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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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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 26
Gots: 22 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 16
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1/5  rDev -76.8%

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2.26/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Must be an infected bottle because it tasted like mould and dust.

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2.48/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of Dope
3.46/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of Damian
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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

Photo of epyon396
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Synapstic
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alamode
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of thereal_adam
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babaracas
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Jonada
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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