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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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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 6.79%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

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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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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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:06:02 | More by emerge077
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-28-2014 20:19:04 | More by JAHMUR
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-13-2014 20:26:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-10-2014 12:48:08 | More by xnicknj
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-07-2014 04:59:51 | More by liamt07
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

01-14-2014 14:14:34 | More by ShanePB
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

12-28-2013 20:23:28 | More by chippo33
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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for tossing one my way!

A: Clear deep red-brown body under two fingers of fine tan head. Great retention and lacing for the strength. Excellent.

S: Big, intense red-wine barrel. Tons of oak, tannin, grape, cherry, and lemon. The only downside is that the alcohol and lemon notes combine to form a biting lemon Pledge kind of astringency. It's still pleasantly vibrant, but occasionally off-putting.

T: Wow, that's delicious. The vinous fruit/oak combination is unbelievably delicious - up front it combines mild acidity with sweet cherry, currant, and grape; dry oak overwhelms the finish, and the aftertaste is astonishingly wine-like - it's practically indistinguishable from the aftertaste of an excellent old-world red. One of the best beer/wine combinations I've ever tasted.

M: Soft, creamy medium body; plenty of carbonation. Solid.

O: Fantastic beer. I found last year's version to be overly astringent and boozy, but this one was just delectable. I hope there's more left at the store tomorrow, as I want to stock up.


Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 04:00:37 | More by woosterbill
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-05-2014 03:39:35 | More by aasher
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-08-2014 01:16:20 | More by Griffith
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

06-25-2014 00:00:27 | More by outoffocus
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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-23-2014 12:45:18 | More by Morey
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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-23-2014 23:27:44 | More by Stinger80OH
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-24-2014 16:54:06 | More by jampics2
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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

04-07-2014 23:09:16 | More by shigg85
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

06-07-2014 14:24:58 | More by bobv
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

02-05-2014 19:35:02 | More by CTJman
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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

05-18-2014 20:32:39 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-19-2014 15:12:55 | More by campfirebrew
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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-02-2014 05:19:19 | More by GeoffreyM
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 (Bottled 2013) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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