Dorée | Bières de Chimay

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
385
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
18.86%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
80
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 385
Reviews by dansmcd:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Dec 2017 and served slightly chilled. I remember reading about this one's (abbey-only) existence back in the day - and while I'm still planning that trip to Belgium some day, it's nice to get this one out of the way ahead of time.

Pours a hazy, pale golden-yellow colour, with three fingers of billowing white head erupting from the surface. Its receding is a much more drawn-out process than its creation... big, soapy bubbles slowly creep downwards over the next 10 minutes or so, caking the glass with gobs of sticky lacing the whole way down. A thing of beauty to behold. The aroma is also attractive and enticing, offering up a nice array of yeasty, fruity notes that include apples, apricot and lemon zest, along with some bready, crackery pale malts. Light clove spice, with some grassy, floral undertones.

The taste follows the nose - grainy, crackery pale malts serve as the base, while flavours of orchard fruit (red apple/pear), apricot, white grape and bubble gum provide added depth. Grassy and floral on the back end, with a hint of lemon zest, clove spice, coriander and earthiness; the last four elements linger on into the aftertaste. Relatively light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that give it a gentle bite. Smooth-bodied and effortless to drink.

Final Grade: 4.3, an A grade. For those familiar with their portfolio, Chimay's Dorée / Gold Label will probably make for a much more reserved, nuanced experience than a glass containing one of their marquee Red, Blue or White labels might. But that's by design, not by flaw - this is still a very nicely-made Belgian pale (or patersbier; whatever), and what it lacks in complexity, it makes up for with drinkability. Lots of flavour packed into this svelte 4.8% frame, so if you are at all a fan of lighter Belgian-style fare then I'd say this is well worth a try where you can find it. I'll certainly be picking up a few more bottles to enjoy over the course of the approaching autumn.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of chossboss
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of innominat
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I see pale straw yellow in color with a hazy complexion. There's a quarter inch of eggshell white. I smell pale malt, German aroma hops, and coriander. I taste pure , fresh pale wheat and coriander. The mouth is light, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One solid finger of white head that slowly fades into a thin patch.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian aroma with hints of citrus fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, coriander, and white pepper. Malt hints of wheat, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Zesty citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon, and pineapple along with the typical Belgian scent of pear, green apple, and banana. Also some hints of floral and spicy hops. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. A very good smell.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a nicely yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian taste with good notes of citrus fruit and spices. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of coriander, clove, and white pepper. Soft pale malt notes of wheat, straw, cracker, caramel, and biscuit. Juicy citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple along with some white grape, pear, apple, and banana. Some spicy and floral hops as well. Sweet taste of Belgian candied sugar. A very nice zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Juicy, prickly, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A really good Belgian Pale Ale from these master Trappist brewers. Very nice juicy citrus bite with a good combination of spices and wheaty malt. A great session Belgian ale.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of briandaube
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at WoB in JAX Beach.
Hazy pale golden with a thin but durable head.
AROMA: fruity and mildly yeasty with some light bread.
Flavor: impressively complex for style. Good balance.
Feel: near medium body with good carbonation.

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Photo of Auraan
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden body with two fingers of thick white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a very good Belgian Golden ale, quite well done. Scents of Belgian yeast imparting phenolic notes of white pepper at medium-light levels, sweet, spicy coriander dominates the front of the aroma backed by sweet orange peel. Low levels of floral hops and softly sweet Pilsner malt add depth in the background. Overall impression of aroma is of a very spicy, crisp, refreshing Belgian Blonde ale, very nice. Flavor begins with notes of orange zest imparting a tart citrus flavor, backed by spicy coriander and light floral, spicy noble hop flavors along with a supporting grainy Pilsner malt in the background. Middle continues flavors of orange zest and spicy coriander, picking up in dryness slightly with both spices and noble hop flavors. Finish is crisp and lightly dry with notes of orange zest initially, giving way to coriander and phenol-derived white pepper flavors and a floral noble hop flavor at medium-low levels. Pilsner malt offers grainy and bready flavors and alight sweetness in the background. Aftertaste is of coriander, white pepper and spicy, floral noble hops with a light grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a crisp, flavorful Belgian Golden ale, offering flavors of citrus fruit and spice along with malt giving it a complex overall feel. Very nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp, effervescent feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very nice Belgian ale. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Blonde. It is light, yet complex. As aromatic and flavor as any Trappist ale, yet refreshing enough for summer. An excellent beer.

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Photo of BraveMountie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AxlSkull
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of jonmikel
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle of 33 cl. bought at Carrefour, poured into a glass.
-Looks very nice: opaque, pale golden-yellow color. Almost no head of foam. Not a lot of carbonation. The look reminds me of Hefeweizen beers or Wits.
-Critic smell. It's very nice.
-The taste is very nice. Reminds me of Hefeweizen or Wit.
-Mouthfeel is good but not superb.
I think it's my first beer of this style, I like it but, in my opinion, is very similar to Wits, though it's nice.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 2007. My cousin shared this bottle with my bro, my wife and I last night. The beer poured a nice bright golden color with a nice white fizzy head. The aroma of the beer was a nice spicy blend with a hoppy nose. The taste was nicely carbonated which I enjoy and it also had a nice malty/hoppy balance. The beer does run off the tongue very quickly after tasting so it doesn't have hte full body that the other Chimay beer do. Still a nice refreshing beer and nice to try something rare.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow; massive snowy head with great retention.

Lemons, straw, and Belgian yeast on the nose, with flavor following. A touch of spice from the yeast, and plenty of malt despite the low ABV. Light and slightly fruity.

Refreshing but with substance; an easy-drinking beer that feels medium-full bodied.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay
3.87 out of 5 based on 385 ratings.
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