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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
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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 89
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 5.37%
Wants: 34
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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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.

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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 89
Photo of Brabander
3.38/5  rDev -21%
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... (453 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of mikedashg
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of hawks10
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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... (1,244 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of phishgator
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Big funky aromas permiate from the glass with some notes of licorie. The taste is fruity, dark malts that have been thrown into an open wood barrel in some dusty closet that has way too high a level of humidity. That's the level of sour/tartness that comes to mind. The alcohol is not hot, but it is not hindden either. A very interesting brew that I'm glad I tried. (393 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Into Karmeliet glass at slightly less than a room temperature.
Caramel-muddy brown with light tan bubbly head that completely dissipates. Vinousness is the name of the game here. Aromas of wine soaked sweet cherries, sherry, moderate wine vinegar sourness , marzipan, brown sugar, banana and apart from scent of sherry virtually complete absence of alcohol. Presence of something funky - this is one of those primeval brews containing earthy element. Flavor is bitter-sour with just about right sweetness and proper balance between the three. Wine vinegar with some caramelized sugar and bitterish woody-fungal funkiness. Quite similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru with less acetic character and more complexity and equilibrium. Rather thin (considering its ABV) with subtle carbonation the beer is crowned with utter absence of alcohol. Perhaps not very much to my taste but due to bitter-sweet-sour equilibrium and lack of perceivable alcohol the score will be high. (962 characters)

Photo of rhenning
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a finger of a head that fritters away without leaving much trace

Smell: Caramel, oak, dark fruit and tart apple

Taste: Caramel and fig on the opening, with a growing tart character that adds green apple and cherry flavors in the middle; before the swallow, another layer of caramel appears; after the swallow, the oak wraps around all of the sweet and sour flavors and drives it all home in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: Superbly complicated; a fascinating example of the Oud Bruin style (576 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a sort of amber/ruby/brown color with a off white head. No lacing but still a cool looking beer.

Smell is extremely sour and funky smelling. Also has a huge caramel sweet, plum, slight tinge of alcohol, and earth.

Taste has a lemon sourness up front and then a huge wave of candied plum flavor behind finishing rather dry. The huge amount of sweetness would be cloying if it didn't finish so (strangely) dry. Very interesting, but similar to duchess in many ways.

Mouthfeel is light and spritzy, however wish it had more thickness.

Overall, its good, nothing fantastic. Very interesting beer and worth a try for sure. (626 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at Kulminator during last week's trip to Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

Served in an Oerbier long-stem tulip.

Pours a nice garnet color with a huge off-white head and loads of lacing on the way down. The nose is tart with a nice cherry presence. A good dose of oak and a mild acetic presence. Flavor is more toward the cherry and a very light sweetness plus some sherry flavors. Light oak in the feel along with an acidic finish. Nice balance all around. Really tasty. (485 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber color that you almost couldn't see through. Some sediment and carbonation was present. If formed a huge foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, spices, and herbal/barnyard elements. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and cherries with a hint of pepper. The body was medium light and the finish a bit tart. A good beer that probably needs some aging. (429 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, medium brown with a half finger head on top that appears very lively. This appears very highly carbonated, but the beer foamed up an appropriate amount when poured. Very nice.

S: Strong acetic acid smell with some figs and other dark fruits in the background. Having had this beer several times but never reviewing it before, I'm a bit surprised from how strong the sweet and acetic smell is. I get a faint lactic acid smell. Also a bit vinous.

T: I'm surprised by how dry and relatively lactic (acid) natured this beer is next to its smell. It has a very good mix of lactic and acetic acid with faint dark fruits in the back. Amazing that there is very little alcohol taste even though it's at 13%. After a few sips, I seem to get a slight chocolate aftertaste. It's pleasant. I was going to say the beer lacked depth, but the more I drink the more flavors I am getting out of the beer. Many of them are subtle.

M: A bit on the watery side, but certainly not bad (or even average). Good carbonation adds to the beer.

O: This is the most drinkable 13% ABV I've ever had by far. It's also quite complex. There are a lot of flavors going on in this beer, and none of them really overpower another. This beer is quite impressive. (1,281 characters)

Photo of ATPete
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz 2008/bottled 2009

Between the Oerbier Reserva and Stille Nacht, im not sure which one is my favorite beer of all time.

Pours a murky brown color with some dirty blonde highlights and a small tan net of a head remains after dissipating. Sweet and sour, vinous and fruity in the nose. Notes of wood, cherry, vinegar, sour apple cider, white grapes, and plum with a big sweet malt body, notes of chocolate and tobacco appears mid palate on the aftertaste and lingers. Very wine-like as it warms, tannic with rich fruit notes, a perfect a gateway for the wine drinker. Always so damn drinkable for its size, medium bodied, round and full of tiny aggressive bubbles that attack the tongue. Incredible, in my opinion this beer really peaks at 2-4 years old but a bottle at any age is a treat for sure. Respect De Dolle. (823 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cherry color with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly. Kind of a hazy and cloudy appearance.

Smell is of tart sour cherries. Very rich and dry with some oak flavor.

Taste is of sour cherries and oak, very awesome. I love how the oak barrel flavor is so apparent here, and an awesome some of funk, slight slight leather in the finish, very nicely done. Slight booze in the flavor though, probably a byproduct of the 13% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with high carbonation, maybe a little too high though. Good in this department.

Drinkability is pretty damn good, however, the high ABV is apparent and does hurt this category a little. (662 characters)

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.