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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

Not Rated.
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

62 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 11-13-2003)
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Reviews by Douglas88:
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Douglas88

Utah

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 edition drank October 2008 with a big thanks to hopdog. I really loved the regular so I was anticipating the reserva for sure. My 800th rating. Pours a a large and thick beige head on top of a reddish-brown body. The aroma was instantly noticed as more sour than the regular version; lots of sour cherries and tons of woody notes. Some light candies and chocolates too. The taste was great; a initial smooth and mellow sour woody and tart cherry flavors. The sweet candy and ripe fruits come out later, especially as it warms. The six years in bottle plus the barrel aging has mellowed this considerably, and the alcohol is only hinted at in a pervasive warmth. A real treat for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 01:41:37 | More by Douglas88
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Appearance - Pours a deep amber. Almost burgundy. Slight bubbles, but it's damn close to flat.

Smell - Astringent and vinous notes. Deep malt. Buttery. Some acidity coming off of this one.

Taste - Incredibly astringent. Getting sour with some oxidation. Still malty and vinous. Red wine notes. Tannic.

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Bottle at Kulminator on 12 August 2011. €12. Consumed after Vin de Céréale. 

Brown body with a touch of amber. Thinnest off-white cap that turns into a web and a surrounding ring. 

Smells like old orange, sweet cherry, some wood, perfume, vanilla and oak, very soft and sweet with a bit of Belgian yeast. 

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Quite complex. A pleasure to drink. 

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Big thanks to FooFaa for opening this one up at the Mad-Murren event at Al's of Hampden. Poured into a tasting glass.

A - Pours dark amber with a light film of white head leaving no lacing down the glass at all. A bit under-welming to say the least.

S - Tart cherries dominate from first sip to the last. As it begins to warm, more and more caramel malts come thru. Quite a bit of tartness but it still maintains a very nice balance.

T - Lots of tart cherries up front carry thru the entire glass. They blend very nicely with the rich caramel malt sweetness. Finish is a delicious balance of tart cherries and sweetness. A nearly flawless balance of sweet and sour. One of the best dark ale's I have ever had.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. Quite the tart cherrie feel with plenty of lingering tart/malt flavors in the finish.

D - Fairly high. I am not the biggest fan of this style but I still really liked the flavors in this one. I just can't see myself drinking more than one of these at a time as the flavors dominate

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S- Hot damn! Reminded me of childhood sipping on a cup of apple juice. Caramelized apples, little bit of citrus, lots of sweet malts. Imagine apple juice with a tinge of sourness. Very solid indeed.

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A clear crimson and orange accented chestnut body rests seemingly timid beneath a full head of light tan foam that holds well and leaves some short walls and wide splashes of lace about the glass. Streams of tiny bubbles can clearly be seen rising steadily to support its thin cap of foam. The nose is vinous (think Bordeaux), hoppy, spicy (think alcohol, spice, herbs and red pepper seeds), and malty (think cookie dough or chalky hard candy, but the resulting flavor is not sweet....?). It's delicately effervescent on the tongue like a fine Champagne ( - not like sparkling wine), and it's otherwise light bodied and smooth. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a touch more tartness to it, and perhaps some more dark grape skins. It has a similar acidity and astringency to a dark, tannic wine, and it lingers in the mouth in the same way except for the addition of some dull, leafy hop notes. The dry, low-key, mineral-like bitterness is similar to that of a Bordeaux as well. Wow! The vinous character is astounding! This is a beer unlike any other beer! And it should probably be sought out and sampled for that reason alone, although you might learn to love it along the way.

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Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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This beer certainly is a kick in the pants. Pours a burnt bronze color with honey on the sides. Large sticky foamy white head. Good amount of lacing. Aroma is of a cherry liquer, yeasty dryness, and I seriously am getting a woody flavor in the finish. Taste brings lots of complexity and unusual flavors. Starts out apple cider sweet but a big kick of red wine tannins ensues. Lots of sourness and tarty flavors in the middle. Is this brett or lactobasilius? Sharp, intense, pungent flavors. Finish is dry and lingers. Very dry in the finish actually. This is pushing the borders between beer and wine. Alcohol fusels are strong throughout, this almost tastes stronger than 12%. Very unique offering and tasty but I think I could have been done after about halfway through.

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mzwolinski

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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Pours a mostly clear, rich amber in color with a nicely-sized off-white head that eventually settles down to a creamy, persistent top. The aroma is slightly sharp -- a bit vinous, but mellowed by a graceful oaky character.

Strikingly tart on the first sip. Second sip reveals more depth to the flavor, as the tartness develops flavors of maraschino cherry and grape. Malt character emerges stronger as the beer warms, giving the beer a nicer balance. Alcohol lends a discernable spiciness to the finish, but is not at all obtrusive. Woodiness kicks in on the back end and lingers pleasantly. Altogether more vinous than a typical Belgian strong dark ale, more like a oud bruin IMHO, but good, whatever the label.

Moderate and somewhat creamy in mouthfeel due to even carbonation and persistent head. Quite dry in the finish, and warming in the belly. This is a really good beer, and very drinkable for its strength.

Serving type: bottle

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nomad

Kansas

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wooo - where's the beer? This blood-brown liquid comes out tart like a young Bordeaux and biting with vegetal-leaning hops that inspire a fully floral finish. The alcohol slaps around naked as the day it first fermented, bruising any fruity sense with two-by-fours of oak and acidity. Is this carbonated wine? Almost cedar-like with spice and texture.

Smells a little funky and tart, almost infected in a sense of brettanomyces but is probably just the acidity from the bordeaux casks it cellared in. Opens to burnt sugar notes as the tartness dulls to a soft roar. Feels and tastes highly attenuated, sliding about as brash as it can with hot alcohol.

This beer, like many a Belgian and many a De Dolle brew, is experimentable and I think I may have gotten a less balanced bottle. Went better once I whipped out some cheese and crackers.

Cool experience and really doesn't knock my positive feelings on De Dolle. Still crazy as always.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2002 (Bottled 2003) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
91 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.