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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008)

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

82 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 23
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 10-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 52
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip; side by side with the 2006

Pours a murky brown, with a small, bubbly white cap. Small spider web lacing as you work through the beer. Head recedes to a powdered sugar-like coating.

Up front, some notes of figs, pear, and grapes with oak tannins in tow. Tart cherries are subtle, with a toffee earthiness that is predominant.

The taste follows the nose, except a prevailing tartness comes out. Kind of an odd tartness, with some metallic notes to it. Grapes and cherries lending a soft fruitiness with toffee and figs over top. A light oakiness just kind of hangs out in the background.

Medium body with high carbonation. The finish is of a lingering sourness, with some slight metallic flavors, and some figs and earth. Dry and crisp.

Complex and tasty example of the style. At this point in the aging process, it is not as well-rounded as it should be. Maybe another year would work well.

I found this to be fairly different than the '06 I had sitting right next to it. This seemed to have some higher carbonation and an increased sour note. A lot of the flavor and aroma notes are the same, but the '06 was better melded together and "whole," for lack of a better term.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed April, 2012 (Zythos weekend):

Oddly compelling as both an oude bruin and a strong dark ale, but uniquely Belgian throughout, this beer goes a lot of directions at once.

Pouring a russet brown color of rust and burgundy, the yeasty haze delivers a heavy appearance of opaqueness and dullness. Capped with an off white head of yellowish discoloration, the creamy foam is semi-stubborn as it holds its structure for much of the duration with light lace.

Sharp aromas of worn wood, musty malt, sharp tartness and light medicine pull ahead of tart wine like fruitiness and dry sweetness underneath. Spicy with cinnamon, clove, and white pepper, the beer's tawny scent is both sharp to the nose and mature in its mellowness.

Flavor follow suite with the early taste of toast and chocolate that soon sheads it's dry malty taste in favor of more tartness, leather, aged woods, raw tobacco, and sherry-like savory wines. Tart berries, light white wine cider, and dried cherries balance against peppery spice, mild smoke, and plastic-like medicinal notes for complexity and challenge in taste.

Medium bodied, but the beer feels lighter because of the acidity, prickle of alcohol and spice, and sharply astringent pang in finish. Lightly powdery and dusty as the beer's finishing texture reintroduces an aftertaste of dry woods and peppercorn.

The balance of this five-year vintage has tilted heavily toward the side of phenolic spice which gives the beer an odd mushroomy medicinal property of electrical tape and plastics and are beginning to upset the interplay of malt, spice, and fruit. As a contrast, the classic dark strong ale vintage of '02 has held up much nicer.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this a while back in early March at Pizzaria Paradiso in Dupont Circle, DC.

A: Looks like a fine alcohol with a cooper color with no head or lacing.

S: Sour cherries with definite oak and vanilla notes, lactic tartness, barnyard yeast, and cellar mustiness. Some alcohol heat hits as well.

T: The smell's foretell pretty well the taste, but there is even a bit more complexity here which is great/ Some bright fruit sweetness and tartness adds nicely to major oak and vanilla. Vinegar like sourness is there but it's not annoying at all.

M: Smooth and quite tart, great carbonation.

O: A very nice beer overall!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark bronze that becomes scintillating scarlet when the sun is finally high enough in the sky for proper backlighting. Tiny flecks of yeast remain in suspension, while larger flakes eventually drift to the bottom of the snifter. The caramel nougat colored crown becomes increasingly creamy over time and is currently responsible for a thick collar of sudsy lace.

The noses on the beer in this series are what the noses on all Flanders oud bruins aspire to. If they don't, they should. It has that classic red-brown maltiness, along with a big blast of fruit vinegar and oak. Very well done.

Deciding when to crack the crown on these 13.0% beasts is difficult. My first impression is that this vintage could have used another year or so. It's still pretty intense, so if you like them rounder and more mellow, keep it in your cellar. Let's see if time and warming tame things a bit.

They do, but this is still in-your-face ale. Bitterness is surprisingly prominent, which is odd. Can't be hops, so maybe prolonged exposure to wood is to blame. Specifics include brown bread soaked in cherry vinegar and lemon juice, several barrels worth of oak and a large splash of tonic water. Outstanding job of alcohol masking, especially considering the sky-high ABV.

Slightly too much flavor clashing drops the taste and drinkability scores down one notch. The mouthfeel is more full than it was on the last (and only other) Special Reserva beer that I've reviewed. Besides, it looks like light-medium bodied is the way these things are supposed to be.

Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers is one of my favorite Belgian breweries. Everything they release is either good or excellent, usually the latter. Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 might have fallen on the upper end of that range if I had had the patience to crack the crown in 2012.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL slender Belgian bottle, aged in oak barrels and refermented in the bottle. The brew is deep cherry red, crystal-clear, with moderate carbonation and a half-inch of tan head that leaves light lacing. Lots of oak in the nose, lightly sour, with vinous malts, and a few solvent notes. The flavor is rich and well-balanced and, while oak dominates the palate, it blends with light malt, restrained lactic acid, and a mild, but almost unwanted bitterness. Behind this there is a distinct brettanomyces lambicus presence which contributes tart cherries and pits, earth, light funk and ethyl acetate. Light and effervescent on the tongue, coating, but not as dry as I was expecting. It is quite smooth, with no trace of alcohol (no small task for a 13% sour ale), and drinks like a long-aged red wine. Perhaps a bit pricey, but definitely worth a try if you are a sour ale enthusiast.

Photo of craytonic
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: decent head and some lacing

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, farmhouse cheese, tart cherries, and toffee

Taste: similar to the above, balsamic vinegar and red wine with some brown sugar, tart cherries, molasses, and toffee

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and lightly carbonated

Drinkability: I just have a hard time getting worked up over these. My big compliment is how well the ABV is hidden.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle states brewed in 2007 bottled in 2008. I drank this after aging two years in my beer cabinet.

Poured into a snifter, reddish brown and murky. It was sparkling clear in the bottle but obviously had some chill haze as it was not aged in the refrigerator. Smell tart and i could tell that the bugs had done their job. A nice, dirty white head quickly subsided. Very acidic on the first sip. Almost too much. The second was less so. By the third sip i loved the beer.

Mouthfeel was very dry and bubbly. There are so many layers of flavors in this beer and the finish is tart and dry. Lots of woody esters and dark fruit and earthiness. I dont get any vinegar taste from this beer thankfully.

I am amazed how this has morphed into a completely different beer from two years ago. The bugs were hard at work inside the bottle. An excellent beer! An scarily drinkable at 13% abv!!!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Plenum for this bottle!

I'm going into this one kinda blind, as I don't really know what to expect. It pours a cloudy sunset burnt sienna topped by a finger of light-ish tan foam. The nose comprises funky cherries, vinegar, dank oak, vanilla, and creeping moss (I can smell its movement...). The taste goes from a wildly dank orange to a massive assault of salty vinegar, then to straight salt water, and then comes to rest on some musty oak. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a very dry finish. Overall, a solid brew, but one I can't quite get fully into due to the overt vinegar-ness. Still, I was thankful to get to try this LIF-ed bottle.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to Plenum via TMoney2591 for this oldie

Now I shall start off with the caveat that I do not like sour beers at this point in my beer tasting life. I thought I would give this one a shot because at this point I've not had this particular style. I have to say that the initial pour has me frightened with a dirty red clay soup color. The smell is lot and lots of sour oak with some spicy ginger notes added in for good measure. The tastes has the same sour that I expected to get from the nose. The addition is a hell of a lot of salt and vinegar. Since I'm not partial to that style of chip I'm going to have to decline saying that I prefer this beer in any way. It's drinkable, if you have the palate for it.

Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
2007 version bottled in 2008. Pours a murky brown with a red tinged color with a tan head that coasters on top. Sour fruit notes in the nose with some acetone aromas. Light mouthfeel. Sour dark fruit taste like cherry and plum. Some latent bitternes as well. Acetone in the taste but not overpowering. Surprised this is a 13% beer! The off type bitterness in the taste is a little off putting for me but other than that I am enjoying this one.

Photo of mothman
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duck rabbit snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a murky brown with a light ruby hue.

Aroma: Oak and funk. Sour cherries make my mouth water quickly. Has light vinegar flavors. It is sour and I like it.

Taste: Very sour and funky. It brings a medicinal flavor in the background with a vinegar flavor up front. The sour cherries are hidden by the funk. It is very oaky. A pretty big beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and sour. A pretty high amount of carbonation. Medium bodied. End with some alcohol showing and nail polish remover flavor.

Overall, a decent bruin, but very big for the style a bit to much carbonation. I like the aroma but the taste brought a bit too much. Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

Photo of levifunk
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottle courtesy of Bartrash. poured into snifter.

a - pours dark brown with a nice tan head. head dies off, but held on longer than I expected.

s - smell is acidic and vinegar. oak and tart cherry.

t - wow, quite sour. oak is huge, and while i can taste the booze, it is very mellow for 13%. dry vinegar flavor. i'm not getting any of the sweet fruit flavors others got, but i do get some grapefruit rind flavor, but its not that bitter.

m - medium-light body. great carbonation. dry feel.

overall - wow, this does a phenomenal job at hiding the booze. If i didn't know, i would guess 6-7%. very good flavor, but i'm wondering why i'm not picking up any fruit. It would be nice.

Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle acquired at Olbutiken.

Pours medium brown, light tan highlights, a nice light head very nice intial carbonation but fades way to quickly...Aroma is super strong, as soon as the cap is off you are hit with strong sour notes, a typical oud bruin aroma. Oak underneath everything, light vinegar on the back...The taste is more a barrel aged sour to me, reminds me of consecreation more than an oud bruin. Having said that probably the best oud bruin I've had. Its too plain though, just sour wood from start to finish, no depth...The feel is nice and easy to drink.

An easy to drink 13% oud bruin that is on the plain side, but worth trying.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I shared this beautiful beer with my wife. Its body is a murky deep brown mahogany in tone. Head grows quickly with biscuity brown bubbles that fade to a skim in minutes. The nose on this one is off the chart. It is bursting with fresh ripe dark fruits like blueberries, strawberries, and overly ripe citrus and even a hint of bubble gum. This fragrance really fills up the room with a full lovely aroma. Enters the mouth with big, rich dark fruits that are accompanied by a wonderful tart feel that is so complete and balanced. Along with this in such a well presented manner comes an earthy tannin feel that is absolutely classy. Mouthfeel is bold, rich and softly tart in a way that is perfect. Supremely drinkable, a beer you really never want to end.

Photo of stevefinny
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance: Opened bottle to have it explode into the glass. Tons of tiny little bubbles. Head came and went.

Smell: Tart cherry, slight barnyard funk, and vinegar.

Taste: sourness upfront, Brett with tart cherries, slight winey vinegar. Where is the 13%ABV??? Damn this dangerous.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, Crisp, and a blanket of carbonation on the tongue that tingles.

Drinkability: This goes down way to easy. Great example of a Flanders Oud Bruin. I need to get more of these. Can't find the 13%ABV but i feel it.

Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, I love this series of brews. Thanks Ineedabeerhere!

Pours a murky bubbling reddish brown. Surprisingly large off-white head. Bubbly throughout, great mouthfeel.

Smells like tart cherries, wine vinegar, and an interesting earthy spiciness. Yum. The bit more age on this has rounded out the sour profile, bringing out the earthy tones, and blending the fruit ones.

Taste is great. The sour-y, red wine/vinegar, tart cherries, and earthiness with a dab of funk kick in and balance it well.

Wish I could buy this all the time.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice dark copper color, clear, clean, nice head
S: moderate sour tones, most likely from barrel aging
T: WOW!, a ton of sharp brett sourness up front, wasn't expecting so much but it's very good, very unusual for a 13 ABV beer in that alcohol is masked a lot from sourness and body isn't too dense, after awhile it mellows out but still sourness dominates, I desired more body and less brett but still a good beer all-around
M: decent, no unusual or off flavors
D: decent but too much brett

Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 330ml/11.2fl.oz. bottle purchased at Publick House Provisions, Brookline, MA
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a beautiful, nearly opaque, deep crimson color with a dense, frothy, ultra creamy and stiff, light tan head. Over time, the head faded to a resilient cap of froth. Huge chunks of sticky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was perfect mix of sweet and tart. Rich, full and complex. Winey and fruity with a stiff, malty base. Slightly musty, funky and oaky. Ripe berries were noticeable along with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Signature oud bruin.

The taste was not nearly as impressive as the aroma. Tart, crisp and almost a bit light initially. Bitter, slightly acidic and a touch funky in the center. Super oaky and earthy with notes of tart berries and granny smith apples. Quite sour and bitter on the back end. The finish was very dry, tannic and wine-y with mild oxidative notes, a kiss of alcohol warmth and a surprising amount of hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was beautifully lush, creamy and smooth with a gentle, tongue blanketing carbonation. Rather full-bodied for the style.

Drinkability was a mixed bag. From an alcohol perspective, the 13% was remarkably well hidden. Flavorwise, the super dry and bitter nature of this brew was a bit overwhelming.

This was quite an interesting beer. Although it smelled like an oud bruin, it definitely tasted like an oaky red wine. Definitely worth a try, if you do not mind spending $10 on a bottle.

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

A: Reddish brown, slightly hazy, with a beige uneven big head. Lots of lacings and a thick lid of foam sticks around for the show.

S: A very big smell with notes of sweet and tart fruits, wet wood, oak, grass, yeast, spices and malts. Hints of fudge, cola and herbal freshness. A very vinous character. When the yeast sediments go in the glass, a mild semi-funky aroma develops.

T: A very big taste with lots of flavors rushing forward and almost attack the mouth. Malty sweetness mixes nicely with fruity tartness. Notes of spices, bread, wood, plums, cherries and fudge. That lovely earthy Oerbier yeast blends perfectly with the slightly tart and semi-funky barrel character. Very vinous. The finish has some bitterness to it and well integrated sweet alcohol that sends a warming sensation through the body. Dry wood notes and fruity yeasty flavors lingers on.

M: Medium body, very smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish and quite a lot of carbonation.

D: A fantastic beer. Very complex and balanced. The way the sweetness, tartness and bitterness interact is just amazing. It's very vinous with quite a lot of components reminiscent of red wine. Delicious.

Photo of bmanning
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish brown with a large off-white head. Aromas of sour cherries, dark fruits, apple cider vinegar. Taste is very sour and tart with more dark fruit and cherries. There is also vanilla, oak, and balsamic vinegar along with funky barnyard. Overall this is a good Oud Bruin, but I prefer my sour beers to have less of the vinegar acetic acid character.

Photo of bulletrain76
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle, 2007 vintage at Brasserie Beck. Dark red-brown with a medium light tan head. Tart cherry and cranberry aromas, with some red wine, oak, and yeast qualities. The flavor is rich and fruity, with oak and alcohol combining with deep fruity malts and tart flavors. Somewhat sour, but it is only an element in a complex mix of fruity, malty, and alcoholic flavors. Very vinous in character, like an acidic red wine with a full and powerful flavor profile. This beer cuts rich foods like a razor. Reminds me of a flanders red, but adds the rich alcoholic complexity that makes it stand out.

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle at De Dolle poured by Kris himself.

A - Dark reddish-brown color with a nice large off-white head.

S - Aroma is vinous and somewhat tart with lots of other dark fruits, also barrel notes and vinegar present.

T - The flavor is complex with dark fruits, red wine, port, chocolate, and wood. Fairly tart, yet not so much as, say, your average American sour ale. This beer is much more balanced than those tend to be, with a much fuller flavor, and is pleasantly tart while skipping the mouth-puckering sourness.

M - Dry finish with a fairly full body and medium-high carbonation.

D - Well, it's a 13% cask-aged beer. I'd say it's more drinkable than your average red wine, which could be a fair comparison given the ABV and the fact that this was matured in Bordeaux casks.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Struise tulip.

Cap marked: BOTTL 2008

A: Pours a relatively clear but deep dark mahogany. Perched on top is an incredible looking 4-finger mass of perfectly creamy foam that's dark khaki in color. Head retention was excellent and full-on sheets of lace were left, stuck to the glass.

S: Gentle aromas of vinegar infused cherries that are further tempered by smells of oak, figs, and plums. Possibly a hint of tart green apple.

T: See above, tastes much like it smells. Soft vinegar and sour cherry flavors are complimented by flavors of damp bark, subtle dark fruit, and tangy/tart orchard fruit (green apple and/or waaaay underipe peaches).

M: I fully expected a tongue stripping vinegar mess but was gifted with a mouthfeel that was equal parts sour, sweet, and tart. Actually, really quite lush feeling. The oak aged astringency of the finish acted to merely add to and not take away from what happened before it. Oh, and where is that 13%? I couldn't detect it at all.

D: I, literally, had to keep looking at the bottle...mostly in disbelief. 13%? C'mon! That has to be a typo, right? Well, it is there, just lurking until the end of the glass. Suddenly my stomach felt quite warm. I'm so glad I was able to try this again.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby, cola brown with reddish, brown highlights and a bubbly cola like head that leaves a skim of foam until the very end.

S - Dark cherry, tart mixed with balsamic vinegar and a vinous sweetness. Some oak and figs is also noticeable.

T - tart, lactic, vinegar like acidity, dark cherries, woody oak, leather, plum, dark fruits and a hint of sweet caramel.

M - Medium body, tart with prickly carbonation. Slightly warming going down which felt weird for a sour but I had no idea it is 13% abv.

D - The mouthfeel and abv seem a little strange along with the big sourness but it makes for a pleasant surprise.

Photo of jgasparine
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured carefully from the bottle into a tulip glass, which produced a massive, four-finger high khaki colored rocky head, which gave way to some amazing lacing. The head was well retained throughout the drink, and sat unobtrusively atop a dark, hazy reddish-brown body. The body was almost completely opaque, and exhibited a good amount of active carbonation, which seemed to perpetually replenish the head.

S- Beautifully sweet and sour nose. Smells of burnt candy sugar, sour cherries, cider vinegar... some almondy, oaky and vinous notes... and my favorite horseblanket! (Brett)

T- Oh my! Delicate cotton-candy-like sweetness meets the flavor of sour cherries and almonds! Tons of oak tannins, sour notes (lactobacillus?), vinegary notes (acteobacter?) and horseblanket (brett). WOW! So much going on! And it all finishes super-long, bitter and dry (thanks to the oak).

M- Light to medium body is a bit creamy, and well complimented by prominent soft carbonation. Well done, not distracting from everything else.

D- Oh so wonderful. This is lovely funky mess that I could endlessly enjoy... that is until the alcohol content put me under the table. The 13% abv takes the drinkability down a notch... just because it limits the sessionability (is that a word?)

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.