Dorée | Bières de Chimay

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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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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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Photo of Treyliff
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice

A- pours a bright golden orange color with carbonation bubbles shooting to the top, creating a one-finger creamy and foamy white head that retains long after the pour

S- Initial aroma smells like a witbier; notes of toasted grain, orange peel, coriander, cracked pepper, crackers and a soft honey sweetness

T- opens up with notes of toasted bread and cracker malts,followed by notes of orange peel & coriander, along with some faint herbal hops. The mid-palate gives a sweetness of honeysuckle and finishes with some spicy peppery yeast, along with more citrus peel

M- light body with medium carbonation leads to a bubbly mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish

O- a delicate yet complex ale that beats any 'session ale' that I've had in the past

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: orange gold with a thin veil. Head creamy, white.
Aroma: light orange, a little lemon, coriander, maybe even a little bit bananas.
Beer is quite "meaty" but at the same time light. The taste is leading orange, a little lemon and coriander.
Saturation high.

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Photo of drmeto
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-pours a cloudy golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-lemon,lime,white bread,coriander,spicy,honey
-lemon zest,spicy,coriander,white bread,cereals
-high carbonation
-light body
Decent Blonde ale but nothing more

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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 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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Photo of Suds
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Extraordinarily pale, with an intense haze and an even more powerful effervescence. The head is towering and long-lasting, brilliant white, and composed of bubbles of varying sizes. The aroma is perfumy, with a slight background of sharp spices. The beer has an incredible hoppiness, yet is not bitter. It is a flavorful and incredibly enjoyable light beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

10 ounce pour - $8.00 at Trappeze Pub in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a near clear, yellow-gold body with a white, foaming head.

Smell: Hmm. Smells a little like a top-shelf soap. What's wrong with some humble Kroger-bought 10 for $10 Softsoap? Cereal-scented malts, lemon peel and aromatic fresh-cut flowers.

Taste: A light touch of pils malts, scantly cereal-esque and hay-hinting. Medium level of sweetness had. Some citrus, some spicy phenols and varying petals. As with the aroma, it's predominately lemony and soapy. Modestly bitter. Drying, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, I was hoping for something bright, light and refreshing. Instead, got some old lady soap. Disappointing, considering it's a Chimay release.

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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


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 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 flyingpig
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml on-tap at Il Santo Bevitore pub in Venice (€6.00):
A nice enough beer & one I enjoyed drinking but I'd built it up too much in my own mind as it didn't quite live up to my expectation & I couldn't honestly say it was anywhere near as good at Chimay Blue, or even Chimay Red or Tripel. It was fresh & lively with a few nice flavours appearing but the nose seemed a little light & the flavours definitely weren't as complex as I've come to expect from Chimay over the years. It's one that I'm glad I was able to try but I imagine it will likely be a one-off for me & I'll most likely stick to Chimay Blue in future.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle into a chalice

L: Hazy straw colored, white head with nice lacing
A: Citrus, light fruit, very nice
T: Wheat, lemon,
F: Great mouthfeel, good carb, thin body that compliments the taste/ABV nicely
O: Super flavorful, easy drinking, the perfect beer for working around the house (or monastery), simply lovely

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Photo of josanguapo
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Playing Goodbye Deponia. A bit less tasty than the red one but much more sessionable and refreshing. Good aroma. Midly citric taste

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