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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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81 Ratings

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.06%
Wants: 32
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-16-2011 22:01:20 | More by azorie
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-16-2011 18:47:12 | More by Jason
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

11-16-2011 02:30:27 | More by victory4me
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-14-2011 20:42:50 | More by djrn2
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

11-14-2011 18:59:19 | More by JAHMUR
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 20:29:03 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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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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4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:03:28 | More by Beerenauslese
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 20:48:43 | More by rvdoorn
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:31:17 | More by bs870621345
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 04:24:01 | More by auroracrisis
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 22:29:43 | More by GrandCruDrew
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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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4.08/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 16:36:52 | More by phishgator
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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:05:53 | More by SpdKilz
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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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4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 06:07:44 | More by alcstradamus
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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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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:15:20 | More by waltonc
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 01:18:00 | More by levifunk
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4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 16:26:52 | More by bernardus1212
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 06:53:26 | More by scootny
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3.95/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:41:28 | More by ptykozoon
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 07:11:39 | More by saintwarrick
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3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 14:21:46 | More by Brabander
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