De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Reviews by Dope:
3.4/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
04-01-2014 05:28:28 | More by Dope
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4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-05-2014 02:09:14 | More by F2brewers
4.49/5 rDev +2%
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.
12-16-2013 01:06:02 | More by emerge077
4.69/5 rDev +6.6%
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!
01-16-2014 01:54:51 | More by Oscar_The_Rauch
4.75/5 rDev +8%
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
03-11-2014 04:43:55 | More by dpool
4.46/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-02-2014 18:08:08 | More by metter98
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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