Dorée | Bières de Chimay

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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
Ratings:
443
Reviews:
150
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.82%
 
 
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91
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Ratings: 443 |  Reviews: 150
Photo of Dazka
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SebD
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 AugustusRex
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
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 MI_beerdrinker
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bottle from the lcbo for $3.50. Light amd refreshing.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Molson2000
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RedAleMan
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SiepJones
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rcaros
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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 polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rukeli76
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bf_89
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Jaisell
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrenihan
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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 yancot
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Dorée from Bières de Chimay
3.88 out of 5 based on 443 ratings.
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