De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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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
District of Columbia
3.75/5 rDev -14.8%
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
04-25-2014 03:13:31 | More by Sludgeman
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
08-11-2014 00:46:57 | More by cpetrone84
4.1/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
12-18-2013 13:36:05 | More by FLima
4.16/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
01-17-2014 05:47:04 | More by babaracas
4.2/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
06-09-2014 03:57:15 | More by Jonada
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.