De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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3.65/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2008 04:32:25 | More by pwoods
4.68/5 rDev +9.6%
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!
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2008 04:52:14 | More by emerge077
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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