De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
I was in the mood for something a little funky, so I found this in the local beer store.
A: Murky and chunky. Dark amber/brown with a small white head. Yeast chunks show the lack of filtering. Not a bad thing.
S: Sour cherries with a bit of caramel. Small hint of funk.
T: Nice sour fruits. Tons of cherry and a bit of brett. Something spicy in the taste, but I can't figure it out.
M: Sour, but not that much. The funk adds some tart bitterness. 13% abv? I don't believe it.
D: When I read this was 13%abv, I was in disbelief. It has no burn at all. I would have guessed it was around 6% abv. I could drink this all night.
12-06-2009 04:40:02 | More by raverjames
3.88/5 rDev -10.4%
A - murky brown bubbly and a large light tan head
S - sour cherries, dried berries, red wine, apple, pear, a little funky
T - sour cherries, slightly sweet, funky, woody, earthy, apple, balsamic vinaigrette
M - champagne like carb, moderate to moderately full body
D - a little too funky/woody/earthy/vinegar for me, wish it were a bit more smooth, sour and more cherries. Excellent example of style hitting all the proper notes though. Just not the right ones. Rather have something like Rosso, Red Poppy, Dissident. Those packed more fruity sourness into the punch rather then the funky/woody/vinegar.
12-04-2009 04:15:48 | More by mikedashg
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
this reminds me of how the ommegang bottle says something about it being a "truly burgundian brew". Oerbier Reserva 2008 is what i think of when i think burgundy. dark brown, almost red with a cream colored head that holds forever and leaves good lace. nose is wood, dark cherry, earth, earthy mushroom, a hint of freshly ridden leather, plum, green cooking apple and a little touch of slightly toasted, slightly sweet grain. taste is amazingly well balanced considering all that's going on. tart, pinot noir-like acidity and very good earthy minerality. i really prefer experiencing these traits in beer, but this is as close to perfect cru wines as beer gets. god it's good. nice, long, warming finish, but not hot. 13% percent abv and i could definitely drink a few. that in itself is mind-blowing. i need more.
11-13-2009 02:14:37 | More by timtim
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
A- Deep ruby red with a thin, tan head that remains and a lot of rushing bubbles.
S- Complex aroma of tart cherry, apple skins, dried berry, vanilla. Light, fruity pinot noir, oak, and a hint of alcohol.
T&M- Slightly sour fruit, very wine-like, with a woody, vanilla fade. Medium bodied with clean carbonation that doesn't allow the beer to be syrupy. Shows very little alcohol except a slight warming after swallowing.
D- Unbelievable, I could have never guessed this is 13%. I have nothing to complain about with this. Genius.
11-12-2009 03:12:08 | More by brownbeer
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
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
10-30-2009 02:11:46 | More by emerge077
4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
This beer poured a very dark amber color that you almost couldn't see through. Some sediment and carbonation was present. If formed a huge foamy off white head that left latticed lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, spices, and herbal/barnyard elements. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and cherries with a hint of pepper. The body was medium light and the finish a bit tart. A good beer that probably needs some aging.
10-30-2009 01:27:14 | More by Wildman
4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
10-27-2009 20:49:24 | More by Rochefort10nh
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2008 (Bottled 2009) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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