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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Reviews: 56
Hads: 89
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 5.37%
Wants: 33
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: Rochefort10nh on 10-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 woosterbill
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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!

Cheers! (872 characters)

Photo of tendermorsel
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cl bottle @ chez moeder lambic fontainas Brussels

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

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with soft carbonation and goes down well

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. (833 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 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 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 Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: pours a ruby-dark brown color, with a very tiny head, leaving a nice lacing.
Smell: vinegar, lemon, dark fruits, caramel, honey, red fruits, yeast and oak.
Taste: Perfect interplay between sweetness and sourness. Honey, dark fruits (plum), balsamico vinegar, red fruits, oak with a spicy alcoholic finish that gives a clear strong lemon sourness in the end.
Mouthfeel: the alcohol warms the mouth after swallowing the beer. Medium carbonation and medium body
Overall: not the best vintage I had, but a very very good beer for the style (542 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 auroracrisis
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml into a Duvel Tulip, some what of a gusher.

Deep tawny brown with a one finger head that dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass and a small island of foam.

The smell is a deep mixture of raspberries, malt vinegar, raisins, pears and booze. Some candy like sweetness in there too, best described as toffee. That classic vinegar smell that oud bruins give off is much more apparent once the beverage warms some.

Taste is less sour than the smell, giving way to more fruity characteristics. Cherries, raspberries, pears, and some apple skin flavors mesh together with a vinegary booze quality, as well as some sweet toffee and chocolate flavor left in the mouth after swallowing. No overbearing yeast presence which is nice. Outstanding flavor that just keeps going.

Mouthfeel is medium with even, tiny bubbles. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this beer is a must try. An outstanding beer for the style. (933 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 glid02
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,151 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 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 TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, 2008 vintage, purchased for just under $10 at Merchants in Dearborn. Sort of pricy but I don't remember seeing it before, so here I am drinking it.

It pours a dark burgandy color, murky and hazed, with a decent sized off-white cap (very decent size given 13% ABV). The aroma is tart and sour, with strong notes from the malts and sugar, caramel and toffee in particular. It smells really potent, and oak comes through in a big way too. Lots of yeasty products too, dark fruits and brett.

It tastes overbearingly rich, tart and acidic, with balsamic vinegar here and there, thankfully not too much of it. Plums, raisins, apples, figs, sour cherries, I'm not sure if there's an Oud Bruin flavor that isn't present here. Woody notes throughout.

Low carbonation but still substantial head. Creamy mouthfeel, nearly lucious. Very expensive but one of the few beers that's worth it. Excellent. (905 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 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 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 levifunk
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - reddish brown. head dissipates quickly/instantly.

s - blend of sour cherries, brown sugar and booze.

t - tart cherries and oak upfront, but has a strong sweetness and boozy warmth. It tastes like they mixed a big barleywine with an oude bruin and aged it.

m - has a light feel due to the tartness, but is pretty thick. carbonation is larger on the feel than it appears, but is still on the lower side.

overall - I had the 2007 recently, and it was completely different. I'm surprised what a year does, or the differences in batches. I think i prefer this year actually. I like the big body and sweetness it has. very drinkable for 13%, but not for an oude bruin...not sure how to rate that. For a 13% oude bruin, its very drinkable... (743 characters)

Photo of bernardus1212
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (477 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,260 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 saintwarrick
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sweet tea reddish-brown with a sudsy yellowed head. Bitter aroma is immediately apparent; sour cherries and whiskey mix with a malty sweetness in the nose. Sour taste mixed with dark fruits, raisins, dates and such. Finishes with an oaky twist and a good bit of alcohol but also a nice sweetness to balance out the brew. Fairly sweet for the style. Complex and sour brew; had been wanting to taste this and it does not disappoint. Another winner from De Dolle. (468 characters)

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)

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