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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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BA SCORE
97
world-class

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 29
Gots: 38 | 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: DaveHS on 10-09-2010)
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2011 20:43:07 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-09-2013 15:08:26 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:48:18 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:13:14 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

12-14-2011 17:17:29 | More by nmann08
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-12-2013 03:08:59 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -9.5%

12-30-2011 08:07:33 | More by ygtbsm94
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GRG1313

California

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 00:37:56 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 03:45:59 | More by emerge077
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.1%

11-25-2011 23:29:00 | More by Rochefort10nh
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 05:44:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-01-2011 18:29:46 | More by InspectorBob
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 18:59:51 | More by Huhzubendah
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

12-01-2011 05:35:11 | More by rab53
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:52:27 | More by glid02
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-29-2013 19:10:45 | More by drummermattie02
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:24:13 | More by jrallen34
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:25:31 | More by Alieniloquium
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-05-2013 03:50:15 | More by WOLFGANG
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

11-14-2011 09:58:02 | More by bsuedekum
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

01-02-2012 02:41:28 | More by whartontallboy
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aasher

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

08-20-2013 01:09:22 | More by aasher
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 18:14:57 | More by sweemzander
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 01:07:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -9.5%

11-16-2011 03:06:06 | More by bpfrush
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
97 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.