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Chimay Dorée / Spéciale du Potaupré

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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Historically not sold in the commerce. Only available at Auberge de Poteaupré, Chimay, Belgium, as "Speciale De Poteaupré". This beer is usually reserved for the use of the Chimay Trappists.

Since June 2007 on draught at Poteaupré.

Since 2013 also available on tap in the UK and in 50 bars in Italy (under the name Club Chimay Dorée).


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3503) - Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2015
330 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 8/18/2015. Pours lightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pear, apple, coriander, clove, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pear, apple, coriander, clove, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, coriander, peach, pear, apple, clove, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of bright fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Not too dry after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent Belgian pale ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of bright fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mrnoluv (222) - long beach, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
A lot of floral notes, great about of carbonation, I thought the drink would float away at times. This has to be one of the lightest beers ever made, you could easily drink a 6 pack of this and still drive. This beer lacks the spiciness or sweetness you are dying for.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
maruno (41) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
Pours a hazy blon, with a persistent layer of foam. Very refreshing, a nice hop bitter and not much alcohol. Dry finish. Bittersweet and hoppy.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tognetta (394) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 22, 2015
Laranja opaco, alta formação de espuma, baixa retenção. Aroma de malte fresco, levemente ácido, não muito atraente. Paladar remete ao aroma, mas bem mais ou menos em qualidade. Aftertaste terroso, pouca duração. Pretendo tomar novamente, esperava muito mais.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (3347) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from Carrefour City supermarket, Brugges, Belgium. Hazy straw coloured with a large foamy white head. It has a floral fruit and bubblegum flavour with slight soapy notes (in a pleasant way) followed by tropical fruit on the very dry, smooth finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TorbenH (963) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
pale, golden, hazy, white foam, floral, herbs, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter,

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BobyFischer (165) - FRANCE - AUG 18, 2015
Très légère et fluide.Assez désaltérante.Bouquet fleuri et légèrement poivré au nez. Bouche idem, petite acidité.Fluide, aqueuse, mais de beaux arômes fleuris.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (3962) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle in Brussels. Nice golden body with huge head. Nose is yeasty, floral, hops. Taste is bitter, hoppy, sweet. More sweet in the bitter finish. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ulysse (319) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2015
Rich aroma. Taste is fruity and perfume like. Low alcohol and a lot of delight. With a very faint shade of cinnamon as after taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nicolas_M (107) - BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2015
I’m starting to fully enjoy the Chimay beers, which was "to heavy" for me. This one is the soft of the family. Similar to a white beer, but without the feeling of the "oh boy, I’ll have a headache tomorrow".


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