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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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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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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!

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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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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.

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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.