Dorée (Gold)
Bières de Chimay

Dorée (Gold)Dorée (Gold)
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From:
Bières de Chimay
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #24
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,640
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.28%
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
363
Status:
Active
Rated:
Monday at 04:47 PM
Added:
Apr 28, 2002
Wants:
  96
Gots:
  131
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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Rated by te99912_123 from Switzerland

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
gold, somewhat hazy, foamy.
citrus, apples, pears, spices.
dry finish.
I agree with other commenters that compare it to witbier.
Monday at 04:47 PM
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from John’s poured into tulip at home. Slight spice, pretty sessionable, not hoppy.
Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear straw color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a touch of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strong of a bready and grainy smell mixed with some light fruit aromas of pear and orange as well as a bit of coriander. Along with these smells comes notes of oak and wood as well as a little bit of an herbal smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice crisp cracker malt flavor that is paired with some of the light pear and a touch of the wood that was noticed in the nose. As the taste advances the fruit gets a bit stronger as the pear is joined by a light orange peel and peach taste (very light). At the same time some notes of ginger and coriander join in the taste and are accompanied by a light herbal and earthy taste. This mix of flavors takes the taste profile to the end, leaving one with a very crisp, dry, and clean taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is very light and crisp with a carbonation level that is higher with lots of prickly carbonation bubbles. The feel is fantastic for the crisp and dry flavors of the brew, making for a very nice sipper.
Overall – A nice crisp and easy sipper. Quite refreshing.
Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into chalice: color is gold, not transparent but not really hazy, head presents thinly and dissipates quickly to nothing, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is yeast and spice notes, light malt sweetness: notes include bubblegum, clove, toast, biscuit.

Taste is similar with notes of belgian yeast, spice, and light malt: flavors include bubblegum, light clove, limited orange and coriander, malt is light toast and biscuit.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, lighter bitterness but drying from the thinner flavor and stronger carbonation.

Overall a uniquely flavored lighter belgian pale ale: the yeast really drives the flavor and the subtle spice and malt notes.
Jul 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by rawbraves from Colorado

Jun 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by arzt from Germany

Jun 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

May 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
bottle into glass
Thin, quickly dissipating, white head. Orange/amber look with cloudiness due to small particles, suspended in solution (floaters). Candied, spiced Muscat grape juice aroma. Fairly thin body and flavor level. A bit of a bite and a hint of tartness, starts off the taste, then a very small coriander/allspice/cola nut note, under a light malt presence.
Apr 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle pour- opaque gold/orange color with thick white head leaving leaving significant lacing. Nose is mildly yeasty and spicy with floral notes. Taste follows with a lingering dryish finish.
Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by UnoBeero

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This was the first in the Chimay range I had the pleasure of trying.

On the nose: Herbal, some citrus fruits and slightly honeyed.

On the Palate: Surprisingly herbal, some floral notes, almost like a coriander. Heather and honey, a good balanced malt cereal.

Finish: Smooth, continued floral overtones with a light malt.
This I would put second to Chimay blue and ahead of Chimay red. I really enjoyed this ale. Fantastic beer.
Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.08 by Danzifer from Ohio

Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.97 by emwilke from Nevada

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.12 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by altrio

Nov 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Squire from Mississippi

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pale light gold color with excellent white cap and lacing.

Mild aroma that's slightly spicy and slightly sweet. I get a distinct touch of yellow fruit, pear and banana,

I was expecting the taste to be on the mild side but this is an explosively rich taste sensation. When I think of Chimay I think of a broad shouldered line busting powerful fullback sort of brews. This is different and I mean that in a very positive way. It actually reminds me of a very high quality sweet white wine such as Chateau d'Yquem or a German Beerenauslese except without the high level of sweetness. I taste the ripe fruit along with fresh yeast rolls balanced by a bright hop sharpness. These elements combine beautifully and harmoniously. Seamless from start to finish with just the perfect length of aftertaste.

Full texture with an over abundance of carbonation that requires a vigorous pour to smooth things out.

I waited for years to find this on the shelf and my patience was rewarded. World class in every respect.
Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Never really sought this out, but I'm still kind of surprised I never came across it until now, when it was unexpectedly included in a holiday gift pack. Hmm. I guess I forget it was even a thing, that they just made the regular three beers or whatever.

Aroma is distinctly more fruity and less alcoholic than any of their regular offerings, much more like a Belgian blonde than even a Belgian pale. Not bad, but the lack of yeast complexities was unexpected. The fruit is surprisingly bright and zippy.

Flavor is a surprising departure from the aroma, but not in a bad way. Bold honey and spice complexities that were completely hidden in the aroma suddenly rush to the fore. Light spice on the front end, followed by dried flowers and very sweet honey, moving into a slightly peppery finish with some brewer's yeast and lemon on the very back end.

A shockingly delicate beer, but the fact that it's so well-brewed is no surprise coming from Chimay.
Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Cloudy orangey gold with two fingers of white foam. Pale malts supports belgian yeast, flowers, spices and lemon peel in the nose. Taste is foremost floral, with big bready belgian yeast, together giving off airy notes of plantain, champagne, grass, lemon peel, golden raisin, finished by belgian spices. Feel is airy, light, somewhat pale, sneaky frothy and bready, very soft but pretty thin beyond the yeast textures
Aug 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Madchiotis from Greece

Jul 24, 2021
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
been meaning to try this for ages but it can be hard to get, giant frothy white head with good retention, beer is a hazy amber colour with good levels of carbonation within, aroma is rather fruity, tropical fruits and orange and orange peel and lemon, floral, sweet, caramel, belgian yeast aroma, the beer is quite strange, the floral and spice flavours are contrasted with the rather sweet fruit flavours and it’s a little bit odd, it’s not bad though, no real bitterness to report, beer is super light with medium carbonation, really dry, slightly let down by this to be honest, but it’s not bad, and the other three beers are all still killer
Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Spike from England

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle.
L: Hazy dark gold colour with two fingers of foaming white head.
S: Delicate yeast.
T: Orange flower, Belgian yeast, a hint of banana and clove, soft bitterness.
F: Light body, soft foaming mouthfeel and a dry finish.
O: A super approachable Belgian blonde ale. Delicate, floral and low ABV. Could drink a lot of this, served cold, outside, on a warm day.
Jun 06, 2021
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L - Honey, with not so much clarity along with a frothy white head that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving behind some lacing and a cap
S - Bready Belgian yeast along with hints of banana and spices dominate
T - Bready Belgian yeast along with notes of wheat, some banana, light spices, earthy notes, along with a slight hint of hops, light fruits. There's a lot going on, but everything intermixes nicely.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A solid Blonde ale, but like most blondes - it looks appealing but lacks any real personality
May 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Rerate: 330 ml bottle, as Chimay Blonde Dorée, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.8%. Hazy golden colour with a brownish hue. Huge white head. Pleasant aroma of spices (incl. coriander), leather, oak and orange peel. Refreshing flavour, decent malts but not too sweet, moderate spices and hops. Well balanced beer, I'm upping the score a bit.

Original rating: RBESG 2006 Grand Tasting. Deep golden colour, slightly hazy, moderate white head. Pleasant but moderate yeasty aroma with notes of spices, leather and oak. Light bodied and refreshing, moderate flavour of mild spices.
Apr 25, 2021
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Reviewed by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.13 by dbauer from California

Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Reviewed by shambeano from Australia

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.9 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Jan 13, 2021
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Reviewed by ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.99 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Dec 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.87 by cauchysequence from Maryland

Nov 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Jjaredjoyner from California

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.96 by yuno from New York

Nov 21, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -10%
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
 
Rated: 4.27 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Aug 19, 2020
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