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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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world-class

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 6.79%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-16-2013)
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 05:28:28 | More by Dope
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

12-28-2013 20:23:28 | More by chippo33
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 03:13:31 | More by Sludgeman
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Jordy777

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-18-2013 05:32:32 | More by Jordy777
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FLima

Brazil

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 13:36:05 | More by FLima
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babaracas

Florida

4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange, burgundy in the glass, one finger thick dense cream colored head, settles to a thin ring with couple inches of sheeting. Smell: lactic, brown sugar, soured stone fruit, raisin bread, oaky. Taste: sour and syrupy start...cherry and caramel apple, acetic middle overwhelming some breadiness; tart berry and grapeskin, woody and herbal ending. Well, one way to hide 13% is in a delicious oud bruin... learn something new everyday.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 05:47:04 | More by babaracas
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 03:57:15 | More by Jonada
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-11-2014 21:02:50 | More by jtladner
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-08-2014 01:16:20 | More by Griffith
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-07-2014 13:45:43 | More by ChrisChagnon
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cyrushire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-23-2014 05:05:55 | More by cyrushire
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-14-2014 14:14:34 | More by ShanePB
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-07-2014 04:59:51 | More by liamt07
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-05-2014 03:39:35 | More by aasher
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-25-2014 00:00:27 | More by outoffocus
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oldedog

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-21-2014 17:27:15 | More by oldedog
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-02-2014 05:19:19 | More by GeoffreyM
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

04-06-2014 22:04:41 | More by pjs234
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-10-2014 12:48:08 | More by xnicknj
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TallSaint

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-17-2014 15:10:23 | More by TallSaint
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DRTBrewster

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-23-2014 18:17:32 | More by DRTBrewster
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-13-2014 20:26:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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flyersfan900

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-23-2013 22:04:37 | More by flyersfan900
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples here in Gainesville. Date says bottled in September 2013, poured on Jan. 18, 2014. Pours a dark red color, pretty opaque, with a big fluffy off white head that looks creamy and has just a hint of red hue to it. Sour cherry and vinegar aroma, oak presence and even a bit of vanilla. Very nice. Flavor is a big punch of sourness that is a combo between tart cherries and big rich black cherries, vanilla, a punch of very drying oak. Definite vinous notes that gives this a nice warming richness down the throat. Lingering cherries and oak on the palate which starts out big and rich and ends with the lingering dry oak and acidic tartness. This is a really nice treat that I would certainly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 03:55:09 | More by BMMillsy
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 18:55:00 | More by BEERchitect
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.