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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
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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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Photo of Dope
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2012 batch on the label (bottled September 2013). 6 months old.

A: Pours a nice mahogany with a tall, frothy medium/light brown head. Slowly fading head with great retention overall. Little splotches of lacing.

S: Tart...cherries? Swear I get some grapes too. Dark fruit in general, sort of a sweet and sour fruity aspect overall. Sweetbread-like malt.

T: Whoa. Way more tart than the aroma gives on. Very sour cherries and green apples, lots of lactic sourness in general. LOTS of it. Mouth puckering. Very acidic and bile-like in the finish. Almost exactly like bile in fact. Whew.

M: Medium bodied and no sign of alcohol. I find it almost impossible to believe that this is 13%. Otherwise, very tart and dry as mentioned.

O: Hmph. A must-have for the sour lover. Over the top for me. A beer that tastes like bile is just too much for me. I tried not to kill the scores too much due to bias but I can't exactly give it stellar scores either. I went for the middle.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

As the otherwise mild mannered Oerbier undergoes a major overall, what does in is a gentlemanly and stately stronger, darker Belgian ale. What comes out- is a beast!

Taking on seemingly redder tones, the dark brown ale is now rusty in color, tawny gold at its margins and hazy with yeast and wood spices. As a delicate and dainty creme of froth swirls to the top, its head character soon dissolves, making way for a wine-like appearance as the ale finishes out.

Sharp aromas of sourness dominate the nose- both sour and black cherries, plums, prunes, dates, figs, tart apples, sour red grapes and under-ripened berries all play into the ales tart and fruity scent. But the overwhelming balsamic aroma offers up the savory sourness with minerally brine that keeps the nose coming back. Its light "pickle-juice" nuances weave into an oaken and limey character as the ale ripens.

Similarly its flavor follows suit, especially in the middle. But the early palate is greeted with more sweeter malt character than is expected for sour but is spot-on for dark ale. Pulled candy and a touch of toasted oak and an almost-chocolate tone stands out as the black cherry, plumb and balsamic flavors fold in. A tarter finish invites the citrus rinds, dry cider and acute salty vinegar flavors that sharpens the taste in acidic finish.

The ale is medium-bodied for sour but is light for dark ale. Its early creaminess is quickly cast aside as the beer's acidity chases away the carbonation and malt sweetness- preferring dry merlot to finish, equipped with wood tannin, spicy and vinous-warm textures to finish. The beer has quite a bite from both hop bitterness and surprising 13% strength.

Oerbier Special Reserve is a near flawless ale, but I'm not sure there's a style delineation that fits it. It's artistic, masterful and beautifully crafted. Its balance is impeccable and its complexity is unyielding. Savory, sweet and sour rolled all into one seamless taste.

Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for tossing one my way!

A: Clear deep red-brown body under two fingers of fine tan head. Great retention and lacing for the strength. Excellent.

S: Big, intense red-wine barrel. Tons of oak, tannin, grape, cherry, and lemon. The only downside is that the alcohol and lemon notes combine to form a biting lemon Pledge kind of astringency. It's still pleasantly vibrant, but occasionally off-putting.

T: Wow, that's delicious. The vinous fruit/oak combination is unbelievably delicious - up front it combines mild acidity with sweet cherry, currant, and grape; dry oak overwhelms the finish, and the aftertaste is astonishingly wine-like - it's practically indistinguishable from the aftertaste of an excellent old-world red. One of the best beer/wine combinations I've ever tasted.

M: Soft, creamy medium body; plenty of carbonation. Solid.

O: Fantastic beer. I found last year's version to be overly astringent and boozy, but this one was just delectable. I hope there's more left at the store tomorrow, as I want to stock up.

Cheers!

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of let8it8grow
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of F2brewers
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers returns.

Poured into a HF stemmed glass. Served at cellar temperature (~ 57F today)

A: Rich mahogany-red body with ruby red highlights. Crystal clear. Huge 2+ inch head that is off-white and full of bubbles. Te head dissipated in 4-5 minutes but left a ring of foam around the surface of the beer and moderate lacing in the glass. Swirling regenerates the head to about 1/2 inch.

S: Green apples with a hint of wood and malt. Notes of spice and a touch of alcohol from the Calvados casks. Rich and full.

T: Tart cherry with notes of smoke and leather up front followed by dry, earthy tannic finish. Well balanced with vinous notes and the essence of Calvados. Hints of rich malt and brown sugar. There's an ever so gentle hop bite on the finish as well.

M: Sightly (IMO) overcarbonated, especially for a Flemish Red, but it works in this beer as the bubbles bring out new flavors from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat. Medium to heavy body that needs carbonation to aid drinkability.

O: This vintage at this point in time is one of the best expressions I've had. Smooth and even throughout, the alcohol is well hidden. So happy to see it back in production.

Photo of mfrogs
2.48/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of crosenkrantz
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ChrisChagnon
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cyrushire
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of emerge077
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's back baby! After a 2 year hiatus, the Reserva has returned.

Into an Oerbier glass it pours a tawny dark brown, with ample tan foam that fizzles for a couple seconds and settles to a compact surface layer. Creamy texture, minimal spotty lacing in the glass. When backlit it has perfect clarity, and appears mahogany brown.

Woody and slightly funky aroma, tart cherry skins, peppery red wine.

Full bodied with a creamy feel, ample sourness, vinous and woody. Cherry skins, red grapes, cheese rind, sweet balsamic. Dry finish. So complex and layered, it's a real treat to drink this.

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RMoeNay
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Oscar_The_Rauch
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a Piraat tulip glass.

A: Pours a 2 finger off-white head initially that settles in a minute into a little less than a 1 finger head, but retains well. Brickish tawny red color.

N: Full of sour black cherry, barnyard barrel funk, and plenty of earthy/herbal complexity.

T: Full-bodied (13%) but very focused and balanced from start to finish. The beer lacks any "hard edges" or significant off putting heat and has a good amount of acidity. Finishes dry with earthy/herbal complexity... like dried rosemary and tree bark.

O: An excellent example of a Flanders Oud Bruin. I will definitely be picking up a couple more of these if I can get my hands on them!

Photo of campfirebrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dpool
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As close to a perfect sour as it can get. This is rich and dry with a great raspberry, green apple sourness. The oak aging cuts the harshness of the sour and lends a well balanced roundness to the beer. Honestly this is one of the best sours I've ever had...and I lived next to Cascade

Photo of metter98
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is very hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a short tan head that consistently covered the surface and left bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sour cherries and oak are present in the nose. The cherries become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional hints of underlying malts and the oak seems to be more prominent and lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer taste nothing like a 13% abv beer and is incredibly easy to drink considering its strength. If I had to venture a guess, I would say it tastes more like a 7% abv beer. It has plenty of malts and tartness to cover up the alcohol.

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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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.