De Dolle Oeral Bier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
Label is one of Kris Hertelaar's, the owner and brewer of De Dolle Brouwers, paintings (from 2003). A bunch of laced shoes, with no feet in them.
Poured slowly out of its 33cl brown Euro-bottle into a wide-bowled tulip glass, the beer produces a hazy bright peach colored beer topped with an amazing meringue-like head that billows above the rim and boasts incredible chunky head retention and stick to the glass. I managed to keep nearly all the dregs in the bottle.
Some sweet candi sugar, pear skin, phenols, hints of sweet fruit meat and yeast in the aroma. Sharp-ish / pronounced medicinal edge. Interestingly odd, and a bit old-school Belgian beer-like.
Major apple and pear skin in the flavor and gritty feel, followed by a cheesy and mild hop character and grassy bite that puckers the palate a bit. Plenty of spicy phenols and a powdery feel on the palate with raw yeast and grainy dryness towards the finish. In the back: hints of soft minty leaf flavor and feel. Finish rounds off with more apple / pear skin, touch of medicinal and plenty of coarse-ish yeast.
I asked Kris' mom, who was at the brewery, what this beer was. Her reply was that it was their Ara Bier "light." It's an interesting beer, but not one of their best. Better as it warms to room temp, but it basically lacks the flavor and drinkability that I expect from them.
07-27-2004 21:23:37 | More by Todd
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
Presentation: 33cl brown bottle with no freshness date. Thanks to Todd for the sample
Appearance: Awesome pancake of foam on top, very carbonated with a dull golden hue.
Smell: Nectarine fruitiness, aged clove and spicy bitter phenols in the aroma.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a long run of crispness that feigns a bigger body. Grassy and grainy with an added bitterness from the cheesy hops and phenols. Dried fruit of apricots and apple come to mind. Finishes very dry with a lingering powdery yeast and husky grain.
Drinkability: Crisp and dry to bring a refreshing quality, the bitterness cleans the palate and beckons the next sip.
Notes: I could easily see quaffing more than a few on a hot summer day to quench my thirst. A quick pairing of sharp cheddar to complement and a delicate goat cheese to contrast would be perfect.
05-12-2004 02:42:15 | More by Jason
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United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
Very dry, citrus and cheese flavours, with some apples and pears, with a long bitter, slightly spicy finish, reminds of Duvel a hell of a lot. Nice soft palate with some acidity, and a bitter finish, really well made beer, very tasty and very belgian, yummy1!
09-08-2003 03:48:03 | More by rastaman
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
Malted vanilla milkshake with lots of bubbly foam that lasts a long time and is a creamy yet light mouthfeel.tastes and looks vanilla. Some yeast and touch of spice and white pepper. Some horseblanket in finish. Satisfying yeasty Belgian, 2000 painting. Expired February 2005 and has mellowed. A good nightcap anytime.
08-16-2005 03:12:10 | More by Sammy
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
Picked up a 33cl bottle at Utobeer in London. My bottle's art is a bit different, it's a blue painting of shoes with a signature and 2003 on it. The cap reads APR2008. On my first sip of this beer, there's no doubt it's a De Dolle beer, the yeast profile is unmistakable. It's a touch musty with orange juice and lemon. The beer also looks fantastic with a huge white head and massive lacing. There's also a slight grassy hop note near the end of the flavor and mild farmhouse sour tang. The aroma is more just musty cellar, but this is a fine Belgian pale ale. Certainly not your average ale.
04-23-2009 16:42:13 | More by tempest
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
Poured into a Duvel tulip, it develops a massive eggshell head that has A LOT of staying power. When it finally does disappear, the lacing is epic.
Smells of grapefruit, citrus, yeast, and hops. It has that trademark De Dolle tang.
Flavor is more balanced. The sweet and tangy notes are countered by the increased presence of hops. The same fruits are still there, but citrus is dominant. Slight medicinal phenols, but in a good way. Possibly the most forwardly complex, unique blonde I've tried.
Mouthfeel is decent. The head isn't really smooth and creamy, but stiff. Light carbonation.
Overall a very drinkable beer, but one to sip despite its low ABV. A very interesting, very unique concoction.
08-07-2008 18:45:31 | More by philipquarles
3.93/5 rDev +4%
Bottle imported from Brussels & generously shared by EehaiCJ, thanks Chris!
33cL bottle, pours an opaque yellow-orange with a little bit of suspended yeast sediment. Persistent carbonation, many tiny streamers of bubbles are visible. Generous amount of lace, foam surface has that meringue-like sheen to it.
Soft aroma of chalky Belgian yeast and slightly aged wheat. There's a little bit of sweet & sour going on. It seems aged, a fresh sample may carry a brighter aroma.
Lemon and dusty, wheaty flavors, with a dry finish. A light tartness mixed with the wheat character is reminiscent of a Berliner Weisse. It lends a mouthwatering feel to the soft fluffiness of champagne carbonation. It was thirst quenching, and brought memories of summers past.
12-22-2007 21:47:54 | More by emerge077
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
Bottle: Poured a real hazy dark yellow color beer with a super huge head with excellent retention. Aroma is dominated by strong yeast with some notes of cloves. Taste is also dominated by yeast but is also well balance by the malt and some spices. The end is quite bitter and the body is full. Another gem from this fine brewery.
03-15-2005 16:00:01 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
HUGE thanks to hopdog for opening this one that's been on my radar for quite some time...
Appears a hazy, orange toned gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a small, tiny cap. Steady streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top. Tons of scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, citrus, orange peel, carmel, sugar, and mild tartness.
Taste is of the aromas with a funky citrus flavor, fruity esters, mild traces of melon, with a dry, oaky, vanilla flavor pulling up the rear.
Mouthfeel is spritzy up front with champagne-like bubbles tickling the palate before mellowing out into a dry finish.
02-07-2010 01:52:34 | More by weeare138
3.63/5 rDev -4%
A blond, golden beer with lots of carbonation and a big frothy head.
Smell is fruity with exotic fruit notes of pineapple and mango. A super Belgian aroma. Some citric fresh hops.
Taste is also fruity with the some pineapple and mango tastes. The beer is very fragrant and has some higher alcohols. Actually the beer is dominated by these yeast tastes and malts can barely break through. The malt bill is probably nothing more than pilsmalt with one special malt. The yeast is the star of the beer. In the back there are some hops which appear to have citric notes, but it is hard to tell where the yeast stops and the hops begin. Mouthfeel is a little too thin and the yeast profile is a bit too aromatic for me, but decent.
01-25-2008 19:36:40 | More by Absumaster
2.85/5 rDev -24.6%
33 cl bottle purchased in Brussels. It's covered with a bluish purple label depicting shoes, and a signature that says Kris Hertelaan 2003 on it (April 2008 on the label, possibly the best before?). A 5 year old 6.00% pale ale... I'm not sure this is the best candidate for cellaring, but what the heck.
I cracked the bottle and wandered off to find a glass, and when I came back there was a cone of foam growing out the top. Thick, foamy, white head fades briskly pulling the strands of lace of the side of the glass. Hazy, pale yellow beer reveals a few fast moving streams of fine bubbles. Not much aroma. Maybe a bit of hay and some citrus zest. A bit of tangy lemon, a bit of pineapple, and some hay in the flavor as well. It finishes with a bitter twang and some stale malt. Tons of carbonation make for a fizzy mouthfeel and stripping the flavors from your tongue. I'm guessing that something beyond your standard Belgian yeast was used to produce these funky flavors. Maybe it's beyond it's prime, but the flavors don't mix well and the mouthfeel just kills experience.
02-01-2008 20:57:19 | More by HappyHourHero
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
BB apr 06 and says 7% alcohol instead of labeled 6%. Lots of carbon dioxide makes the bottle foam up as crazy and even having some gushing. Nice and overwelming good lasting head and a pale golden and quiet clear beer. Nose gives lots of hops, some spice with hints of sweet gale, pale& wheatmalt alcohol and gember. Good taste also with fine maltyness but ultradry taste, bitter and quiet alcoholic overal very well enjoyable but certainly not your regular brew. Fine and fresh drinkable and smooth but bitter mouthfeel makes this one certainly worth a try.
10-30-2005 17:01:15 | More by paterlodie
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
A - Pours a light gold with a slight haze of suspended yeast. Billowing white head slowly drops to a rocky cap, leaving clumps of lacing. Looks to have medium carbonation.
S - Big kick of phenols, floral, clove, anise, some unexpected blackcurrant/dark fruit and rum. Pretty interesting stuff...
T - Sharp green apple initially with clove pushes through in the middle. Floral flavours appear towards the end. Smoky/cigar-like aftertaste which lingers for some time. Interesting flavours, but too muted for most of the drink. Floral note reminiscent of Orval.
M - Light mouthfeel, with carbonation that starts out perfectly, but becomes too aggressive by the end of the drink. Very smooth.
D - Goes down very easily for its ABV. Fantastic brewery, but this isn't my favourite of their beers.
11-01-2009 17:54:07 | More by haz77
3.93/5 rDev +4%
Pours light gold and clear, fizzy, whitish head that fell fairly quick.
Minimal lace and barely a whisp of retention.
Dusty, tart, phenolic, and brettish nose.
Mild medicinal notes under dried fruits, with a hint of hard cider gone south.
Thinnish body, a bit prickly, and limp on the pallet.
Starts bitter and tart, with vineous notes and fruit skins.
Shades of granny smith apples, apricot rinds, strawberry seeds.
Finishes fairly quick aside from some lingering astringency and sweet tart dust.
Smaller than other De Dolles, but on the wild side and tasty.
01-01-2006 00:26:39 | More by brewandbbq
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Served in an Oeral glass at the Bier Circus in Brussels. This beer was a nice peachy golden colour with a big white cap of foam. The aromas were very fruity and alcoholic and reminded me of stille nacht quite a bit. The taste was almost like a "still nacht lite". Thi was a very fruity (apricot?) beer that had some nice spiciness and a good hop bitterness to back it up. This one never becomes cloying like stille nacht can, in fact it is imminently refreshing and drinkable. The mouthfeel is spritzy and dry....very good!
11-03-2003 19:47:41 | More by francisweizen
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
Recovered tasting notes from July of 2004. Sampled at the brewery in Esen, Belgium. Aroma is very hoppy, spicy, fruit (pineapple, lemon) and very fragrant. Not stunning, but a pleasing, drinkable beer from De Dolle. Sweet, fruity malts dominate and it finishes with a nice spicy hop character.
11-10-2004 23:44:25 | More by Crosling
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
This is one of many brews that I purchased over the summer while visiting Brussels.
A - Pours a brilliant clouded straw hue and makes a huge, dense white head. Tiny champaigne like bubbles never stop rising to the surface and a thick creamy lacing coats my goblet. This be a fine looking brew.
S - Nice unique aroma, has some horsey barnyard qualities, followed up by hoppy citric grapefruit, sour bread yeast and abit of a sour twang.
T - This is insanely spicy! Really nice strong hop bitterness attacks the taste buds, lemony citric bite, some banana and a very clean malty balance. After swirling in the yeast, WOW! this really comes to life!!
M - Very carbonated, puckery astringency, medium-light body and has a super clean, dry finish.
D - Hell yeah I'd drink this again. I doubt I can find it anywhere in the states, but I will certainly be looking for it. De Dolle makes some great brews, seek this one out!
02-13-2006 06:48:35 | More by kmcnair
3.63/5 rDev -4%
33 cl bottle, sampled at Vilvordia 06. No info about the bottling or expiry dates. Dark golden, very fine veil, big and fluffy head. Dry, hoppy, phenolic aroma. Dry, very hop bitter taste, long bitter aftertaste. Drying and pretty flat in the mouth. It reminds somewhat of Arabier, but less complex and (even) hoppier.
07-16-2011 07:50:58 | More by KrautAficionado
4.25/5 rDev +12.4%
App: Gorgeous. Beautiful. Big buttery golden color with a wonderful cap of nice chunky, frothy white head that retains full throughout the beer.
Aroma: Big, nice earthy aroma. Smells like a springtime saison. Delicious with some esters and spicy notes.
Taste: Slightly light up front with full spicy sweet middle. Earthy and yeasty spice. Nice alcohol notes which warm the beer.
Mouth: Good mouthfeel all around. Light to medium bodied with solid, but delicate carbonation.
Drink: Yes, could easily enjoy a many of these and not lose patience with its flavors.
02-09-2008 23:41:22 | More by NoLiberty
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
I brought this bottle back from the Beer Circus pub, East Croydon, London, after seeing another BA dukeofearl indulged in this beer. It's pretty weird that the cap says 7%abv. differently from the label 6%abv.? The BB date is April 06 for sure.
A: in a big tulip-shaped wine glass it pours a hazy, dark golden hue with orangey hint; coming with an effervescent, rocky and fluffy white beer head with pretty decent retention, fed by streams of fast ascending tiny fizz; slowly settling to maringue-shaped frothy cap with nice spongey lacing left all around the inner sides of the glass.
S: standard smell of Belgian pale ale but quite balanced--juicy, semi-sweet tangerine and apricot aroma wrapped in a profound, floating yeasty and slightly musty aroma, with a sharp edge of freshed cut wood-lumps; perfumy fruit esters and more woody aroma to follow against the backbone of honeyish and exotic maltiness. Overall not too astringent and rather balanced.
T: sharply bubbly at first, followed by a tart and flat-textured maltiness and sour fruitiness like that of lemon-rind; gradually the overwhelming yeasty and spicy flavour comes through, decorated with very dry and bitter edge of those fruity elements on the nose but at a rather restrained level, with some dryish hoppyness as well. Finished tangy, tannic, musty, and well-lingering dryish bitter.
M: quite intrusive at first, with that fierce bubbly texture showing no compromise at all on the palate; it only very slowly softens, and is taken over by another bang of undelrying dryish yeasty texture which is too much for other delicate flavours to struggle through. I should like to believe this bottle is still too young to be fairly judged, but I can't hide my disappointment with such astringent texture this beer has shown.
D: decent quality is absolutely there but my senses are kept away from it. It's the downside of some really young and light-bodied bottle-conditioned beer, as far as my own experience is concerned. It seems some other people could manage the body much better than I do, but I just can't appreciate this bottle fully.
11-24-2005 22:24:25 | More by wl0307
De Dolle Oeral Bier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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