Dorée (Gold)
Bières de Chimay

Dorée (Gold)Dorée (Gold)
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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #8
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,963
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
554
From:
Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  95
Gots
  128
SCORE
87
Very Good
Dorée (Gold)Dorée (Gold)
Notes: Known as Speciale De Poteaupré from the abbey's cafe menu.

The Chimay Gold, which is brewed in the heart of Scourmont Abbey, was for long reserved for the monastic community and its guests and staff. Its refreshing aromas of hops and spice are now yours to try.
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

L: Pours a very cloudy light brown color, light orange when held to the light, accompanied by a tall white head with good retention.
S: Smells rich of fruits, citrus, apple, fair amount of malts.
T: Follows the nose, has a bit of a banana aftertaste.
F: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, crisp.
O: Heard a lot of hype behind this beer, just not for me.

Mar 27, 2021
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BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft.. I’d love to find a bottle of it! Just so I know the pour and all that comes from reviewing a brew at home. However, the authentic Chimay glass from this place did sort of make me feel at home

Mar 11, 2021
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A faded golden, nearing burnished brass body that has a fair amount of haze. Head is a typical fluffy white with loose structure that produces abstract lacing. Nose is ripe with esters as much as spices, producing a fruit pie impression - pear and apple, with some hints of nectarine. Spice notes are familiar, coriander, clove, maybe nutmeg.

Biting carbonation on a less sweet than expected opening. Warmth brings a little more sweetness - partially in banana form, but a drier grain note still comes through. There's a slightly herbal note before some peppery back end notes. The beginning and end have the orchard fruit notes coming through more than the middle which has the grain, herbal, and pepper notes.

The components of this beer are interesting, and there's something to each component that I like, but somehow the coming together of all these things don't work as well as I'd expect.

Feb 21, 2021
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shambeano from Australia

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, best before 06/2022, poured into a tulip.
Look: Pale gold, a little bit of haze, a gently pour leads to about 3 or cm of fluffy white head. Pretty good head retention. Looks good.
Smell: A little yeast to begin, a bit of clove and spice, there is a little sweetness underneath that I can't quite put my finger on, a little bubblegum maybe. There is also a little bit of fruitiness as well.
Taste: Pretty earthy and yeasty. There is some spice as well, mainly clove. Some banana and bubblegum come through a little on the back end.
Feel: lighter bodied, a slight bitterness rounds it out and I found it a little oily towards the end. Dry finish.
Overall: Not bad. Great nose, but overall I guess I wanted a bit more from it. Easy drinking though.

Feb 13, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy medium to dark gold color with a very thick, dense one fingered layer of creamy foam that doesn't subside. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

S - Sweet light Belgian candy sugar malt aroma with some delicate spice/. Overall, the aroma is "dry" on the nose.

T - Sweet sweet, light Belgian candy sugar, some slight earthiness, just a touch of citrus, and delicate spice surfaces towards the end of the sip. Finishes on the sweeter side and overall flavor seems to be pretty subdued.

M - Big medium body that's thin around the edges and finishes wet.

O - Having Chimay beers in the past, they are usually packed full of flavor, this one tastes like it might have been sitting around for awhile and unfortunately the stamps on the bottle don't make any sense. It's solid and glad to have tried it, probably wouldn't try it again, though.

Feb 01, 2021
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale straw color, loads of carbonation, no lacing.
Smell: Wheat, coriander, peanut shells, peppery yeast.
Taste: Good balance. Light wheat, fresh pear, white pepper, pancake-like sweetness, thin and biscuity malt. Dry and yeasty finish.
Feel: Dry, crisp, thin, refreshing. Carbonation is soft at first but it opens up and cleanses the palate in between each sip.
Overall: Good shit.

Dec 14, 2020
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Jjaredjoyner from California

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A welcome alternative to other Chimay ales which are stronger both in alcohol and flavour. Not a problem though. Doreé is hard to find (I only find it at BevMo when the four pack of ale and goblet are sold together.

I love this ale: it’s light, extremely refreshing and good anytime.

Nov 24, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Something a bit different from Chimay for me, I've previously only had their Red and Triple (aka. Cinq-Cents). I've also a Chimay Blue to enjoy soon. This Doree will be the first Chimay beer I've had that's sub-5%, and the ABV% has been a contributing factor to buying their beers - so will this 4.8% do enough in it's own right to impress... ?

L- Prepare to pour slowly, this was v well rested and chilled, yet it was so keen to yield head it took a while to pour. Pours pale amber, with slight haze and 1-2Cm pillowy head. Much sediment left in bottle. Head forms lacing all the way down, impressive.
S- It has something akin to Weissbrau notes present, but in an er... pungent/sour form?
T- The taste follows the smell really closely. But now the 'sour' aspect is a bit clearer, it's not actually sour, it reminds me of aromatic timber or herbs.
F- It probably does feel it's ABV, neither +/-. It isn't rich or austere either, though...
O- ... I'm not sure if it's sessionable as the taste is idiosyncratic and might jade my palate fast. It's something different to have tried but it's not doing much at all for me.
Bought from TremblingMadness/York for home delivery to London. 330ml bottle £2.20 BB: 02/22

Oct 24, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cerveza con dos dedos de espuma de retención media. De cuerpo ligero y carbonatación alta. Aroma afrutado y cítrico. De buen sabor, con la presencia de cilantro que la hace agradable.

Oct 21, 2020
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BelgianHops from Belgium

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Refreshing trappist ale by the monks of Chimay. Crisp and fresh, smooth and fresh. Hints of citrus, apple, bread, fresh yeast and lemongrass. Only 4,8% Abv, an ideal summer ale.

Aug 13, 2020
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a solid thumb of head that retained like crazy, has perpetually high carbonation in it's cloudy gold body and made some modest lacing. That said, even after leaving the bottom of the bottle alone, quite a bit of particulate yeast can be found in the brew.

Smell: Fruit by far is by far the dominant part of the nose, mostly apple and pear with apricot and even banana backed behind coriander and light cloves with also hints of doughy malt and floral hops. Warming certainly helps it's cause, and if the potency was rampped up a bit more I think you'd hit a perfect, if not close. It's interesting, like a traditional high malt Belgian beer crossed with a Wit.

Taste: There's a almost stale bread note to the entire beer, which I know the yeast is causing as it is also paired with an apricot taste to it. The body starts with a mild lemon note that turns to a barely toasted bread and spice note that finishes with a floral sweep. It's good, but it the yeast seems out of balance here.

Mouthfeel: That stale bread note I mentioned makes the beer fairly dry, and not it a good way. It has a soapy kind of cleaning of the palate and the end which I would normally applaud, but that dry note makes it come across as more of a scouring pad scraping the tongue clean. The carbonation is done really well and the transitioning is good...but I'm also noticing the particulate, which while not outright gritty seems noticeable.

Drinkability: Light bodied and settles down well, but the dry notes stop it from being refreshing. It's something that's a bit too high class to be approachable but seems to hit all the wrong buttons as far as what I would want from said class.

Final Thoughts: I think with less of a yeast presence I would really enjoy this beer, but it really is the elephant in the room here. I mean, it's still a good beer, don't get me wrong, but it just isn't hitting the right buttons for me.

May 20, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy cloudy golden amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Notes of fresh orange peel, coriander, bready malts, and floral earthy hops. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with smooth moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice Belgian pale ale.

May 13, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle - mine does not say Doree anywhere on bottle but gold label, correct ABV and style....
Pours an ever so slightly hazy pale golden colour with thin white head. Add the dregs and quite a bit more hazy.
Aroma is moderately floral, Belgian yeast, and banana, bubblegum notes.
Tastes of the Belgian yeast, a bit fruity, mildly spicy with, again, similar to nose, bubblegum and less pronounced banana notes.
Medium mouthfeel with a tiny little bit of hop note, very easy drinking, with a slightly crisp dry finish. Very nice.

Apr 03, 2020
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scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy pale gold with a thin head that sticks around. Lots of lacing.

Fruity and mild malt smells.

Well balanced and complex.

Medium body with good carbonation. Light and refreshing.

Mar 21, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pale yellow, hazy and straw like. Generous white foamy head that dissipates in minutes.
Smell: Banana, soap, flowers
Taste: Fruity. hint of lemon and soap, light bubblegum taste. Crisp on the back end.
Feel: Soft and soapy. Lives all in the front of the mouth, not much happens past the middle of the tongue.
Overall this beer earns a B+

Mar 20, 2020
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octortus from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL Bottle. ABV 4.8%.
Appearance: Pale yellow, One finger of off white head, Low carbonation, Slight lacing.
Aroma: Light stone fruit (peach), Slight spice (coriander), Soft sweet citrus, Floral, Slight Pepper, Crackery, Complex, Well balanced.
Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body, Smooth, Off dry finish, Fairly crisp.
Flavour: Pale malt, Slight spice, Soft citrus, Light stone fruit, Floral, Slight Lemongrass, Complex, Well balanced.
Overall: Very good Belgian pale ale with wonderful aroma and flavour.

Review: 116

Jan 16, 2020
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - Murky gold with a meringue-like milky white head.

Smell - Floral and spicy. Very light and delicate though, you really have to dig for it.

Taste - An air of sweet lemon with a sprinkle of baking spices. Light and easy going, this would make a good summer sipper.

Feel - Medium-thin body with a gentle caress of carbonation. An easy drinker.

Overall - Simple and brilliant. Light and refreshing. This is a good one.

Jan 01, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, light brown color with a 1/2 inch head and plenty of carbonation. Smell is full of fruits, cherries stand out. Taste is the same as the aroma, light malts, a touch of spices. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Dec 24, 2019
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mactrail from Washington

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured in the Chimay chalice. Tall cloud of white foam on nearly clear yellowish beer. More clouds of carbonation as it melts in the mouth. Very light-bodied otherwise. Aromatic with the classic Belgian yeast, though skewed to the bubblegum side. Fruity with notes of pear, apple, sweet bread, and coriander.

It's hard to compare this with other Belgian pale ales. It's more of a Witbier sired by a Hefeweizen. Technically, a Patersbier, it's the lighter beer meant for the Fathers. I'd just call it unique. From the stubby 330 ml bottle-- a four-pack with glass from a giant retailer before Christmas.

Dec 22, 2019
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Misty, gold body, high effervescence, producing an airy, white head with several minutes retention. Solid look.
Aroma shows lemon juice, cilantro, some yeasty funk, tart green apple.
Light caramel and toffee malt flavours, paired with equally mellow yeast notes; touches of fresh, sweet apples; light but full body, owing to perfect, soft carbonation; a pleasure to drink, highly quaff-able, but there is a smidge more residual sugar than I'd like, leaving the finish medium-dry. The taste is quite mild, at times almost watery.

The feel is almost perfect, which makes up for the lackluster flavour and extra dose of sugar. Could be a beer to draw your Molson-drinking friends into the world of trappist brews.

Oct 20, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1,750th review! 330 ml bottle purchase for $3.45 CDN. Served into a tulip. Best before March 2021.

Appearance - Hazy honey brown/gold colored beer with a finger plus of brilliant white head on top. Good staying power and some sparse sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet honey, subtle candi sugar, yeasty with some light stone fruits lurking in behind. Soft and delicate aroma. Quite similar to their tripel (white) but dialled way back. A touch of clove and coriander too.

Taste - Light flavors, some yeast, honey, slight bit of candi sugar and subtle peaches and plums. Not particularly intense but well crafted. Bready flavors throughout. Clove and coriander make an appearance after repeated sips. Flavors may be a touch too light.

Mouthfeel - Super fizzy, light bodied with a drying finish, prickly carbonation.

Overall - Chimay Doree or Chimay Gold (as listed here) is a very nice, modest strength Belgian Pale ale that packs much of the deliciousness of its bigger and boozier sibling into a small neat and delicate package. Definitely worth a try and very happy to have tried this for a milestone review.

Oct 11, 2019
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Sep 17, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Sep 05, 2019
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jamesroses from Argentina

3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

Jun 05, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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

May 16, 2019
Dorée (Gold) from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 554 ratings