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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009)

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

88 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 32
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
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: Rochefort10nh on 10-27-2009)
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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Photo of brownbeer
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Deep ruby red with a thin, tan head that remains and a lot of rushing bubbles.

S- Complex aroma of tart cherry, apple skins, dried berry, vanilla. Light, fruity pinot noir, oak, and a hint of alcohol.

T&M- Slightly sour fruit, very wine-like, with a woody, vanilla fade. Medium bodied with clean carbonation that doesn't allow the beer to be syrupy. Shows very little alcohol except a slight warming after swallowing.

D- Unbelievable, I could have never guessed this is 13%. I have nothing to complain about with this. Genius.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a 2005-2009 vertical shared by Jeremy – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish-amber color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with good amounts of boozy red grapes and hints of sugar-coated pears. Also present are hints of funk and dark cherries.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by lightly tart grape and cherry flavors. Joining in shortly thereafter are hints of funk that accentuate the tartness. Midway through the sip medium fruit flavors sweeten things up a bit, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a very nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I think this beer still has some time to develop, the nose is still on the hot side and the funk and tartness seem as though they could play off of each other a bit better. A solid beer that’s worth a shot but you wouldn’t be amiss if you set one aside for a while. Probably my favorite after the 2007.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my oerbier tulip.

Dark taupe body with very faint redwood highlights. A light khaki dense cloud of steamed foam leaves a persistent mound of concentric lacing around the rim. Superior retention, especially for the ABV.

Heavy fruit and heavy malt in the nose, along with some vinuous aromatics suggesting wine and grappa. Somewhat bready, and powerful without being solventy.

Dark rich malt, with hints of chocolate covered cherries, Luxardo, and orange zest. The oak and alcohol work very well together, and a very subtle oxidation joins up with the complex yeast suggesting fine sherry. The acidity is mild but keeps the profile lively. The finish is malty and dry with a wave of cherry pits in the aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation, thick and effervescent, mild astringency. Warming, but surprisingly not hot.

Superb example of the style - not quite as good as Haandbakk in my opinion, but still outstanding...

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear deep ruby body, at least until the sediment starts to flow. Huge chunks just about to land in my glass before I pulled back the neck. Phew. Nice sized off-white head. Big discrete bubbles hang around a while but slowly recede to a thick collar.

Smell - Tons of red wine. Like I'm smelling Consecration. Fruity cherry-like acidity, fairly acetic in nature. Malt, too. No booze.

Taste - Really intense wine flavor again. Still reminds me of Consecration a lot. Less cherry and more like currants. Very sour and oaky. Malt flavor comes through big in the back, but never sweet. Dry.

Mouthfeel - Man, it doesn't seem boozy at first, but the sourness combined with a sharp alcoholic bite in the back end make for a scary finish.

Overall - Tastes great but it's more of a sipper than many beers of its strength. It's not actually all that alcoholic, but it just builds to an intense finish. Definitely gonna be working on this one for a while.

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely clear dark chestnut brown with a tan head and very good lacing for such a high abv. Gently fades to a light covering. Smell is dark fruits, caramel, and sugars. Cherries and a bit of honey. Belgian funk and dark malt. Oak is just lovely as it flows through the body of the nose. Sharp edged scents of alcohol peek out here and there but never take center stage. Taste is superb. I did not realize the style or the strength of this before I went into my cellar and opened it. So complex a brew it is hard to pick it apart. A roasted caramel front is woven into an oaked malt body. More cherries and currant juice with figs. The oak blossoms with the developing sourness but they only swell on the tongue to a mild opening up of the beer. Hops are earthy and drying. Dry and tannic finish with lingering leather. Alcohol mirrors the nose. It peeks out and you know it is there in large amounts but you do not taste it and only the occasional burn gives any real awareness. Feel is just short of perfect. Mild but lively carbonation with a clean dryness in the mouth. Drinkability is dangerous as you feel inclined to savor this very special brew but you can easily take bigger sips than you should. This was exceptional with some good Wisconsin cheddar.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage.

Appearance - Pours into my Russian River Tulip. Dark brown color with a half finger of slight tan head that dissipates slowly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Nice tart green apple peel, other dark fruits, cranberries, slight red wine vinegar. Smells delicious.

Taste - Wow, quite a bit more red wine vinegar than expected. Tastes like what I would dip my bread in when I go to a great Italian restaurant. However, not off putting by any means. Slight green apple, more dark fruits, oak, cocoa, and just a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, higher carbonation.

Drinkability - Wow, for such a high ABV, literally nothing it tasted or felt. While the flavor itself is not something I particularly enjoy, and understand this is more of a FOB than AWA or Sour, it is still quite good.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Hampshire>Ohio>Illinois... Finally!

First impression: More balsamic and spice than in years past. Very savory and deep flavors.

Pours a russet tone with a glint of ruby down low in the meniscus of the glass. The tan foam is solid at first, then breaks up a little across the surface, leaving a thick ring around the edge.

Balsamic barrel aroma, woody, earthy, damp leaves and forest mushrooms. Utterly perfect to my nose.

Acidic tartness, black cherry, dry savory finish with some really interesting savory spices, which i'm at a loss to describe. Something Asian, almost salty but stopping short. Seaweed? Umami? Hard to describe. Really smooth on the finish, with a lasting aftertaste that makes you really savor it. Long after I can taste the residual raw honey from the original Oerbier...awesome. This is such a transformative brew, try a regular Oerbier alongside for a nice comparison.

Sooner or later i'll try a 50/50 blend with Haandbakk, once I graduate from Baller University...

sound: Ralph Young - Cool Off the Floor

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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this specific vintage multiple times but never got around to doing a review. Thanks to Wolfsblood for hooking up a case back in 2009:)

Brown redish color. Pretty much flat. Very minimal head and slight carbination which was pretty much non existant after sitting in my glass for 10-15 minutes letting this bad boy warm up.

Wonderful smells. Sour plums. Vinegar. Dark fruits.

Amazing flavor. Strikingly tart. Booze is almost non existant especially concidering the high ABV. A slow sipper for sure. Sliky smooth mouthfeel. Increased in complexity as it warmed.

I had to take some points off for the dark murky sediment on the bottom of my glass but other than that this beer is great. World class stuff.

For the sour/Belgian lover it doesn't get much better than this.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite all time beers hands down. I love getting new vintages of this and tonight decided to crack the most recent one I had. Served chilled and poured into a small six ounce snifter a few times, this one was consumed on 07/01/2010.

The pour is a lovely dark garnet. Nice and opaque but has a decently thin look to it. Nice small head of light off white then comes up and over the top, dropping loads of lovely lacing down the sides.

Aroma is dark fruits, ripe plums, figs, pears, anything dark is a winner here. Really just nicely done. Sweet with raisins and touches of spice coming into the fold, beyond well put together. Each sip is like thanksgiving dinner with the flavors. A tremendous range here with huge swings from sugary dark fruits to light spice and hints of tart cherries. A wonderfully furfilling finish leaves the great taste of plums and spiced cake on the tongue.

Overall one of the best and you really just cannot go wrong.

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3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - murky brown bubbly and a large light tan head

S - sour cherries, dried berries, red wine, apple, pear, a little funky

T - sour cherries, slightly sweet, funky, woody, earthy, apple, balsamic vinaigrette

M - champagne like carb, moderate to moderately full body

D - a little too funky/woody/earthy/vinegar for me, wish it were a bit more smooth, sour and more cherries. Excellent example of style hitting all the proper notes though. Just not the right ones. Rather have something like Rosso, Red Poppy, Dissident. Those packed more fruity sourness into the punch rather then the funky/woody/vinegar.

Photo of rhenning
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz btl poured into a red wine glass.

pours a nearly opaque hazy bronze with a bit of orange hue showing around the edges. a relatively gentle pour yields two fingers of dark cream colored head that soon recedes to a covering of foam. only a few disconnected trails of lacing were left on the glass. nose of tart black cherries, green apple skin and malt vinegar. the initial flavor is of dark fruits, followed by vinegar tartness, yeast and alcohol mid palate, then finishing off with notes of oak and earth. traces of bitter plum or cherry skin linger in the back of the throat for a long while in the aftertaste. the overall mouthfeel is very nice: medium viscosity, velvety and not sticky. drinkability isn't bad but I don't know if I'd have more than two of these is a session due to the sourness and complexity.

very glad i bought two bottles of both the '08 and the '07. i'll update the review to compare the two when the '07 gets popped.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a good amount of red-amber to it. Head of two fingers of a delicate tan color, high retention, a few large swoops of lace on the side of my glass. Aroma has candi sugar and dates with lots of lactic sourness behind it. Comes across like a sour quad, which makes a bit of sense considering its alcohol content. Mild acetic character with some caramelized sugars, acid, bit of cheesy musty elements and limited evidence of alcohol.

The flavor has some grapes, caramelized sugars, prune, pretty intense lactic sourness plus the traditional musty woody elements of the Oud Bruin with a butterscotch and acetic acids. Maltier and more sour than most any examples though, has a real sweet and sour thing going on. Tasty! Feel is nice and thick with that creamy carbonation I love in a good Flemish style ale. Despite the strength of flavors and alcohol uncommon in the style, I really dig this one. De Dolle is doing very good things and keeping Belgium craft.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark reddish brown color with a slightly smaller than average foamy off white head that reduces fast and leaves a nice thin layer of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of tart cherry and balsamic and red wine vinegar, with the emphasis on the wine vinegar smell. Has some gueuze like aroma. Acidic aroma is the strongest, but it isn't overpowering.

T - A lot of grape, apple cherry flavor with tart being the main aspect of the fruit, but it isn't extraordinarily tart (especially given the style). Like the aroma, red wine vinegar provides a fair amount of the taste. Some tannic taste and somewhat like a sweet red wine. Fairly vinous and the ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Somewhat tingly and a drying finish.

D - Good balance between tart/acidic and sweet, especially given the style. Very enjoyable taste and the ABV is very well hidden. Quite easy to drink.

Notes: Brewed in 2008. Well balanced beer that isn't overly tart/acidic but definitely has those aspects. Overall, an enjoyable beer to drink.
M - Medium body with about average carbonation. A bit of a tingly sensation and drying finish.

D - Well balanced as far as tart/acidic/sweet for the flavor. Enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Notes: Well balanced beer that isn't all that tart or acidic for the style. That said, it is tart and vinous. Overall a

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.