De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Bottle, 06 vintage, that I picked up either at State Line or Maxs, I can't remember which.
A clear dark mahogany reddish brown with a dense, beige head with excellent retention and minimal lacing. The head retention is exceptional, considering the ABV here. The nose has a big, vinous sourness along with a blend of smoky cocoa, raisins, plums and toasted oak. There's a mildly dusty note that pairs well with the oak. The fruit character is fairly intriguing too. Along with the aforementioned raisins and plums, there is some dried cherry, jammy raspberry and strawberry acidity present. Very nice.
The palate opens with a rather bracing acidity, a blend of lactic and acetic, with the acetic flavors carrying the raspberry and strawberry flavors while the lactic acid brings forth the vinous notes. The mid-palate has a blend of red wine, cocoa, a little vanilla and some oak. The cocoa character is interesting, I don't usually taste much in big sours. Oak appears on the finish, along with a little bit of a fatty/meaty texture, which is an interesting (but not wholly enjoyable) contrast to the tannic and alcohol-induced astringency that this beer does have. This fatty/oily texture does fade with time, though. Fruity and vinous flavors do linger on the finish. Medium in body this beer is slightly over-carbonated (but not by much). A pretty excellent beer IMO.
01-27-2013 06:17:55 | More by DefenCorps
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
2006 bottle, enjoyed 12/31/12, poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.
Pour: Very murky mahogany, with a quarter finger so off white head. Head actually leaves some lacing, and hangs around as a thick rim.
Smell: Lots of caramel up front, followed by some overripe tart cherries. Lots of oak... it probably owns the nose honestly. A light lemon juice on the finish.
Taste: A ton of sour cherries and caramel. There is some oxidation there, but it surprisingly works, and lends some raisons and old dark fruits. More sour lemon juice, a light funk, and loads of dry oak finish.
Mouthfeel: Really tart, and borderline sour. Wait... this is 13%??? Are you sure it's not like 6% De Dolle? Carb mixes perfectly with the tartness, and the dry is super dry with oak.
Overall: This beer was the sleeper of my NYE 2012, and held it's own again Flora b3 and DDG. Insanely drinkable. I'll be crossing my fingers to see more vintages of this beer.
01-01-2013 01:35:59 | More by cfrances33
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle, poured into a snifter; side by side with the 2007
The body sits a murky brown with a small, bubbly bone white cap. The head rose a little less than a finger, and subsided leaving some spider web lacing.
Tart cherries, oak, brown sugar, and earthy. Not overly complex, but very rich and well-balanced sweet/tart/earthy aromas.
Tart, slightly puckering, cherry flavor with loads of oak tannins. This almost has a red wine aroma to it. Grape skins, earthy toffee, raisins, and rum, all in equal doses. The complexity really comes out on the palate. Every sipped revealed a different layer.
Creamy with a little prickly acidity, but not much. Dry, oaky finish with some lingering tartness from the cherries and a little bit of rum-like alcohol.
This was plain delicious. Tremendous complexity and damn tasty. A stellar example of the style.
I preferred this to the 2007. The extra year seemed to have made this more well-rounded. The flavors played better together and the sourness wasn't as abrasive as the '06.
09-25-2012 17:02:58 | More by ColForbinBC
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle courtesy of Joe, thanks! Snifter.
A: Dark brown and opaque with a finger of light brown froth that fades in half a minute, yielding scattered lacing.
S: Date, fig, and prune meet brown sugar and earth. Oxidation is light and there's a dash of caramel. Plum accompanies grape and a light tartness with a restrained funkiness. There's a faint citrus note that reminds me of orange. The malt is rich and complex, with treacle and toffee. No alcohol is evident. Amazing aroma.
T: Tarter than the nose suggested, with a faint acetic note. The malt is robust and rich, with notes of treacle, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. There are vinous notes throughout: plum and grape with a little prune. Date blends with fig and tannic grape skins. I detect a little cherry.
M: Lower full body with a creamy medium carbonation.
Overall: A unique and excellent beer.
03-12-2012 03:27:51 | More by HopHead84
3.8/5 rDev -10.2%
Tasted on 2/27/2012 at Resurrection Ale House in Philadelphia, PA.
Side note, I love the fact that this bar/restaurant always has a good cellar selection.
Related... Today is Monday and I had a good Monday. A good Monday truly deserves the chance for a memorable beer. This didn't blow me away but it was a solid good and held up well to the aging which is such a cool thing.
Served at room temperature (probably 65-70°F) in a Oerbier glass.
Pretty good lacing throughout. I'm a sediment drinker and this one didn't have an overwhelming amount which was also a good thing. The color wasn't anything special but that's not a bad thing.
There was a hint of "old" in the nose. I imagine if you are really really into aged beers you develop a love for this aspect. I'm still learning and old still smells a little old to me. However, it wasn't overwhelming and there was a little dry-fruit-belgian-magic in there too.
Solid taste. Again, a hint of old but some oat, some subtle dried fruit, brown sugar...
A very appropriate level of carbonation, almost pleasantly surprising for something like 5 years old.
Again, I wasn't blown away by this beer but I was glad to have tried it.
02-28-2012 02:28:38 | More by chakadrum
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
2006 vintage, opened 1/13/2012
A: Murky, red-brown body. Thin off-white skim. A few stray bubbles left on the sides of the glass.
S: Cherries, caramel, leather, lactic tartness, raisins, and red wine.
T: Tart cherries, sweet caramel malts, a nice tartness, and a fine madeira-like quality. Mild oxidation has treated this beer well.
M: Silky smooth mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, nice tartness in the finish. A little boozy, but I won't complain.
O: Aged De Dolle is a wonderful thing.
01-14-2012 04:03:19 | More by callmemickey
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -13%
God Bless my local brew show for having this beer randomly available.
A: Rich cloudy brown color with a nice lace of head.
S: The beer is slighly sour aroma with a nice blend of roasted malt, banana, and roasted nuts with slight oak undertones.
T: Nice tangy malt flavor a nice blend of tropical fruit and roasted malt that really bring out the flavor of the hops.
D/O: Very crisp and drinkable with a great complex flavor that blends with the alcohol content and doesnt overpower.
12-07-2011 02:04:05 | More by pzrhsau
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Had this @ kulminator
pours deep red-brown with a small fine tan head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.
aroma is intense. malt vinegar. lemon. leather. bit of horse blanket. bit of orange. light alcohol. cracker. bit of grain. white bread.
taste is great. lightly toasted white bread. multi-grain crackers. leather. tobacco leaves. bit of horse blanket funk. light alcohol. lemon. bit of orange. malt vinegar. hint of dark chocolate. light dark fruit - cherry.
mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. medium body with a dry finish.
drinkability is great. nicely balanced, hiding the alcohol quite well. the funk and sourness also don't overpower. great depth and complexity overall.
12-04-2011 20:28:43 | More by beerpirates
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.