Dorée | Bières de Chimay

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bières de Chimay
Belgium
chimay.be

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
Ratings:
453
Reviews:
155
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
108
For Trade:
2
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Photo of cmcquirk
1.82/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of EdgarGerik
2.02/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of craytonic
2.04/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is not very good. Not very good at all. Pour is decent enough, a bit more pale than expected with an enormous head. Aroma is malt, spices, and dead hops. Taste is about the same, but a bit off. Body is too thin, and very heavily carbonated. Didn't finish it and would never drink it again. If I were the monks I would brew something a bit more tasty for my lunch.

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Photo of Houborg1
2.22/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.24/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I did not like this beer at all. This "pale ale" tasted more like a lager with a bit of everything from the spice rack throw into it. The absurd amount of spices I got off this beer was very offputting with no hops to be found anywhere. Do NOT recommend this brew, worst of the Chimay line-up in my opinion.

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Photo of Napkin_Pope
2.25/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Highly carbonated. Cloudy look. Taste more "spices" than beer, but not unpleasant.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.26/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted at 2003 Kempisch Bierfestival in Geel, Belgium...

Appearance: amber/golden, good clarity, huge foamy off-white head which collapsed during the three-four minutes our server spent recommending another beer (which I subsequently tried)

Aroma: faint aroma, not much there, slightly mossy

Flavor: blandish, watered down, very light malt flavor, kind of like an amber mixed with club soda

Mouthfeel: watery, light, mineral-water-like carbonation

Overall Impression: I believe this is Chimay's "table beer" or, effectively, thier "single". I must say I'm pretty disappointed. I have heard tell of this one and had looked forward to tasting it one day. Is this what those poor monks have to drink every day? I didn't even finish drinking my 33 cl sample.

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Photo of AZbelgian
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was not aware of this beer until I stopped at the Auberge de Poteaupré (restaurant down the street from the Abbey) and had it on tap as part of their Chimay sampler. They do not call it Dorée they call it "Spéciale Poteaupré"

Light blond color with very little lace. Citrus flavor and light in the mouth. Malty with a dry bitter aftertaste. Goes down easy but I expected more from a Chimay. Prefer the big three Chimays, but not a bad beer if you are feeling adventurous and in the neighborhood.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured to a Leffe chalice.

A: The appearance of this beer is a bit bad since the body is too hazy for a blond ale. The beer that I use for comparison, the Leffe Blond, has such a much better appearance than this, body-wise. The head is 1 finger and a half thick. Lots of retention though.
S: The aroma is a bit weak having a bit of yeast tones backed up by coriander and just a weak weak malt/alcohol junction.
T: Taste-wise, Doree is something that does triangulate with Leffe Blond and Orval but stays in the worst corner. The coriander is too expressive and in the end, the bitterness that stays in the mouth it's not great. Alcohol is a bit expressive as well. In the end, there's no sweetness in the taste, which is lacking for sure.
M: The body is low to medium in density. Bitterness is not great and sweetness is lacking.
O: This is, by far, the worst Chimay beer. Unless this specific bottle does not represent this beer in a good way, I will have to giveaway the recognition for best belgian pale ale to Leffe easily.

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Photo of BcOneSeven
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Czequershuus
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a gold color with a large fizzy head - in fact it was so fizzy it was hard to see th beer for the bubble clinging to the inside of the glass. The aroma was fairly faint, smelling mostly of apple and peach skin, with slightly sharp, almost dusty character. The flavor is not much more aggressive, with some nutmeg and clove, brown bread, and hints of chocolate and raisin. The mouthfeel was the most striking aspect of this beer - but not in a good way. The amount of carbonation was almost overwhelming. It was not the full and creamy carbonation you often get with saisons, but sharp, aggressive, and soda like. Overall this beer did not quite work for me. I love Chimay, but this had none of the classic charm of there other beer - no depth or complexity at all.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from my Ciney sniffer

A - Pours a cloudy pale honey color with Atwood fingered white head that retains well.

S - Heavy bready yeast aroma with a little lemon citrus

T - Delicate flavours of yeast and citrus the finish is a little dry.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - For a belgian pale ale you can get better examples. The flavours are a little unpronounced.

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Photo of frontalot
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Harkrank
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Anatole
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Nat1975
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bmeGT
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average. But my average is 3.0, not 3.75.

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Photo of apanloco
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pours gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows Belgian phenols, grassy hops and a very soft but off-putting decomposing plant matter/muddy note.
Flavours concentrate one the phenols, grassy and spicy hops and light sweet malt. Finishes very dry however.
Carbonation seems a bit over the top.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
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 hopdog
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle labeled best before 2007.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of yeast and light spices. I swear the aroma reminded of fresh out of the pot prosciutto filled tortellini. Tastes of yeast with some lemons. Thinner and watery body.

Notes from 10/28/05

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Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay
3.88 out of 5 based on 453 ratings.
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