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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

83 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.08%
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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Photo of saintwarrick
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

saintwarrick, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Brabander
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
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...

Brabander, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an allagash chalice. Dark amber with a tan head of a half inch or so.

Smells sour with a hint of cherries. A slight funky cheese aroma is also noted.

The balance of tartness is perfect here, though aided a bit by a little heat. A slight hint of dates or raisins is noted, but the tartness is prominent. There is a hint of sharp cheese flavor noticed on the sides of the tongue also.

Nice medium body here and the carbonation is spot on. This is a slow sipper though. Definitely wish I had a bottle of my own to try in a year or so.

andrewinski1, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

avalon07, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of xpimptastikx
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, with ruby highlights and a fluffy khaki head that recedes to a web.

S - green apples, fig, caramel, yeast, currants, vanilla, and oak.

T - More of the smell, with an emphasis on the dark fruit and malts. Mild acidity and light alcohol round out the taste.

M/D - Tannic and dry, with light frothy carbonation. Drinkability is outstanding when it's at serving temperature, I could sip a few bottles if it wasn't 13%...

Another fine Belgian beer and brewery that gets no distribution in Texas.

xpimptastikx, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip at somewhere around 50 degrees. Presents itself as a deep cola color, with some ruby highlights. Topping the rather unexciting body is a nice two finger width tan/khaki two tone colored, fine head with nice retention and lacing.

Smells woody and tannic. Quite a bit of sour green apple is present, along with cranberries, red wine vinegar, and rhubarb.

Quite a lot of sherry and red wine vinegar in the flavor department. A good deal of cherries and red grapes, along with a fair amount of alcohol heat. A pretty high level of sourness is here, and it's making me pucker. I probably opened this a good 5 years too early, but oh well.

A fairly oily, but fluffy light feel for a beer of its size. Medium consistency, and smooth. Provides a nice canvas for the beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and thought it was quite tasty. There's a little more vinegar here than I would like, and it impacted drinkability for me a bit. It does hide it's alcohol pretty well for how giant it is, but it's quite present. This beer should seriously age well until the end of time (Or until the cap oxidizes and it loses carbonation)

I'd recommend holding onto it for another 5-10 years.

Bubba83, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my oerbier tulip.

Dark taupe body with very faint redwood highlights. A light khaki dense cloud of steamed foam leaves a persistent mound of concentric lacing around the rim. Superior retention, especially for the ABV.

Heavy fruit and heavy malt in the nose, along with some vinuous aromatics suggesting wine and grappa. Somewhat bready, and powerful without being solventy.

Dark rich malt, with hints of chocolate covered cherries, Luxardo, and orange zest. The oak and alcohol work very well together, and a very subtle oxidation joins up with the complex yeast suggesting fine sherry. The acidity is mild but keeps the profile lively. The finish is malty and dry with a wave of cherry pits in the aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation, thick and effervescent, mild astringency. Warming, but surprisingly not hot.

Superb example of the style - not quite as good as Haandbakk in my opinion, but still outstanding...

augustgarage, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Nikki's Liquors in June
Poured in to a tulip

A: This beer pours a ruddy light chocolate brown, bit of a purplish look to it. A two finger of khaki colored head sits on top. Head recedes to a film that retains throughout. Minor wispy lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is tart apples, cherries, vanilla, some cocoa, oak and some sort of candied sugaring/caramel notes.

T: Taste starts with sour tart cherries and cranberry at the forefront. Middle has some cocoa, oaked flavoring, with a touch of vanilla. The finish is soured apple, and hints of pear that linger and really come through in the after taste. There is a bit of a warming as an after thought from the alcohol.

M: Medium body, high carbonation - quite visible at first pour, crisp body at first with a creamy, somewhat sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, nice kick, not too filling, the ABV should drop the drinkability .. however, it is a phenomenal drink to sit with, sip and enjoy.

Jayli, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of hawks10
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Hopleaf in Chicago...poured into a Hopleaf tulip...

Pours a murky dark purple and brown with two fingers of light tan head which quickly dissipates, no lacing is left behind...beer becomes more of a clear mahogany on the edges and down towards the bottom of the glass...

A dark ripe fruit smell, much like a Belgian Strong Dark with just a touch of tart...very minimally sour in the nose, touches of vinegar and a tiny bit of tart cherries and cranberries. Malty and slightly spicy with a bit of oak in the finish...

Dark fruits and a slight Belgian yeast spiciness up front...lacking a punch of sour, more so just a slight tart/sour vinegar appearance. Tart cherries mixed with a bit of butterscotch give some subtle complexity to the beer. Oak is definitely a big player here, more so than any lactic sourness. A bit of booze in the finish, but very well hidden for a 13%. Slightly funky with a wet leathery touch to cap things off...

Smooth and creamy, not much carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied and relatively still...

No regrets with this beer (even with high price) as I have wanted to try it for a while, nothing fantastic or anything I would ever seek out again...maybe an older Vintage though...

hawks10, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a reddish gold with two fingers of off white head. Lots of carbonation. Tart and fruity aroma with some cherries. Lighter side of medium bodied, effervescent. Nice and tart with more fruit in the flavor, just a bit of alcohol heat that took my rating down a bit. Some sweetness in the finish. Also a bit of carmelized sugar as it warmed. Beautiful beer, I only wish I had bought another bottle to stash away.

homebrewhawk, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark reddish brown color with a slightly smaller than average foamy off white head that reduces fast and leaves a nice thin layer of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of tart cherry and balsamic and red wine vinegar, with the emphasis on the wine vinegar smell. Has some gueuze like aroma. Acidic aroma is the strongest, but it isn't overpowering.

T - A lot of grape, apple cherry flavor with tart being the main aspect of the fruit, but it isn't extraordinarily tart (especially given the style). Like the aroma, red wine vinegar provides a fair amount of the taste. Some tannic taste and somewhat like a sweet red wine. Fairly vinous and the ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium body with a bit above average carbonation. Somewhat tingly and a drying finish.

D - Good balance between tart/acidic and sweet, especially given the style. Very enjoyable taste and the ABV is very well hidden. Quite easy to drink.

Notes: Brewed in 2008. Well balanced beer that isn't overly tart/acidic but definitely has those aspects. Overall, an enjoyable beer to drink.
M - Medium body with about average carbonation. A bit of a tingly sensation and drying finish.

D - Well balanced as far as tart/acidic/sweet for the flavor. Enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Notes: Well balanced beer that isn't all that tart or acidic for the style. That said, it is tart and vinous. Overall a

FreshHawk, May 28, 2010
Photo of merrymonkster
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Words escape me for this is the epitome of fine craft brew excellence. This is my first and last review. No disrespect. Sour? yes, So delicious in taste and fragrance. I hate to see it fade in my rochefort chalice I wish for it to linger forever. Cold shower needed.

merrymonkster, May 27, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one on a trip down to Virginia. Pours a cloudy cherry-grape red with a thin white head. Gentle lacing left behind.

Cherries, warming alcohol, grapes and a slight vinegar scent make up most of the aroma.

Tart, slightly astringent cherries and sweet malts attack the tongue. Some bitterness followed by oak barrel and a touch of vanilla. Warming alcohol works into the taste a bit, with some faint vinegar notes. Less vinegar in the taste than on the nose. Finishes with a bit of spice and some heat.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly creamy, low carbonation and warming alcohol. Hard to hide the 13% ABV in this one.

Drinkability is pretty good. Lots of flavor, but the ABV is a bit stiff. One bottle is about the perfect serving size and I'm definitely enjoying the glass in front of me.

Overall, this is another great beer from De Dolle. Good, strong flavor that is decently complex. The beer still seems a bit young in my opinion and I feel that another 2 years could really smooth things out and bring down some of the heat. I found myself comparing this beer to Rosso e Marrone, except that the Rosso is about perfect when it is released and the complexities in that beer meld together well, while the Special Reserva struggles to find balance. Now I'm kind of kicking myself for not grabbing one of these to age. Definitely worth seeking out and if you find it, I recommend you pick up another to cellar.

sisuspeed, May 14, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

mothman, May 13, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cherry color with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly. Kind of a hazy and cloudy appearance.

Smell is of tart sour cherries. Very rich and dry with some oak flavor.

Taste is of sour cherries and oak, very awesome. I love how the oak barrel flavor is so apparent here, and an awesome some of funk, slight slight leather in the finish, very nicely done. Slight booze in the flavor though, probably a byproduct of the 13% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with high carbonation, maybe a little too high though. Good in this department.

Drinkability is pretty damn good, however, the high ABV is apparent and does hurt this category a little.

pmccallum86, May 13, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a good amount of red-amber to it. Head of two fingers of a delicate tan color, high retention, a few large swoops of lace on the side of my glass. Aroma has candi sugar and dates with lots of lactic sourness behind it. Comes across like a sour quad, which makes a bit of sense considering its alcohol content. Mild acetic character with some caramelized sugars, acid, bit of cheesy musty elements and limited evidence of alcohol.

The flavor has some grapes, caramelized sugars, prune, pretty intense lactic sourness plus the traditional musty woody elements of the Oud Bruin with a butterscotch and acetic acids. Maltier and more sour than most any examples though, has a real sweet and sour thing going on. Tasty! Feel is nice and thick with that creamy carbonation I love in a good Flemish style ale. Despite the strength of flavors and alcohol uncommon in the style, I really dig this one. De Dolle is doing very good things and keeping Belgium craft.

vacax, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic beer. The Mad Brewers have outdone themselves with this one.

A – Pours a nice rich reddish mahogany-brown, a bit hazy, with a good bit of tan foam that recedes into a thin chiffon sheet.

S – It smells like a very nice, typical Oud Bruin (which this is not) with great aromatic suggestions of cinnamon raisin buns, malt vinegar, musty oak and sour cherries. The alcohol is very well hidden

T – This is a tremendous take on the style. It tastes very reminiscent of Vichtenaar or Duchesse de Bourgogne, actually, but spiked with a significant alcohol punch on the end. That said, the alcohol is still fairly well-hidden. Now, to the flavors: fantastic impressions of rich port wine and generally vinous tones, abundant nuances of sour cherry and apricot, as well as a earthy an musty impartation from the oak, all capped by a distinctly Cognac-like finish. It never drinks ‘hot’, despite the 13% ABV, which is seemingly an anomaly within the style. A note about drinking this beer as compared to other Oud Bruins: I frequently like to drink them warm and aired-out; this one does not benefit from that treatment, it is best consumed quite cold.

M – Very much on the refreshing side of medium-bodied, but velvety in feel and perfectly carbonated for the style.

D – This is perhaps the best beer offered by one of Belgium’s most superb breweries. Inestimably drinkable

ktrillionaire, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Reagan1984, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Jan 21, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

MasterSki, Jan 21, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Into Karmeliet glass at slightly less than a room temperature.
Caramel-muddy brown with light tan bubbly head that completely dissipates. Vinousness is the name of the game here. Aromas of wine soaked sweet cherries, sherry, moderate wine vinegar sourness , marzipan, brown sugar, banana and apart from scent of sherry virtually complete absence of alcohol. Presence of something funky - this is one of those primeval brews containing earthy element. Flavor is bitter-sour with just about right sweetness and proper balance between the three. Wine vinegar with some caramelized sugar and bitterish woody-fungal funkiness. Quite similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru with less acetic character and more complexity and equilibrium. Rather thin (considering its ABV) with subtle carbonation the beer is crowned with utter absence of alcohol. Perhaps not very much to my taste but due to bitter-sweet-sour equilibrium and lack of perceivable alcohol the score will be high.

crnipeter, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass.

A- this one pours out a murky dark brown colored body with a finger and a half of eggshell colored head. the head lasts for a little while, leaving behind large patches of lacing.

S- this beer smells a lot like red wine. there are also cherries and cider vinegar in here. a pretty good amount of earthy "funk" as well. very complex.

T- it starts out with sweet fruits which leads quickly to sour cherries and apple cider vinegar. a lot more "funky" in the taste than the nose would indicate. very vinous also. there is nothing that would warn you that this is a 13% ABV monster of a beer.

M- medium bodied and highly carbonated. leaves the mouth feeling pretty dry.

D- this is something i look forward to this time of year. i grabbed as many as i could as soon as i saw it. id love to be able to have several of these in a sitting, but its more like a treat that gets brought out very rarely. check this one out if you get the chance.

jwinship83, Dec 29, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz btl poured into a red wine glass.

pours a nearly opaque hazy bronze with a bit of orange hue showing around the edges. a relatively gentle pour yields two fingers of dark cream colored head that soon recedes to a covering of foam. only a few disconnected trails of lacing were left on the glass. nose of tart black cherries, green apple skin and malt vinegar. the initial flavor is of dark fruits, followed by vinegar tartness, yeast and alcohol mid palate, then finishing off with notes of oak and earth. traces of bitter plum or cherry skin linger in the back of the throat for a long while in the aftertaste. the overall mouthfeel is very nice: medium viscosity, velvety and not sticky. drinkability isn't bad but I don't know if I'd have more than two of these is a session due to the sourness and complexity.

very glad i bought two bottles of both the '08 and the '07. i'll update the review to compare the two when the '07 gets popped.

rhenning, Dec 27, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz 2008/bottled 2009

Between the Oerbier Reserva and Stille Nacht, im not sure which one is my favorite beer of all time.

Pours a murky brown color with some dirty blonde highlights and a small tan net of a head remains after dissipating. Sweet and sour, vinous and fruity in the nose. Notes of wood, cherry, vinegar, sour apple cider, white grapes, and plum with a big sweet malt body, notes of chocolate and tobacco appears mid palate on the aftertaste and lingers. Very wine-like as it warms, tannic with rich fruit notes, a perfect a gateway for the wine drinker. Always so damn drinkable for its size, medium bodied, round and full of tiny aggressive bubbles that attack the tongue. Incredible, in my opinion this beer really peaks at 2-4 years old but a bottle at any age is a treat for sure. Respect De Dolle.

ATPete, Dec 09, 2009
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.