De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Reviews by mmmbeer:
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2011 20:14:28 | More by mmmbeer
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3.88/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2012 18:07:50 | More by ColForbinBC
3.23/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2012 18:40:23 | More by BEERchitect
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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