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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
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 31
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: DaveHS on 10-09-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jazzcrop
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of dasenebler
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of HopsSchnapps
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Has to be the best sour beer I've tried (yes I'm lumping it into the bigger category of "sours") I know it's not a style. Deep red in color, billowy off-white head...I could smell the sour in the air before my nose approached the glass. The taste was immaculate, such that I raved about the beer for a good 5-10 minutes after sipping a few times. The 13% abv wasn't in your face at all, only showing itself about halfway through the beer. Huge sour/tart raspberry taste dominated with hints of oak and other fruits as well. Can't say I've ever had a beer quite like this. Well crafted by all means. If only the price was more reasonable I'd be buying cases.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of twelvsies
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Alieniloquium. Big props. Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance: nice brown color with creamy white, funky thin head.

Nose: Great funk. Some tart cherry/raspberry.

Taste: wow. Great heavens. You can really taste the 13%. It's not overwhelming, but apparent. Sour, tart, funk. It's funky. Slightly dry.

Mouth: The mouth is fun. Great biting dryness. Fizzy, explosive funk bring joy to my mouth.

Drink and overall: Very nice fun beer. It's a brute. Really is. It's good for one, and I split this with Emily. I'm happy with that. Very tasty overall.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy, light fired brick color with a sizable eggshell colored head.

S - Extremely fruity and complex, robust, sour funk that tingles the nostrils. All the fruity, sour green apple goodness is enveloped in oaky blanket. Which, I guess, wouldn't be very comfortable. But, hey, whatever, right? What?

T - I can honestly say I've never had a beer with quite this flavor profile, and I am including the oud bruins I've had in the past. There is just a really unique, piquant sour cherries, crabapples, green apples.

M - Nice, just a little tannic, highly carbonated.

Photo of crossovert
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of mj001jk
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of beerpirates
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel @kulminator

Pours a hazy reddish brown color toped by a half inch of off-white head. The smell is very vinous with some notes of oak, grapes, sour cherries, flowers, and banana. Taste is very tart at first that comes along with a zip of carbonation, some flavors of wood, apples, and cherries develop. Sort of a one note beer. The alcohol leaves a ring of warmth at the base of your throat. Finishes dry and sour with some lingering woodiness.

Photo of jrallen34
3.83/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.31/5  rDev -2%
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...

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Photo of fragilehearted
3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. Really, this has only 6 reviews? Don't I feel special! Guy at the beer store (Healthy Spirits in SF) recommended it to me as a somewhat hard-to-get beer, guess so! Props!

A - murky ruby/amber color. Thick tan head that goes down to cover/ring fairly quickly. Patchy lacing.

S - big cherries upfront, yum! Then red wine vinegar, candied fruits, hints of spice, a little vanilla...all of these sound great so far. As I'm having this, I've noticed that more seems to come out as it warms up...some really great aromas in here. Kind of unique - one sniff could be really sour, then the next sweeter candied fruits...very nice.

T - Tart cherry, woody, spicy. Aftertaste is....I'm not quite sure, but not the best, somewhat harsh compared to the rest of the smell/taste experience. You can taste the alcohol more than some of the others I've had of this style, but well, for 13%, I guess that's not too unexpected, come to think of it.

M - Carbonation is good. Really dry finish...way more dry than I'd expect for the style, but again, I guess I'm not TOO surprised after seeing the ABV compared to other beers I've had from this style. Definite alcohol burn/warming going down.

D - good, again, considering that it's 13%. It's high, but I really wouldn't have guessed it was that high. Obviously you have to sip this one. It's my only one that I brought back from the Golden State, so I'll savor it.

Overall, this was good, but I think the ABV was just a touch too high, made it a little harsher & less drinkable than I feel it could have been, with the good aromas & flavors. I wonder how this would be with some time on it...wish I'd have bought one to save.

Photo of busternuggz
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Belgian glass.
Slightly hazy amber/topaz color with an amazing fluffy 1 1/2" off-white head. Leaves thick curtains of lacing.
Rich smells of cherry pie filling, strawberry jam, balsamic vinegar, a little brown sugar, underlying tartness and funk.
The taste is tart and vinous. Red wine vinegar, bitter orange zest, sharp funk from the lacto, sour cherries. A bit of an herbal/medicinal note. Dry, bordering on astringent finish. As it warms it gets a delicious juiciness, like a blend of bitter orange, sour cherry, and strawberry juice. Complex and interesting.
Medium bodied, juicy, and smooth textured.
Hides the alcohol incredibly well, and gets very easy drinking as it approaches room temperature.
I would have rated taste higher with a little more malt balance. But still, a complex, unique, and interesting beer. A very worthy oud bruin.

Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of dgfair
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into Westmalle goblet.

Appearance - pours a deep, murky garnet color with an enormous amount of tan foam that dissipates into a very nice, thin layer on top of the beer. Lacing spots the glass as the head clings very nicely.

Smell - great aroma. Tart cherry, oak, vanilla, caramel, molasses, ripe dark fruit....so much going on here and each whiff reveals new layers.

Taste - very nice sourness up front, extremely tart cherry flavor with a fairly moderate alcohol ester and burn. As it warms, I definitely pick up some oak notes, mainly an earthy dryness and some lighter mellow vanilla.

Mouthfeel - perfect carbonation level, and I love the dry finish here. Really smooth going down, even with the high alcohol.

Drinkabillty - a fantastic beer to have one of. The high alcohol certainly limits how easy it goes, but this is meant to be a sipper and I could certainly sip this one for a long time.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2009 (Bottled 2010) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.