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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 22
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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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Photo of largadeer
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

largadeer, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
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...

dsa7783, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of alysmith4
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

alysmith4, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

ATLbeerDog, May 11, 2008
Photo of pzrhsau
3.68/5  rDev -13%
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.

pzrhsau, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

tectactoe, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

seeswo, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of robbyc1
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

robbyc1, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of BasementDweller
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

BasementDweller, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of chakadrum
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

chakadrum, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of bassmantin
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

bassmantin, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

gford217, May 16, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

iconoklaztor, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

tpd975, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.4%

acurtis, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev -5.4%

campfirebrew, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

GbVDave, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.4%

orangesol, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of james582
4/5  rDev -5.4%

james582, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of HopsintheSack
4/5  rDev -5.4%

HopsintheSack, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

brewcrew76, May 27, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

cswhitehorse, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

ArrogantB, Mar 28, 2010
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2006 (Bottled 2007) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.