Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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).

PalCabral's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PalCabral (116) - - OCT 27, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours hazy and pale, with a froth head that quickly settles to a thin layer. It’s not a looker - it looks terribly thin. Those poor monks had to do with the second or third runnings... It looks like a wheat beer but the thin head tells the truth that there is none or very little wheat in the malt bill. The aroma is more promising. The chimay yeast comes through in a way we don’t feel it do in the other beers, where it is hidden behind more flavorfull malts. It’s sweet and citrusy, maybe some butterscotch hints too. Very entising. However, the flavor lets the beer down. It is thin. The pilsner malt cannot carry the taste alone and the hops comes in to play first string. In the back of the mouth some of the citrus is still there but is a refreshing beer at best. Just not enough flavour. High effervecence and light mouthfeel puts the closing chapter on a negative note. I understand why it was a beer for the monks only.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mile (2937) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle. Light golden, small to average and mostly diminishing head. Moderate malty and lightly sweetish - sweetish aroma, light caramel and bread, light fruitiness and hoppyness. Body is light to medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, light caramel and fruitiness, light citrus hoppyness. Finish average, malty with light sweetness, light caramel and faint bread, light fruitiness and citrus hoppyness, faint yeast. Watery ale – don’t believe the hype. Thank god I am not monk - this mediocre and thin ale would be only one available

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marstonlad (407) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours hazy straw yellow with a big white head. The aroma is both floral and herbal, very prominent yeastiness with some balancing grainy maltiness and grassy hoppiness. Taste is fairly dry with fresh fruitiness, grainy maltiness and Belgian yeastiness most prominent. The palate is medium bodied, smooth and slick. Similar elements with stronger trappists; not as rich or full but more drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (135) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Hazy light yellow color and small head. Aroma has spices, grass. Medium to high carbonated, quite light body. Pine, hops, malt, fruits in flavor. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtu71 (44) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Two-finger, ivory, big-bubbled, medium fast head. Hazy ochre. Melon and red berries on aroma. Crispy edgy palate. Rasberry, spicy hops.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjollnir (389) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2014
330mL bottle. Pours a hazy straw colour with a thick, persistent white head, which leaves a little bit of lace. Earthy and yeasty aroma with fruity esters, a little bit of wheat and some malt. Mild sweetness and a medium bitterness, a little grass. Light-medium body, above average carbonation and a fair amount of creamy foam, drying bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Unde (344) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Cloudy yellow beer, long lasting nice head and hints of lacing sticking to the glass. Aroma has fruits, spices, yeast and some wheat. Taste is fruity and spicy being a bit mild for my taste but a nice summer beer anyway. Thin body and very high carbonation, which makes this beer a bit hard to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toomio (188) - Joensuu, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Happoa piisaa, keveä silti. Elonkorjuun makuinen syysolunen jota mielellään juo toistekin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kalervo (683) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Vapaaherrantiellä. Very fine and refreshing beer, recognizable little sister to other Chimays!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2890) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Really nice to be able to try this out of a bottle. Golden and light with a crisp aftertaste. Tried at In de Wildeman in 2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarpa (856) - FINLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle 33cl from Alko @ home. Pours clear, light golden with a large white head. Citrus fruits, Belgian yeast in the aroma. Light, crisp, citrus flavor, grass and some spice. Light and refreshing.

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