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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010)

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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 104
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaveHS on 10-09-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 104
Photo of pat61
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From tasting notes.
Had at 1, 3 and 4 years.
A: Brilliant reddish chestnut with a linen white 3” finely bubbled moussey persistent foam collar that leaves whore stocking lace.
S: malt, fruit, citrus, raisins in the nose.
T: Big sweet flavors balanced by an apple cidery tartness, fruit, some biscuit, gentle herbal hops, and drying out a little bit on the finish. The sweetness diminishes as the beer ages and more sherry like qualities emerge.
M: above average carbonation, full body, tart.
O: The beer’s enormous flavors hide a significant alcohol punch. Good to start and improves over time.

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Photo of shleepy
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel glass.

Medium brown color; some head; opaque.

Smell is much milder than expected. Dark fruit, brown sugar.

And actually, even the taste is milder and more subtle than I remember. There is a kind of "old cellar" / vintage oak undertone. A sweet stonefruitiness is probably the main flavor, though. Combined with the acidity, there's very much a plum flavor.

The high sourness almost gets hidden by the sugar flavor (I guess there's still plenty of residual sugar; lips feel sticky after taking a sip).

Looking forward to opening my other bottles, trying them out at slightly higher temperatures, etc. I remember this being quite an excellent beer on other occasions that I've tried this beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours with a surprisingly large off white head. Thick collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Malty and acidic. Acetic. Cherry and red wine aromas.

Taste - Caramel malt. Acetic sourness. Dry. Oaky. Lots of vanilla and no sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Oaky. Dry. A huge sour. Still with full carbonation.

Overall - The slighest oxidation has set in. Otherwise this is just as good as it was when I first had it. It should be noted that this was my first sour. I was blown away then.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

This is an aggressively carbonated beer. A large, off-white sea foam froth forms over a caramel amber beer.

The nose is tart, with nice cherry notes. There is some oak, vanilla, and vinegar in the back.

The flavor mostly follows the nose. It is simple, but nice. Tart cherries,

The mouthfeel is really fizzy and bubbly. Even without a full body, it held the 13% ABV really nicely. It was tart and slightly acetic, but not incredibly sour.

This is a nice Flemish sour.

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Photo of uno99
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first De Dolle's, and it happens to be a 13% monster Flanders Red...

Appearance. a rosy red hue that is surprisingly clear. Surprising amount of head that sticks around and laces well.

Smell: Lots of light and medium colored fruits. Spicy and sugary. Pepper and molasses. Put your nose well into the glass and you'll get other darker fruits and hints of leather and funky hay.

Taste: Pretty much as advertised: This is a souped up Flanders, with way more alcohol and flavor than you might be used to. Fruit up front, with a juicy, cherry middle, quite sour mid swallow... Nice oak tannin on the finish. Finish is long and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Quite highly carbonated, but that's not going to be whats slowing you down here, this is a sipper. Spend a good half hour or more with this little bottle.

Overall: Enjoyable, but not as drinkable and sociable as something like a Rodenbach Grand Cru.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap is stamped Bottled Feb 2010.

A - Dark garnet, two fingers off white head that keeps getting bigger, massive amount of carbonation bubbles, good lacing.

S - Raspberry, strawberry, yeast, oak; as it warms you get aromas of raisons, figs, candi sugar, and hints of caramel.

T - Raspberry, strawberry, brown sugar, tart, oak, yeast, molasses, green apple.

M - Medium-full bodied, moderate-high carbonation, dry finish.

O - I had Duchesse De Bourgogne recently and this is like a darker/mellower vesion of that. Great beer.

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

This beer pours a dark mahogany color with a wisp of head. The aroma is bursting with sweet candy fruit. The flavor has more that complex sweet fruit, mixed in with hard candy--almost like a tootsie pop. Rich in character and complex in body, the beer is great for digestion following a heavy meal. The alcohol is skillfully hidden its complexities.

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Photo of BobZ
3.11/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. ( 330ml) Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown an initial 1/4” head that quickly becomes a cap. Good lacing.

Smell: Mild sour cherry vinegar notes.

Taste: Again, like the smell a fruity sourness or maybe“fruity vinegar” would be more accurate. Not extremely strong (like when this flavor is found in an infected quad) and therefore not totally unpleasant. This funky flavor does dominate the beer. The alcohol is completely masked; you will have no idea that this is a 13% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel: Tangy, well carbonated.

Overall: As an important note to those reading this review, I must note that I do not like sour beers or “funky” beers. I purchased this beer awhile ago because I love De Dolle Brouwers and Oerbier especially. I did not know at the time that the Special Reserva was not a BSDA like Oerbier but instead a Flemish Red. If I was rating this beer as a BSDA it would score poorly as it would for my personal overall enjoy ability; however, I will try to rate to style and therefore score the beer higher.

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Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one afternoon after having a long conversation and tasting session with the owner of Bier Circus in Brussles. Incredible place, a must stop for any true fan.

Hazy, deep red in coloration.

Extremely smooth carbonation, drinks like a slightly heavier lambic, however the fact that it is tips the scales at 13% abv is the most incredible part for me.

Taste is heavy on the red fruit end of the spectrum, extreme complexity as it fades to almost more of a slight strawberry end note which is interesting.

Once again, no heat at all on the finish of this which is mind boggling.

Phenomenal beer, not the easiest to find, but well worth it!

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Photo of hawks10
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle poured into a tulip...

Pours a dark purplish red, with much more red showing through when held to the light. A small amount of soapy white head forms and quickly recedes leaving a ring of foam...

A nice sweet, yet tart dark cherry aroma is the first thing I notice. In line with the sweetness is a bit of vanilla with hints of balsamic vinegar emerging as the beer warms, adding a nice dose of sour to the otherwise sweet nose. Just bits of funk and oak can be detected, overall dark fruit and mild sourness dominate...

Taste closely follows the nose with sweet and tart dark fruits. There is no real sourness, rather just a bit of a vinegary acidic bite. Apparently this is 13% abv, it is remarkably well hidden, just a tiny bit of heat shows up in the end. Touches of vanilla and a drying oaky finish...

Medium bodied, rather light for a 13% brew. On the lighter end of the carbonation scale, slightly oily and slick with a lingering acidic burn...

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Photo of sk8man121
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tai4ji2x for the trade!

11.2 oz bottle poured into Delerium Tremens tulip. "Brewed in 2010."

A: Pours a robust purple-mahogany with cherry highlights. Any head quickly dies into a thin cap.

S: Sweat, tart cherry, oak, dark fruit, fresh cream. Cherry pie; in a good way.

T: Very much tastes like biting into a sour cherry, with all associative flavors. Tart and somewhat bitter up front, this quickly transitions into a creamy, semi-sweet middle that is rife with dark fruits, Belgian yeast and other Quad-like characteristics. Finish is sweet and relatively boozy, although it must be said that the 13% alcohol in this beer is extremely well-hidden.

M: Medium carbonation. Thick, creamy and - unfortunately - rather syrupy. The latter can be seen as either enjoyable or uncomfortable; YMMV.

O: As far as Flanders Oud Bruins go, this one is definitely towards the top of the list. Perhaps most important to realize is that Oerbier Special Reserva drinks like a hybrid of a Quad and a Flanders; dark fruit and Belgian yeast are nothing more than a solid backdrop for the tart cherry characteristics that really make this beer what it is. I look forward to getting my hands on more bottles of this at some point.

A gorgeous & avant-garde example of a Flanders Oud Bruin.

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

330ml poured into a Rissian River goblet.

Pours a murky brown with a fizzy off white head.

Nose is slightly sweet & fruity with a heavy dose of funk.

Taste is pretty sour. Elements of wood, somewhat acidic, and a touch of malt sweetness. Complex, but well put together.

Mouth is pretty thin. Leaves the palate with a lingering sharpness. Fairly dry for a 13% beer.

Overall, an enjoyable brew. One of the better Oud Bruins I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Danbar- Thanks Dan!

Review from notes:

Pours a dark brown with a nice cocoa sliver of a head. Great carbonation and decent lacing. Smell is that of wine, oak, and funk. No alcohol in the nose at all- which at 13% ABV is really impressive. Taste is simply unbelieveable. Super easy to drink, and a fantastic finish. Where's the 13% alcohol? Unbelieveable it could be masked this well. Awesome feel- very wine like. Overall, this is a world class brew, and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you danbar for bringing one of these to a small tasting. Dan is the man!

2009 vintage.

A: Poured sort of a murky, orange brown, with a few bubbles collecting in the corners, posing as a head.

S: Sour brown sugar concoction. On the fruit end of the spectrum, I got Granny Smith apples and plums, along with some apple cider vinegar.

T: In the battle of sour vs. brown, I'd give the edge to the sour side by a nose. However, this was unmistakably a Flanders Aud Bruin, through and through. No alcohol presence whatsoever, and fruity and sour as hell!

M: Very low carbonation, which was appropriate in this setting, and like I stated before, the organic, fruity sourness cut the brown sugar element down to size. No lacing left on the glass or on the palate.

O: This was a truly fantastic example of the style.... and a rather powerful one at that.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by danbar. Thanks Dan.

The beer is pretty clear, and appears a light brown hue. The tan head is thin and wispy, fading rapidly after pouring. The aroma is definitely of a Flanders our bruin. Oak, sour cherries, malt, alcohol. The flavor is really enjoyable. Great balance and the subtle nuances are showcased well. Sour cherries, oak, and nary a trace of alcohol. Not sure where the 13% abv is hidden, but it is masked exceptionally well. Overall, a really tasty beer. Recommended.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aasher brought one of these to my birthday, and I immediately placed this beer on my wants list.
Hannydawg grabbed one for me-- so thanks to both of them.

A dark reddish plum color with a fizzy huge head. Three fingers of creamy beige create a rocky cap. Thick legs, great retention, but minimal lacing.

Smells delicious. I can't believe this thing is 13%-- it is no where noticeable, not in the nose of aftertaste. A slight grainy malt vibe comes across up front and on the finish, while notes of oak and sour fruit come through. Nice sour bite on the back end.
The body is pretty full, but well-carbonated and fizzy feeling.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. This is the best Oud Bruin I've had.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Swiss wine snifter. Bottled February 2010.

This beer poured with the most incredible head I have ever seen on a beer over 10% ABV, and it is way over clocking in at 13%! The slowest pour I could muster still yielded three full fingers of tenacious off white head that took a few minutes to even look like it was going to start falling. The body is cloudy and glows a beautiful orange/ruby when held up to light. Very tiny bubbles rise to replenish the outstanding crown of foam and lacing.

My first whiff of the glass is the unmistakable Flanders Oud Bruin cocktail of sweet and tart: Granny smith apples, a touch of sea foam, a touch of sweet dark vinegar, and other complex notes I can't describe other than that they are the nearly wine-like characteristics of this style of beer. A little swirl brings up the vinegar notes. My mouth is watering like crazy!

The flavors on the palate follow what my nose predicted closely. As soon as this beer in in my mouth the flavors explode, but this explosion is restrained. For a tiny second I think I am going to get smacked in the mouth, but the onslaught never comes. Instead the flavors are balanced and poised, which is never a disappointment to me. I would attribute this quality to the nearly 20 months this has spent in the bottle and around 30 months since it was brewed. The lactic tartness is quite restrained, but it is present just enough to enhance the sour apple and vinegar notes to a level of extreme tastiness. This beer has ample sweetness, but it also is restrained and balanced with the tartness. I seriously question the ABV, as this could be 9% and I would still be impressed at how well the alcohol was hidden. I choose to believe the label, but the lack of burn and alcohol flavor is mind blowing. As this warms I start to detect touches of oak, which only make it better.

The mouthfeel is actually on the heavier side for this style (a thicker body than any other example I have tried). The carbonation is lively though (in a classic Belgian way) and this keeps the body in a real of easy drinkability.

Conclusion: My mind is blown by this beer. It closely resembles Duchesse De Bourgogne in my opinion, but there are a few important differences: First this beer has a much fuller and richer body (which I love), second the higher but incredibly well hidden ABV adds weight and depth to the flavors (which I love), and lastly this beer has matured and deepened with age, and will probably age well for years and years to come (which I love).

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. 2009 Vintage (Feb 2010 Bottling).

(A)- Pours a deep reddish mahogany color. Produced a giant fluffy tan head with surprisingly awesome retention and lots of lace despite being a hefty 13%!

(S)- A nicely dry oaky character up front. Mild fruity (cherry, prune) funk. Even bits of vanilla on the end too.

(T)- Very rich. Bits of leather, cherry, raisin, cocoa, and vanilla. A nicely funky tart oak creaminess.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. What is with the ABV?? 13%? This does not even feel a % over 7 or 8. Nice fruits and oak character. Richer, but still crisp.

(D)- Superbly integrated ABV. A fitting and great example for the style. This could age for forever from what I am seeing in front of me. Excellent stuff. If only it were cheaper, then I would stash a few bottles away to see what happens.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried the 2009 and the 2002 side-by-side at Kulminator. I didn't realise at the time that there were separate entries for each vintage here, so only took detailed notes on the 2009, with a few comparisons thrown in.

Pours a light, hazed reddish-brown. Head is frothy and consistent, off-white in colour that sustains rather well. Certainly looks better than the 2002, which was rather flat, understandably. Lacing is patterned but cagey, holding itself ok. Good body. Looks decent.

Nose is crisp with light acidity, giving a sharpness, but blunted by the rounded, sweeter characters. Smooth vanilla makes a dent in the balsamic sweer-sour character. Slight hint of oak-age on the nose, but pale in comparison to the 2002. Slight hint of pepper, which was totally absent in the 7 year-old variety. Lovely.

Taste is smooth but consistent. Peppery spicy with a good leavened and stretchy acidity and a touch of oak. Wood, spice, acidity—it's a nice combination. It smooth enough that although the acidity has the edge of astringency, it never gets there. Feel is light but dry, the smooth carbonation adds a creaminess, you feel, but the carbonation itself is almost unnoticeable.

Awesome beer. It's very interesting to see a 7 year vertical difference. This one was certainly better younger, in my opinion.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.67/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled February 2010. 330ml bottle poured into my Russian River Belgian Glass.

Appearance: Three to four finger solid light beige head on top of a nice deep brown body. Head retention is crazy.

Smell: Sweet and sour at the same time though the sweet is more noticable. Funky, certainly smells like a lot of other examples in the style, but a little more aggressive.

Taste: Nice level of sourness though it is quite vinegary. Very funky, sweet. Cant taste the 13% abv at all. Cant say it is my favorite but it is not offensive.

Mouthfeel: To style, not too thick given the abv which is nice.

Overall: I think it is a well crafted beer but it is not among my favorites. Worth a try but did not live up to my expectations.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one for Christmas from my brother Andy. Thanks. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy brown color with three fingers of lasting creamy looking beige head. It eventually settles down a bit leaving some really thick soapy lace.

Not much to smell here. The aroma is faint but it's a pretty nice sour raspberry aroma with bit of cocoa nibs in the background. It's faint but very pleasent. Just a touch of tartness in the finish of ths with a supporting body to rasperries, cocoa and nuts. Seems to be a lot going on but this is really seeming to be spot on.

Creamy and full on the body. Nice subtle carbonation. Maybe I'm being bias because I"ve always loved this brewery. Maybe it's also because the last beer I had tonight was terrible but this is really incredible. Good flavors and just a kiss of sour to really pull this one together.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Ommegang chalice.
Bottlecap says "Bottled 2/2010"

Aroma: Tart lemon, sour funk, apple cider, and baked pineapple.

Appearance: Dark ruby-amber body w/ good clarity. Thick 3 finger off-white head.

Flavor: Prominent lemony tartness, softened very slightly by an underlying fig-like sweetness, a flash of vanilla, and a faint metallic note (?). Tartness reappears for a sour, dry finish. The combination of sourness and bitterness is very reminiscent of cranberry juice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high crisp carbonation. Medium body. CO2 bites throat somewhat during swallow, and peppery alcohol also pleasantly warms tongue and throat afterward. Leaves mouth dry.

Overall: Much here to contemplate, however, the beer I drank was significantly different from the Flanders brown style guideline that I read beforehand. Not sure if it needed more age, but this one seemed to lack the fruity, malty, candied dark fruit, sherry-like character that I'd expected. Tartness was definitely front-and-center, accompanied by a cranberry-like bitterness, followed by a warm heat. I wanted to like this one, but unfortunately missed what others touted about this beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to gfunk720 for the hook-up.

A - Pours a radiant orange-amber, and is topped with a persistent cap of antique-white froth. Much lacing ensues. It really looks excellent; a well-polished example in a style where so many are rustic, murky or shabby.

S - The nose is relatively mild, but is certainly pleasant; oak, red wine, and soft hints of honey and vanilla are noted.

T - The flavor ramps up the intensity, and offers some heavy red wine notes, general tartness tending more towards acetic, dark dried fruit, cranberry and oak with a dry tannic finish.

M - The feel is a tad lighter than medium-bodied and has a nice soft effervescence.

O - Overall I am completely flabbergasted to read that this is 13%!!! I would've believed 6%! Masterful job in that regard, and a very nice beer, all things considered.

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Photo of crusian
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from some place in Richmond, va...review from my phone ,so shortened and possible odd auto corrections.
Pours with about 3 fingers of head and a deep chocolate color to it. The bubbles are large, but does not dissipate quickly. Bottle says it is refermented in the bottle.
The nose is huge. I can smell it as I pour it. Cherry, chocolate, a sweet tartness, and raisin.
The taste is equally amazing, the carbonation flows into my mouth and explodes, but not in a saison bomb sort of way, it is more of a flavor packed explosion. The carbonation dissipates the slight tartness, cherry, chocolate, and sweet finish throughout my mouth... a very very interesting fresh grape aftertaste which I can't say I have ever experienced. It has been a while since I have had a wow beer... and this is truly a good beer. Holy crap, just saw 13%... seems like 7!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl from Premier in Buffalo, bottled Feb. 2010. Pours a murkey cola brown with hints of orange. Four fingers of meringue head which has some staying power, leaves some sticky patches of lacing.

Smell is not far off the Oerbier, cherries, dark bread, caramel, dark fruits, light red wine vinegar twang, touch bolder though, nicer sour character.

Taste is the big difference - not nearly as sweet, more integrated, more tartness akin to a true Flanders. Cherries, wood, toffee, earth. Nice dry finish, tart cherries and apple cider vinegar in the finish. A little thin for the ABV, lush carb, scary drinkable. This one is worth it while its little brother perhaps not as much.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.