Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 784   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   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 (156) - - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (2130) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts yeast spicy fruits and hops flavor malts citrus fruits spicy and hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Maracuja05 (6) - Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2016 does not count
0.33 bottle brought home from Belgium. Pours nice brown golden with a frothy white head. First sips quite good but the last ones I didnt like. Too watery, high cabonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puren (568) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - MAY 25, 2016
zmętnione, jasno złote, obfita piana osiada do kołnierza, słabo koronkuje;
kolendra, goździk, banan, pomarańcza;
ciało średnie ku niskiemu, wysoko nasycone, krótki zbalansowany finisz;
za aromatem i lekka zbożowa goryczka;
bardzo przyjemnie orzeźwiające.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1130) - DENMARK - MAY 19, 2016
en del koriander og lidt frugt. Synes ikke jeg kan smage den klassiske belgiske gær i den, men det er måske bare mig :-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nathanvc (182) - Brugge, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2016
Pours hazy light brown/amber with an off-white head. The aroma contains yeast, plums, orange, grass and hops. It tastes light bitter to light sweet. Rather watery and soapy mouthfeel, short dry finish, high carbonation. Would it be rated as highly without the Chimay label? I doubt it. Quite poor to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1594) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a high, white, smooth head. Nose is orange, orange peel (I could smell the pith), peach, coriander, vanilla, and an earthy/mushroomy note. On the tongue, the spice is well controlled; it’s orange forward, but not dominantly so, with a very faint sweetness and a substantial body for its ABV. Finish is long, dry, and earthy, with the typical Chimay profile. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooterbub (972) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAY 8, 2016
33cl bottle. Pours a cloudy golden brown with a two inch white head that lasts. Taste is of fruit, yeast, malt, grain, grass, banana and citrus. Similar aroma. Has a full body with a tart finish. A very enjoyable beer that is worth having again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamesie1857 (1871) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2016
330ml bottle poured at t’Klooster, Delft - Pale golden colour with frothy, white head. Fruity, spicy nose with notes of lemon peel, bread yeast, toffee, grass and a touch of coriander. Taste goes down similar lines, altogether no bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maximet (153) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2016
Opaque light copper with a small off white foam. Light on the spice side,hint of banana, some lemon, nothing overwhelming, a little shy. A little sweet, tartness could be found. Full body, creamy with a lively carbonation. Long honey finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1830) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Poured from distinctive 11.2 fl.oz. tapered brown glass bottle. Hazy orange colour with sudsy beige foam, everlasting with lace. Aromas of husky grains, coriander and sweet citrus, apricots, honey, fresh baked bread. Flavour the same, grainy, biscuity, plus faint black pepper, clove, slight caramel sweetness but with a surprisingly crisp dry hoppy finish. Not overly spiced, but it is indeed a nice enhancement to a sessionable table beer. Light body, strong carbonation, lingering malty/citrusy/tangy aftertaste. Easily an everyday drinker but also wonderfully complex, a near-perfect beer. Magnificent!

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