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De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

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Reviews: 272 | Ratings: 491
Photo of Radome
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 330 ml bottle. Cap was stamped "Bottled Mar 2014".

L - Cloudy. Light gold color. Off-white head is thick and active with lots of lace.

S - Delicious aromas are an amazingly complex mix of bready malt, honey, grassy hops, low spices and wine-like alcohol. The impression is clean, subtle and inviting.

T - Like the aromas, the flavors are complex but subtle. Honey, sweet, bready malt, light fruitiness. Sharp spiciness springs up mid-palate and then fades away. Hops present as grassy flavor and moderate bitterness that lingers past the finish.

F - Medium body. Moderate, spritzy carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness. Low alcohol burn.

O - A delicious, sweet and spicy beer that somehow manages to be complex and subtle all at once.

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Photo of NCCIndy
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pretty in the glass, more viscous than expected. Nose is sweet and mildly floral. I was shocked at the extreme candy-sugar flavor in this. It was nice, but not something I could drink much of.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad that I could find and drink this ale around Eastertide.

The Mad Brewers is what DeDolle calls themselves. Their fun extends to their customers.
As interesting as their other four beers are that I've had (Still Nacht, Oerbier, Arabier and Special Reserve), Bos Keun may be their most interesting.
MJ's 1999 edition gave it 3 of 4 stars and called it "brassy-coloured, honey-primed."
Reviewed also in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium" and also said Boskeun had "an interesting balance between sweetness and dryness."

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Photo of crosenkrantz
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A lot of ever-lasting white foam.
Subtle aroma, maybe some honey.
Tastes malty and dry, bitter aftertaste that coverts somb spices, some flowers and even some citric notes. But not many.
Medium/low body.
Too bitter and dry for my taste, doesn't fulfill the expectation.

Happy Easter!

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Photo of Brew_42
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold with a huge white fluffy head that leaves heavy lacing.

Smell- sweet and spicy

Taste- candied sugar up front giving way to some tartness. Bitter aftertaste.

MF- heavy carbonation

Overall- fairly refreshing with nice carbonation but I could do without the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of ThomasKoren
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

very clear pale golden beer with white head, some lacing but not extreme.

Nice fresh smell, very strong carbonation bite, bit tangy mouthfeel.

very nice beer from a good brewery.

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Photo of brureview
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color in an Orval Trappist glass. I found that it is better to pour this slowly,
to avoid a big head. Lacing, alcohol legs.

The lightly spiced aroma is good- I would have preferred it stronger.

Very malty MF, tart, carbonated and bitter.

Excellent spicy taste, finished by an strong bitter finish.

Overall: no bottle date, so I am unsure of the freshness-although the beer is 10%ABV. I was expecting more- perhaps more fruit to the aroma/taste, clove or another flavor. Good malty MF, and I enjoyed the bitterness, which overshadowed the flavor. An excellent beer worth trying, but I was definitely looking for more according to the ratings.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a huge head of foam. ..great lacing left behind.

It smells hoppy, spicy, lightish on the malt profile.

First thing that I notice is an abundance of candi sugar sweetness followed by spice like cloves and pepper. Slight bitterness but it can easily get overlooked.

Pretty lively carbonation to go with the medium body.

A well brewed example of the style and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of adman08
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with some haze that clears as it warms. Massive fluffy white head. Aromas of banana primarily with some cloves, yeast and alcohol. Flavor is similar to the aroma, banana and clove, the alcohol is quite strong. Light body, plenty of carbonation and smooth despite the alcohol, finishes dry. A very good representation of the style. I still lean towards the sweeter golden strong ales like chouffe but this is very good.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle served in my Oerbier stem. Holy head! Pours with a creamy/rocky bright white head that consumes about 80% of the glass. As the head gradually recedes, a hazy dull orange hue is revealed. Nose expresses banana esters, clove and a light yeasty presence. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a distinct ethanol presence that cuts through the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation, a slightly oily/siky texture and a pleasant warming heat that lingers between quaffs. Wow - a great BSPA. I just wish it was more available and the price wasn't so dear. Well worth your time if the opportunity presents.

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Photo of jcruelty
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This time I tried to write down thoughts before reading other reviews.

pours a golden flax
huge long lasting head
smells like wheat? straw?
sharp piney
head on this thing is a monster


i don't like ipa's
how is this different from an ipa?
(i'm sure it is but i don't know)

didn't love this beer. i like duvel and chouffe though.

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Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold with an enormous 3” moussey offwhite foam collar that mounds up over the top of the glass like a meringue. It persists and leaves a mound of foam in the finished glass.
S: Spicy citrus with hints of fruit cake.
T: This is a yeast driven beer featuring spices, citrus, fruit, caramel, fruit cake, alcohol and a little cidery wine character. Big hops on the finish provide some balance.
M: Highly carbonated, luxurious, creamy, moussey.
O: An enormous beer with a suprising amount of balance.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Jonada
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the bull and bush, who have really expanded their guest offerings in the last half year or so. this is my first from these guys (i think), a real treat. listed on the menu at 8.9% abv rather than the 10% abv listed here, but i am attributing that to batch variance rather than misinformation. a great beer, a spring strong blonde brewed with honey. it looks, smells, and tastes a lot like a classic tripel, maybe a little lighter in body, a little more aggressively hopped, and a little lighter on the leftover sugar, but the belgian yeast, pale wheat based body, and booze component are all on par with the style. some floral character to this, and a real easy drinking lightness for its enormity. i know this isnt one of the rare crazy beers from these guys, but its a heck of an introduction to a very storied brewery for me. i know i am late to the party, but this one has me keen for more. so dry in feel, and for a fuller bodied strong beer, its a nice touch. cool yeast, not overdone, and nice crispy carbonation. top tier brew, just a little less interesting than i hoped for, but real yummy.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(cap says "BOTTLED MAR2012" - huh... purchased at Local 44 bottle shop less than a week ago - poured into a balloon)

A: moderately hazy light amber color... huge sea cap sudsy foam that takes its good ol' time sinking down - kinda has a glow like melting marshmallows... thick sprays of crystalline lace taking hold, steady solid cap till the end

S: starts chalky and chewy-biscuity but, with a long strong whiff, out drags a bolder punch of honey, melon, frosted apple danish, phenolic spice... slight note of moscato maybe?... if you've had enough De Dolle beers, it has their quintessential bouquet - but I'm wondering if a couple years old, as is here, the smell intensifies... it's fantastic!

T: aggressive spiciness and a dry vinous, melon fruitiness up front... buzzing bitter, grassy hum afterwards; whisper of circus peanut and a light caramel-y cookie in the finish - the malt is stifled by the loud, static yeast funk... lasting peppery effect, but not quite as vivid a flavor... medicinal fusels creep up in the far background toward the end, covered with a blanket

M: cottony foam kisses the lips on contact, opens up like a bubble once in the mouth (swirl this mf if you're just trying to enjoy it), thin foamy blanket carries through... not as dry as I expected, smidge of honeyish roundness... muffled, jet fuel warmth heats up the thorax on the first sip and holds a good minute or two, mellows out subsequently... yeah, it ends up repeating dry and moderately scraping - this would tear through oily fats on the palate

O: similar to, but less fruity and dynamic than Arabier... pretty straight-forward offering from De Dolle - no problem with that... would likely kill it accompanying greasy mussels or breaded calamari - feel like it's lonely on its own

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Photo of barczar
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw with a frothy lingering white head.

Notes of pear, confectioners sugar, lemon zest, tangerine, and green apple meet floral hops and light coriander in the aroma.

Flavor reveals soft, lightly sweet malt, which is countered by pear, green apple, and lemon, finishing bready. There's a light bitterness that accompanies pepper in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and alcohol warmth.

A little hot, but great subtlety of malt and sweet/bitter balance. Belgian yeast esters are lovely.

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Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb2010.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light orange with loads of sediment. LOADS of sediment. Small white head, soda-like. Fizzes out very quickly. Zero lacing.

S: Sickly sweet pears, apples and light citrus. Kind of a sweet grainy malt. Very light and earthy spices.

T: Again, sickly sweet up front with LOADS of pear. A little apple, but mainly sweet, overripe pears. Heavy belgian spices like cloves and black pepper. Quite funky, especially in the finish. Kinda reminds me of wet hay mixed with sweetbread. Does that sound tasty? I can't even tell, myself. A bit of burnt tire in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy, sweet, higher carbonation helps though.

O: Pretty funky BSPA. The 4 years on this obvious has intensified the effects. Interesting heavy sweetness balancing it out. Hard to gauge this one, very interesting.

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Photo of rangerred
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle into a goblet. No date but I'm pretty sure this is 2008 or 2009 vintage.

Pours a nearly clear dark gold with just a tiny bit of fizz for a head. No lacing at all.

From the aroma I can tell this has been sitting around for quite some time. There is a strong sherry note that screams oxidation overpowering some peach and grape notes in the background. I'm afraid this one might be past its prime.

The taste just confirms what I feared with the aroma. More sherry and cardboard that covers up what I presume was once a great flavor. Light grape and white wine buried underneath but it is drowned out by molasses, cardboard, and brown sugar. Fairly sticky with a thick finish.

Overall, I am really disappointed. I thought the age wouldn't really hurt this beer but it obviously has. A couple years might have been ok but five or six is just too much. A shame.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours a slightly hazed but still bright pale golden colour, with a frothy carbonated head of white. Lace forms in suds as the head collapses, leaving a foam across the top of the glass. Body is fluid, but with a hint of weight behind it and a mess of large-bubbled carbonation when swirled. Looks good.

Nose is excellent. Big champagne-dry yeast characters, restrained sharp fruity esters, herbal crushed greenery. All held together with a bright but coherent sweetness. It's extremely refined and sophisticated. Excellent stuff.

Taste is also very good. Very clean entry with a hint of sugary sweetness that is then tempered by more of those dry yeasty characters—these allow the beer to glide to a clean and pleasingly light finish. Minimal estery characters, although there's a slight peppery punctuation that comes in on the mid-to-back, but not more than this: it remains really very smooth and approachable throughout. Alcohol character in particular is well-hidden.

Feel is smooth and light, but with a frothiness from the carbonation and the body which is lighter than expected.

Extremely drinkable for its weight, this is a very well-crafted beer. Although I know a session of these would be a foolish thing to do, the characters of the beer almost make me want to attempt it. Very nice stuff indeed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky light brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of various fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grain, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice fruity presence that makes this one quite easy to drink.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2010

Beer is amber in colour with a large beige head. Terrific retention.

Nose strongly contains apple, as well as other sweet fruit scents, like pear. Yeast and bread.

The flavour is really good. A nicely blended mix of apple, pear, yeast, bread and spices. Alcohol is noticeable but not overly strong, especially considering the ABV. Sweet, but there is a dryness as well to balance things out. A very slight tartness. The finish is dry.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit of heat, quite chewy.

Overall, excellent. A really good (and distinctive) beer from a really good brewery.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bos Keun has a gorgeous cloudy auburn color, with a bleached-white, billowing tower of bubbles rising with even the most miniscule pouring effort. This head is similar to angel's food cake... somehow, it has mass but it's very light and airy. The amount of bubbling is almost too much, but I did not score this very negatively due to some of the other classic Belgians, like Duvel, having this effect. Of course with this type of head we get excellent lacing as a result. The smell is very syrupy sweet, like toffee and taffy, along with tropical fruits and the signature whiff of Belgian yeast. I found the flavor to be reminiscent of caramel apples at the fair, very tart, and slightly astringent. Delicious pear and citrus esters as well. The mouth feel is somewhat viscous, and the finish was very sharp. Overall, this is right up there with the other exquisite brews from De Dolle. This is a top Belgian Brewer that any fan of the style must try.

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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.