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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:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
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
Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded brown with a reddish hue. Crème head. Nose is cherries and a lactic funk. Slight sugar and stronger wood tones. Flavor is Flanders for sure. Slight sour and tart bite with unsweetened cherries and a bit of leafy and woody funk. Lactic tone is definitely there, but not completely overpowering. Vanilla tones are there as well. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation really attacks the tip of my tongue. Nice to drink. Intense and a bit too boisterous, but if you like the style you will dig this one.

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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 Kraken
2.68/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Slight pour yields a scant bubbly film that barely coats the surface. Moderately light lace. Color is a dark brown.

nose- Anise, dehydrated cranberry, very different.

Palate- Exceedingly tart and sharp on the palate. Very sour, sour apples, grape skins, and pure grapefruit extract. Mouth puckering. Not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel- Tart, bitter and tanic

Drinkability- Not for me, glad I was able to split.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy copper-brown color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells good. Slightly tart fruits - figs, berries and hints of pear - are backed by mild hints of oak. As it warms some funk manages its way out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts are joined by tart fruits in very nice balance. Near the end of the sip a hint of the wood comes out right before an ending that leaves a perfect amount of tartness lingering. I would never guess this was 13.0% ABV - more like 8-9%.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is very good. I split a 12 oz. bottle but could easily have two to three of these.

Overall the most impressive thing about this beer was how well it hid the alcohol. A very tasty Oud Bruin that's definitely worth a shot.

UPDATE 4/14/11: Tasted this again courtesy of Jeremy and it is hands down the best out of 2005-2009. The tartness has increased since the previous review. Very much worth a shot.

Photo of pwoods
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. brown bottle, purchased at Dilly Deli, poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours a dark shoe leather without much visibility. Good head forms latte foam tan with good retention and lacing.

S: Tons of caramel and caramelized dark fruits. Plenty of alcohol mixed in with the sweetness as well as the complexity of the oak. A bit of tartness and light sour notes are tossed in with the fruits.

T/M: Quite tart. Very tart cherries with some raisins in the back. Alcohol cuts through a bit. The sweet caramel and non-tart dark fruits are nearly completely hidden behind the tartness. The oak stands up to the tart and sour cherries and adds a nice depth to them. Body is maybe a bit above medium with pretty good carbonation to smooth things out.

D: Alcohol is there but doesn't feel like 13%. A touch tart for my personal liking and that'll lower the drinkability, but good nonetheless.

Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up for $6 at Abe's Cold Beer. This beer reminds me a bit of a cherry stout homebrew I made for the tart cherry flavor that almost dominates the flavor. I say 'almost' because the acidic citrus that rounds out the taste. The aroma has a mellow oak element with caramel candy. Additionally, there are hints of dates, Belgian-spiced plums (like youd find in a good Belgian strong dark ale) and red grapes before the tart grapefruit kicks in. There's a subtle earthy hops note in the finish and an aftertaste that fades into tangy, mouth-puckering lemon. Considering how most sour beer are real sippers, this beer has amazing drinkability. It's 13% and drinks like a beer at half the strength. Watch out, this beer could put you in a ditch. And word to the wise, let this baby warm up to cellar temp. The complexity comes alive with a little warmth.

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 emerge077
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed Oerbier glass around 50º. Thin cap of eggshell foam, the glass is a glowing dark orange-ruby orb with direct light behind it. Tiny streams of racing carbonation. In low light the color is more of a mahoghany tone. After 30 minutes the head is still unbroken.

Ripe cheese and balsamic notes, wet wood, damp forest floor. At room temperature there is almost a hint of some mystery confection, maybe toffee, also brandy. Very hard to pin down, it seems to change over time in a progressive way. Definite barrel and cherry pit.

Succulent black cherry, leather, sharp cheese, hay, with a sticky chambord finish. Toasted barrel staves. Long lasting dry sherry and oak notes. Really bursting with tart fruit and funky, woody essence.

Creamy full body, long and savory finish that plays with the senses. A perennial favorite that I look forward to every year about this time. Cheers to Kris Herteleer and his masterful work!

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 mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I essentially made the trip up to Asheville for this beer, as I did not want to miss out on this years bottling, having lagged on last years quite a bit. Stopped in at Bruisin and this was the first grab. After dinner tonight I figured it would be a more then fitting nightcap. Served chilled in a Chimay chalice, this one was consumed on 11/09/2008.

The pour was very solid. A rich, dark brown color taking shape right before my eyes. A nice little puff of off white head then crept up over the top and reached a height of around an inch and stayed put. Never sinking below this level, it just simply served to deposit an enormous amount of side glass lace that just coated the inside of the glass.

The aroma was rich, and amazingly tart. Delicous notes of dark cherries, tart apple, hints of light grain and sour grapes. Light notes of random fruits just layered on top of a deep, resinous funk. The flavor though, best of the style I have ever had hands down. Just a crashing wave of sour and tart fruit, exploring parts of the taste buds that you did not think were there. Not as terribly sour as some of the big brett beers, this was more subtle, more condensed. Rich cherry notes dominating the flavor here with a wonderful turn over to an almost candy like flavor in the middle, which just turned in on itself and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth with the long, dry finish. Amazingly drinkable with not a hint of the huge ABV here to be found. This was a remarkable beer.

In the end, this was not at all what I was expecting. This was just fantastically good. One of the best I have ever had I would have to say. Good enough for me to grab another bottle or two for sure. a fantastic beer that you need to get out there and try.

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

Been wanting to try this for a while now.
Pours a dark reddish brown in color. There's a nice frothy half inch of head sitting atop and sticking around for some time.
Smell is caramel, toffee and some tart/sourness.
Taste is much more sour than I was expecting and I love it. What a pleasant surprise. Very nice light fruit flavor with a huge amount of tartness. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation to match the tartness. There is absolutely, positively no sign of the alcohol which makes this beer even better.
Amazing. I want to pick up some more, but for $9 a 11oz bottle, I'm going to have to think about it.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml purchased from Publick House Provisions into a Duvel tulip...

1-finger tight, natural ginger-colored head tops a cloudy, bountiful clove/gingerbread body - looks rustic, hearty and spicy. Head brings a very chunky seam. Somewhat hazy but this looks quite comforting.

Salty bicarb makes a faint first impression but thankfully makes its exit. Hugem sour, braised dark fruits...sour plums (?) come about with mild clove, slight vinegar and bountiful weighty malt. Hops? A trace if that.

Wow - I am digging the up-front peppercorn spice on top of the sour power of deep, dark clove and figs - carbonation gives it a little light body to the Brett...but the "horse blanket" feel is very mild. Very well-constructed.

Palate presence is excellent - stewed fruit brings a sour pucker against a slight yeasty feel. OVerall very tangy. Finish is long and drawn out with strength bout almost as bright as a lambic.

This style is predispositioned to sipping but this is so well done it's a pleasure to enjoy.

Sidebar: My 4 1/2-year-old insisted on smelling what was in my glass - of course I caved thinking he would find it disgusting. His exact words..."Whoa, that's good - can I have some?" Are you friggin' kidding me?

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 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 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 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?)

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 DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this at State Line a while back.

A: Holy moly, the first thing that strikes you about this beer is the massive head and excellent retention. Dense and light brown in color, it sits atop a deep ruby red beer with reddish brown highlights. Quite awesome. The lacing is surprising (and welcomed)

S: Big and complex, this smells great. The classic acetic character is present and prominent, but there's also a rich vinous sweetness with sugar, plum wine, and a delicious oak character with some vanilla. Cocoa/unsweetened chocolate is present, as is a berry-like character. Awesome. As it warms up, the lactic character that caught me by surprise becomes more prominent.

T: Opens up puckeringly sour with a blend of lactic and acetic sourness. The first blast is a balsamic vinegar-like character, but the strong lactic character overpowers it. A lot of the sweetness on the nose is lost, and this basically is an acid bomb with an oaky, vanilla finish. Alcohol is impossible to detect. It really is unfortunate that the lactic character overpowers everything else :-(

M: Rather big in body with a huge sourness. Carbonation is high, and works well. The finish is a little one dimensional, though

D: The lactic character gets to be a bit much after a while, but I will have no trouble finishing my glass

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 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 thirdeye11
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ballewblake for providing a bottle of this at our DFW tasting event last night.

Presentation: Poured from 330ml bottle into a snifter style glass.

A: This beer has a nice dark caramel color, but lacks any carbonation, head, or lacing whatsoever. The color makes up for it though.

S: Smells almost exactly like a Duchess de Bourgogne to me, but maybe a little less barnyard funk. Fruity and sour and well balanced.

T: Wow I was surprised how good this was. This smells like Duchess, but it certainly doesn't remind me of it in the taste at all. It's much better. One of the first sours I've ever had this beer gave NO evidence whatsoever that it was 13% alcohol. Reminded me of a balsamic vinegar without the acid.

M: Very undercarbonated it was also a little slick for my liking.

D: I could drink a couple of these without any issue despite the fact it is sour. I had absolutely no clue as to the high alcohol content, and neither did anyone else at our tasting. In fact we had to check the bottle again just to see if it was really 13%!

Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown, small head, leave to minimum ring. Not much lace or anything else.

S - Bright tart smell mingled with malt.

T - Sour, sparkly, like bad OJ. Man, when will I get this stuff? I am review per style, but it would be lower otherwise.

M - Medium body, sour, sour, sour.

D - Stop please!

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

I had this at the lions pride in Brunswick Maine served in a tulip glass it had a wonderful off white head that lasted for the entire time I was drinking the brew. The beer had a dark brown colored body with mahogany Highlights.

The aroma of cherries and apples with other wonderful sour type fruits as well, filled my head. This was a fantastic Flanders Oud Bruin, lightly sour with enough sweetness to keep it really drinkable. Flavors of tart cherries and apples are incredible as well. It had a medium feel in my mouth with enough carbonation to keep my tongue happy.

A little pricey to really be a beer you would drink many of. Defiantly worth the price to try and enjoy once in a while

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 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.

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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.