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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
92
outstanding

77 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 22
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 10-11-2008)
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Jason, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

rrski198, Dec 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.95/5  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.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of flannelman808
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

effing wow....

One of if not the BEST I have ever had. This is an amazing beer.

It pours an orange amber and has an off white colored head. Good head retention despite the 13 percent abv.

TONS of citrus and sour cherry on the nose, this beer lets you know its going to be as intense as it is on the way in.

This beer comes on very strong with a heavy sour punch. I get the oak and almost a cognac like character. There is a little bit of caramel but by no means is this a sweet beer, and wait is it 13 percent alcohol?... Could have fooled me. The intensity of flavor nearly completely wipes out any indication of alcoholic strength.

If you find it its worth the money, But its the first time I have ever seen it and look for these all the time so good luck.

flannelman808, May 04, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jollyotter, May 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

fbc24, Jul 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

GrindFatherBob, May 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

imperialking, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nniicckkww
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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!!!

nniicckkww, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

emerge077, Oct 11, 2008
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4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

so this is my beer number 100. and what a beer.

the pour is a murky barley wine color. dark cloud of amber. with a medium head. belgian firm but not aggressive on the palate. smell is on its own. like a lambic tart with cherry and a light woodiness. smell of gentle lilies. the o'keefe of beer. and at 13% which i can feel at the end of the glass... no alcohol at all. really impressive. taste is a bitter earthy wood with cherry tart. soft. at least enough to pick up a doughy quality in the mild sweet malt. definitely well balanced sour quality. goes down smooth. tastes like a milder flemish red but with a broader palate range and goes down an extreme subtle, if it was ever possible, barley wine. balsamic acid, flowers petals, tart, and earth seem to be the predominant. one of the best i've have in the last year. easily. easily in my top five percent of beer period. de dolle fans will be shocked. flemish red fans will drink three thinking its the typical 5-8 percent and feel the well hidden result. fantastic beer...

rtepiak, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.58/5  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.

Overlord, Feb 20, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- reddish brown with a massive thick and fluffy almost tan colored head that lasts through the whole beer and leaves very even lacing on the sides of the glass. cant beat that

S- lots going on here. some sourness is the first thing i pick up. something musty and leather like. tobacco or raisins, cherries, and something almost champagne like.

T- again, very complex. sweet fruits upfront. pretty tart at the end. somewhat oak-y. lots of tastes in common with champagne.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation that adds to the beer. pretty creamy, very smooth

D- for something this big, the alcohol is very well masked. id love to have a couple of these in a sitting. its different, very complex, and the sourness isnt overwhelming. the only negative to this beer is the price and somewhat limited availability. de dolle doesnt disappoint. check this one out if you ever get the chance, i dont think youll be sorry you did.

jwinship83, Nov 13, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

beenitty, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

hooliganlife, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Seaba, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

GbVDave, Aug 30, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

whartontallboy, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

bsuedekum, Mar 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

pixieskid, May 13, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

brewcrew76, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.43/5  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.

ricke, Oct 29, 2009
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.