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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

81 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 81
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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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 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 brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, very slight faint mahogany reddish, thick head, that is self-sustaining with carbonation and some pretty nice lacing...

S: Sour, tart fruits. Slight vinegar and sour apples...

T: Sour, tangy, slightly acidity, definitely can taste some nice woody overtones which I guess must be oak since it is aged in oak barrels. Being that this is my first experience with a Flanders Oud Bruin, I am definitely appreciating this brew. Very little to imperceptive alcohol presence. Dry, light finish.

M: Light and tart, would be a pretty good summer beer.

D: Can't believe the abv. Crazy... the more I taste, it grows on me. I'm liking this, but at the same time, will heed the alcohol content in spite of its near absence in the mouth...

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 tai4ji2x
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. brewed 2007, bottled 2008. poured into tulip. tasted in late march 09.

another de dolle gusher, of course! grr...

dark reddish brown, some dark ruby under the light. mildly hazy. beige head is fizzy at first, but then goes to a fine-foam, thin layer, then just wisps and a ring. decent lacing.

aroma: dark dried cherries with tart note. whiff of cider and balsamic vinegars. trade of wood. grass and hay mix with faint barnyard hint. note of... leather?

taste: tart fruitiness, with light vinegar acidity, plus another whimper of fruit, not quite sweet, but vaguely caramel. woody oak and leather, with light funk and hay and more tart notes, continuing into the tart yet dry finish.

prickly carbonation, with acidic finish, and the very end has a nice dry astringency.

alcohol is undetectable and makes this very drinkable.

okay, de dolle has redeemed themselves slightly in my eyes, but really, WHY CAN'T THEY CONTROL THE GUSHING!?!?!?!

Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of flannelman808
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. $8.99 from the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati.

Consumed in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Pours an incredibly dark brown which becomes more transparent when held up against the light. Light tan half finger head which looks very light contrasted with the dark brown of the beer.

Wonderful sour aroma with the right amount of sweetness. Possible the benchmark for Flanders Oud Bruin. Depth to the aroma and nothing to make (you/a person familiar with this style) think vinegar.

The creamy head remains constant.

Taste and mouthfeel are both incredibly rich. Almost to a fault as it masks the sour and finish. More of an observation than a complaint. An exceptionally smooth beer for 13%.

In imperial version of this beer that I believe will benefit from some time in the cellar.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown glass pry-top. Bottled in 2008 stamped on cap. Bought it at Publick House Provisions (Brookline, MA) a couple months ago.

Appearance: Pours a ruddy amber brown with 1 inch tan head with good retention. Hazy but no visible sediment.

Nose: Sour cherry, wet wood, milk chocolate, peach fuzz.

Palate: Medium-bodied with nice rich texture that leads into a sour crisp finish. Sour cherry and lots of dark chocolate are the primary flavors, with some vanilla bean and cola rounding it out.

Notes: Nice balance! A sour beer, but it's kept in check by the complex flavors and great mouthfeel! Very drinkable despite being 13%!

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 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 Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of seaoflament
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for opening up this bottle tonight at La Bella Pizza.

Pours a dark cherry color with hints of mahogany and a good half inch of foam.

Smells of oak, cherry maltiness, nutty malts, slight vinegar, a little chalky too. Some red apples. Acidic and tannins. Strawberry aromas develop later on, as well as more fruitiness.

Cherry, vinegar, oak, and toast flavor greet the mouth at first sip. Later on I pick up some plastic/phenolic flavors, hints of coffee or roasted malts late in the aftertaste. Tannic and medium dry finish. Medium carbonation as well, and very smooth.

Seems like a cross between a Belgian Dark ale and a Flanders Oud Bruin.

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.

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 ATLbeerDog
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brownish/red - definitely not pretty. A small one finger caramel colored head tops the beer. Smells only of brett and alcohol with just a tad of dark fruits coming thru. First sip is all funk with wild yeast up front and center. There is quite a bit of green apple notes adding to the sour tartness. The 13% ABV is fairly well hidden. Bottle conditioning makes for an appreciated mouthfeel.

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 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 roadhouse
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a deep ruby red/burgundy color with a one inch off-white head that sinks to a cap after a couple of minutes. Leaves some pretty decent lacing.

Aroma is initially sweet, like the product of some candi sugar. However, that doesn't last long as the tartness kicks in quickly. It's quite fruity as well and reminds me most of black cherries. There's also some very slight bubble gum esters peeking through.

Taste is quite tart from the beginning, with the sweet character popping in for a quick moment right before the swallow. The cherry character is still evident, but more of the funk comes through in the taste than the aroma, slightly overpowering the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but it's lightened a bit by some effervescent carbonation that also lends a creamy feel to it. A bit like the bubbly.

Enjoyed this one quite a bit, hard to believe it's 13% ABV. It was $10 per bottle, but worth the cost.

Photo of rtepiak
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
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...

Photo of 0110x011
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby, bordering on black. Nearly impenetrable. Thick, frothy three-finger head lasts and lasts, leaving thick, chunky lacing behind. Huge cherry and oak on the nose, followed by an earthy mustiness and barnyard funk. A bit boozy. Sour punch on the tongue first, followed by cherry, plum, earth, funk and oak. The dark fruit flavors become more prominent as the beer warms and the palate acclimates to the sourness. Mouthfeel is light and dry, wih the 13% incredibly well hidden.

A damn fine Flemish sour; ranks with the best.

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2007 (Bottled 2008) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.