De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.85/5 rDev +12%
What a fantastic beer. The Mad Brewers have outdone themselves with this one.
A – Pours a nice rich reddish mahogany-brown, a bit hazy, with a good bit of tan foam that recedes into a thin chiffon sheet.
S – It smells like a very nice, typical Oud Bruin (which this is not) with great aromatic suggestions of cinnamon raisin buns, malt vinegar, musty oak and sour cherries. The alcohol is very well hidden
T – This is a tremendous take on the style. It tastes very reminiscent of Vichtenaar or Duchesse de Bourgogne, actually, but spiked with a significant alcohol punch on the end. That said, the alcohol is still fairly well-hidden. Now, to the flavors: fantastic impressions of rich port wine and generally vinous tones, abundant nuances of sour cherry and apricot, as well as a earthy an musty impartation from the oak, all capped by a distinctly Cognac-like finish. It never drinks ‘hot’, despite the 13% ABV, which is seemingly an anomaly within the style. A note about drinking this beer as compared to other Oud Bruins: I frequently like to drink them warm and aired-out; this one does not benefit from that treatment, it is best consumed quite cold.
M – Very much on the refreshing side of medium-bodied, but velvety in feel and perfectly carbonated for the style.
D – This is perhaps the best beer offered by one of Belgium’s most superb breweries. Inestimably drinkable
03-15-2010 23:29:49 | More by ktrillionaire
4.8/5 rDev +10.9%
Words escape me for this is the epitome of fine craft brew excellence. This is my first and last review. No disrespect. Sour? yes, So delicious in taste and fragrance. I hate to see it fade in my rochefort chalice I wish for it to linger forever. Cold shower needed.
05-27-2010 04:10:44 | More by merrymonkster
4.72/5 rDev +9%
This bottle has been in my cellar a couple of years. Poured into a small vintage Rodenbach tumbler glass.
Body is reddish copper brown with a tan head that dissipates to an 1/8th inch cap. Not much lacing to speak of.
Smells of cherry fruit, a bit of vinegar, funk, tea, and brown sugar. Very intriguing.
This is an oud bruin with a unique character! There is a strong malt backbone to this, with a nice caramel element, and the beer has now oxidized some, adding more of a port quality. Still has a nice cherry tartness and a nice level of acid coming through. Has a lovely depth in the finish that lasts, like a fine liquor, along with a bit of cinnamon spice. The stickiness of the beer on my lips says there is more sugar in this than I am tasting, and it is very well balanced by the tartness, like a nice cherry pie.
Body is medium, mainly due to the sugars, and the carbonation gives this a lovely creamy mouthfeel.
This beer is just delightful. The alcohol is exceptionally well integrated, but at 13%, makes this a sipper. It makes a good dessert beer.
08-13-2011 03:03:28 | More by Beerenauslese
4.72/5 rDev +9%
Saved this guy for awhile. Decided to bust it out. Poured it into a chimay chalice, poured a nut brown hue. Very foggy and a very light tan head that did not stick around for long.
Nose is pungent , belgium yeasts, cherry, clove, brown sugar, and a cooling effect like spearmint.
Flavor is sour but with a sugar spice balance. lots of cherry and a alcohol tingle. Finished with a little cocoa, and allspice.
Love it Love it Love it. I'm going to pick up another one today.
01-03-2011 16:26:52 | More by bernardus1212
4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-26-2012 14:25:54 | More by tendermorsel
4.63/5 rDev +6.9%
33cl bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Matt for sharing.
A: Clear ruby-amber body with a thin off-white head that disappears fairly quickly but does leave some nice delicate lace. Pretty solid for being several years old.
S: Intense acetic tartness right away, smoothed out by some terrific cherry and red-wine fruitiness. Vanilla and tannic oak well balanced in the background. Fantastic.
T: Follows the nose precisely - sour, fruity, oaky, and cleanly tannic. I cannot believe that this is 13%, since it goes down with impeccable smoothness and not even a hint of booziness. Just a delicious Oud Bruin.
M: Medium body with light carbonation.
O: Wow, this blew me away. I'd only had the '11 vintage of this beer, and it really didn't do too much for me - overly bitter and boozy, just unbalanced - but this was a masterpiece. Thanks again Matt!
01-26-2013 14:17:34 | More by woosterbill
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
11-12-2009 03:12:08 | More by brownbeer
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
this reminds me of how the ommegang bottle says something about it being a "truly burgundian brew". Oerbier Reserva 2008 is what i think of when i think burgundy. dark brown, almost red with a cream colored head that holds forever and leaves good lace. nose is wood, dark cherry, earth, earthy mushroom, a hint of freshly ridden leather, plum, green cooking apple and a little touch of slightly toasted, slightly sweet grain. taste is amazingly well balanced considering all that's going on. tart, pinot noir-like acidity and very good earthy minerality. i really prefer experiencing these traits in beer, but this is as close to perfect cru wines as beer gets. god it's good. nice, long, warming finish, but not hot. 13% percent abv and i could definitely drink a few. that in itself is mind-blowing. i need more.
11-13-2009 02:14:37 | More by timtim
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
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
10-30-2009 02:11:46 | More by emerge077
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
Picked up at Nikki's Liquors in June
Poured in to a tulip
A: This beer pours a ruddy light chocolate brown, bit of a purplish look to it. A two finger of khaki colored head sits on top. Head recedes to a film that retains throughout. Minor wispy lacing is left on the glass.
S: Nose is tart apples, cherries, vanilla, some cocoa, oak and some sort of candied sugaring/caramel notes.
T: Taste starts with sour tart cherries and cranberry at the forefront. Middle has some cocoa, oaked flavoring, with a touch of vanilla. The finish is soured apple, and hints of pear that linger and really come through in the after taste. There is a bit of a warming as an after thought from the alcohol.
M: Medium body, high carbonation - quite visible at first pour, crisp body at first with a creamy, somewhat sticky finish.
D: Goes down easily, nice kick, not too filling, the ABV should drop the drinkability .. however, it is a phenomenal drink to sit with, sip and enjoy.
07-27-2010 00:21:38 | More by Jayli
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
I expected this to be a belgian strong, or maybe an xmas ale. Was blown away to discover it was a sour! I initially suspected Flanders red ... eh, close enough.
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.
Taste is quite excellent. This is the FIRST beer I've seen pull off the "sweet/sour" mix well. So many fail at it. There's a bit of an undercurrent of berry sweetness to it, but the sour-y, red wine/vinegar, tart cherries, and earthiness with a dab of funk kick in and balance it well.
Superb. Will look for this everywhere, though I have no idea how wide of a release it saw.
12-09-2009 10:04:15 | More by Overlord
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
07-02-2010 01:28:26 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a huge, foamy/creamy, long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.
S: A strong aroma of apples, spices, dark fruit, and malt.
T: Tasted of green apples, figs, pepper, currants, and malt. The alcohol is noticeable, but it's not a factor. A complex, vibrant flavor.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
D: Yet again, De Dolle makes another drinkable beer.
09-17-2010 12:12:08 | More by avalon07
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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