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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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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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 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 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 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 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 glid02
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into my De Struise glass... A bright medium copper body, semi clear. A huge light tan head, great retention and lacing. Head looks great fluffy and creamy... The aroma is nice but a little simple. I mostly get oak with a light vinegar finish, wish a tad more was going on... The taste is mostly light oak, good a little plain. Vinegar accent not enough to take the edge of the oak. Ok, drinkable, just not mind blowing... Good mouthfeel, tannic, tart, smooth.. Easy to drink, no way this is 13%.

Good not great, but I'd drink again.

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

Brewed 2009
Bottled Feb2010
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.

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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 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 DIM
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark cola color with lighter, golden edges. It poured with a large, uneven, and clumpy head.

s: Old, very lightly sweet berries, mild apple cider vinegar, and maybe some caramel. There was some gentle warmth, but 13%? Hard to believe.

t: Light sweetness up front in the form of candi-sugar and dark fruits. Quickly gives way to tart, musty fruits and something vinegary. This tastes like it has half the abv listed here. There is a lingering tart berry flavor and an oaky tingle. I've definitely never had anything quite like this.

m: This has a bigger body and light apritzy carbonation.

o: I don't have the vocabulary to describe beers like this one. It was in a price range I don't venture into very often anymore, but it was worth every penny.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to have been one of the few people to try this brew out and rate it here. Poured from 33cl (2009 vintage) bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a rusty red/brown appearance with a medium white top with lacing that lasts well throughout. Aroma is wooden tart flavors; cherries, red currants, wine yeast and dark malts. Taste follows; a dry, sour composition of oak, cherries, port tones and sour estery (green apple) notes. This is much more in the landscape of an "oud bruin" or definitely a sour than both the category and the original Oerbier would indicate. The very high alcohol level is relatively well hidden although it can be detected from time to time. Medium to full bodied. Finish can be a little bitter. Overall, it is a nice beer that heads a bit too much towards the sour category than to my own taste, but a very sturdy piece of brewing craft nevertheless! This could potentially blow the Russian River sours out of the water for sour fans out there. Disclaimer: This would have gotten a higher ranking if I was a sour fan.

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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 crossovert
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours an amazing translucent red, deep and crimson. The head is frothy and off-white with some great lacing.

The smell is amazing. It is full-on with some surprising hops but mainly a rich, sweet fruit decadence. There is a ton of pineapple and citrus with some maraschino cherry.

The flavor is utter dominance. It is sour, but not mouth-puckering. This one defies logic though. At 13% it isn't sweet at all, it is sour, but not over powering, and above all there is no hinting of alcohol what-so-ever. It has apricots, apples, cherries, raspberries, and pears. IT is a fruity, rich, malty, but tart and sour beast.

Just a beast.

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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 augustgarage
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

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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 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 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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Photo of dasenebler
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl, 2009 Vintage bottled in February 2010.

Pours a rich, amber-ruby hue with a compact off-white head. A thin layer sticks around; some lacing.

The nose is great, with pronounced sour and funky notes, plus a good amount of oak and grapes.

The flavor is outstanding. This is probably the "biggest" sour beer I've ever had. Massively fruity notes of grape, tart apple, and sour cherries. The oak-aged character also comes through with plenty of woody, leathery notes. Very tart, though not quite super-sour territory. Acidic, and also quite warming at 13% ABV. Not necessarily malty, but it has a decent heft to it. The carbonation is medium-low and fleeting.

This beer is very intense, but... wow.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 330 mL bottle poured into my new Dogfish Head snifter. Bit of a gusher but I managed to make sure none of the beer missed the glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, expansive, three finger head. Lacing sticks all around the glass. Copper color with some red highlights.

Aroma: Big funk notes in the aroma. Barnyard and horse blanket definitely stand out. Sweet cherries also come in a lend a nice fruit note. Slight vinegar and oak notes blend nicely as well.

Taste: Tart cherry notes upfront. The funk is really nice here too. Some vinegar and wine-like qualities on the back end. Nice balance rounded but by some nice toasted oak.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was definitely intact. Medium bodied. Pleasant.

Overall, a really nice, funky, fruity beer. Nicely balanced and definitely is a good example of the style. Nice combination of complex and refreshing. Alcohol is really well hidden. Definitely would try again, especially as this price point.

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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.