De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.71/5 rDev +12.7%
APPEARANCE - Clear yellow, with a 5-finger light brown head that lasts. Some lacing.
SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, hoppy, herbaceous.
TASTE - Nice bitter ale taste. Hoppy, piney, dry, malty, herbaceous. ABV a bit hidden
MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Light, with the most carbonation I've ever experienced in an ale at this ABV level.
VALUE - $10. - About average for a Belgian at a bar.
OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Nice ale, very drinkable, not boozy at all.
08-14-2014 18:01:06 | More by Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.54/5 rDev +8.6%
Taking some time to finally finish its cascade and rise, a slightly yellow-tinted head tapers off to finish at a height of nearly two fingers, at which point retention is good, though the bubbles keep rising quickly for some time. Lacing varies between some light netting and spotting. The beer itself, still continuing to churn as it sits, is a murky dark gold with a lack of filtration leading to plenty of yeast visibly floating and swirling in it.
Not knowing what to expect, and having randomly picked this bottle up off the shelf, I'm very pleasantly surprised and even taken aback by this beer's rich and complex aroma. There are a few layers, each with a bit of a different sweetness coming in along with varying degrees and manners of earthiness and gentle spiciness. There's a slight, appropriate and even amplifying medicinal element that is present enough but tame enough to not give the impression of the medicine it's reminiscent of. Coming through all this is fresh, ripe tropical fruits flesh. I could keep my nose in here for a long time.
Fortunately, though, I drink it, and I'm glad I do; if anything, it tastes even better than it smells. The different flavors roll off each other, blending while each showing its own unique traits to the tongue. The yeast is prominent without dominating, presenting just enough sweetness and spice and, when the leafy hops come in with its bitterness to balance it all, it's nearly perfect.
The body of the beer is medium, and the feel is semi-sweet with just a bit of leafy dryness on the tongue. Crispness is sharp and stays the whole way through. A sort of tartness the palate can feels lingers with a hint of sugars.
07-14-2014 21:23:49 | More by Brenden
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 3/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a huge 3 finger dense and rocky off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, citrus zest, pear, apple, white grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, apricot, citrus zest, pear, apple, white grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, citrus zest, pear, apple, white grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick/prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
07-13-2014 22:35:24 | More by superspak
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
33cl bottle served in a DFH signature glass. Bottled March 2014
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange color with 2+ fingers of a creamy white head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Body is very hazy with insane amounts of visible carbonation. High amounts of suspended sediment as well.
Smell: Big fruity yeast character, chalky/powdery yeast, sweet apple, pear, slight caramel, earthy and spicy. Really inviting.
Taste: Apple, pear, spicy yeast, doughy malt, candi sugar. Big sweetness upfront that dries out a bit in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation.
Overall: Another great beer from De Dolle. I've yet to have a beer from these guys that wasn't very good. As far as I'm concerned, they're one of the most underrated breweries in the world. If you're a fan of Belgian beers, this is definitely worth picking up.
07-12-2014 23:28:38 | More by Jonada
De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.