Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 872   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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 2015 also in bottles widely available as Chimay Dorée.

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PalCabral's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PalCabral (159) - - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djcampbell (8) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 22, 2017 does not count
Výborné pivo po všech stránkách. Dokonalé belgické svrchně kvašené pivo, příjemné osvěžení i aroma, obohacené o sametovou pěnu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salmaneser (130) - BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2017
33 cl bottle @ home. Hazy, dark yellow colour with a nice foamy, lasting head. Yeasty aroma full of fruits, citrus and herbs. Sweet taste with a mild hoppy ending. Light body, invites to drink more. Very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
[Bottle (330ml)] Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with an average size semi-lasting frothy white head. Some lacing. Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast, light herbs, some breadiness and light hops. Flavour of Belgian yeast, light herbs, very light hops and bready malt in the back. Medium bodied. Mild but pleasant -- a well made Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (2483) - Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Thanks Danny! Interesting very herbal, fruity with some citrus. Heavy Belgian yeast. Okay stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (4431) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle from unknown place. Pours golden with an inch of white foam. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Has some nice orange peel and coriander type notes on the nose and tongue. Finished clean. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
basjansen14 (97) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2017
Lekker licht biertje, smaak is: fruitige esters, zoals banaan. Ook proef je wat bubblegum in de achtergrond, verder wat gras achtigs en wat mout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Villyzzz (236) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours hazy light brown with big and foamy white head. Aroma is kind of fruity/herbal with yeast and malts. Taste has bitter yeast, herbs and citrus. Weak for Chimay but still a solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkMagus (508) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Pours a hazy yellow orange color with ample white head. Aroma of coriander, citrus, grains, clove, and a hint of banana. Flavors were light grainy malts, coriander, banana, bubble gum, and a hint of bitterness. Light body, silky soft mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jzi (310) - POLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7239) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 26, 2016
Where and how: Bottle @ home from gift
Aroma Belgian, dry, floral with sweeter side to it, slight mineral hints presented.
Appearance :
Top: medium plus, semi dense off white top, average longevity. No lace , no rings.
Base: clear, straw gold
Palate : thinner bodied, frisky but with fine beading, a tad oily texture. Average finish.
Taste: clean, subtle Belgian ale. I like its balance with meadow floral feel. Plenty of chamomile in here. Finish hinted with mint.

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