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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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Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Chimay Dorée (or Chimay Gold, as its known in North American markets) is in fact that: a pretty, daisy yellow beer with a slightly tarnishing golden shine. While it glimmers intensely against the light, the level of clarity is far from what we'd consider 'pristine'. Nevertheless, its virgin white head and steady, spritzy bubbles provide compensating exquisiteness.

The Belgians (especially their monks) know how to make an intriguingly, expressively aromatic beer arguably better than anyone. But they really only have the one trick: yeast. This pale ale, despite possessing the typical orchard fruit esters and subdued yet fragrant spicing, has a bouquet that's distinctly floral, grassy and even a touch tropical - the mark of hops?!

Indeed, the taste abounds with rose petals and lemon rinds - what an exciting find from such a conservative producer! This is far more "light and bright" than any other Trappist offering - it's better suited to surfing lessons than quiet prayer. The malt is delicate and contributes little beyond a soft, lightly honeyed breadiness. The yeast, too, is unusually restrained and serves but to accentuate the herbal, grassy qualities of the hops, adding perhaps a spritz of coriander-like spice.

What makes beer such a universal, timeless drink is that it can be all things to all people: it's the bland, watery pitchers friends share while cheering on their team; the stiff tipple that soothes the ills of a long work day; the corked and caged bottle to be shared only on special occasions; the quencher on a hot day; the warmth on cool nights; the dessert unto itself...

Chimay Gold fills a gap the other offerings could never (and vice versa). If the place for Chimay Red is next to a hearty, slow-braised meat dish at the dinner table, and the time for Chimay Blue is late-night when the fire's embers start to be bigger and brighter than the flames themselves, then the time and place for Chimay Dorée is on a café terrace or shaded from the hot summer sun under a tree, a picnic basket of stinky cheeses, crusty bread and fresh-whipped butter in hand.

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

First had poured from 11.2-oz. bottle, label stamped "L 15-122," into Chimay goblet. Finally tried the fourth ale from Chimay. A perfect cross between Belgian malt bombs and pale ales.

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Photo of peensteen
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale golden blonde colour, one finger white head, little to no lace. Smell is fruity, yeasty and spicy, green apple meets lemon cake thing going on as well, clove and coriander in the finish. Taste is spicy and fruity, exactly what the nose suggests, drying finish. High carbonation, med bodied with light points, mostly dry.Nice, simple but well made and very drinkable.

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Photo of dipso123
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pillowy head that last, brightly carbonated with a remarkably complex balance of malt and hops for a 4.8% beer. Very sessionable. Wish I had more.

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Photo of SebD
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice slightly hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice frothy white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of lemon, grassy undertones, grainy/bready malts, black pepper, cloves and light coriander.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some definite lemon notes, light grassy bitterness, sweet grainy/bready malts, black pepper, cloves and some coriander.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
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 CAMRAhardliner
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with a million fine streams of bubbles. The frothy head lasts forever, draping the glass in lace. Cereal grains, cloves and malt sweetness in the aroma. Doughy malt and spicy, fruity Belgian yeast esters in the taste. Banana and bubblegum and apple yeast flavors make for lots of complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a luscious, creamy carbonation. Honey, herbal hops, more esters and light bitterness in the finish.

A nice Belgian Pale Ale. Easy drinking but loads of complexity. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Unstable white head that dissipated quickly. Yellow golden color in the glass. Mild haze and carbonation

A lot of spiceyness on the nose. White peach, floral, yeasty

Big spice un the taste as well. Hints of peaches, mild citrus, bubble gum on the back end along with bready yeast..

Light body with zippy carbonation

Very well crafted

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Photo of OlaB
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: gives a cloudy golden color, a nice fingernail high top of head that is staying there.nice lacings on the glass.

S: fruity with citrus and apples, sugar,honey,peppercorns and cloves.

T&F: follows much of the nose. Starts of fruity where I sense the sugary flavours in the back, then I get more of the spices in the flavour and it finishes of with a dry bitterness. I do think the spices get a little to overwhelming in the finish, and that it could be balanced better.Else even for this low abv beer I do sense the classical belgian flavours.

O: A good choice for a low abv beer, else and decent and drinkable beer. But not overwhelming exiting.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given that it is 4.8%, the nose on this beer is remarkably strong. Banana comes across in a big way, along with apple and a touch of clove. The flavour is similar, but not quite as nice. Green apple is strongest, with clove, banana and a bit of a grassy flavour. Finish is fairly dry, though there is a notable sweetness in the beer. A very solid Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
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 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 pkalix
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very rich for a 4.8% brew.... a little thin on the tongue, weight or viscosity-wise. more spice than i would prefer, i suppose, but would drink it again if i were in a belgian pub with a different frame of mind.....

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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 johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Received in trade, thanks blutt59!
Pours a slightly hazy deep yellow color with a huge bubbly white head that persists. Earthy spicy citrusy especially lemon on the nose with some faint crackery malt underneath. Spicy almost nutmeg in the flavor with a light bready crackery maltiness and some earth and citrus to counter. Smooth flavorful easy to drink beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy yellow almost orange body with frothy one-finger head that left some lace patches down glass. Spicy, peppery, grainy aroma with bits of floral/citric hops. The body is dry and crisp and overall has this spicy feel with a hint of sour/acidic lemon/citric hop bite and bits of floral and yeast notes, along with a touch of breadiness to give some heft, help give beer a smoothness and fluffiness so the spices don't ruin everything. Clean finish on a pretty good but not spectacular beer but it's worth trying.

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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 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 jopezu
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden straw with a medium head that poofs. nose; ground coriander, orange pith, & light grassy hops. taste; clean wheat, lemon, soapy cilantro, & mild hops. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. overall, very clean grain (almost lager-like) and non-complex. an easy-drinker, but not very engaging - mainly a light lemon essence & coriander on top of straight, clean grain.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy pale gold with large head that lasts a long time and leaves some lacing. Nose is yeasty for a blonde, with a bit of citrus and spice. Taste is an interesting mix of lemon, spice, yeast, malt...very complex for a 4.8% beer. High carbonation. Good beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz growler poured into a goblet

A- Clear golden straw with a small white head.

S- Light fruits, some bananas, lemons peels, mild earthy spice.

T- Light fruit, hints of lemons, orange peels, mild malt sweetness and a nice light earthy/floral hops.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A tasty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange, 2 fingers foamy white head that dissolves quickly.

Aroma Belgian yeast, bubblegum, pear, clove, citrus, and banana.

Taste starts similar to that of a tripel, but the flavor stops quite sharply. Initial tastes are of the Belgian yeast and spices (clove, banana, lots of bubblegum, and citrus), but then, mid-sip, the flavor dries out and drops to nothing more than some mild citrus and light spice underlying a moderately high carbonation prickle.

Overall, the beer is substantially more different than I was expecting almost a pale ale version of a tripel. Good, but not worth the 5$ per bottle. I see this pairing well with a stuffed pasta, such as a manicotti. It gets a 84/100.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 33-cl bottle (11.20-oz.)
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale glass
From: Alpine Liquor in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $3.99 (originally $5.99 I think)
Purchased: March 7, 2016
Consumed: March 8, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle

Have always wanted to try any type of Chimay, but the price was usually too high for my liking. Found this one for $2 off at the local liquor store and had to pounce on it.

Poured a golden, orange, hazy color with five fingers of white, fizzy head, which dissipated rather quickly. Looked like a lot of small pieces of pulp underneath the top, but I know it’s not. Minimal wet spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled coriander, orange peel, caramel, honey, citrus zest, lemon notes, grassy hops, hints of Belgian peppery spices and dried apricot. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste somewhat followed the nose. Got coriander, orange peel, apricot, honey, citrus zest, lemon juice, freshly mowed grass, sugary sweetened iced tea and powdered orange sugar. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Fizzy carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was really good. Kind of reminded me or of a Witbier, but either way this delicious. (Overall - 4.00)

3.95 | 89 | B+

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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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