Dorée | Bières de Chimay

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3.88/5
Very Good
472 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#9,037
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
472
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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92
Gots:
116
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Ratings: 472 |  Reviews: 163
Photo of briandaube
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BakaGaijin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +13.7%
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 Campodog
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -0.8%
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 mattreitz49
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nctide
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of prisdefer
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davidperez
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
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 Kup
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hilarytheguy
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ohiovania
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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 bmeGT
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arthurspoor
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dorée from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 472 ratings
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