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

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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

86 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 11-30-2007)
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slender 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $6.99... Grey front logo sticker stating "Aged in oak barrels, refermented in bottle..."
Pours a mahogany, ruby-red colored hue with an enormous frothy, full, five-fingered head that exhibited serious staying power including some sediment visible at the bottom...
Smell was slightly minty, with esters and noticeable 13% ABV alcohol detected...
Although the alcohol was certainly noticeable in the nose, it was less apparent in the taste, which was filled with mint, citrus, caramel, and dark, brown Belgian candied sugars including esters and watermelon...
Sharp, full-bodied beer bursting with flavor and charachter, with the oak-factor certainly noticeable in the taste, which was slightly overpowering and very warming with a hefty alcohol percentage that slowly let itself be known over a short period of time...
Creamy and rich mouthfeel, but drinkability took a hit due to the extremely high ABV and rich conglomeration of flavors...
Personally, I enjoyed the original Oerbier over this one...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 21:42:30 | More by dsa7783
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largadeer

California

3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Plum-colored with an inch of off-white foam. The head dissipates somewhat quickly, but I think I may have opened this one a bit too cold.

Smell: Woody with a nice sweet-sour dynamic. Wild berries and vanilla, faint esters. Very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Drier than the aroma suggests. Tart cherries with vanilla undertones. Oak has a huge presence in the taste, almost to the point of excess. The high ABV becomes pretty noticeable as it warms; that combined with the somewhat overdone oak makes this a very slow drinker. Oaky and dry in the finish, tannic and astringent.

Notes: I had high hopes for this one, but it was unfortunately a bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 02:26:32 | More by largadeer
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not as great a beer as I had expected it to be.. the write-up on the menu described it leading me to believe that it was the best beer in the world.

It was very fresh, and slightly tart. Definitely some notes of sour cherries and a flavor that reminded me of "sweet/tart" candies. My only critisim would be that it was a wery thin beer.. high in carbonation and a bit on the watery side.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 16:44:22 | More by alysmith4
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Fruity, vinous aroma with notes of cherries, sherry, malt vinegar, and old wood.

Taste: A touch of sweet maple with a juicy, tart, and sour taste of black cherries and grape jam. Sip of sherry vinegar. Some rampant alcohol, some woodiness. Dry, nearly puckering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good enough for one visit, I suppose, but it ultimately seemed a bit overrated and subsequently overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 21:39:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful red rusty caramel color with an average head, and average lacing and slightly under carbonated. Smells extremely sour with hints of fruit. First taste is extremely bitter and sour hints of green apples come through. The 13% ABV is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 23:14:53 | More by ATLbeerDog
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:04:05 | More by pzrhsau
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 33cl bottle purchased in 2007 (year of bottling). Pours a deep mahogany, can't see though it, nice tan head lasts for minutes. Just as it should be.

Vinous nose, like a fine wine. Floral with deep red wine flavors. Slight esters detected, masked by the oak?

Taste like the nose, and vinous flavor with dark cherry, like sucking on a cherry pit, sourish finish, no residual sugar. No sign of the alcohol, can't be 13% is it? At solid bit of oak comes at the finish, rounds it out. Nice, but not as complex that I thought it might be. A slight letdown from the nose.

Full and fulfilling, and nice Oud Bruin, but I think the oak masks too much of the flavor, maybe the barrels were too new, will try additional bottlings of this to see, one of my favorite brewers. I as well prefer the standard Oerbier to this version.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 01:10:20 | More by robbyc1
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BasementDweller

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Wasn't wowed by this beer, and reading some of the other reviews, I guess I should have sat on this one for a while. Still, a very nice brew for the style. It's got kind of a funkhouse aroma to it, hinting of the sour notes that are sure to come (and which do not disappoint). I have to say that I love a lot of bordeaux wines, but I find their impression on this beer to be somewhat misplaced. The wine tannins contribute to the sourness of the beer, but the sour tannins of Bordeaux are the very things I try to overlook when tasting it. Anyway, good for the style, but I didn't fall out of my seat.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 21:02:37 | More by BasementDweller
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chakadrum

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:28:38 | More by chakadrum
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bassmantin

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to iconoklaztor for letting me sample this. Pours a very nice red/brown with a big thick clingy tan head.

Smell is very sour and sweet. This isn't my area of expertise. It tastes like a lambic to me. Lot's of fruit taste and sour. Perhaps a bit sweeter than a lambic with a better finish (IMHO). I like this one quite a bit, although it's not my favorite style.

An interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 00:49:57 | More by bassmantin
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gford217

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy deep amber brown with a dense one-finger head that shows great retention and lacing.

S: Initial smell is a blast of sour cherry tartness with a solid underlying malt sweetness. Also got a whiff of cola and a bit of the oak.

T: Taste starts with a very temporary malt sweetness that almost immediately gives way to a big sour citrus taste dominated by lemons and oranges. The finish is big on sour cherries and lingers for a long time.

M: Mouthfeel is extremely crisp and the 13% ABV is masked extremely well. Strong carbonation just zips the tongue with the sour tanginess.

D: As far as sours go (not my favorites), this one is extremely drinkable. For lovers of sours, this one is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 02:38:25 | More by gford217
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely maroon color with very floral smells of dark fruits. Is this a lambic?

The smell is wonderful and very acidic. The taste is very fruity and sour. I like this but its very strong on the taste. The mouthfeel is very strong and very complex.

I like this brew but wouldnt drink it every day. Its a nice beer to celebrate with and this could last forever in a cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 00:55:52 | More by iconoklaztor
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tpd975

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber tinted brown with an average to smallish head. That being said the retention is good and some spotty lace is noted.

S: Very tart in the nose with hints of soured cherries, hints of wood, and funk.

T: This is s funky tart treat no doubt. Sour black cherries, crushed sweet tarts and some wood are most prominent. Hints of booze can be noted as well. This one is complex yet enjoyable.

M: Medium in body with nice carbonation. The carbonation really drops and finishes a bit dry.

D: Very drinkable. Nice tart treat that hides the ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 16:29:21 | More by tpd975
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into two small white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a heavily ruby tinted brown, Still and clear with a small,khaki colored head.

S: Smell of tart, musty fruit, damp Chicago basement, oak, and a tiny bit of hops (?)

T: Tart and tangy fruit, deliciously funky basement, sour cherries, and as it warms, alcohol.

M: Slightly thin but pleasingly so. Tart and tangy finish that sticks to everything.

D: Very drinkable, considering the tartness and ABV. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 04:22:39 | More by GbVDave
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish ruby, brown with a tan head.

S - A cherry tartness with a bit of vinegar, acidic sourness and a touch of oak.

T - Slight hint of tart cherry, acidic, vinegar followed by some sweetness and a good touch of oak.

M - Medium mouthfeel. No idea this was 13%. alcohol is very hidden.

D - A little more oak and sweetness than other flanders reds I have had. Something just seems a little off about the balance of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 01:01:05 | More by brewcrew76
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The De Dolle Special Reserva 2006 poured a dark brown color with less than a finger foam head the depleted quickly. It had the well in the center as well as a few smaller spring bubble wells.

The aroma was spicy and tart like sour apples. The taste was initially puckering and oakey. It had a spice component that stayed in the mouth for some time. It was well carbonated and the sourness made a home in the mouth as well. This was my first taste of the Oud Bruin and I have to say it was really unique. I have the Dissident in the fridge and am looking to see how they compare.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 03:01:51 | More by cswhitehorse
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jedwards for this beer, awesome. I had been wanting to try this for awhile and I've never seen it on the shelves in Colorado. Dark amber-brown-bruin, flanders on steroids. That is exactly how I would describe this beer. It smells nice, sour, a little glue and band-aids. the taste is a little sour and malty, really like a strong flanders red or oud bruin (what do I know). My only complaint would be the abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 04:42:02 | More by ArrogantB
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried at the Map Room in Chicago and served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a creamy dark brownish black with ruby red highlights and a three quarter inch loose and foamy head the fades into a ring in a matter of minutes. Some lacing is present but not much, although I wasn't really expecting much in the first place.

S: Solidly sour, sour cherries and grapes dominate with a weaker malt sweetness and mild oaky earthiness.

T/MF: Taste is exactly befitting of an Oud Bruin with cherry and pear like acidic sourness doing most of the heavy lifting in this beer. The mouthfeel is strong and bubbly, incredibly active in the mouth and spreads the flavors of this beer all across the palate leaving the tongue and rest of the mouth puckered in anticipation for the next heavy sip.

D: Ny first Oud Bruin and I am beginning to get used to these sour beers. Not really my cup of tea but it fits the style guidelines almost exactly and doesn't taste all that bad to boot, the abv makes this one a sipper and really only makes me want one of these in the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 03:56:01 | More by bluemoonswoon
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2006 vintage.

Pours a cloudy brown with a small tan head.

Aroma is banana, yeast, bit of molasses, hint of wood and vanilla.

Taste starts a bit sour, with some dark malt in there as well, moving to a more pronounced, biting acidity and tartness on the finish, with a lingering dark vinous quality.

Mouthfeel is just enough crispness to complement the acidity, while maintaining a nice creaminess. Very interesting beer from a fearlessly inventive brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 12:57:26 | More by JohnQVegas
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:28:43 | More by beerpirates
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 06:17:55 | More by DefenCorps
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sample- pours a turbid chestnut brown with a lively offwhite head. Nose- sour cherries, and wood. Taste- very balanced sour cherry and dusty funk vs a chocolate tannic wood malt base. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and finish is slick. Drinkability is very high considering the abv. Without looking at the label, never would have guessed the horse power on this. A very unique brew and one I would enjoy trying again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:39:38 | More by oakbluff
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MrFootstones

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle split three ways davejanssen recieved from a bartender in Brugge.

Pours a murky orange/red with a thin foam cap.

Rich dark fruit and oak on the nose. Tart and funky/blue cheesy.

Very vinous taste. Tart black currants, oak, big dry cab character. Tastes like Consecration made sweet love to some Rogue River Creamery blue cheese. Mildly solvently, from the 13%, I imagine. Damp oak.

Not thin or harsh from the high alcohol.

This was a nice beer. Didn't know what to expect going into it and was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 05:29:41 | More by MrFootstones
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Capone's a few months back. Thanks to Matt, as always. Served in my trusty Cantillon tulip.

Pours a murky mahogany with a good off-white head. Forms up and is pretty bubbly at about 1.5 fingers. After that, it dies down and leaves a nice cap and a lot of lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose has some notes of bright sherry and semi-tart cherry. Mild acidity is present in the nose. It's showing some signs of oxidation, though mostly in a good way. The flavor lives up to the nose. Not too much complexity, but the light acetic touch balances the cherry and light malt notes very well. The sherry in the background is quite pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium and quite creamy. Low carbonation and not hint whatsoever that this is 13%. Holy crap, I can't believe that after looking up. Good job, De Dolle.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 00:59:57 | More by Thorpe429
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with brownish hues, very clear. Thin, tannish foam starts out leaving a quaint ring. Sporadic carbonation rises from the bottom. Moderate vinegary tartness in the aroma. Apple and vinous-like fruit character dominate, but overall smell is not too intense, nor is the alcohol. Also a touch of honey-like floral sweetness is present.

The taste has a nice range of flavors. Letting it sit awhile draws out the complexity. The tart fruit character seems to pull one way while lightly toasty wood notes balance the scale. I can almost taste a bit of smoke. Decent acidity, not drastically sour initially, but the tang lingers on top of the tongue in an unforgiving way. Alcohol is mostly not perceived. Has a bit of syrypy character in the mouthfeel, slightly thin. Carbonation is adequately subtle.

I have to say this is a nice Oud Bruin. Not amazing, but tart enough to keep me coming back , and it hides the alcohol well. Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 05:29:49 | More by bennetj17
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.