De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007)

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 23
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 11-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33 cl bottle poured into my Gouden Carolus goblet, Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 is a dark, muddy purple with a small, tight, off-white head.

Smell is very rich and strong, sweet Oud Bruin, oak and bugs and sour fruits, I love it.

Taste, whoa, is this a mouthful of flavor, fantastic! If your a fan of Flanders reds/browns, this is an excellent example. Vinous, tart and acidic, with complex layers of oak and sugar, and only the slightest hint of the ABV. In a blind tasting, I assume this is more like 8%, not 13! This is a truly exceptional beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and velvety.

Drinkability is supreme, unless you don't like sours, in which case I don't know why you'd buy this. So flavorful and satisfying, ever sip beckons another, with really no indication of the ABV, other then the effect!
Served at cellar temp.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006, ...consumed in 2008...by me...

"I ain't crazy. I just don't give a darn"...Daffy Duck

Hazed, deep purple to brown coloration, good head, soon to nil...a creamy tan...

Gorgeous aromatics...barleywine meets Belgian strong...plums, raisins, peppers and spices...cognac meets whiskey, dark rum, with more of the sharp to match the sweet. Big alcoholic content ( 13%? Yes!) isn't hiding. Rich malt, funky yeast, flavor out the hay, nonny, hey.

Bam, bam, bam...Good God! An explosion of grape and berry in the mouth, met well with all the best a beer can bring. Sharp and tangy, bright alcohol, with warm flavor. Spanks you on first sip, floods the mouth with flavor, warms every crevice, tantalizes the palate, ...this would be magnificent with food, but tonight, I'm just drinking. Next time, next time...cheese, sausage, rich meats and pasta...?

One of the best, and most wine-like quadrupels I've ever had. Ingenious. I need a case of this to hold me for a decade. Who am I kidding, I'd drink it in a week!

Photo of ctdfalconer
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was gratified to walk into a local bottle shop today to find an expanded beer selection with a hefty lineup of new unusual imported beers, including many barrel aged products. I have often had De Dolle beer that was very nice, so I went gave their barrel beer a try. Honestly, I wasn't expecting what I got, but that's not to say I didn't like it because I certainly did. Nowhere on the label does it say "Flanders Red" or "Oud Brouin" or anything though it makes perfect sense that it would be like that, being from where it's from. The thing that has sometimes put me off of De Dolle beers is that they are often over the top on the estery, fusely aspect, making them a bit to sharp and harsh to drink easily. This beer has no problem with anything like that. I has flavor and complexity in spades, but the alcohol presence is felt only with a gentle warming sensation in the finish, acting as a velvet exclamation point to let you know it's a seriously strong beer, not just a pretty bouquet of biology. When we saw Rodenbach Gand Cru leave the shelves here, not sure if and when it would ever return, I despaired at ever being able to find beer of that character. I can live with this beer. (But I saw that Rodenbach is going to be available again. I hope it's as good as ever.)

Photo of brantadid
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with reddish hues into a snifter. An off white 1 inch head formed and diminished quickly. Excellent lacing. Head diminished into a froathy film.

Smelled of yeast. Faint smell of cola with some sour smelling notes. Hints of vanilla and some oakiness.

Slight sweetness on the front palate. Followed by apple notes and the bitterness of citrus rind. Some grapefruit notes and hints of vanilla, like from oak aging. Finishes a little sour. Amazingly long finish with layer after layer of flavor.

Mouthfeel is crazy. Tongue is hit by a crisp fizziness. Then the mouth is completely coated with the layers of flavor from this beer. Really nice creaminess which is balanced by the carbonation. 13% abv is completely masked. Very drinkable.

Photo of DaveHS
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

courtesy of pranaferox.

A-Opens with a hiss and nearly gushes all over the place. Luckily I had a glass ready to go. Pours deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a foamy amber head that hangs in streaks down the glass.

S-Smells like an awesome flemish sour ale. Rich notes of oak and cherry, balsamic vinegar, dried stone fruits, rose petals, musty barnyard funk...Jesus. This is going to be good.

T/M-Balsamic vinegar acidity, sour cherries, brown sugar and dried flowers. There's a lingering funkiness on the back end that becomes more pronounced with each sip. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and rich without ever approaching cloying. There is a warming quality in the finish, but that's about the only indication of the ABV.

O-One of the better years of this I've tried. It's drinking perfect right now, so if you have any bottles, now's the time to enjoy them.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep maroon color, the color is beautiful, opaque but when held up to light it really glows. Has a thin tan-ish head that rose up a half finger high and quickly dissipated to a thin coating on the surface of the beer. Splotchy lacing.

Sour and tart on the nose. Funky scent with notes of cola, sarsaparilla, cocoa some dark fruit.

First thing that you notice when it hits the tongue is the tartness. Wow. Earthy funkiness comes into play. White cherries, wet stone, cocoa.

Tight fine bubbled carbonation scrubs the tip of the tongue, the sensation is so intense that it almost gives the sensation that you're tongue has fallen asleep. mellows as it moves back in the mouth, but the carbonation is still present through the finish. Dry with a bitter aftertaste with some cocoa tones.

A really really fantastic beer. I stoked to have picked up a few bottles of this. A total treat and a MUST drink if you ever come across it.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A late night bottle into a new belgium snifter.

A- three fingers of tan head from a moderately hard pour that settles rather quickly leaving a few patches of lace and a solid ring. Hazy brown red in color with a red amber glow at the edges. Looks like a beautiful old piece of furniture.

S- funky oak barrel, sour cherries, some red wine vinegar. Musty and leathery with some barnyard. Some apple skins and cider. The nose on this just gets better and better as the beer warms.

T- layerd and interesting. Funky oak out front that rolls into a deep fruity sour. Tart cherries and lots vineous notes. There is a sweetness that comes off slightly burnt sugar and a bit of spice tossed in way in the back. I keep coming back to the oak and the bugs it brought with it.

M- on the lighter side of body with a small bubbled, tingley, aggressive carb. Quite a strong pucker but not the strongest ever. Your mouth waters for more. A small warming in the back of the throat letting the abv be know without that it would be hard to tell. Mild tannic finish

D- this is a special beer and the time it has spent in the bottle has done some very nice stuff. I've had this on the fresher side and enjoyed it very much but this is a master piece. One of the best beers I've ever had. The bugs do start to get to you after a bit but I love my bugs and I haven't met a beer I can't tangle with yet. Worth the hefty price or a one and awhile treat.

Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy, deep red with a huge, 2 finger head of fluff that never totally fades away. Plenty of natural CO2 bubbles quickly rise to the top of the glass. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of creamy vanilla, rutabaga pie, cherries, merlot wine, caramel, light notes of toffee, spicy pepper, raisins, and rum-like demerara sugar. Super complex.
Taste is of the aromas with standout vanilla, strawberries, cherries, wine, raisins, brown sugar, and vinuous notes.
Mouthfeel is creamy up front, vinuous acidity, lip smacking, chewy, and semi-dry on the finish.
Damn. Awesome stuff.

Photo of dnichols
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing a bottle from his basement stash....

We shared a 330 ml bottle on October 4, 2008.

A: It poured a deep reddish brown body with a half finger tan head. The head fell fast leaving spotty lacing.

S: It had a robust aroma with dominant odors of bold malts, fresh citrus and richly sour grapes. There were hints of citrus and a musty aroma that smelled like wet tobacco.

T: WOW!!! I was very surprised. I've not tended to enjoy this style but this beer is a game changer. taste is great. It hit the tongue with a malty rich flavor that was accented with a biting vinegar flavor. There was a smoky tobacco flavor that was complements by hints of chocolate and dark ripe fruits. The alcohol was well hidden but came on in the end giving the brew a nice warm bitter sweet finish.

M: It was a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation, It has a warm, clean and dry finish with no noticeable aftertaste.

D: It was a wonderfully well balanced beer that was sour without being overly dry. The funky sourness was a welcome feature rather than such a dominant characteristic that it overwhelmed the other fine qualities of this great beer. It may not be a decent session brew but it is a beer that is hard to put down.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a dense hazy reddish-brown body with a strong lines of carbonation gliding to the top. The head is sheets of foam that slowly break into lace and then glide back into a bubbly, rocky light tan foam.

S- The nice cherry tartness has a soft cola note to it with some faint notes of darker malt coming through as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a full cherry tartness but not enough to pucker followed by a softer cheese rind note and a darker toasted malt and woody quality. There is a soft velveeta cheese note and slight sweetness to the tart cherries as the beer warms. The soft bitterness at the finish has a red wine tannin quality and not really any hop qualities. The tartness lingers a bit on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture and a soft astringency in the beginning. There is no real alcohol note until the beer warms.

D- This beer had lots of nice subtle complexity with a full tartness as the cornerstone. With each sip the flavor kept getting new layers.

Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006, bottled June 2007, consumed Nov. 2008. Served in a stemmed Oerbier "wine" glass at 50º cellar temperature.

Once the cap is off, foam slowly builds and creeps up the neck. Visible racing carbonation inside the bottle. About one finger of tan latte foam in the glass, random irregular lacing on one side. Dark brown body that glows jewel-tone ruby when backlit.

Wet stone, cherry pits, leathery aroma. Seemingly not as complex as I remember in the past, thankfully the alcohol heat has subsided. Flavors are similar to the nose, cherry, rhubarb, leather, a little pepper too. Tartness is fairly mellow, a little bit tangy and savory. Dry, woody finish. There's almost a medicinal quality about it that I don't remember from the fresh bottle. Effervescent body, overall it compliments the style. A complex sipper, and a perennial favorite.

Photo of jakon
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle purchased for $8.49 on 8-9-8 at Whole Foods Bridgeport.

This beer pours a muddy reddish brown color with a smallish tan colored head.

The aroma consists of banana nut bread, malt vinegar, cap'n crunch, chalk and oak.

Wow. This is an intensely flavorful beer. Acidic and fruity. Malt vinegar, lime, burnt oak, alcohol, sour cherries, pomegranate, grapefruit rind, and maybe a touch of blackstrap molasses.

Overall, a great beer.

Photo of lhaqq
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a maple-syrup brown with a huge dense, creamy tan head with great retention.
S: Sour apples, pears, a bit of yeast and hints of brown sugar.
T: The sour light fruits end sweet. First morphs into a bit of caramel and then finishes with probably the most pronounced brown sugar flavor I've found in a beer so far. Definitely an interesting but still great addition to the rest of the beer.
M: Good level of carbonation. With the high abv still no sting in the mouth.
D: Great and, if it weren't for the deeps strong flavors, dangerous at 13%. Probably my second favorite sour ale, beat only by Russian River's Consecration. Though when I think about it, they may be somewhat incommensurable.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on a whim while on a business trip in PA. Not much on the label to tell what it was other than a special reserve beer.

A - slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice off white head.
S - Sour cherries, a bit of funk and sour notes.
T - taste follows the aroma with hints of caramel, ripe fruit and a winning spicy sourn note.
M - medium to light bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp dry tart bite wiht a wisp of abv.
D - a medly of flavors interwoven in a well balanced dry presentation. I kept looking at this bottle thinking, no way this is 13%. It's probably the easiest to drink 13% I've had in a long time.

Worth a try!

Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep dark ruby red/chestnut brown that completely opaque with only the faintest of lighter colored dark ruby edges and a two finger foamy light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Slightly tart earthy oak tannis aroma with a ton of dark fruit, especially dark cherries. The oak presence is very prominent with some slight vanilla notes. The dark fruit notes provide a sweet balance to the amazing oak wooden presence. Very vinous with faint hints of chocolate malt. Slight vinegar presence, probably coming from the blending of different aged beers.

Nice tart puckering earthy oak flavor with lots of sweet dark fruits, especially sour black cherries and grape. Very vinous with nice oaky tannis. Also some subtle chocolate malt underneath. This is a perfect blend of tart vinegary sourness, earthy oak, vinous mouthfeel and sweet dark fruit. The high 13% ABV is very well masked making it dangerously drinkable. Slightly puckering sweet dry finish. Highly recommended!

Photo of lightindarkness
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Prototypic for coming up with this one, a nice addition for sure.

Pours a very deep murky reddish brown. Nice bubbly head lasts for a while. Good sour nose with some candy sweetness lingering in back. Also spicy and crisp, with just a little oak wood blended nicely. Alcohol scent increases slightly as it warms, noted primarily in the singing of the nostrils.

Taste is very appealing, smoothly balanced and nicely sour. Begins with some richness of lighter malt flavors, then peaks throughout the sip to tart under-ripe berries and some sourness. Finishes well after the swallow with firm oak flavor and fading sour taste. Very little bottom end on this beer keeps it tasting light. Alcohol is eerily absent in detectable flavor.

Medium body with very filling carbonation. Leaves some clinging coating on the mouth.

Seriously - 13%abv? This drinks alarmingly well for a beer with its hidden alcohol. Taste is very pleasant and easy to come back to sip after sip.

Photo of grub
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

330ml bottle. brewed 2006, bottled 2007. sampled august 4/08.

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, date, cranberry.

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, part of cellar cleaning winter 2010, into a St. Bernardus glass.

A- Muddy waters brown with dark red/blush stains seen within. Not able to see through this. A blossoming dark tan healthy looking head reached 3/4 of an inch and settled into a nice cap. Spraypaint lace. Looks delicious.

S- It smells on point, a bit of vinegar up front but the fruits that come out do so in true De Dolle style. Big time oak and wood. Cherries and a hint of chocolate.

T- Regular Oerbier is unique enough as it is, but the barrel addition takes it somewhere else, for the better. Getting some sour acidic notes underneath some pears and apples. Sour cherries and some vinegar but not to much. Delicious.

M- A nice amount of tart spunk backed with a nice malt build to ride it out. Pretty much in the middle body wise and a solid amount of carbonation, it is De Dolle after all.

D- Easy drinking, the 13% is big but not noticed, the vinegar gets in the way a bit, but everything else is lovely. A nice sprinkle on the taste buds with the wildness.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sour white grape-ish, and just a hint of alcohol. In the taste, sour white grapes and dark fruits, very small presence of alcohol. A smooth/ small sour mouthfeel and a semi-dry grape and sour dark fruit aftertaste. Great sourness, hide alcohol very well. Easy to drink and pretty damn fantastic.

Photo of hoppymeal
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, murky ruddy brown with a medium sized tan head that slowly recedes to a ring. Aroma shows some nice apple and cinnamon scents, like a nice sweet breakfast bread, some soft brown sugary maltiness as well, slight tart apple and lemon is evident in the aroma as well. Taste is a deliciously tart green apple flavor, lemony at times. A dash of the cinnamon is evident for a brief second up front along with some sweet cherry, the breadiness comes out in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, not too puckery, just a nice tartness, a drop of pepperiness on the tongue before a good dry finish. Very nice beer, alcohol is non evident.

Photo of cfrances33
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Viggo
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at West Lakeview liquors in Chicago.

Pours a clear burnt umber, brownish, thick almost tan head rises up, drops some lacing, thin ring layer sticks around. Smell is neat, cherries, some funk, caramel, brown sugar and oranges, wood, sourness, earth, very fruity, strawberries, nice sourness, alcohol, smells great. Taste is cherries and caramel, tart and yeasty, lots of dark fruits, touch of chocolate, wood, sour and super smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation, alcohol is insanely well hidden. I love the normal Oerbier but loved this one more, great stuff.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish color. Large light-brown head with decent retention and some lacing.

S: Smells pretty sour with bold fruit and ester notes. Cherry with brown sugar and yeast. Very bold.

T: Sharp tartness turns more sour as the "funky" taste comes in. Some dark berries with a nice oaky note makes it well balanced and delicious.

M&D: Mouthfeel is light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable if it's a style you're into.

Overall: I'm not an expert on the style, but this was amazing! Even more amazing is that I picked up 3 of them on sale for $.99 each! I can't wait to try the others in a year or two.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer appears chestnut / dark ruby hued with a light tan head that leaves ample lacing on the tulip glass. Fantastic aroma of wood, sour cherries, yeast. Terrific flavor, with a prominent wood character throughout. Cherries and a light, basement like funk. No way I would guess this is 13% abv. Alcohol content masterfully hidden. Nice feel. Easy to sip and enjoy. A superb example of the style.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.