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 IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy; yellow-orange; no head when brought out

Aroma: Slightly hoppy; candy sugar; citrusy; coriander; smells like Hoegaarden; sweet

Taste: A little thin; sligthly hoppy; smooth

Remarks: Had as part of 4 beer sampler at the Inn at Chimay

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33 cL bottle purchased from Etre Gourmet.

Large, dense white foam head settles over a hazed dark golden, slightly amber color. Nose of bread and Belgian yeast, floral hop notes, lemon and zest, tangerine, coriander and orange. Flavor is floral and citrusy, tastes like a Belgian wit and Belgian Pale crossed with each other. Medium full body, with strong carbonation and a crisp, slightly hoppy finish. Very refreshing and enjoyable, would seek out for the novelty.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Kulminator

Fluffy white head and a hazy golden body. got a little yeast in it. Nice head retention.
Smells and tastes of black tea, soapy, and flowery.
Effervescent medium body .
Interesting to try. I don't know what I was expecting but those flavors weren't it.

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Photo of Fux
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden yellow with a massive Chimay-like foam with a very good retention.
S: Smell is yeasty, a bit spicy (coriander). There is a strong herbal scent behind yeasts aromas, a bit subdued but well, that's what happen when you make review with a cold...
T: Taste is richer than expected, with no overwhelming sweetness to complain about. Some biscuit, toasted bread malts, yeasty and spicy with also an herbal, floral hopiness, quite lingering. The aftertaste is very bitter given the style and ABV.
M: High level of carbonation. The finish is very dry. Overall pretty drinkable and refreshing.
O: A good table beer, with a defined flavorful and balanced Trappist character, better than most brews from the same style. However not at the level of Westmalle Extra in term of richness of the aroma and consistency on the palate.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.98/5  rDev -23%
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 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 beerdrifter
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy yellow-orange pour with a fluffy white two finger head that fades pretty quickly with decent lacing. Belgian pale malts and bready yeast dominate the nose along with hints of grass, apple, pear, and lemon with just a touch of honey and caramel. The taste follows suit with a bold and subtly sweet malt base with hints of green apple, lemon, pear, and grass, with all of the flavors complementing and not overpowering the other. Extremely fresh and crisp mouthfeel that makes this crazy drinkable and refreshing. I can definitely see why this is the monks table 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 cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden peach with sediment floating around. The head is super creamy white or off white. The nose has loads of sweet lemon and light zest. There is a nice peppery spice with some citrus and floral hops behind. Taste is much of the same, ripe lemon, not tart, light peppery spice balances with an assertive juicy citrus and floral hop finish with an accompanying bitterness. The body is light, soft, and creamy with a gentle carbonation and dry finish. very juicy, balanced, sessionable, and tasty.

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Photo of Brez07
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #6. 330ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: As I pour this, it's mostly white foam with some golden colored beer. Settles in the glass a peachy color, with a fair amount of frothy white head sitting on top. The head doesn't stay around as long as I thought it might, but a very thin layer remains. Some nice looking lined lacing at the top of the glass (4)

S: Nose is full of floral notes and fruit. Passion fruit, tangerine and melon. Starts to develop a hint of spice, suggesting this may have been brewed with belgian yeast. I detect something similar to artificial vanilla as well. So far, so good (4)

T: Flavor mostly consists of yeast, but not really getting the belgian quality that I picked up in the nose. Floral is muted compared to the nose. Grass, hay and melon are other flavors that I'm getting (3.5)

M: Light to medium bodied. Initially heavy on the carbonation, it burns off a bit to provide just enough to keep things going. Leaves a soapy coating on the tongue (3.5)

D: A very drinkable beer. Nothing that wows, but a solid beer all around (3.5)

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a Chimay chalice.

Funny enough, in the left side of the bottle you can read the phrase "ne peut pas être mis en vente" that means "cannot be sold". Some say that this beer is the one consumed by the monks in the monastery and shouldn't be commercialized. Reality is that I've paid a reasonable price (7.5 euro for a 330ml bottle) at a famous beer shop in Brussels.

A: Pours an orange to chestnut very cloudy color. Forms a medium white fluffy and bubbled head. Small retention and some lacings left

S: Smell is close to a Belgian white beer. Very spicy, earthy and refreshing. Coriander, citrus hops, wheat and yeasts

T: As the nose, reminds a white beer. Wheat, coriander, bread, citrus hops. A dry, flowery and refreshing beer. Different from the other Chimays. Good beer, nevertheless. Strength point is its citrus bitter end

M: Light but bit creamy body. Medium carbonation. Delicious mild citrus and bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable and refreshing beer. Its low ABV contributes on that matters. Different from the other Chimays. Quite nice beer

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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 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 thepeter
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour into a tulip glass with a nice creamy head that lasted but left little lacing. Aromas of candy sugar, citrus, zesty spicy belgian yeast and a field. Tastes very nice, orange zest, spice, pepper, light grassiness (field) and slight bitter finish. Light and fluffy on the palate. Soft and nicely carbonated. Overall this is a very nice beer that I would have guessed to be a Witbier. Either way it went very nicely with mussels!!

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A HUGE thanks to Thorpe429 for bringing this back for me from Belgium! Truly a generous soul!

.33L brown glass pry-top, plain silver cap, no back label. Front stamped L10-681...which I believe means it's the 681st batch brewed in 2010...(?) Served in a large Chimay chalice.

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy but bright golden yellow with 1 inch of sudsy bleach white head. Nose is classic "Belgian yeast" fruitiness plus hay and citrus. Smells like a field full of wild flowers on a dry Summer day. I get a hint of coriander too, almost like a wit.

Palate is dry and sudsy. Flavors of orange rind, coriander, white pepper, hay/straw, lime zest, wheat grain and orange glazed sweet bread. Finish is drying and zippy. Very floral, too.

Notes: I'm surprised by how much this tastes like a witbier. Pretty tasty and definitely a "bier de table." I'm truly honored to have tried it! Thanks again Thorpe!

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Photo of stakem
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 bottle poured into a snifter. This brew appears a light golden color with a little bit of haze about it. A finger of creamy white fluff sits atop the brew. Bubbles of carbonation rise slowly through the body collecting across the top in support of the head. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves spots of lacing sticking to the glass. A light swirl revives the cap back to a creamy topping.

The smell of this brew is quite sweet reminiscent of belgian candy sugar mixed with something along the lines of orange marmalade and a touch of vanilla. There is a light citrus hop aspect mixed with some clove spiciness and a yeast quality very familiar to the typical Chimay offering.

The taste is earthy to almost grassy with an initial sweetness of belgian candy sugar mixed with a yeasty quality. Some mild orange rind flavoring is present that fades into more of an earthy to dirt flavoring that is mildly cheese-like. The aftertaste is a mixture of earth, mild belgian candy character, yeast spiciness and some fruity notes almost like pear or apple. Lots of earthen flavors run throughout this brew.

This is a very light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Throughout the entire experience it has a watery feel about it to the point where I am struggling to even believe that this is 4.8% abv, it seems much less. It is easy drinking and I could see myself drinking a bunch of these if given the opportunity but the hassle to acquire a bottle was overall not worth it.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle as a gift from Brabander a while back. Thanks a lot buddy!

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a fluffy, creamy, whipped-cream, two finger, white head with great retention. Amber orange in color, clear, with lots of active carbonation. Head keep growing out of the glass. After doing some work around the house, head finally fades to a thick cap. Good foam cap remains until the end and leaves some nice mounds of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose of pale malts, green fruit and grassy hops. Green apples and pears, with some light yeasty notes. Quite nice.

TASTE: Pale malts with a touch of sweet toffee and honey up front. Green fruits, apples and pears, with some grassy hops at the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste is plenty bitter, with some nice sweet honey malt and spicy yeast as balance. Good beer.

PALATE: Medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Quite surprising, considering the look. Very creamy smooth, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Very nice feel for sure.

OVERALL: This was a great, easy drinking pale ale. I can see why the monks brew this and keep it all for themselves. I would make it my table beer as well. Had this next to the Westmalle Extra and this one was the clear winner. Give it a try if you can. Thanks again Brabander. Recommended.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good spiky yeasty doughy nose. Promising. Nice one inch head with a hazy brown yellow (mustardy??) colour.
Very spritzy body but short on taste, almost hollow in the flavour profile though there is some apple before ending lightly stern.
A little bit more potent than expected too. Bit of a nice surprise here but nothing celestrial.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TurdFurgison for sharing this bottle.

A - Straw yellow color with a fizzy head that didn't stick around for very long.

S - Some apples, white grapes, bready yeast, not a ton else. Has a lot of typical belgian pale smells, not bad.

T - Has more bisquity malts than anticipated, some slightly phenolic yeast that is appropriate to style, and some yellow/green lighter fruits. It's a pretty easy drinker that keeps from getting too sweet due to the yeast cutting into the taste.

M - Lighter, somewhat dry, phenolic finish, active carbonation.

O - Good beer, liked it quite a bit and found it easy to drink. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired at the beer shoppe in Ghent and poured into a Trappistenbier goblet in Antwerp, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of no real cream, bad thickness (i.e. it's rather thin), and really good retention. Colour is a hazy murky dark gold.

Sm: Musty scent of lemon citrus esters, cream, and soft barley body. Mild strength scent.

T: Delicately soft cream is most prominent on the open, but present throughout. Light and balanced lemon (and perchance grapefruit but I'm not sure) fruit ester hops entre just before the midpoint and stay through the finish, which is a nice touch. The barley is restrained and subtle, but still strong enough to support the clever hop layering. Complex yet light and refreshing. Wonderfully balanced and very well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complements the flavour of the body. Brilliantly delicate and light.

Dr: An average ABV refreshingly light beer that is wonderful for a summer afternoon. Well priced despite its rarity and very worth trying for anyone that likes a good beer. Would even satisfy the missus.

High B / GOOD

12/24/16 impressions from a 2013 bottle:

Soft billowing head in the glass. Fluffy and appealing, with a great consistency.

AROMA brings intricate yeasty notes of delicate fruit of a tropical bend, esters, hints of clove honey, and bright/pale malts. Suggests a delicate balanced brew.

TEXTURE: Silky smooth, perfectly carbonated, refreshing, light to medium-bodied, angelically soft. Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, rough, or scratchy.

Taste delivers on the promises of the aroma, bringing delicate fruity notes balanced near perfectly with a subtle biscuity Belgian yeast flavour replete with intricate spices. Slightly tropical. Gorgeous stuff with an ideal level of sweetness and a blip of doughy yeast character.

OVERALL: Another good entry in the Trappist beer lineup. Chimay Doree is as drinkable as they come, and while not as subtly or intricately executed as the finest Belgian ales, it's well worth trying and I'm glad they've expanded distribution outside Belgium.

High B (3.70) / GOOD

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Photo of Brabander
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a beertasting yesterday evening with my cousin Bert and his son Michael. After a while Mrs. Brabander joined the tasting. I used small Westvleteren and La Trappe tastinglasses.

I bought this beer last week when i was at Dranken Geers nearby Gent, Belgium.

I had heard about this monks tablebeer and had mailed Dranken Geers for this one, luckily he managed to find two crates.

Poured in the glass this beer looks wonderfull, full head with a cloudy fluid and tons of carbonation. Thats what i like in a beer.

A fresh and dry taste. For the low ABV it has this is a beer you must try when you love abbey beers (like i do).

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Photo of Lunch
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage bottle shared by the Good Doctor in his home while entertaining a small gathering of delinquents.

Poured into my Chimay taster glass because I have one and why the fuck would I pour this into any other glass? Seems irresponsible to say the least. Looks pale yella in color with a slight off-white head that creates a collar around the edges of the glass. Smells sweet like Huhzubendah's armpits. Belgian candy sugar and Belgian yeast are dominant. Tastes similar with some bready malt. Fairly thin with lower than expected carbonation. Certainly drinkable and fun to try, but not my favorite Chimay offering.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

2007 vintage

The appearance is orange hued and slightly translucent. The beer is full of carbonation and appears extremely effervescent. I thoroughly enjoyed the aroma, which is rich with yeast and citrus scents. The flavor is tasty, though the aroma is even better. The body is extremely thin, giving the beer a watery feel on the palate. While this may adversely affect the mouthfeel, this ale is extremely drinkable, and it would be easy to throw back a few of these in a session.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. On my quest to drink all the Trappist ales know to man, I had to slay the rare Chimay. I did drink this out of my Chimay goblet but I regret not taking a photo of the goblet with the bottle and not serving this beer with Chimay cheese or with other bottles of Chimay.

So, the beer is yellow, light, thin white head of small bubbles, some carbonation, some retention, some lacing, not a lot of anything but looks like beer.

The aroma is sweet like candy is sweet, malty and yeasty. Subtle but present.

Beer is thin, thinner than expected and I expected a thin beer. It's sweet and bready on the palate. Mildly carbonated overall but still quite good. The finish is nice, I would call this a Belgian session ale.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TurdFurgison for opening this bottle. Served in my Cantillon tulip.

Pours yields a hazy straw-colored liquid with a pretty good white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose is nice but doesnt offer all that much. Quite a bit of bready yeast and not too much else. The taste is also quite full of baking bread as well as a bit of mild fruit. Mouthfeel is the highlight here for me with a really nice body and good carbonation. Nearly perfect for a table beer. Drinkability is good, not breast. Thanks again to Eric for helping me finish off the Chimay collection of beers. Considering that I bought all the others at a local shop, I really owe Eric yet again.

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Dorée from Bières de Chimay
3.87 out of 5 based on 420 ratings.
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