Dorée | Bières de Chimay

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Bières de Chimay

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The menu at the abbey's cafe (Auberge de Poteaupré) lists this beer as "Speciale De Poteaupré."

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

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Ratings: 481 |  Reviews: 166
Photo of shelby415
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 TheBeerbarian
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Bujon
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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 FZR23
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucular
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Silke_Neryn
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorRobert1969
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LuckyLemans
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection. Crisp and delicious.

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Photo of AlinD27
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -17.5%
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 +4.9%
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 +12.1%
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 taigor
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 smithj4
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of Latarnik
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of insouciantx
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a superb beer and a very flavorful one too especially given the low ABV. It pour a light shade of golden with a huge head. Thea aroma is sweet and spicy with notes of vanilla and sugar. The taste is sweet, spicy, with anise notes and some candi sugar. Delicious.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 481 ratings