In general, Dorée is a deeply misunderstood beer, but this is especially so in the USA.
Firstly there is the issue with it being an infinitely more subtle beer that anything else that they make. Subtlety is not a trait that is appreciated a great deal in the USA, and that’s true of all beers, but Dorée has another problem that compounds things. Relatively, very little of it gets to the States, and people don’t know what it is, as a result it often sits on shelves or in warehouse for long periods of time. Of course, this is the one Chimay beer that is most impacted by getting old, and a lot of bottles are close to undrinkable by the time that they reach consumers.
Hazed golden body, lovely white head, a simple yet classic entity in the Chimay glass.
Nose offers some herbal notes, and sweet grains, along with a touch of acidity in the citrus range.
The depth of this beer is striking. It’s an incredibly flavorful beer with classic Belgian yeasts, light spice, and citrus and other orangey notes everywhere. The herbal notes come back around by they’re light. Maybe some coriander to complement the orange, maybe even a little clean mint, it’s complex and gently dances on the tongue. The mouthfeel is lively but smooth, and the beer is a real challenge to fully comprehend the first time around.
For me this competes with the Blue as the second best beer that Chimay produces (Green is my favorite), but of course comparing the two (or indeed any of the range) is a little pointless as they all bring their own attributes. I highly recommend Dorée, BUT please be careful with dates. You need it relatively fresh, and in the USA that’s often a problem. If you do see something young, grab it and appreciate the craft inside.