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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Reviews: 67
Hads: 93
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 6.41%
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 Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -15%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of dingy white head settles quickly, but leaves good lace. Clear, dark ruby red body.

S - A sweet/ sour malty aroma with notes of wet earth and cherry pits.

T - Toasted maltiness, followed quickly by a sour zing with a strong lemony character. The sourness fades in the finish and is replaced by some darker malt notes and a surprising hop bitterness.

M - High carbonation, medium body, and a very dry finish.

D - The smell is excellent with a wonderful musty complexity. The flavor is not as complex and I am on the fence about the unusual finish. The dark malt character at the end is nice, but the bitterness is not as successful. Overall this one is interesting and pretty enjoyable. (706 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (1,048 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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! (998 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/11/2012

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. (876 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours the color of rootbeer with a pillowy, creamy head. Head retention and lacing are outstanding in this beer, with the lacing coating the glass all the way down. The beer smells almost as good as if looks. In this case I get some rootbeer aroma, superimposed over oragne rind, ginger ale and single malt scotch. The beer smells terrific. On the palate... sigh... why do those damn Belgians have to pour lambic and/or gueuze into everything? So yes, this beer is pretty sour, but with some vanilla overtones and light rootbeer as well. The sour is very citrusy, and the flavors are quite complex, but I would like this beer far more if the sour was toned down a bit. The mouthfeel is pretty good, and the beer comes across as soft and creamy. The 13% abv. comes as a shock and is well disguised. I would have guessed the abv. at 7% or 8%, and so this beer is really quite drinkable for its abv.

An impressive beer, if just not my particular cup of tea. (964 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, bottle cap stamped with bottled June 2007. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a red/brown color with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is excellent, lacing is average. It smells like malt vinegar, lemon, tart cherries, oak, and a bit of funk and caramel. It tastes like tart cherries, lemon, oak, funk, cranberries, vinegar and a bit of booze. It's a bit acidic, and has a good mix of sweet and tartness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with medium carbonation. It's also coating and a bit slick. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is a bit noticable but not overpowering at all for a 13% ABV beer. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, it was very enjoyable. I'd pick this up again if I found it. (737 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 lightly tart white grapes. Also present are hints of leafy hops and funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by booze-soaked and lightly tart grapes. Midway through the sip light funk comes into play and the tartness intensifies a bit. Near the end of the sip mild leafy hop flavors even things out and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed this beer as much as the 2008, more than the 2005 and 2009, but not as much as the 2007. I feel as though it’s seen its peak. Still, it remains a complex beer and is worth a shot. (1,021 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +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. (360 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -5%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -5%
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! (526 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about nine dollars, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Dark brown color with a slight dark red tint, can see through it easily, 3/4 inch soapy vanilla colored head, did not settle for about five minutes, awesome lacing for a beer that sat in a barrel

S-Tartness, coca cola, molasses, oak, cherries, faint vanilla aromas, vinegar, various fruits, and some hops surprisingly

T-Sourness, tropical fruit, citrus that includes a strong lemon taste and lots of oranges, a slight bitterness in the middle, not much oak and vanilla that were pretty evident in the smell, vinegar, very tarty and enjoyable, funkiness, booze really come to the surface once it warms, well balanced and a nice sour quality all the way through

M-Sour mouthfeel, fairly thick body, taste lingered for a couple minutes, nice level of carbonation

D-Alcohol was hidden incredibly well but this one hit me hard because its very high ABV, a little heavy on the stomach as well, one bottle and a few ounces extra would probably be my limit

First De Dolle beer I have tasted, stronger than any other Flanders I have had, quite an interesting beer coming from a Belgian brewer, this would probably get better with a few years in the cellar, would definitely drink again and plan on seeking out some of the previous years, highly recommended (1,372 characters)

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