De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Reviews by twelvsies:
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a brownish amber, slight haze, nice pillowy head. Wow, loads of aroma here, plenty of fruits - apricots, cherries, citrus - followed by some funk and wet wood. Flavor has an initial sweetness, cherry and fruity Belgian yeast, but is soon overtaken by an oaky sour wildness that is quite sublime. Darn tasty, really a flavorful beer. Warming and well rounded, prickly on the palate and complex. Definitely a unique beer, would love to try this with a bit of aging added in.
03-21-2011 23:59:47 | More by twelvsies
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4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
In a snifter the beer was a ruby red color with a medium-sized tan head.
Sweet fruit aroma, some spice. Alcohol noticeable, but not overwhelming. The aromas worked well with each other.
Very, very nice taste. Tart cherry up front, brown sugar, and a little late alcohol burn. Again, you feel the alcohol, but it complimented the other tastes.
Sharp, almost medicinal. Slight alcohol burn.
I had this after dinner, and thought it was a near perfect ending to a great meal. The alcohol, while definitely present, combined nicely. I would not have thought it to be 13% ABV without reading the label.
12-02-2010 01:07:25 | More by lordofthewiens
4.83/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a dark amber with a light hazelnut-colored foam that leaves a thin creamy lace around my Andersson Valley Brewing Company gold-rimmed tulip glass.
Ethereal perfumes of grandeur escape from the glass and caress my anticipation. This is a remarkable beer, where the spirit is cloaked by a crescendo of aromas, ripe red apple, cherry, quince and dates. The oak barrels add just the right amount of toffee, vanilla and mulling spices to the nose.
The flavors are amazing, red and green apples, sour cherries, dried apricot and walnuts, with hints of astringent plum skins as it lingers on the palate.
The mouthfeel is smooth, just the right amount of carbonation with a tiny hint of sweetness counteracting the dry sourness.
This is a very complex and enjoyable beer. At the alcohol level it is at, I could only imagine the amount of time you could put this away and still be blown away many years later. In my mind it has set a new bar for this style of beer, quite possibly the best I have had so far (and wife concurs).
I should leave it at that...
03-01-2011 05:48:32 | More by mj001jk
4.45/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
10-28-2011 21:29:03 | More by mondegreen
4.1/5 rDev -7%
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 sweet red grapes with slight tartness lingering in the background. Also present are hints of pears and brown sugar.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately sweet medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by booze-soaked pears. Midway through the sip slight red grape flavors make an appearance. Very slight brown sugar flavors come into play near the end of the sip until they're chased by moderate amounts of funk, carrying through a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have another.
Overall this was clearly the youngest of the five as the tartness was mild and the flavors didn’t seem very well integrated. It’s a good beer as it is but I have to believe it will improve with a year or two on it. My second least favorite of the five, a shade better than the 2005.
04-15-2011 01:52:27 | More by glid02
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
Bottled February, 2010. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Oerbier tulip.
Furious seething carbonation fuels a rocky fist of wheat colored foam which grows very dense near the rim, climbing up over the top into a solid mohawk of cream which fails to recede whatsoever. The liquid is a mixture of falu red and carmine, dark but nearly clear and shot through with glassy candy apple red highlights. Cavernous thunderheads of lacing adhere to the sides.
Bright cherry pit notes in the nose, along with a mixture of malt, barrel notes, and berry-like esters. Red-wine like fragrance as well...
Bracing tartness at first sip, attenuated rapidly by a depth of (faintly toasted) malt and a secondary wave of oak. Lush and perfectly integrated flavor profile - difficult to disassemble the individual components, the sum of which creates something greater overall. Sweet, tart, bready, and with subtle wild notes - denoting the living nature of the ale. Exceptionally crafted.
Velvety, medium-bodied, heavily effervescent without being overcarbonated. ABV contributes body and flavor, but otherwise disappears - remarkable.
One of the best examples I've sampled of the style - don't know if it is this year's batch or just this particular bottle, but I think this has improved over some of the previous iterations. I'd say it was peerless, if I hadn't had Haandbakk...
01-23-2011 21:30:16 | More by augustgarage
3.35/5 rDev -24%
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.
07-03-2011 21:33:52 | More by mdvatab
3.95/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
10-15-2013 02:25:31 | More by Alieniloquium
3.65/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
07-28-2011 19:19:48 | More by OddNotion
4.47/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours clear dark copper with a thick light tan head that quickly fades.
Big assertive sweet carmel, sour cherry sweet fruit nose with big cooked banana undertones.
Mouthfeel is big and rich and very well balanced.
Flavors are just layers and layers of sour cherry, sour plum, sweet candi sugar, malt - there are just layers of delicious flavors all around on this one with a light to medium sour character that makes this extremely drinkable with varied foods or just by itself.
Delicious sweet oak wine vinegar character makes this beer bright, lightly sour and very appealable now and likely for the future which should even add more to its complexities.
12-11-2010 00:37:56 | More by GRG1313
4.28/5 rDev -2.9%
Rusty crimson body, fluffy tan foam billows up in the glass, forming irregular peaks. Sticky foam remains for the whole glass, forming a half moon crescent.
Complex and savory aroma, cherry pits, oak, some wet hay and funky Brett notes. Very layered, it shows off the barrel aging nicely.
Tart cherry and dry oak tannin, leather, herbs, just as savory and complex as the aroma leads on. Not as lactic sour as past years' vintages, and seemingly a touch more carbonated. Cherry flesh begins juicy, segueing into some grape/cherry skin bitterness and dry oak. A few swirls of the glass calms it down, otherwise it's pretty well charged.
Always an annual favorite, cheers to Kris Herteleer's creative brews!
01-07-2011 03:45:59 | More by emerge077
4.8/5 rDev +8.8%
11.2 oz. brown bottle. 2009. A reddish-amber beer with a big expanding head in a Duvel tulip. The aroma is simply wonderful. I was not expecting this. Fruity, floral almost like roses and has a nice sourness like lemons. It smells like there is Brett or some other wild yeast in there.
The taste is tart, lemony and a fizzy mouthfeel that prickles the tongue. The yeast seems to add its own form of bitterness. The one thing that sticks out is the hidden 13% ABV. This is dangerously smooth.
I always hear people say that a beer blew them away.That rarely happens to me. Well this beer did that. Ultra smooth, dangerously drinkable, lots of complex flavors going on, perfect sourness. This is a special beer and now I want to acquire more. If I came up with a list of 5 beers that would be stocked in my cellar this would be in that list. Simply wonderful and one of the best beers I've had.
05-18-2011 19:00:30 | More by HopsSchnapps
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
always one of my favorite beers every year, i always look forward to the days when i get to try this! poured into a snifter
Rich, deep, mahogany in color with an impenetrable from light consistency to it. No head at all though, which kind of shocked me to be honest, but still good color for the style.
The aroma was deeply sour, with tons of apple vinegar like aroma to it. Richly funky this one was one crazy ass smelling beer. As it warmed I started to pick up some nice notes of caramel, some nice dark fruit notes and a slight hint of some earthy malts, but all layered underneath and incredible layer of deep funk. The flavor started out the same way, almost lip puckering strong notes of vinegar, followed by some nice tart fruits that just layered and stay upon the tongue. Some nice, dark earthy flavor then upon that. Really rich and complex. The finish was just as tart, drying out the palate and really just letting the rich flavor peak through your tongue and last long with an almost sour cherry like finish.
overall an instant classic as always!
05-30-2011 21:13:14 | More by mikesgroove
4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin but creamy beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of sourness in the nose along with hints of oak (from the barrel aging) and cherries.
T: There are strong sour flavors in the taste, which is complex and has notes of cherries, oak and vinegar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The finish has some dryness and a bit of warming from the alcohol.
D: The intense taste might slow you down in drinking this beer but the alcohol won't because it's well hidden. The beer tastes less acidic and becomes easier to drink as it begins to warm up.
03-01-2011 02:48:18 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +2%
Picked up a bottle at Tria on 18th St. in Philly.
The body is dark garnet, which glows a rich deep ruby as the candlelight from the tea lights on the bar dances behind the glass. Capped by a frothy and creamy fine head that looks like the foamed milk that goes on top of your cappuccino. The head lingers for a while and then slowly fades. Lacing comes in irregular shapes that look like the clouds that you would try to characterize as animals when you were a child. A swirl leaves the sides of the glass with spots of foam amid a cab-like film that leaves defined legs as it slinks back down into the reservoir of beer below.
The aroma is extremely complex and inviting. Cherry, oak, and red vinous notes swirl together amid a definite acetic sour base. The cherries are both tart and sweet at the same time. A touch of vanilla in front of earthy tannins rounds out the bouquet. On the palate, this beer is deep, complex, and interesting. The cherry sweetness provides undertones to sour cherries, acetic balsamic vinegar, and rich red grapes. The vinous character imparted by the Bordeaux barrels takes on a very formidable position in this beer, delightfully complementing the cherries and other barrel characteristics. Earthy in the finish, and sweet and tart in the aftertaste, the 2009 vintage is a winner in my book.
Ample but not overdone as far as carbonation goes, the silky feel from the medium consistency and carbonation is compelling. The complexity and depth of Oerbier Reserva are what win me over. Much like a fine red wine, the warming notes from the ethanol serve to amplify the flavors in the beer. It is not astringent or out of place by any means. I think that without it, this beer would be a shadow of what it is. Certainly one of the top Oud Bruins that I have tried, though I question its ability to stand up to aging without tasting like nail polish remover, due to the already strong acetic notes. I would definitely seek this one out again.
02-01-2011 17:43:05 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
06-24-2011 03:16:16 | More by ritzkiss
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.