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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

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131
Ratings:
385
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
18.86%
 
 
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Photo of davidperez
4.71/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a deep, slightly hazy orange. Bright hue. It forms a one-finger head, white and foamy with some retention. Nice permanent lacing.

Scrumptious, delicious, assertive bouquet.
Sweet bread as in fruit cake, sugar, honey, floral and a tea-like note of chamomile.
Sui generis bouquet.

Expressive carbonation upfront.
What a superb thrust of flavor came next.
The flavor is not as sweet as the bouquet would have suggested, it is somewhat balanced with some earthy and mildly citric hops.
The fruity breadiness is very strong, with hints of apricot, pumpkin, and a bit of brown pear. Vanilla and coriander are present too. Some spice, and a very assertive floral note.
The aftertaste is not particularly long, but it does have a nice length. It sticks with the sweet notes as well.
Medium to light body, nice high carbonation, smooth.

A sui generis bouquet and definitely a sui generis flavor too.
What a finesse.

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Photo of Hunter
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Lovely pillow head of white, distinctive lacing. Cloudy golden ale.

Smell: Best part of this beer. Lemons, spice, florals, hay. Clean and sharp.

Taste: The smell comes through in the taste, but somehow it's more subdued on the tongue than in the nose. Light, fruity, with the aroma's spiced hops.

Feel. Effervescent, delicate, easily dissipated.

Overall: This is a lovely offering from chimay. Not quite on par with their trademark tricolor beers, but a lovely addition.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally, after many months I managed to get my hands on some bottles of this extremely rare trappist beer! I decided to drink it with my beerbuddy PapaEugene during one of our beer tasting evenings. Right after dinner (PapaEugene cooked an incredible dish with meat prepared in Aventinus beer,both smell and taste: 5) we opened the bottle.... Poured into a Rochefort glass. The beer pours a very nice, hazy yellow-brown color with a very small head that rapidly changed into a nice, balanced lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly strong for such a low ABV beer; Floral and fruity hops, some sweet fruits (peach) and strong clover honey.

Taste: The taste itself is quite short. Again honey, some yeast (grass, reminds me of weizenbeers), hint of nuts (almonds), soft-sour fruits (apple), floral hops and some notes of spicy herbs. The aftertaste is very dry, with bitter-sweet honey taste.

Mouthfeel: Just after opening, high carbonation that tingles the tongue. Minutes later however, medium-low carbonation, indicating a very high oxidation. The beer is light-bodied and very soft.

Overall: Wow, again a great table-beer of the monks. I was a bit skeptical on forehand, because of the mixed reviews here, but personally, I think this one can match the Westmalle extra. I could drink this one the whole evening. It is amazing how the monks can brew such an interesting beer, with so many different flavours, and still such a low ABV. Only possible in Belgium. I agree with TurdFurgison that this beer is a must-try for fans of Trappist beers. Although I realize that most people will not be able to drink it because of the rarity of the beer....We can only hope the monks will start distributing this one commercially!

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first beer of the second beer tasting evening with rvdoorn and, yes, he managed again to get his hands on a unique beer which is "not for sale".

A: Poured it into my Urthel glass. A hazy dark yellow color with a white tiny head.

S: Floral hops, clover honey and some notes of peach.

T: Honey, toffee, roasted almonds, apple and some tobacco/herbal aspects.

M: Light but impressive body. Low carbonation. Oxidation is rather fast once poured into the glass.

D: WOW, again a beer (after the westmalle extra) that is brewed by the monks for self consumption and it makes me jeaulous. A light brew with an impressive rich taste/smell.

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

As the label says, this was once reserved only for the monks and guests at the monastery, but can now be easily found along with the 3 other Chimay beers.
Pours very hazy golden, one finger dense white head with great retention
Yeasts take center stage in the aroma, with tons of spices, then some honey, sweet grain, blond fruits and sponge cake.
Taste starts with juicy tutti frutti (apples, pears, oranges, lemon, even some pineapple and papaya), settled on some light bready malts. Spicy yeasts follow quick, with tons of clove, coriander, lemongrass, flowers, faint anise, cardamom, peppercorn, dry citrus peel, touch of sage. There's also some dirty green hay funk, straw, faint barnyard. Finish is a bit dry, a bit bitter, and the spices just keep going on.
Medium body and carbonation, somewhat crisp and springtimey, this is incredibly refreshing.
The big bag of spices might scare people unaccustomed with Belgian brews, this one being an extreme at that, but i personally found it very tasty. Incredible yeasts.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours medium honey murky gold with a decent amount of carbonation. A big white head bubbles about a couple fingers but fades quickly to a little soap on the sides. The lacing is ok.

The aroma is light mostly hops and light flowers.

The taste is great, I wasn't expecting much but its light but has tons of flavor and totally drinkable. This is by favorite belgian pale ale by far. There is some nice sweetness, light hops, and a great floral finish.

The feel is nice, totally drinkable.

My favorite belgian pale ale, my favorite Chimay. What else can you say?

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Photo of leantom
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I happen to really like this one. Here goes:

A: Slightly hazy but clear yellow. Pours a nice head that leaves good lacing. Plenty of effervescence, which is typical of the style.

S: Whoa, unlike any beer I've ever smelled in my life. If I could compare it to anything else in the world, I would say that it smells like suntan lotion. Banana cream with hints of lemon and hay. Very, very interesting.

T: Good. Lemon and wheat are very prominent, and these are followed by more grassy and hay-like flavors. Very good malt profile. The bready yeast also makes itself known, imparting lots of lighter spices and pepper. Very good and complex

F: Thick and bready, but not overly so.

O: very well-made beer.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chimay gold cap. Poured in Chimay tasting room. Fluffy white head. High retention. Golden color. High clarity. Aroma fruity, zesty, lemony, coriander notes.  Taste is very refreshing. Mildly sweet and bitter.  High carbination. Sessionable, I certainly I see why the monks drink this one all the time. Lovely. 

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

61st Review
Bottle to Westvleteren 12 (small) chalice

Thanks to Brabander for this one at our recent Utrecht tasting!

A: Bright, golden yellow. Shining like the sun! 1.5+ (white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Freshly tilled wheat field. Smells of citrus, cracked wheat, hard work, and mild pepper. Very earthy.

T: Crisp. Refreshing. Hints of orange peel, wheat, and pepper. Well-balanced and rounded.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Soft. Smooth. Gentle.

O: Yes! Yes! Yes! This beer is very inviting and well-rounded. Overall, just beautiful! I can see why the monks at Bières de Chimay S.A. work as hard as they do. This beer is wonderfully easy to drink and I think it truly captures the essence of what a table beer should.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a semi-cloudy burnt golden color with a dense and soft cap of dense white foam. Wispy sheets of lace were left down the glass after each sip.
S: Fruit yeast and bubble gum dominates the nose. Crisp and light, yet rich and smooth smelling. Peppery and fruity.
T: Fruity flavors of Belgian yeast with just a touch of bubblegum hit first alongside notes of wheat, grain, and a touch of banana, clove, and peppery spice in the finish. Overall flavor are complex without being super rich or fruity. Malt backbone coupled with Belgian yeast.
M: Super frothy but very soft carbonation, light body, soft and easy mouthfeel. Lighter body coupled with the denser carbonation create a light yet chewy mouthfeel with a decent amount of heft to it.
O: Another superb example of why Chimay's beers are some of the archetypes of the style. I'm surprised there is much carbonation, and therefore heaviness in a beer with under 5% alcohol, but the flavor was excellent and definitely had that Chimay house character.

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Photo of adodds
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Hazy, golden straw body. Medium, pure-white head. This reminds me of the yummy unfiltered wheat beers I like.
S - Clean smell, some honey and malt flavors.
T - This is a very different flavor than I have ever had in a beer, and I like it! It reminds me a lot of Honey Nut Cheerios, with a small quantity of heat at the end to warm your throat. It's not spicy, but warming. Floral, fragrant, warm.
F - The attack has sharp carbonation and clean taste. Body is smooth the whole way through
O - This beer is so different than I am used to. It is a treat to contemplate. I will most definitely be purchasing this again!

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Photo of jmbranum
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I must admit I'm a little bit jaded. Having reviewed 430+ beers (and counting), it often seems like there is, to quote King Solomon, "nothing new under the sun."

But then I get a beer like this one. I found it in the sale bin at a local liquor store in Oklahoma City, one of the mythical low alcohol session beers that are brewed for the Trappist monks of the monastery! So I had to buy the 4-pack of 330 mL bottles.

I poured the bottle into a Boulevard snifter glass. The result is a bright gold liquid with a big white head. If pour carefully one could get a crystal clear look but I personally prefer to drink the yeast so the final result is a little hazy.

Interesting aroma. It reminds me a little of soap or maybe even Texas bluebonnet blossoms (normally not thought of as having aroma, but up close they smell fresh and clean, almost soap like).

The flavor is even more out there. Lots of citrus - the label says orange peel but I'm getting more lemons and wheatgrass. Very interesting spice profile. Starts off sweet then goes dry and then finishes sweet again.

Fairly high carbonation but not overkill. Crisp and fresh tasting.

Is it as good as the other Chimay offerings?

No.

But is it something unique and worth trying out?

Yes.

In strength it reminds me of a session beer which makes it a poor value for the cost, but the spices are what take it in a very different territory. The spices don't quite sell me but I have to say I enjoy the fact that they are so different.

So I say, give this one a try! You might like it! If not, then at least consider the fact that you had a beer with a story, one that previously was only available if you visited the monastery in Belgium, in which case $3-4/bottle is a bargain.

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Photo of Premo88
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tulip

L: big foamer warning ... classic Belgian abbey ale style, pushing up 2+ inches of white/offwhite foam; liquid is just a shade darker than yellow, light gold, and clear enough to see a ton of activity in the glass ... hundreds of bubbles flying up to the surface creating a constant half-finger skin of offwhite foam; beer isn't 100% clear but it's at least 70-80% (with careful pour to keep debris in bottle); no major sticking or lacing but still quite a show

S: sweet musty dusty barn ... lots of Belgian quad/dubbel dust and very sweet; as it warms, a bit of spice shows up; floral note, like a really sweet air freshener of rose or lilac; vanilla (again ... sugary sweet)

T: very different from the nose with a lot more earthy and floral flavor; there's still plenty of sweetness, but there's also a pinch of dirt hops and a lot of liquified air freshener, not medicinal or artificial but again like slightly sweetened rose petals

F: so light but so full from so much good carbonation ... classic Belgian, and the constant skin gives it a soft ale feel; if it's not perfect, it's durn close

O: a sweetened Abbey Ale-ified pale that would be perfect for a Belgian tasting night, because it's quite different from other Belgian pales; the sugar is arguably a bit much, but it doesn't get in the way of a fantastic floral/earthy base flavor with the spices adding just a pinch of character; I love it and will definitely keep this in mind when it's time to reload my Belgian section of the fridge; lovely, delicate brew

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Photo of MrDell
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10.11.15

Chimay Dorée
Belgian Pale Ale – 4.8% - 330ml Bottle - Bottling date unknown - Best Before

Appearance: Clear and light straw in colour with large bubbles that make up a beautiful, brilliant white head that seems to last forever. I spent half an hour photographing this beer and another hour to drink it and the head hasn’t dropped off a bit.

Aroma: Grassy with classic Belgian yeasty esters.

Taste: Lemon with wheat / light grains upfront, giving way to a slightly soapy then spicy taste with a short lived, mild hop finish. None of the flavours in this are beer are very strong, they are all slight and gentle but that is what this one is about. It’s VERY drinkable and I could easily session this, unlike the other – equally fantastic – heavier offerings from the monks of Abbaye de Scourmont.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and a little dry in the finish but, again, easy on the palate. Medium body.

Overall: Very enjoyable, I have been looking forward to trying the monks table beer from Chimay for a while and it does not disappoint. I said in my previous reviews of the Chimay range that “You just know, whether you are looking at the bottle, opening and pouring the beer into the lovely chalice glass or taking in the aroma and tasting, that you are dealing with a high quality product” and this lighter Chimay also lives up to that statement. 9 / 10.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, pale amber with a very fizzy head. Wonderful aroma with vibrant spicy and herbal notes, as well as some banana and Belgian yeast. Altogether sweet and flowery. The first remarkable thing about this beer that jumps out immediately is its fantastic, soft silky mouthfeel. It coats the palate oh-so-pleasantly. While the flavor is more on the mild side, it does have distinct aspects such as wheat and clove essences, and a malty sweetness that does not overpower. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, especially in the summer.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Dorée has a thin, off-white head, a murky, orange-gold (sort of pineapple juice) appearance, lots of powdery sediment, and fierce, tight bubble streams. The beer gets a lot cloudier, once the bottom caked sediment is swished and poured in. Aroma is of sweet, sugary bread and mild spices. Taste is of the same, with a noticeable balancing bitterness. Even alcohol seems to be in the flavor, here. Mouthfeel is medium and prickly from the carbonation, and Chimay Dorée finishes champagne-like and easy going.

RJT

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Photo of dwagner003
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to challenge the average rating here and say that this beer is just wonderful. It pours a clear, bubbly yellow, but I did not want to waste the famous Chimay yeast. I made sure to swirl the last few ounces in the bottle and turned the beer a cloudy yellow with a creamy head. NOW we're talkin.

The smell is weak, but refreshing. It's sweet and so quintessentially Belgian with an undertone of candied lemon.

The taste is just flat-out delicious. It's light and sweet, with such a wonderful Belgian yeast flavor. It's exactly what I hoped it would be. It's definitely more of a Belgian Witbier than it is a Pale Ale. It's very mellow and immensely drinkable.

What an honor to drink what the monks drink. My only complaint is that this bottle is so small.. I could drink this everyday. Bravo.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 4.79/11.2 oz ($ 0.427/oz) from the Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI
Bottle marked L 15 – 122 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma spicy, light coriander and some lemon, lasts entire glass
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, slowly diminishing to frothy five – six mm ring and creamy layer with rocks
Lacing – pretty much none, just an occasional island of near microscopic bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy, effervescent
Flavor – wow! Kind of woody with a lemon pledge edge, not bad but certainly unexpected. Some interesting combinations of flavor and aroma. Definitely worth the price. No malt, no hops, no diacetyl, no alcohol.
Palate light, bordering on creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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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 Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Bright gold nearly peach color with a bubbly, rocky white foam head that protrudes out of the snifter with a careful pour. Just slightly hazy but no sediment.

SMELL: Earthy nose of musty yeast, wheat and coriander. Dry spices really are evident in the nose, as well as farmhouse and a hint of citrus.

TASTE: Exceptionally clean witbier flavor, lemongrass, coriander, grassy hops, peach, lemon meringue creme, wheat bread, and cracker. Light bitterness, and very dry from the spice. Herbal, slightly lemony hop paired to citrus peel and a bready flavor also. Wheat, citrus and spice would be the three most prominent flavors in a complex beer having a rather simple recipe. Chimay just makes great beer.

FEEL: Medium bodied with ample carbonation, super dry for a 4.8% brew. Lingering spice and vague rustic farmhouse flavor really makes it special.

OVERALL: A clean, every day beer from and typically for Chimay Monastery Monks and visitors. Champagne like that and very drinkable, this is a special beer for me personally as it has been a long time want to review it. A class example of the witbier style with a hint of farmhouse.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chinay's house-only beer now comes in the bottle! Out of a 330 ml stubby bottle, on to the beer:

A soapy, cracking head sits on top this morning sunshine colored beer. The body shows cloudiness, and frothy retention sticks around. The aroma brings not only a delicate smell, but a delightful one too. With its coriander, orange peel, grass, it smells closer to a well-done witbier.

Doree isdry, crisp, and extremely refreshing. The orange peel is a great addition, plus vague fruits and the soft fruity yeast present makes this beer a gem. It's a light bodied beer that is also soft and creamy.

You can tell that I liked this one a lot. Good call for shipping this to the US, Chimay!

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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 TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought back 2 bottles of this (2008) from Belgium last month, and am now celebrating with a Chimay night (Doree, then Red, then Blue). This beer was very light colored, light yellow straw, until I poured the yeast in from the bottom of the bottle. That darkened things up a lot, and now the beer is murky dark yellow color. The foam was about 1-2 fingers but quickly receded to a thin but lasting film. The smell is a little yeasty-estery, maybe a little lemon also. The taste is nice, actually very flavorful for a 4.8% beer. Light yeast flavors are dominant, very easy drinking and tasty. The body is pretty watery but not unexpectedly so given the low ABV. A must-try for fans of Trappist beers, as this is supposedly the only beer in the Chimay line-up enjoyed regularly by the monks of Scourmont.

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