

T: Follows closely to the aroma, with spices and fruit and a touch of breadiness. Wonderful.

F: Medium body, crisp. Finishes with lingering breadiness.

O: Outstanding beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle into a Chimay glass, it pours a hazy amber with a white head that soon diminishes to a thin layer. In the nose, it is slightly fresh with some orange peel and spice. In the mouth, it is fresh tasting and a little bready.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange, beautiful small bubbles head. Good lacing and great retention.

Aromas of wheat, orange peel, light spices, pretty much like a witbier imo.

Taste follows the nose, the body being more dense than you'd imagine for a 4,8% beer. Tastes fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium, not a hint of alcohol. Fruity and spicy aftertaste.

Nice beer, not the most complex of the Chimay line up but really good to pair with some cheese.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and presumably the blonde/ gold judging by the similar bottle and exact same abv
I guess it was bottle conditioned to as it was flat in the fridge and has poured a slightly murky gold body with good white head
Aroma is slightly floral & slightly acidic
Tastes like floral gums actually with a little buttered toast

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Photo of CTHomer
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: very slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; coriander, bread, and dough;

T: coriander and orange up front; coriander and lemon from the middle through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate, effervescent carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: really like the flavor and carbonation of this beer;

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium. Body, with plenty of carbonation.
Aroma is apple,orange,spice, doughy yeast,malted
...taste is very similar to aroma, earthy, spicey,almost a little dry. There's a base flavor that's bread,yeast like
Overall another great beer from chimay

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Photo of Zorro
2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hazy golden colored ale with a tall white colored head.

Smells of bread yeast and apples. Lesser scent of flowers. Smells dry, not that much sugar in it.

Starts out dry. Mild coriander. Tastes mostly of the yeast. Just not that flavorful.

Mouthfeel is light.

Certainly inoffensive. But this is nowhere as tasty as the rest of their beers.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, transparent dark gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention and spotty lacing.
Smells of sweet red apple, pear, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, honey, and hay.
The taste follows the nose precisely, plus some orange peel. Lightly sweet upfront but moderately dry on the finish. Slightly light mouthfeel, but bubbly and pillowy.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice, the appearance was a mild hazy burnt orange to copper color with a nice finger's worth of white foamy head softly dissipating to leave some mild lace.
The aroma had a wonderful blend of sweet red delicious apples to the sweet side of green apples then meshing finely with some bubblegum, Belgian bready/yeasty sweetness, some toast, and a fine sweet earthiness underneath.
The flavor yielded towards the sweet side combining the bubblegum, both apples, and the Belgian sweet yeasty/breadiness. Clean apple to bubblegum bready aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good for a patersbier and the same for the ABV as well. Nice clean apple to bubblegum finish.
Overall, really nice patersbier, well worthy of having again.

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Photo of JPadilla
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Heavy poured. One inch thick, dense and white head. Good retention, high carbonation.

Pleasant smell of spices, coriander, orange, similar to a wit blanche.

Bubbly like a champagne, medium body, creamy taste lingers.

I'm not a huge fan of the feel, but it's a very good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz with a code of L17-395 (opened 1-19-19)
Hazy, pale gold with floaties despite a careful pour. Solid with 1/8" cap with really good staying power. Some lace.
Perfumed nose - floral, orange blossom, apricot.
Soft fruit flavors - apricot is what comes to mind first, dried orange peel second. Hint of bready malt.
Creamy mouthfeel, high level of carbonation. Slight lingering sweetness in the finish.
Glad to have the chance to try this one, I'll enjoy the 4pk.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: muted yellow, big, billowy head, lots of bubbles
S: crackers, spices, slight Belgian yeast
T: a little fruity, some spices
F: good mouthfeel, light bodied
O: good, not great, very easy drinking

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Photo of mj24053
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fruity. Kinda like fruity pebbles. Medium body. Like a good version of leinenkugel. Mix that taste with a Belgian ale and this is what you get. Solid. Not exceptional. Would have again but not go out of my way for it

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pale gold with a huge, foamy white head.

Smell: Spice, citrus, and malt and hops at the end.

Taste: Following the nose, citrus with a bit of a kick to it. Not much hop flavor. Grassy.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: The monk's "lawnmower beer". Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Scourmont Abbey/Bières de Chimay "Dorée"
33 cl brown glass bottle, coded "L17-475"
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I'd heard about this beer decades ago and really wanted to try it but was informed that you could only get it at the abbey, and since I still haven't made it to Belgium yet... ... ... however, here it is before me and I now have my chance!

I've carefully poured it to leave the lees behind and it's a clear straw gold in color beneath a massive head of pillowy white. The aroma displays soft orange, some grainy malt, and just a suggestion of coriander - had I not known it was there I'd never have picked it up. On to the flavor... not surprisingly it's very much the same. It's nicely malty, straightforwardly grainy and just lightly sweet, and off-set by the orange flavor and a very light hint of grassiness. Some moderate bitterness appears towards the swallow, and that's where the delicately spicy and woody coriander appears, helping to bring it to a dry conclusion. A smear of grainy malt, some bitterness, some coriander based woodiness, and a drip of orange linger gently. The head has finally settled down after a few sips and I've got a big puffy island, or what more precisely looks like a mound of snow in the center of my glass, surrounded by solid "mountains" of lace. It's got great head retention and lacing. It's a nice looking glass of beer, and if you hold it to the light you can see hundreds of tiny bubbles streaming upwards. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and supple with just a delicate caress from the tiny effervescent bubbles.

So how does it compare to what I thought it might be like? It's stronger at 4.8% as I thought it was lowering alcohol than that. And it's golden where I thought it would be a touch reddish. I knew it was lightly spiced but I didn't know it would be similar to a witbier, although I have to say, although it uses orange peel and coriander it's not the same, obviously with the yeast having a major hand in that. Witbier yeast tends to have a slight bit of tartness to it but this does not. So am I disappointed? No, to the contrary I'm actually quite smitten with it. It's a very relaxing and easy beer. I think it would pair immensely well with quite a number of dishes; and I think it fits in perfectly with the other Bières de Chimay. It's actually much better than I thought it would be to be honest, and although it's from Chimay I'm really surprised at how good it is.
Review# 5,996

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Photo of kitch
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a best before end date of December 2018. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: A clear dark golden colour with a one finger white head that had great retention and left nice curtain like lacing.

Aroma: Lemon peel, clove, honey, tea, coriander and floral.

Taste: What you’d expect from the aroma with clove, banana, honey, tea, lemon peel, coriander, biscuit malt and floral.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nice and easy to drink. Not as complex as their other regulars, but its not meant to be.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had never seen this one before, in fact, i didnt even know it existed, so i was very stoked to stumble on it. it pours really hazy but super fluffy from the tap, pale and sort of understated aside from the rising and foamy classically belgian head on it pure white in the chimay chalice, a nice way to experience this! it smells like it has some wit elements, notes of coriander herbaceousness and white wine fruitiness right away, estery from the yeast, white pepper and soft ground clove too, very fragrant, wheaty, with some grassy hops in here too, well balanced and compelling, although it doesnt smell as fresh as it might. the flavor is super yeast driven, so much so that this almost has a liquid breadiness about it, i taste bagel and biscuit and crusts, along with faint pineapple and golden raisin character, more white grape, and interesting spiked type sweetness, rock candy and saltwater taffy and gum. no bitterness but i do taste hops at the end, light fresh wood, and mild oxidation oddly enough, dusty old belgian beer charm though, and i thirst for that! expansive and wheaty rich mouthfeel, great belgian carbonation, and a lingering herbal and slightly medicinal finish, majorly drinkable and interesting, but in this situation anyway, easily the least profound of the chimay beers ive had.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chimay's answer to hoegarden.

Pours a lovely hazy wheaty body, slim head. Lacing is good however.

Aroma is pleasing, light and fruity. Lightly spiced with a hint of yeast.

Taste is malty, similar to the Chimay Red, although a completely different type of brew.

Feel is a little fizzy on the lips, and a touch watery down the throat.

Overall, a smashing wheat beer, better than hoegarden and many of the German weis bier's....if it had a few more ABV instead of 4.8, and with it a bit more weight to it, I dare say it would be exceptional.

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Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you gave this to me blind I would guess is was Chimay Red. Has the typical Chimay yeast flavor with a relatively light body. Pleasant and easy-drinking.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a goblet

Pours a hazy golden color with a bright white full creamy head, loads of retention and lacing, lots of carbonation, head looks like a marshmallow. Aroma has notes of stone fruits, lemon peel, floral, honey, spices, it's pretty aromatic for such a low ABV beer, reminds me of a spiced fruit cake. Taste follows the nose with apricots, lemon peel, honey, spices, mild lemon peel like bitterness, Belgian yeast notes with a touch of banana and honey, finish has lingering notes of yeast, lemon peel, and spice. Mouthfeel is incredible with lots of carbonation leaving a prickly feeling on the palate but it's also incredibly fluffy, light, and creamy, goes down smooth, finish is dry with citrus peel.

Overall, an impressive Belgian Pale Ale, perhaps one of the better ones I've tasted, definitely going to seek this out again, lots of depth and complexity, great drinkability, flavor, and an incredible smoothness on the palate.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden-peach colored ale with a fizzy white head. Spicy, floral aroma with bready yeast. Very floral in flavor, actually soapy, with fruity and spicy Belgian yeast and biscuity malt. Lighter body, moderate carbonation, finishing soapy and spicy. Overall, I am not a fan of this one. It was a disappointment because I love all the other Chimay options. Now I need to buy a Chimay Première to remind me how good Chimay is.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised to see this one. I’ve certainly had Chimay red and blue, however, first time I’ve ever seen this one. Is it new? Is it rare? I just had to have it!
Pours a cloudy golden color with visible carbonation. A large white bubbly head leaves a creamy bed of film and scattered lacing. Nice looking brew.
The nose somewhat belies the pale malt in that in many ways they remind me of a dark beer. For example, there are dark fruit aromas such as raisin, prune and plum. There is also stone fruit, spice, cloves, and a cake like malt sweetness. A slightly lemony citrus zest rounds things off. A nice bouquet.
The taste is peppery, crisp and comprised of a dry palate overall. There is a clean mineral/seltzer water like finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a seemingly thin malt texture and spritzy carbonation. However, as it warms, more flavors emerge. For example, the malt opens up and yields a bready and cracker malt texture. Fruity eaters yield a slightly lemony tartness and citrus peel. In addition to the spicy phenols, there is a modest grassy hops kick and mild bitterness.
I’d be tempted to say that with less alcohol strength and complexity, this one is inferior to the other Chimay classics. However, for what it is, which is a drinkable and subtly flavorful Belgian Pale Ale, it is actually quite good.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold with thick head and never ending lacing. Nose is very delicate, soft fruit, citrus, floral and minor spice. The taste blew me away, very mellow fruit flavor with some solid bread feel, spices, honey, and lemon. This is one of the smoothest beers I had in awhile, just refreshing from start to stop, I am really impressed with this one and I, will drink many more.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange blonde body with a massive white head that is lasting through the beer.
The aroma is a plume of apricot and moderate medicinal hops.
the taste is lightly bready, a bit grainy, apricots, ripe pears, green banana, cloves.
Medium body, lively and soft carbonation. Finishes creamy and spicy.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 7.8.17 for 99 cents.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a long lasting white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrus forward.

Taste is citrus and pear with a touch of cloves.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and very smooth.

Overall this brew was a nice surprise! Glad I tried it!

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