Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PalCabral (162) - - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aggiebob (1048) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 28, 2017
Bottle. It poured a hazy gold color with a nice white head. The aroma was floral and fruity with notes of grapes, banana, bread dough yeast, and spices. Taste is sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17wojownik (424) - Kraków, POLAND - APR 12, 2017
Charakterystyczna butelka 330 ml. Taki sobie zwyczajny Belg, dużo przegrywa z klasztorniakami. Aromat drożdżowy, mało szczypie w język. Barwa jasnozłocista. Odfajkowano.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvhemert (393) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2017
Aroma: yeast, grape, orange Appearance: cloudy blonde Taste: bit sweet, little bitter Palate: creamy, thick Overall: refreshing and distinct from other Chimays. Somewhere between a witbier and a märzen. Bottle from Lambic, Barcelona.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2017
Pours hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Smells floral, spiced, hints of sweetness. Taste is spice, sweet, hop bitterness to balance, and hints of bready yeast. Light-bodied with a fizzy texture and average mouth-carbonation, Chimay Dorée finishes with a lingering floral kiss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (6075) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 2, 2017
Jimmy’s No. 43, NYC tap: pours pale gold with a white head. Grape juice, yeast, other fruitiness. Taste is sweet and somewhat grapey. Very soft carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (2294) - Rome, ITALY - APR 1, 2017
Bottle at Tre Fontane monastery, Rome-Italy. It pours golden clear, tick and irregular white head. Nose: aggressively spicy, mild peppermint. Mouth: frizzy carbo, thyme and peppermint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABS (1012) - Stokke, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2017
Bottle from Vinmonopolet’s BU. Golden body. Big, frothy, white head. Heavy ester nose. Banana, spice, some yeast. Banana, lots of wort, cloves, hay flavour. Some berries. Spice. Very sweet, some bitterness. Lots of fizzy carbonation. Quite decent, medium body. Very well done at only 4,8 % ABV!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alrick (127) - FRANCE - MAR 18, 2017
Douce, agréable et avec de beaux arômes, une blonde qui ne décoit pas et qui s’apprécie

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnowek (2397) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2017
Light and foggy golden appearance. Huge, puffy head. Aroma is bread and coriander. Taste is even more coriander with lime and straw. Light sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6105) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2017
11.2oz bottle. Honey orange-tan body. Creamy white head. Funky, zesty, earthy yeast tones. Very Belgian. Easy going medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Coriander and salt? Very Gose-like spice tones. Very drinkable, quality offering. Zesty, easy going, but still displays Trappist depth. Nice.

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