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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

78 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 26
Gots: 20 | 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:
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(Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-16-2013)
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1/5  rDev -77%

sandman2000, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of mfrogs
2.48/5  rDev -42.9%

mfrogs, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of Dope
3.4/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Dope, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

mscudder, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

chippo33, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of IpeeA
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

IpeeA, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled September 2013. $9.99/330 ml. Poured into a tulip.

A fine beer but not outstanding in any characteristic. 3.75

A – Pours brown with reddish tints and an ivory two-finger head. 3.75

S – Sweet and sour, raisins, orange. 3.75

T – Sour, big lactic, oaky, low to no bitterness, some finishing sweetness, clear fruit flavor, all on top of a nice malty base. 3.75

MF – Medium bodied, semi-dry finish, good carbonation, a bit of a pucker. 3.75

Sludgeman, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Cynic-ale, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of BeersAndBears
4/5  rDev -7.8%

BeersAndBears, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -7.8%

PEIhop, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Jordy777
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Jordy777, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cpetrone84, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of FLima
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reserva 2012.
Brown color with a thin off-white head with low retention.
Quite sour and condiment aroma with a lemony tartness.
Strong sour flavor with funky notes of horse blanket, green grapes acidity, plums, peppery yeast, green apple, balsamic vinegar and wood.
Light body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles. 13% abv is amazingly well hidden.
Excellent beer, very sour and bold, not for beginners.

FLima, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Jonada
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle served in a teku glass

Appearance: Pours a dark red brown color with 3 fingers of a light tan, creamy head with nice retention and lacing. Body is dark amber but relatively clear when held to light. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Green apple, belgian yeast, raisins, vinegar, red grape and sweet bready malt background.

Taste: Starts with a medium acidic sourness which carries through the finish. Most prominent are notes of red grape, sour cherry, oak, brown bread, red apple and a slight booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Moderately strong alcohol warming sensation in the back of the throat, but goes down smooth.

Overall: Really good beer. I had a 2010 Reserva a couple months ago and I actually preferred this over the aged beer (Whether that's due to differences in vintage, or just preferring the beer fresh, I don't know). One drawback is that I'm not sure the 13% ABV is really necessary (A complaint I had with the 2010 as well). I think they could tone down the booziness a bit without losing any flavor. With that said though, it's still a great beer that's worth trying.

Jonada, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

jtladner, May 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Griffith, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ChrisChagnon, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

cyrushire, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ShanePB, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

liamt07, Jun 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

aasher, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

outoffocus, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

oldedog, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

dannyhead, Sep 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

GeoffreyM, Mar 02, 2014
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.