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Dorée | Bières de Chimay

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Brewed by:
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 spointon
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Amp
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jliscin
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendry
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of generallee
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy platinum with rocky snow white foam. 4.25
Pencil erasers, mashed pears, and wildflowers. 4
Snap wheat, some bananas + yellow apples, gentle clove, and a sparkly noble spice to end. Minty linger 4.25
Crisp, halfway to medium, creamy. 4

Man, is this tasty cold. Classic Belgian pale ale notes, in delicate, balanced, measured doses. Warmth shows the faults: thin, grainy, and the banana Bubblicious is a bit out of control. Craftsmanship sings - puts Spencer to shame - but in broad, Chimay-like strokes. I’d argue it does what it’s trying to do: summer sessioner. 4

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Photo of Beginner2
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having Had Chimay's Big Three, it is a pleasure to add to those reviews.
And while The Big Three score much higher (we like more alcohol), Doree still deserves appreciation for what it is: a simple beer for monks sworn to a simple life and goes well with simple food.

Doree was a perfect accompaniment to a meal filled with herbs and garlic. This ale's modest hops work gently with the herbs and the carbonation cuts through the olive oil and cheese. All this is helped in unfathomable ways by the monks having isolated what certainly seems like one of the world's great yeasts.

I would Have this again except that it cost $7.50 (from a store!) to Have it the first time.
I can't blame that on the monks.

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Photo of FBarber
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy effervescent gold color. Thick several finger frothy white head dissipates somewhat leaving a full finger of residual foam with a thick layer of foamy lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell has aromas of pale malt, wheat, belgian yeast, pepper, touch of spice, but nothing extraordinary.

Taste follows the nose with notes of pale malt and wheat, strong belgian yeast with a subtle kiss of floral and citrus hops. Some spice is noted as well - nutmeg, pepper, and a general spice flavor. Fora spiced belgian pale ale, I will be honest I was expecting more spice - rather its just a subtle compliment. Still its a great tasting beer.

Feel is smooth and full bodied. Dry finish. Medium carbonation.

Overall its a very good Belgian pale ale - Id love to see the spices be more pronounced, but as it is its very good.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle to goblet.

AROMA: Yeasty, but light.
LOOK: Light yellow color.
TASTE: Tasty. Citrus, hops, not strong. Just enough spice to offset the Belgian yeast.
FEEL: Refreshing. Easy Drinking for a Belgian.


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Photo of evanwoertz
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miket13
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Shhhhmay. Gold and or Dor¥ee. Love the 4 pack with two Chimay goblets for $25

Hazy, burnt wheat, straw/gold coloration. Tight, white, high foam cap.

Aroma and or the nose has a major funky blend of spices. Peppery, hearty, wheat and earthy yeast pow. Smells much like a very funky saison. But, yeah mostly a very nice spice rack thing.

By god, this stuff is c r i s p. Light, jazzy, herbal, spice bite in the flavor and feel. Mild, crisp golden malt, yeast of the dry earth and added flavor depth from Grandma's 25 year old spice rack collection. The one that never seems to lose it's big funky smell.....or taste. 4.8 %means you can session HARD. All day by the poolside, or beach....or whatever. Easy, breazy. Big gooood.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +11.1%
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 -1.8%
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 +12.1%
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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Dorée from Bières de Chimay
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 469 ratings
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