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Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Ale
Baileux, Belgium

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RATINGS: 811   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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).


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (1912) - Hagen, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2015
0,33 l bottle, best before end of 2015. Minimally hazy, golden yellow with a huge, foamy, stable, white head. Beautiful, spicy aroma of banana, coriander, citrus and vanilla. Very close to a witbier. Taste is a bit weaker: sourish-sweet with banana, citrus and vanilla. Short, just slightly bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy and sparkling mouthfeel, just slightly watery in the end, lively carbonation. Really good beer. Has lots of aroma and leaves a very good impression in your mouth. Keeping in mind that it has just 4.8 % abv, it is so satisfying. That’s what I love about trappist beers: they are crafted so well. By the way, I can’t understand why this beer has such a low score compared to the Westvleteren Blond.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (4458) - BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2015
Chimay’s ’refter’ beer, so originally intended for daily use by the monks only and sold only very limitedly; recently, they are attempting to commercialize it a bit more so more widely available now. Peach blonde beer with stable, off-white, creamy head and malt sweet basis character, a bit caramelly, nutty accents, wheaty touch, fruity onset, crisp with retronasal yeasty spicy notes and a soft herbal hoppiness. Not bad at all, for a session ale, but obviously less ambitious than its bigger brethren.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Icedwarf (1230) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2015
Helder lichtgeel bier met veel schuim. Smaak is verrassend goed en complex, hoppig bitter en fruitig. Smaak blijft helaas niet lang hangen.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 30, 2015
This beer is usually reserved for the use of the Chimay Trappists. A beautiful beer - delicate, dry, hoppy. Practically perfect.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MMR (682) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2015
I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. It has a texture which reminds of very well balanced Pilsener’s but it’s aroma is far more complicated. Rather unique in the little hints of vanilla. I loved it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1677) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Chimay Dorée is the “patersbier” of Abbaye Notre Dame de Scourmont – a Belgian pale ale or “single” if you will. I first reviewed this beer back in 2011 when a friend in Belgium sent me a bottle. Drinking it again nearly four years later, it’s almost nothing like I remember. The first time around it was quite dry and tasted of white grape; this time it’s remarkably fruity, citrusy and spicy – almost like a witbier. It seems like a completely different beer to me (it’s possible they changed the recipe for export). Whatever the case may be, it’s a really good Trappist brew.

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into the official Chimay chalice. It was bottled in November of 2014 and cost $7.99 ($0.71 per ounce).

Appearance: Clear golden/amber hue with plenty of effervescence visible. Pours to a one-finger, white, soapy head that retains and laces well.

Smell: Strong citrusy notes with a clean floral bouquet. Light esters also present.

Taste: Like any good classic Belgian ale, the first thing I notice about this beer is how lively it is. An immediate sensation of carbonation, quickly followed by light fruity flavors, especially orange and lemon. There’s an almost American hop presence of flowers and citrus, though not nearly as bitter. The Trappist yeast esters create for some banana character as well, and maybe even a hint of vanilla. On the backend I get a firm spicy character from the coriander, plus more orange zest from the orangepeel. Not much in the way of white grape or any kind of wine-like character. This is essentially a witbier but without the wheat. It’s not the kind of beer I would normally associate with a Trappist monastery, which is probably what makes it all the more appreciable.

Drinkability: Since this beer is bottle-conditioned, it’s no wonder it’s so vigorous across the tongue. Frotunately, there’s no carbonation bitterness. The body is fairly light, and it’s remarkably refreshing while in the mouth. It finishes mostly clean with a slightly dry, starchy aftertaste. At only 4.8% ABV, Chimay Dorée would be easy to session the beer in warmer settings if only the price tag weren’t so high.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KoNrRiI (1182) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015
0.33 bottle. Hazy, light amber color and a medium, thick, white head leaving a nice lacing. Aroma of yeasts, spices, some light malts, and a bit of apples. Taste is sweet and sour with malty, caramel flavors contributing to the former and fruity, juicy ones to the latter. Medium body, slick texture, and soft carbonation. Finish is shortish, sweeter, introduces some bubblegum. Overall a very mediocre brew especially considering the brewery’s record. Quite a disappointment.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9336) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
330ml bottle from cornelius. Pours clear gold, thick white head. Spiced apple aroma, almost cakey. Taste is more of the same, apple, cinnamon. Bready yeast on the finish. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3502) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Golden yellow pour with aroma of yeast, bread, apples, and spice. Bread flavor with spice and apple finish. Dry finish with quality lacing. Very nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
billiejoece (12) - BRAZIL - JAN 18, 2015
Cerveja dourada turva, creme de formação bem abundante, claro, persistência excelente. Boa carbonatação. Deixou a desejar no aroma em relação a outras Chimay, talvez pelo estilo dela. No aroma, pronunciado o aspecto de cereal, lembrando pão saindo do forno. Um pouco de caramelo também perceptível. No sabor me sobressai o caráter maltado, caramelo, toffe e um toque de especiarias. Um pouco de cravo ou pimenta. Corpo médio, sem amargor pronunciado, bastante refrescante e alta drinkability.


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