DNR - Coop Ale Works

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 174
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 4.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stephens101 on 04-16-2009

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
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at mcNellies in tulsa

Pours a semi-hazed amber with a finger of cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing, lacing held up pretty good

S: Apple peels, breadyness, & orchard fruit

T: Apple peels, breadyness & booze presence up front, plus a touch of lemon hops. Caramel, a touch of breadyness & then boozey warmth once this warms, along with some candi sugar dryness. Finishes dry & boozey with caramel & pralines, would've pulled a 4.5 but hotness dragged this down a bit

MF: Chewy, near zero carbonation, very warming

Drank easy for the ABV, need to try this again when the temp drops by say 50 degrees or more, I bet this smacks the chill outta winter... (676 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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 (748 characters)

Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy orangish color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus scents with spices and some yeast notes

T - Sweet citrus fruity malt with spices and yeast very good

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is an excellent Belgian style pale thats too easy to drink the abv goes by unnoticed until its too late definitely worth picking up a pint if you see it around (434 characters)

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

A - Hazy brownish orange. Creamy 1/2 inch fluent head with outstanding retention.

S - Sweet honey, spicy yeast, over ripe pears, slight estery aroma.

T - Rich and astringent yeast, bubblegum, syrupy fruits, slight clove, a slight sugary sourness. A twisted cotton candy flavor finishes this one up.

A bit syrupy and warming but has nice spice with an interesting yeasty profile. Highly recommended. (403 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at McNellie's in OKC. Pours a cloudy orange/red color into a Chimay chalice with 1 inch of slightly off-white, creamy head that is reduced to a light lace around the edges of the glass after ten minutes or so.

Aromas of spice (clove and cinnamon), bubblegum, and sweet fruits (banana, pear, and plum).

Taste follows aroma but is much more pronounced. Strong bubblegum and banana followed by cinnamon and clove with a light touch of plum. A bit of earthiness from hops is present along with a few esters from the alcohol. Slightly sweet for the style, but not so much that it detracts from the drinkability. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness that hangs around for a few minutes.

Medium-bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Much lighter carbonation than is typical of a Belgian-style strong ale.

A highly drinkable beer that I could easily drink several of if not for the ABV. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10% beer and this could easily catch up with you.

This, in my opinion, is the first really great (year-round) beer to come out of the Oklahoma craft beer scene. I look forward to many more years of drinking this beer. Its designation as a Belgian golden ale is a bit misplaced in my opinon due to the darker color and relatively sweet finish. I would probably just describe it as a Belgian strong ale as it doesn't exactly fit neatly into a category. Either way, its a really good beer. Good job COOP! (1,436 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brand new from the recently established COOP Ale Works, and the "biggest beer brewed in Oklahoma." I tried this at Mcnellie's pub in OKC a few weeks ago, and it was served in a pint glass. At that time I appreciated the beer, and there was no doubt it was a good beer, but it wasn't until last night when I requested it in a snifter did it's aromas and flavors truly reveal themselves.

Color is a bright, slightly hazy orange and there's a nice off-white covering of dense froth. A few long lines of lacing exist and stick around for the duration. Vanilla, light fruits (pears, oranges, grapes) and spicy aromas waft to the nose. Tastes of big sweet malts which surround more spices, toffee and sweet bread. There's a quick hint of graininess toward the end. The alcohol heat is noticeable, but not overwhelming, and it in no way detracts from the other elements and the overall experience. Mouth-feel is medium plus, and it goes down smooth and a bit more creamy than expected, hovering close to tripel territory in that sense.

I'm not going to deny that I have some local bias on this one, but I feel it's an excellent example of the style, and I'm really looking forward to another bigger brew from these guys, as this one turns out to be a great initial move that should put them on the craft beer map. (1,313 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Served @ approx 38 degrees, let it sit for about 20 minutes to warm closer to room temp
LOCATION: McNellies in Tulsa

Pours a hazy orange color with a golden brown tint. This makes it a bit on the dark side, for a golden ale style. One-finger head of creamy white foam which has a slight orange tint. Retention is quite nice and lacing is good.

Comes with the expected BGA nose. Nice citrus notes. Orange and lemon, mostly. Good spice presence of corriander and a nice hint of cloves. There is a very good yeasty presence and a slight touch of wheat notes.

The taste certainly follows the nose, but expands on it, also. There is a presence of big yeastiness. Underlying wheat presence. Nice citrus presence, like the nose, but it brings along other fruits with it. Pears, white grapes and a touch of apricots. It has a good sweet malt presence and a wonderfully delicious presence of candi sugars.

This one is medium-full in body, almost full-bodied, I'm happy to say. It has an almost perfect level of carbonation. Very smooth and deliciously creamy.

This is a very drinkable brew, flavor-wise. The 10%ABV, while not totally hidden, is nicely masked. Be careful when drinking this one, it's not a session beer, despite it's ease of drinkability. That alcohol will sneak up on you, in a hurry. This is a great one for relaxing with, at the end of a long day.

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I'm stunned that this is a locally brewed Oklahoma beer. This is a truly tasty brew.
Between Coop, Marshall, Choc, and a couple of other breweries that should be popping up soon, there truly may be hope for OK's beer future. (1,616 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (179 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of impending
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (589 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with a healthy cream head with lacing

Smell of cotton candy, apple, fresh tropical fruit and belgian yeast.

Taste of a nice caramel belgian yeast with lots of fruit. First off Cotton candy hits your taste buds, along with apples, tropical fruit (think Hawaiian punch) and strawberries. Really the yeast has done some good work on this beer. Only really heard about it from a local who said he drank a pitcher by himself one night and it did him in pretty well. Despite the slightly dirty and or stale tap lines at Tapwerks, this one was actually still very good and either tasted fresh or was able to withstand the tap lines because of the higher abv. Light carbonation and a medium to thick mouthfeel. Definitely worth another visit next time I am in the area. (779 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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! (962 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brownish orange in appearance, with a creamy tan head. Smells stronly of pungent Belgian yeast strains. Taste is a sharp blast of yeast up front, with a hint of grain and some vinegar in the middle. The finish is dry and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is thick, high carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, the 10%abv gets heavy after awhile though. (346 characters)

Photo of csiewert
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very very hazy brown color with a finger of thick foamy white head. The aroma is weak but does have hints of banana and some fusel alcohol. The taste reminds me of a Bavarian Hefeweizen with a slight amount of alcohol, but it's not too overpoweringwhich is good considering the high ABV. Banana dominates the flavor and is very sweet. The mouthfeel does hint at the high ABV by is still very smooth. Overall a pretty good attempt at a Belgian strong. (468 characters)

Photo of dbarny76
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 (331 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml->chimay goblet
A ~ Pours Ruby with just a touch of head, fizzling down into a faint spiral & subtle ring around the outer edge. Good lacing.

S ~ Large amounts of grain, juicy plums, simple syrup, apricot & grape jelly.

T ~ Bready Malts & Grapes... Sugar, Pale fruit, Banana Chips. A good amount of Spicy hops on the finish that remind me this is an American-Belgian. There's also apple-core & dried fruit upon warming, as well as more phenols lending Cassia & Clove.

M ~ Body is bready & fruity with just a little bit of boozy heat. Finish is semi-dry & sticky.

D ~ This is a brew that is truly better on tap. . . right now at least. This can & will mature in the bottle, but it needs time. Otherwise this is a great beer. It's really fantastic on Nitro. (767 characters)

Photo of crusian
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (349 characters)

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DNR from Coop Ale Works
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