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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013)

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 26
Gots: 22 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-16-2013)
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Drank from a 330ml/11.2fl.oz. bottle purchased at Ball Square Fine Wines, Somerville, MA
Bottled SEP2013
Served in a tulip

The nearly clear, brilliant crimson-amber liquid was topped by a tight, frothy, three-finger tall, khaki colored head. With each sip, a streaky wall of lacing coated the glass. The crown slowly dropped to a lingering, bubbly cap.

The aroma was crisp and dry initially with a powdery yeastiness. An oaky/woody quality came through as well. With time, the oakiness really intensified. Somewhat tannic. Slightly musty. Sour cherry notes appeared as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was incredibly wine-like. Super crisp, dry and woody. Red wine vinegar dominated. Tart with noticeable sour cherry and underripe raspberry notes. The intense oaky, wine-y quality was slightly balanced by a touch of caramel malt sweetness. There was a slight mustiness as well. Lots of lemony tartness and rind-like bitterness on the back end and the finish. A strong oaky, barrel character came through as well. Metallic notes lingered in the aftertaste initially, but they dissipated as the beer opened up. A subtle sweetness from the malts became more apparent as the beer warmed.

On the palate, the beer was lighter bodied. Slightly creamy with a large bubbled effervescence. Crisp and lively.

I purchase a bottle of De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva every year thinking that this year's vintage might be different from the last, but it always seems to be a big disappointment. Unlike many Flanders Oud Bruins, this beer lacks both depth and balance. Perhaps the only thing I find notable is how it hides its 13% ABV so well.

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2012 bottle. Pour is copper with ruby edges and a tight light tan head. Nose is sour cherry, light oak and vanilla, a bit of acetic acid. Taste is quite nice, acetic acid fades away, sour cherries are very well integrated with oak and vanilla. A bit of malt mid to late palate. Well balanced and very tasty, lighter body and very well carbonated.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.