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DNR | Coop Ale Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Belgian-style dark ale is the culmination of central and western European malts, Noble hops, candy sugar and a traditional Trappist yeast. Notes of dried fruit, cinnamon and vanilla make DNR a very complex experience to be enjoyed in moderation.

30 IBU

Added by stephens101 on 04-16-2009

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Belgians aren't normally my thing. That said, this one is pretty okay. Slightly lighter in color than a brown. White head disappears quickly. Strongly scented of flowers, dried fruit, tobacco. The taste is super sweet with a finish of bitter hops and the Belgian yeast. At 10% ABV worth the trip.

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Photo of FantasticOKC
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Look - Poured from a 12 oz can. The color is a beautifully hazy copper/light brown. Loses marks due to lack of carbonation and thickness. You must pour aggressively for any amount of head, and even the it is small and dissipates quickly. As for the thickness... I like a beer that has some weight to it, but this pours like a soda with too much syrup.

Smell - Normally, I do not like something this sweet, but the aroma of this is phenomenal. Writing on the can states "Noble hops, candy sugar and a traditional Trappist yeast. Notes of dried fruit, cinnamon and vanilla make DNR a very complex experience to be enjoyed in moderation," and everything described here comes out very vividly in the aroma except the hops. The only reason for a 4.75 rather than a 5 is the fact that I'm not (usually) fond of something this sweet.

Taste - Equally phenomenal as the smell, and for the same reasons. Again, I am not (usually) fond of something this sweet... but... MY GOD... this is good. All the aromas mentioned above come out very vividly in the flavor (though the hops are apparent in the flavor, unlike the smell). This makes me think that I DO like candy flavors, they just have to be balanced as well as this.

SIDE NOTE ON FLAVOR: Don't just let it sit... swirl it the way you would wine to keep the alcohol from settling. If you let it settle, by the end of the drink, you will have nothing more than high alcohol.

Feel - Lowest point of this drink. Feels very heavy, and very much like syrup. The lack of carbonation, exacerbates this.

Overall - This beer surprised me as I am not a fan of thick, heavy or sweet, candy flavored beers, but I really, REALLY like this one.

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Photo of mlockman
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather expensive for a 4-pack of 12oz cans, this beer was underwhelming. Belgian Dark Strong is one of my favorite categories for it's strong malt backbone, but this was rather vinous instead. A good beer it's own right, just not as true-to-style and rather lackluster in that respect.

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Photo of MLoxxer
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent Belgian Dark Strong. In fact this is the best effort I've tasted to date from a US brewery trying to brew this style. Although it's flavor may not be as complex as an import it is very, very good. Well done Coop, I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: can
Received this in a trade as an extra. Way too much malt for me. Minimal hop aromas/general flavor. Could have easily confused this for a barley wine in a blind taste test. Extremely unbalanced and boozy for a 10% abv beer.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opaque cidery color as poured. Head fades quickly to none. Medium-rich body.
Smells of sweet malts and some yeast. Faint cinnamon. Okay.
Taste is sweet malt notes with some creamy vanilla in the mix, but then esters scream through with an earthiness. Seems just okay to me.
Mouthfeel is quite low carbonation, and medium-smooth.
Interesting beer for a moment as the sweet malts/ vanilla pokes through, but then it roughs-up a bit. Boozy stuff too.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy light copper color with medium head. Leaves nice lacing. Primary smell of roasted malt with a slight caramel undertone. Smooth malt and slightly fruity taste on front with a sweet ending consisting of caramel and vanilla. Light carbonation and medium mouth feel, and the alcohol is well hidden. Much better on tap than bottled.
Good belgium strong but not great. I'd like a little more depth in taste but must admit it's extraordinary in smoothness and hiding boozey-ness.

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Photo of rudzud
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Received as an extra in a trade

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a slightly hazy copperhue with no real head, just light white wisps and a thin halo. Uhhh...wow.

S - Aromas of faint vanilla, light sweet malts, caramel, toasted notes, light yeast, faint esters, no real booze.

T - Taste is very sweet, syrupy, nice spice notes, cinnamon, faint vanilla, candy sugar sweet. The Trappist yeast they use is nice, as are the esters, alcohol hidden very nicely. That being said, once again this is VERY sweet!

M - Mouthfeel is incredibly lowly carbonated which makes the sticky sweetness feel even heavier.

O - Overall, this is just an okay beer. Taste solid enough but its so sweet and syrupy that it is really just not enjoyable.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a chilled shaker pint at Upper Crust in Edmond. Pours to a creamy beige head that is thin (poured too carefully?) but laces and lasts. Color is red amber and hazy. Aroma is sugary malt, plums, yeast esters such as clove, bubblegum, and other spices, brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor is rich and complex with a strong sweet port/marsala taste up front, with spicy funky Belgian flavors in the middle and a rich, sweet rumlike finish. Mouthfeel is medium and sugary in a good way. Overall a delicious, satisfying high gravity ale with complexity and polish, approaching world class.

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Photo of Irasema
4.89/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yummy! This Belgian style high alcohol volume beer is on top of my list. The flavor is full like caramel and aroma is very pleasant. It's pour is beautiful and it's lacy! It's not a beer for those that detect the high alcohol volume. I love it and recommend it on tap!

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Photo of BeerExplorer
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A Belgian Quad from Oklahoma. DNR or Do Not Resuscitate is high in ABV. it has a dark amber appearance. It feels almost like light syrup in the mouth. Being so high in ABV it is a slow drink. It usually come in an 8 oz serving instead of the regular 12 oz or pint. It is kind of hard to find this on tap and only comes in 22.5 oz bottles, so if you can get it on tap, go for it.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really good belgium strong ale but really boozy and to sweet. You have to be in the mood for it. The beer really lacks a good head and lacing. Needs a little more body as well.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Deep amber with a bit of foam. Decent lacing. Malty aroma with bread and a bit of fruit. A bit too cold, so the taste is muted. The malt carries through with vanilla and caramel. A bit more fruit comes through as it warms. The alcohol isn't as evident as I would have expected. Nice heavy mouth. This is a really nice Belgian. Very balanced.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mostrously big with lots of wine and port notes, good bit of hops but not in insane up a territory.

Thus is definitely a slow sipping beer to be savored. Lots of enjoyable alcoholic warmth.

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Photo of Geoffrey_Huddleston
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- appealing caramel color, one finger of head

Taste- a little strong for my pallet, I paired it up with steak and wasn't a fan. Tasted more like wine, could defiantly taste the alcohol

Mouthfeel- it is a thicker chewy feel but very pleasing

Overall- solid beer but would only stick with one, the alcohol content could sneak up on people fast. Not one of my favorites but would have again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Deep copper. Hazy with a big cream colored head.

Smell - Bananas and cloves. Deep caramel. Some fruitiness. Alcohol.

Taste - Tastes very nice up front. Banana and clove. Creamy deep caramel and a hint of chocolate. Finishes fruity. Licorice and spices. Fusel alcohol and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and highly carbonated. Boozy and a little abrasive in the finish.

Overall - Tastes pretty good up front, but gets a little rough in the back.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter.

This has a hazy apple cider color; there is an amber tint to a caramel colored beer. A fast-fading off-white head leave just a ring around the edge of the glass.

The aroma is apple cider, caramel, ethyl alcohol, and vanilla.

The flavor is fairly harsh. Apple cider, autumn spices, banana, clove, and Belgian yeast. The finish is funky and off-putting, with a vinegar and slimy bitterness.

The body is medium, with a bubbly creamy carbonation, a strong booziness, and some strange oily and sticky sensations.

Overall this is not very good.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to try the first beer commercially brewed in Oklahoma. I hope someday the Sooners slack off their ridiculous beer laws.

Poured DNR into a tulip glass, and the brew produces a three finger thick khaki colored head, and the body is copper in color, with a hefty haze.

The aroma is fig, vanilla, cola, metallic, a little vegetable, and maybe a hint of sour cherry.

In the taste, a sour cherry flavor is immediately perceptible. There is some cola traits, fig, vanilla, and a cooked veggie flavor in the end.

Feels mildly carbonated, syrupy, full in body, and only slightly warm in the end.

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Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-01-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pour a hazy, dark orange-brown color, darker than other Belgian strong pale ales I've had. The head is cream-colored and about 4 fingers high. Both head retention and lacing are very good.

Aromas are made up of spicy hops, some citrus, and caramel malts that give it a sweet smell.

The taste is more dry than I expected based on the aromas. Very spicy and dry, with a moderate level of hop bitterness and a little tartness. The malts make for a nice balance. Other flavors are cinnamon and pepper.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and has a medium-to-high amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is fairly dry, coupled with spices and hops. I also get a bit of alcohol warming.

Overall a pretty interesting take on the style from the brewer. It tasted kind of like a barleywine with added spices.

Thanks to TheBishopco for this one!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from coldmeat23. Served in a BFM chalice.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, near-complete cap, and minimal lace. Slightly hazed amber body.

S - Surprisingly little Belgian character. Mostly sweet caramel malts, toasted grains, vanilla, and some mild fruity notes. Surprisingly little alcohol for the listed 10%.

T - Taste is a bit heaver on the toasted grains, with only mid-level sweetness. Think there must be some pilsner malt in here, as there's a touch of buttered biscuit. Not much in the way Belgian character, and the hops seems to have faded away.

M - Smooth, chewy, and sticky body, pleasant carbonation, and a touch of mild warming alcohol.

D - Really surprised this was 10%. However, the well-hidden alcohol is the best part of this beer as there's not much going on with the Belgian yeast flavors. Easy way to get drunk I suppose, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle with a 29mm cap into a tulip.

Pours a light copper color with a good bit of visible carbonation and a single-finger off-white head. The head fades a bit quickly into a thin cap, and that has some good staying power.

The nose brings some light pepper and fruit notes with a touch of pear. Faint spice in the background. The flavor is a bit more pungent, with some pretty-strong notes of red pear.

Nice cream character to it as well, as the body is a bit chewy. That's unconventional for that style, but it somehow works here. Just a touch of alcohol through the finish.

Overall, pretty good, but nothing that really took it to the next level. A bit too much malt, though the nice fruity notes make up for that.

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Photo of impending
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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750ml into a tulip. Pours a ruddy deep amber, mid tone between a strong dark and pale. Towering off white head with an encouraging pour slow to recede leaving nice trailing lace, looks like a dairy product.

Aroma is quintessential belgian, wonderful complexity, spicy floral upbeat.

Flavor does not share the complexity, bland within a narrow range. Aftertaste is fully phenolic with a hint of zinc, not a strength, ends with a minor rough bitter. While not hot, the alcohol is pronounced. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of oline73
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a ruby red/amber with just a hint of off white head that goes away immediately.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some alcohol and fruity notes. The malt has a touch of caramel smell to it.

Taste: Right off the bat I thought this tasted more like a glass of wine than a beer. The alcohol and fruity notes combine with a mild bitterness and remind me of a red. There is some Belgian yeast spice in the mix as well, but the fruity and slightly sweet notes win.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with hardly any carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I'm not sure what the style of this should be, but it's not very pale and tastes like wine. Quite weird.

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Photo of dbarny76
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. Great color, smell and taste. Full flavored for sure. Alcohol hidden nicely for a 10% beer. Very well done! Coop ale works nailed it on this one. Their naitave amber is amazing as well! Highly recomend....try the F5 IPA also. All around a nice brewery. DNR is compariable to the true belgium beers.

Thank you COOP

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Photo of crusian
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from midtown.
Pours a ruby color with about a finger of head... decent lacing...
Nose is a bit of hoppy dog food... hints of banana and coriander.
Taste is strong banana, followed by a slight plastic flavor and a sweetness to cover the abv. There are a lot of artificial flavors going on here... I can't support it wholly.
Mouthfeel is great, medium as it should be.

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