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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: 8.1%
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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Photo of Itoclown
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sarah515
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of uturn
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Neffbeer
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of azorie
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of victory4me
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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4.7/5  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.

Photo of rvdoorn
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of phishgator
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.