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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Reviews: 52
Hads: 82
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 17 | 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: emerge077 on 10-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (1,677 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,821 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (942 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (1,746 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
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! (723 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish orange/red with a short head but what is there sticks around as a thin swirl for quite awhile and leaves some lacing. pretty nice for the style and abv. Smells a bit yeasty, and a bit sour with some very light saddle and horseblanket as well as a bit of oak. Somewhat vinous and fruity with cellared fruit in the nose. Not as sour as the nose hints at at first, but the sourness grows a bit as it warms and opens up. Complex with some metallic notes, a bit of funk, some asprin like bitterness, sweet/sour preserved red fruit, and a big tannic backbone from the oak. Very nice indeed and this is already drinking quite well. Quenching and tannic and complex, and by no means exhibiting its hefty 13% abv. (721 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,130 characters)

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. (653 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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 (1,315 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,205 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
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! (300 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +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. (787 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,474 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark ruby brown with brighter ruby highlights shining through when held up to a light. Big foamy brown head caps the beer after a rater gentle pour. Lots of bubbles quickly rising to the top. Thick sheets of lace left behind on the glass.

S - Tart and sour dark fruit aromas dominate the nose. Some cherry, date, and a little fig. A light vinegar hint lingers underneath. I would say the general funkiness is present as well, but somewhat muted.

T - Very tart initially with lots of dark fruits in the taste. Cherry is the most noticeable with a little plum as well. While being tart the whole way through, it is never really mouth puckering. A light fruity sweetness provides just enough balance.

M/D - On the medium side of full bodied with a tart resin that coats the mouth. Deceptively easy drinking for 13% ABV. (828 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.73/5  rDev -11%
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 (494 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.65/5  rDev +11%
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... (1,030 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (621 characters)

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.