Chimay Dorée

Chimay Dorée, Abbaye de Scourmont
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Dorée (Gold) has been brewed inside the abbey walls since 1862, but was only available for the private consumption of the monks. They did not want to hurt local breweries who brewed light-drinking beers called Bier de Ménage or “household beer.” Thankfully in 2013 this drinkable Trappist style was allowed to leave the abbey walls. Named “Dorée” for its delicate golden color, this refreshingly crisp ale brings a delicious balance of citrus and spice. A fluffy white head releases the aromas of summer fruits followed by sparkling mouthfeel which ends with a hint of bitterness.

Profile

ABV: 
4.8%
IBUs: 
16
Served at: 
43 - 46ºF
Judges Review 
Brian Eichhorn's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

An oddball beer that was given as a witbier, but with the option as a Trappist Single. Given that it's a Trappist beer and obviously a Belgian, Chimay Dorée by Abbaye de Scourmont was judged as a 26a-Trappist Single. It is worth noting that spicing is not typically appropriate in this style, per the guidelines.

The beer is a hazy golden color with a big white head. The nose is herbal and grassy with a citrus tinge and a suggestion of coriander. Almost a citron or yuzu note as well, along with fresh tart apple. White pepper and some classic spicy phenols round out with soft wheat. Fresh and fairly clean. I also get a hint of cola as well. On tasting, it is fairly one-dimensional. Very drinkable, but all the interesting aromatics in the nose disappear and leave a fairly hoppy and bitter, fresh grainy beer. Very drinkable, but not a ton of depth. High carbonation. I could see this being a table beer for the monks at the Abbey, but not a ton of interest outside of this novelty.

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