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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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96
world-class

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

victory4me, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

bbadger, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of hawks10
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%

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...

hawks10, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

sk8man121, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of mondegreen
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.

mondegreen, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

jayhawk73, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

Chaney, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Huhzubendah, Sep 25, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

AleWatcher, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

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).

allforbetterbeer, Sep 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

sweemzander, Aug 27, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 02, 2011
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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.

OddNotion, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Bendurgin, Jul 13, 2011
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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.

mdvatab, Jul 03, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

ktrillionaire, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of crusian
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

crusian, Jun 25, 2011
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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.

ritzkiss, Jun 24, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +7%

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.

DIM, Jun 21, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance -- Pours a rich garnet hue with a slim frothy beige head and wide bands of lace. Really nice for the style.

Smell -- Tart berries, granny smith, and lactic sour are the clear deviations from the regular Oerbier. However, the amount of Oerbier character that is still pronounced in the forefront is surprising: dark fruit, roast malt, spice. There is also a delicate floral not that I could not put my finger on. Lots of complexity. I like.

Taste -- Still lots of Oerbier flavor present: ripe dark fruit, dark bread, nutty roast malt, and gentle spice. The barrel lends notes of tart berries, granny smiths, wet oak, and soft vanilla. Tartness is pronounced, but still in good proportion with the base malt. While definitely tastes more of alcohol than your typical Oud Bruin, but doesn't seem anywhere near 13% - kudos, De Dolle.

Mouthfeel -- medium-light in body with fluffy carbonation. Not as crisp as I expect from an Oud Bruin, but still pretty good.

Overall -- A tasty sipper for certain. This is a very unique take on the Flanders style, though probably not what I would reach for when in an Oud Bruin mood. Still, a must-try for anybody who is passionate about the style.

yeahnatenelson, Jun 21, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Tastes are spoiled coffee (in a good way), spices, apple cores, nuttiness, oak, strong yeasts, maltose, love, pralines, pecans, hickory, smoked meats, lavender, honey, cane sugar, dryness, marigolds, capers, chrysanthemums, booze. Smells like booze, strong malt, candied fruit, some funk, medicine and lollipops. Awesome!

Jazzcrop, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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!

mikesgroove, May 30, 2011
De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.