Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 (145) - - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3812) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2015
bottle - Pours hazy straw colored with a lingering off-white head. The aroma is of yeast, coriander, and citrus with a trace of funk. The flavor is sweet and spicy. It’s refreshing and has very lively carbonation. The distinctive yeast adds an enjoyable complexity to a very easy drinking beer. It finishes dry. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TychoJames (742) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Provsmakning örebro ölmässa. Grumlig orange kulör. Doft av citron belgojäst. Lätt smak med lite bananskum och örter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyF (635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
Flaska på Örebro ÖoW. Dimmigt gulbrun med vitt skum. Doft av jäst och citron. Citron och jäst i smaken.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SudsMcDuff (7309) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2015
wow, had always wanted this, stumbled on it at the whip, drank thanksgiving 2015, 4pm .. . uplifting aroma, sweet hay and cereal, pink yeast, bee stung cat nose .. . light and airy, full yet refined, perfect balance .. . this is near perfection for a Belgian beer. .. i want this in my life forever, amazingly well made beer! .. . . I’m not always available, but if you say my name three times and twist the neck off a sparrow, I will appear and complain about the weather.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjoeng (326) - - NOV 24, 2015
4.8%ABV. Belgian Ale. Poured out an amber. 16ºSRM. Nose is lavender and sweet malt. Also has wet plaster and formic acid tang. Reminiscent of a Delirium Tremens. Mouthfeel is sudsy. Palate has malted wheat type flavors, no hops and a little sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4602) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2015
10 ounce pour - $8.00 at Trappeze Pub in Athens, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a near clear, yellow-gold body with a white, foaming head.

Smell: Hmm. Smells a little like a top-shelf soap. What’s wrong with some humble Kroger-bought 10 for $10 Softsoap? Cereal-scented malts, lemon peel and aromatic fresh-cut flowers.

Taste: A light touch of pils malts, scantly cereal-esque and hay-hinting. Medium level of sweetness had. Some citrus, some spicy phenols and varying petals. As with the aroma, it’s predominately lemony and soapy. Modestly bitter. Drying, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, I was hoping for something bright, light and refreshing. Instead, got some old lady soap. Disappointing, considering it’s a Chimay release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (53) - BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2015
Blond helder bier met witte schuimkraag en redelijk wat pareling. Fruitige citrusgeur. De smaak is zoetig-bitter met een bitterige afdronk. Leuk aperitiefbier dat zeer goed past bij de Potaupré kaas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
Bottle from Kris Wines, Holloway. Hazy honey coloured pour with a white head. Aromas of sweet citrus, pear drops, mango, spot of caramel. Lots of sweet fruit in the flavour. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClaudeB04 (242) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - NOV 16, 2015
Orange hazy colour. Spices, yeast coriander, seemed like a triple "light" to me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RecStop (1) - - NOV 16, 2015 does not count
I like this beer. Low alcol but a complex and floral flavor. A strong taste of orange and lime, light bitter retrotaste. This beer surprised me.

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