De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005 (Bottled 2006) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Reviews by craytonic:
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -9%
Appearance: Pour is a cloudy ruby-mahogany with a bit of orange
Smell: Old brown sugar, balsamic vinegar; aged red wine
Taste: Similar, balsamic vinegar and honey with some brown sugar, farmhouse cheese and red wine; tastes old.
Mouthfeel: most of the carbonation was gone
Drinkability: I wasn't to impressed by this one; outside of how well the 13% abv is hidden. I would not sit on these any longer.
12-06-2010 03:34:42 | More by craytonic
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3.95/5 rDev -9%
Part of a 2005-2009 vertical shared by Jeremy – thanks!
Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish-amber color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of medium malts with large amounts of white and red grapes. Also present are slight hints of vinegar and slighter hints of smooth oak.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly tart grapes. Midway through the sip hints of brown sugar and light molasses come into play, quickly fading into a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is OK. It’s a bit on the thin side with active carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall this beer is beginning to show its age. It’s a bit one-dimensional with large vinous qualities and the mouthfeel has begun to thin out a bit. If you’re sitting on one I’d recommend drinking it sooner rather than later. My least favorite along with the 2009.
04-15-2011 01:27:37 | More by glid02
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
A 33 cL bottle purchased at Well's.
A: The ale is a deep brown color that shows off ruby red highlights when held to light. The head was two fingers in size and quickly reduced down to a small white pool atop the glass.
S: The nose is acidic tartness with some apple butter sweetness hidden in it.
T: The ale has a very tart, sour infected flavor. It kicks up the tastebuds a bit, creating a flourish of barnyard-esque funky flavors. The finish accentuates a green tart apple and green grape dryness. Some more funky yeast rounds out the tart, but not too tart, body.
M: Tartness balanced by tart fruit flavors, get the picture? The flavor does not overdo it though, remaining soft on the palate and managing to hide its big alcohol body.
D: The abv is hidden but still way out of control. One bottle as a nightcap seems to fit the occasion perfectly.
06-02-2007 01:49:22 | More by akorsak
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
2005 Bottles sampled at the Hopleaf and Map Room in Chicago. Thanks to markgugs for the extras.
Pours a rich and hazy chestnut brown, ample foam rises from each gentle pour. Lace forms in the Oerbier glass.
Smell is phenomenal. Notes of leather, orange peel, and farmhouse cheese all concentrate in the bowl of the glass. Sharper phenols and citrus notes and oak occasionally hit the nose when swirling. Oaky and rustic.
Taste changes with every sip, certainly one to be savored. All of the notes in the aroma surface on the palate. Citrusy orange peel tartness gives way to round, sweetish plum and dark berries. Honey is mild in the aftertaste. An earthy cheese note cameos at room temp. Light roasted malt notes echo in the finish, but take a backseat to the citrus and vinous qualities. Mild woody Flanders funk. A tart dryness is indicative of the Bordeaux cask it was aged in. A sweet nectar I could drink all night.
Mouthfeel is velvety and savory. This is a supremely creative offering from De Dolle, and meant to be cherished.
02-02-2007 04:28:34 | More by emerge077
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
12oz bottle at Zeno's in state college, PA
pours a deep ,dark amber brown - some head but dissipates quickly (13.5%)
aromas are a big crazy mix of barleywine alcohol, old ale malt and flanders tartness
flavors are as deep and complex as any beer I tried. Many, many layers of rich malt, tart, sour, bark/wood, brandy and some funk ( in a good way )
think Anchor Foghorn meets Duchess aged with a oaked Bastard
Outstanding - better as it reaches 55 degrees and it just keeps revealing layers of flavor. the wood shows up more and the malt comes into it's own.
search this one out...
02-09-2007 16:53:57 | More by k75
3.85/5 rDev -11.3%
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark orange mahogany amber. Half finger fine very light tan head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark cherry, oak, brown sugar. Much less sour and fruity than the fresh one. Flavor is dark sour cherry, plum, with a moderate red wine note, likely from the oak, complex and well integrated. Dry, somewhat sour finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied. This is obviously well made, but not my favorite style. Tasted alongside a 2010 bottle. Glad I tried this well made oud bruin, but I'm not a sour beer fan.
02-11-2012 04:29:03 | More by LiquidAmber
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Now this is what I am talking about. I had been on a hunt for some of these older vintages for a while. This is no doubt an exquisite offering and one that I am not shy at all about gushing over. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/04/2009.
The pour was very well done. Rich dark amber in color with light hints of reddish brown on the sides and bottom of the glass. Smooth, cloudy and very rich look about it. Nice inch and a half of head rose up from the bottom the glass, settling down only slightly while depositing tons of side glass lace all along the glass. Enormous aroma of dark fruits, prunes, grapes and hints of wonderful spices dancing all around this one. Really a perfect balance here of fruity esters and rich underlying malts made this a wonderful way to end the night. Smooth flavor here, rich candied sugar, lovely fruits and a wonderful light spice note sent this over the top. No hint of the ABV here at all, as it has all passed us by and now this is just a wonderful way to sit and relax. Near perfect carbonation led to a wonderfully smooth journey across the palate and a sublime finish that was just tart enough to make you come back for another round.
Overall one of the best of the style and a fine example of what a couple of years can do to an already fantastic bottle. I would love to get a hold of a couple more to sit on, but them memory of this will have to do.
05-05-2009 15:46:02 | More by mikesgroove
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
Served at cellar temp from a 33cl bottle into a large red wine glass.
A: Ruby red brown with a 2 finger off-white head that never dies (amazing for a 13% beer!).
S: Tart cherries, earthy, woody notes and plums. Quite different, and nice.
T: Those tart cherries come at you front and center. The earthy, woody smell also makes itself evident in the taste. Just a bit of toffee in there too, with some dark fruits. Finish is definitely tart and dry. As it warms more, it takes on more red wine characteristics, and loses just a bit of the tartness. Every sip reveals something new! Tasty!
M: Rich, without being too full bodied. Just right, and amazing for the 13%. Tastes more like an 8% Flanders Red in body!
D: Compared to other styles, the drinkability just isn't very high - the style just isn't suited for it. However, for the style, and especially considering the alcohol, this is very very drinkable.
This is one unique beer - one delicious, unique beer. Highly recommended.
03-01-2007 05:45:37 | More by rallison
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Appears a dark crimson, mahogany, with a dark amber color with steady streams of moderate carbonation. A thick, silky light tan head sticks around the glass. Streaky bits of lacing all over the glass. Looks amazing.
Smell is of vanilla oak, vinuous notes, mild tartness, caramel, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some blackberry preserves and tart berries with vanilla oak in the background.
Mouthfeel is chewy, medium bodied, tart, and very, very enticing, and addictive.
I would put this one up against some of the better wines I've had. It's about as nice as I would want & expect from De Dolle at this point. More, please!
06-01-2008 03:56:50 | More by weeare138
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
Got to try 4oz of this bad boy. So impressed I had to review.
A - Poured a pretty nice ruby brown with a little head
S - I smelled mostly Belgium yeast. A bit of Nose is cherry, clove, brown sugar which took me by surprise.
T - Flavor is sour but with a sugar cherry and a alcohol tingle, but very little if any. I was surprised to find little ABV burn to speak of which left me in Awe.
M - Medium to heavy. I found myself sipping but enjoying,
D - No way would I find this in normal circumstances but very cool to try thus resulting in a 5 drinkability!
01-23-2011 04:19:22 | More by DrDemento456
4.6/5 rDev +6%
330 ml bottle, served in a big wine glass at 59 F/ 15 C.
Deep red-brown color, big foamy beige head that subsides to a small dense layer, thick drippy continents and islands of lace.
Smells like ripe golden and green apples, red wine, sourdough, grain, black tea, herbs/ grass, pine forest, mild oxidization like sherry and brown apple. Complex, cohesive, and very good.
Tastes sharp and sour, with some mild applelike sweetness balancing well with the acidity. Dry bready malt. Some bitter and tannic fruit skin, herbs, tea, and pine resin develop, and then some oxidization. Long, dry, sharp, complex finish.
Great smooth carbonation, astringency, acid. The tart, refreshing, thirst-quenching drinkability is ridiculous for a 13% beer.
06-04-2008 07:36:19 | More by Beerzebub
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a creamy head that fizzes out quickly but not completely, and leaves plenty of lace around the chalice
Smell: The aroma screams oak and earth with a hint of dark chocolate
Taste: Starts out with an intial dark chocolate flavor that is quickly replaced by a tart blackberry sourness that builds in heat and complexity by mid palate, with a jammy element; after the swallow, the chocolate flavors build in intensity and match the tartness
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy but highly acidic; the alcohol is well hidden
Drinkability: If only there were a bit more chocolate, this would be sublime; to my tastebuds, its just a touch too tart without enough balance to make me really happy
08-19-2007 03:08:05 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to Brickstoredave for a chance to try this one. Much appreciated! Poured almost still at this point in its life. No real head or lacing, but otherwise was normal and didn't taste flat at all. Smelled spicy and sour, and relatively big, but not hot at all. The alcohol has had lots of time to mellow and integrate nicely with the rest of the beer. The taste is quite complex with layered levels of tart, sweet, and bitter that keep changing. A nice spicy kick of pepper to the beer as well as some funk that develops as well and gets a bit more pronounced and slighttly bitter as the beer warms. Very smooth mouthfeel. I think this is drinking fine right now, but for me this is probably not going to get any better or more integrated. The sourness may increase a bit, but the complexity may start bottoming out a bit too. I'd drink now.
01-30-2008 22:04:56 | More by Georgiabeer
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
I picked this bottle up at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Decanted at 50 degrees into a tulip glass.
A - A medium maple syrup color w/ the shade of dried cherries in the highlights. The head is 3 fingers of microfoam that settles to about 1 finger. Very fine bubbles collect with a creme brulee smooth cap that makes a scattered lace pattern.
S - Citrus fruit, vinous, tart aromas w/ juicy grapeskin and sour cherry intensity.
M - A light medium feel w/ a tannic tartness, light woody dryness and moderate carbonation. A low warming feel of alcohol is apparent in the back of the mouth.
T - The wood is an integral part of the flavor of this ale. It makes the tart flavors seem more relaxed and vibrant as a foil. A huge punch of fruit upfront w/ cherry, plum and berry tastes that are enhanced doubly by the mellowing effect of the oak character that has a nutty vanilla accent. A real vinous tannic taste with a hint of spice. The dry grapeskin taste rides the tongue lightly with a gentle brown sugar hint that coats the mouth. The complexity is intense w/ the tropical fruit, spice and yeast as a backdrop to the great dose of wood aging and fusel alchohol flavors. The abv is well masked like Abbey St Bon Chien, yet contributes to the flavor w/ mild heat. I am glad I chose to review this for the 'disciple' milestone - A world class beer that is underrated IMO.
D - So much is going on w/ this 2 yr old, it has great intense fruit and oak flavors that make this an excellent choice for drinkablility for me. I dig the taste even though it is a big ale at 13% it still is very drinkable in every other way. A sipper, I would pair this with a filet of beef or something with a good amount of protein - lamb or tuna steak, something hearty. I would grab a bottle if you can, I heart De Dolle.
09-29-2007 12:49:47 | More by Slatetank
3.83/5 rDev -11.8%
Definitely a style and beer I was excited about. Pours out murky brown orange with a foamy head that lasts. Looks thick yet lets plenty of light through. Nose is sweet orange and oak, alcohol, molasses, and more alcohol. Quite complex. Taste is a mishmash of sour grapefruit, woody and fruity flavors, alcohol, and some hops. Sourness dominates. Very interesting! Mouthfeel is above average. Drinkability is hurt by both the ABV and the intense mix of flavors, but it's a great beer overall. Wouldn't mind trying more of the style.
12-20-2007 17:52:24 | More by shivtim
3.98/5 rDev -8.3%
A - pours brownish without much of a head on it
S - the nose is caramel and a little sour smelling. Nice complexity.
T - this is somewhat sour with caramel malts and toffee thrown into the mix. Ends with some vinous character and a little bit of sugary raisins. Nice combination of flavors, the aging has smoothed this out nicely.
M - medium bodied with some good carbonation still
D - solid flanders that has stood the test of time thus far. Recommended if you can track one of these down.
12-01-2011 20:38:13 | More by birchstick
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Rate from 2006 I believe.
2005 vintage. Brown ruby red highlights with persistant white lacing. Sour aroma of cherries, oak, grape must. Flavor is stunning: quick beginning with sour cherries, then an explosion of yeast, sour cherry, wine, balsamic vinegar. Amazingly round and chewy. Soft and fizzy, deep and haunting. A strange and mystical brew; enjoyed from an 11.2oz botle.
10-05-2011 02:27:40 | More by JAXSON
3.8/5 rDev -12.4%
Picked up a bottle at Capone's in Norristown, PA after shivtim told me he desired one. Poured chocolate brown but transparant. Thin brown head. Smells of soy sauce, truffles, maple syrup, and readily apparant alcohol. Tastes of fruits, prunes, alcohol, soy sauce, tangy apricot, oak, vanilla, mandarin oranges, tangy cherries. Yeah, its pretty tangy. Medium bodied. A good oak aged beer with lots of character. Memorable, but not something i'd pay that much for again.
12-18-2007 14:13:32 | More by aforbes10
5/5 rDev +15.2%
Had this Gem at Monks Cafe in Philly. It cost a pretty penny but was worth ever goddamn penny.
Pour-dark brown with light foam head had great carbonation for being in a bottle for six years!
Smell-get a heavy burning alcohol smell mixed with raisins and dark fruits as well as some sugar.
Taste-definitely get a little bit of malts with sugar and some fruit. It has an overwhelming sour taste to it. I love the taste mixed with oak. Reminds me a Ron Jeffries concoction.
Mouthfeel-light and crisp definitely can feel the carbonation. Surprisingly no burn at all going down for 13% beer.
Overall-extremely well done definitely worth its hype. I will be so bold as to say its the best beer aged that long I have ever had.
12-31-2012 20:24:08 | More by SalMineo
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2005 (Bottled 2006) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.