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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

81 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rochefort10nh on 10-27-2009)
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-14-2011 20:42:50 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 20:39:02 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:31:30 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 01:28:26 | More by mikesgroove
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-30-2011 08:07:04 | More by ygtbsm94
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 19:15:34 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:11:46 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

11-14-2011 18:59:19 | More by JAHMUR
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-16-2011 18:47:12 | More by Jason
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a three-fingered orange-tinged foam that has excellent retention and bits of spotty lacing. Opaque dark red-brown caramel body with tiny streams of bubbles visible at the fringes of the glass. I wish the color would pop a little more, but otherwise it's pretty nice looking.

S - Sweet bretty funk, tart apples, vinous notes, oaky vanillin, sour cherries, and light acetic acid. As it warms the tannic oak character comes out more. The 13% isn't perceptible at all. This is pretty much spot-on for the style.

T - The taste is less sweet, with more tart and sour fruit flavors. Lots of red wine vinegar, sour cherries and grapes, and a dry tannic finish. Not as funky as the nose implies and a little less complex. Aftertaste is earthy bitterness.

M - Tingly carbonation, medium body that's quite smooth beyond the bubbles. Tannic and dry finish. Only the slightest bit of warmth.

D - The alcohol is utterly imperceptible. Well-balanced flavor profile keeps things from getting to acetic, tannic, or tart. Other than the high price there's really nothing to stop one from chugging this down.

This is superb stuff. Wish it didn't sell out so fast (or cost so much). Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 22:36:39 | More by MasterSki
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle obtained from Julio's back room.

This reserva is a murky, ruddy brown with minimal head after a vigorous pour. As you sip legs slide down your glass like a vintage port.

The first deep inhalation of this elixir brings to mind leather, vinegar, toffee and dates. I've had other vintages of this and this is certainly the most funk I've gotten on the nose.

The taste is a wonderful mix of sweet, sour and funk. Everything in the nose comes to fruition as does notes of lemon, pepper and cocoa - so much going on.

Mouthfeel is thinner than one might expect from a beer of this strength (13%!). It's not watery by any means, but it lacks a slight viscosity and a tiny bit of carbonation.

The lightness of mouthfeel actually helps to enhance the beers drinkability much like the sour pucker of a good gueuze. This beer is surprisingly more-ish despite its high gravity.

Overall a very enjoyable drinking experience I hope to repeat in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 20:49:24 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a nice red-brown with a soft white head. Good head retention for the style, no lace.

S: Very nice. A fair amount of lactic acid, with some brown sugar, oak, and an intriguing milk chocolate note which caught me off guard but is real enjoyable.

T: Definte sweet malt, dark candi sugar esters with clear noticable acidity giving a great balance. Caramelized cherries. Some chocolate and wine vinegar, with some alcohol for sure, it's 13%, you're not going to hide it, but the beer is never "hot", it's just another complementary flavor. Great oaky sour finish with a hint of mixed nuts.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, moderate acidity. Good feel, ethanol is apparent in the texture of the beer, you know your drinking a 13% ale, but it doesn't inhibit the enjoyment.

D: This is excellent. The beer hides the alcohol very well, and the classic delicious Oud Bruin flavours make you want to drink more. Expensive, but definitely worth a buy, you get your money's worth as compared to a lot of the overpriced stuff on the market today. I'd love to see how this one ages, but I only have the single.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 22:47:51 | More by Halcyondays
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 05:11:36 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

07-21-2014 04:26:33 | More by BARFLYB
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-30-2011 17:01:10 | More by brandoman63
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glid02

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:36:54 | More by glid02
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:19:18 | More by TurdFurgison
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 23:27:13 | More by Alieniloquium
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 12:12:08 | More by avalon07
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.2%

07-05-2013 03:50:02 | More by WOLFGANG
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-28-2013 02:56:28 | More by bsuedekum
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 14:17:34 | More by woosterbill
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:47:42 | More by Reagan1984
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-27-2013 13:30:20 | More by thegerm87
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Overlord

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks!!

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 10:04:15 | More by Overlord
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.