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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: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: Rochefort10nh on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Brabander
3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To begin this review; i was rather disappointed. After i had drank the triple of them i was very enthousiastic. This is a different beer in many way's.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks promising. A nice darkred to brown fluid an a nice head. Carbonation is good.

The smell is sweet nad very sugary. There is a peculiar taste which i can not describe. I think it has to do with the sugar they used. Ah well, at least the triple is very good...

Photo of OddNotion
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of atpca
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy and noisy tan head forms, bubble actively and vanishes. Ruby in color with a very deep color.
No lacing at all.

Aroma was pretty aggressive. Cherry, tart, medicinal, tart, metallic, musty.

Pretty complex flavor. Apple cider, cherry, big alcohol flavor, but not quite "hot" earthy almost dirty, slightly tart. In the background are some layered malt flavor.

Big mouth feel due to the alcohol flavor. Medium bodied. Doesn't hide the 13% too well.

Slow sipper. Interesting, but not epic.

Photo of mikedashg
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 mothman
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

Poured into LA tulip.

Pours a 1/2 finger of khaki head. Color is a murky grapefruit hued bark brown.

Aroma: Big cherry flavors. Slightly sour. Lots of oak here with some light vinegar flavors. I get some grape flavors and it reminds me a lot of red wine. Not to bad.

Taste: Cherries, grape, and wine flavors right away. Lots of oak flavors with just a hint of vinegar again. The high abv shows here a little more here. Crazy how big this beer is. A lot like the aroma, but more oak. Very dry flavored.

Mouthfeel: Very dry again, some tart feel to it. Boozy. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation providing a fizzy feel to it. Ends dry and oaky.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Lots of alcohol showing making it harder to drink a lot of it. A bit to much oak shows and it seems the cherries aren't as present as I would have expected. Too much carbonation for the style as well. Still, glad to get to try this one.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an allagash chalice. Dark amber with a tan head of a half inch or so.

Smells sour with a hint of cherries. A slight funky cheese aroma is also noted.

The balance of tartness is perfect here, though aided a bit by a little heat. A slight hint of dates or raisins is noted, but the tartness is prominent. There is a hint of sharp cheese flavor noticed on the sides of the tongue also.

Nice medium body here and the carbonation is spot on. This is a slow sipper though. Definitely wish I had a bottle of my own to try in a year or so.

Photo of hawks10
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Hopleaf in Chicago...poured into a Hopleaf tulip...

Pours a murky dark purple and brown with two fingers of light tan head which quickly dissipates, no lacing is left behind...beer becomes more of a clear mahogany on the edges and down towards the bottom of the glass...

A dark ripe fruit smell, much like a Belgian Strong Dark with just a touch of tart...very minimally sour in the nose, touches of vinegar and a tiny bit of tart cherries and cranberries. Malty and slightly spicy with a bit of oak in the finish...

Dark fruits and a slight Belgian yeast spiciness up front...lacking a punch of sour, more so just a slight tart/sour vinegar appearance. Tart cherries mixed with a bit of butterscotch give some subtle complexity to the beer. Oak is definitely a big player here, more so than any lactic sourness. A bit of booze in the finish, but very well hidden for a 13%. Slightly funky with a wet leathery touch to cap things off...

Smooth and creamy, not much carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied and relatively still...

No regrets with this beer (even with high price) as I have wanted to try it for a while, nothing fantastic or anything I would ever seek out again...maybe an older Vintage though...

Photo of ptykozoon
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty brown with red streaks. Initially huge beige head with good retention and minimal lacing.

Diffused heat, sugars, fruit.

Caramelized sugar, brown sugar, sugar. Sour apple, heat and grape notes. Very sweet and decently complex.

Oaky, dry, hot mouthfeel.

A very fine belgian.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this back in January of 2010. The beer poured out as a dark red color with a creamy white head on top into a snifter glass. The smell of the beer is sour and tart, it makes your mouth start to salivate almost right away. The taste of the beer is tart, plenty of sour cherry notes in there that really makes your lips pucker. The mouthfeel of the beer doesn't have a whole lot of lacing to it. Overall this beer is a sipper, it's not something I'd want to drink very fast at all. It's good for the style though for sure.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Itoclown
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a finger of head that sticks around forever.

The aroma is a blast of raisin sweetness and some booze. Lots of peppery spice and floral notes as well.

The flavor is quite unique, there are some sour elements at play that I can't really determine whether they improve the final product or make it worse. A dry oaky finish with sour raisin and grape up front. Some peppery spice.

The body is medium/light and carbonation is high but does not sting. Overall I found this beer to be quite unique which had me reaching for the glass over and over, but I think the regular Oerbier justs tastes better.

Photo of ygtbsm94
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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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Photo of waltonc
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doodler (Scott) for providing this beer along with a matching oerbier glass. Scott is a most generous BA.

A: Pours dark brown/red without about an inch of tan head that recedes to a couple millimeters after a few minutes.

S: Smell is dominated by tart dark cherries, complemented by light funk, raisins, and apples, among other things. Really, it's a pretty complex smell and there's a lot going on.

T: Again, slightly tart cherries predominate the flavor. Very dry and tannic, with a slightly bitter finish. Booze is well hidden for a 13% beer.

M: Slightly astringent, medium bodied, with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: Overall, another great brew from De Dolle. Never had a beer from them I didn't like.

Photo of Bubba83
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip at somewhere around 50 degrees. Presents itself as a deep cola color, with some ruby highlights. Topping the rather unexciting body is a nice two finger width tan/khaki two tone colored, fine head with nice retention and lacing.

Smells woody and tannic. Quite a bit of sour green apple is present, along with cranberries, red wine vinegar, and rhubarb.

Quite a lot of sherry and red wine vinegar in the flavor department. A good deal of cherries and red grapes, along with a fair amount of alcohol heat. A pretty high level of sourness is here, and it's making me pucker. I probably opened this a good 5 years too early, but oh well.

A fairly oily, but fluffy light feel for a beer of its size. Medium consistency, and smooth. Provides a nice canvas for the beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and thought it was quite tasty. There's a little more vinegar here than I would like, and it impacted drinkability for me a bit. It does hide it's alcohol pretty well for how giant it is, but it's quite present. This beer should seriously age well until the end of time (Or until the cap oxidizes and it loses carbonation)

I'd recommend holding onto it for another 5-10 years.

Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in my Cantillion globe stemware, missing my Oerbier glass.

A- Pours dark brown, a nice 1 1/2 inches of off white head. It has nice retention, very creamy lacing and retention sitting after about 2-3 minutes.

S- Smells of Belgian yeast, sourness, slight vinegar, funky caramel notes, and oak.

T- Sour notes, oak, sour caramel, little vinegar, very well balanced for 13%. It has evolved quite nicely.

M- Good acidity and creaminess all in one.

Overall- This is my 10th time drinking this vintage. I havent had it in months. But I like it right now at this age. Although it doesnt hold up to the 2007.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one on a trip down to Virginia. Pours a cloudy cherry-grape red with a thin white head. Gentle lacing left behind.

Cherries, warming alcohol, grapes and a slight vinegar scent make up most of the aroma.

Tart, slightly astringent cherries and sweet malts attack the tongue. Some bitterness followed by oak barrel and a touch of vanilla. Warming alcohol works into the taste a bit, with some faint vinegar notes. Less vinegar in the taste than on the nose. Finishes with a bit of spice and some heat.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy, low carbonation and warming alcohol. Hard to hide the 13% ABV in this one.

Drinkability is pretty good. Lots of flavor, but the ABV is a bit stiff. One bottle is about the perfect serving size and I'm definitely enjoying the glass in front of me.

Overall, this is another great beer from De Dolle. Good, strong flavor that is decently complex. The beer still seems a bit young in my opinion and I feel that another 2 years could really smooth things out and bring down some of the heat. I found myself comparing this beer to Rosso e Marrone, except that the Rosso is about perfect when it is released and the complexities in that beer meld together well, while the Special Reserva struggles to find balance. Now I'm kind of kicking myself for not grabbing one of these to age. Definitely worth seeking out and if you find it, I recommend you pick up another to cellar.

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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.