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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle BoskeunDe Dolle Boskeun

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

375 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 38
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000)
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Reviews by GreenCard:
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottling code: 10%<MA05

Appearance: light amber, very hazy, medium layer of cream-colored spongey foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: cooked strawberries, malt, hint of sherry and sour cream, over-ripe pears, cinnamon toast and a bit of a meaty yeast note

Flavor: tasty biscuity maltiness; a touch of oxidation here too; distant grassy hop flavor, though hardly there; honey and peppery alcohol; finishes a bit sweet with a sugar-syrup aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: This is a re-review of this beer from a sample that I have been storing since the day I purchased it at the brewery in May 2004. It's still pretty decent buy I'd say Bos Keun doesn't do well with long term cellaring. The hops are almost completely gone so it's a bit cloying and unbalanced at this point. Here's my first review of it (same bottling run):

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/201/634/?ba=GreenCard

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 17:41:05 | More by GreenCard
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superspak

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2014 22:35:24 | More by superspak
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 23:28:38 | More by Jonada
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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-11-2014 04:18:47 | More by bobv
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2014 03:00:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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KAF

Iowa

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-03-2014 02:52:44 | More by KAF
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ArtZan

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-01-2014 18:57:38 | More by ArtZan
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-01-2014 18:25:54 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Brinks

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-27-2014 22:08:11 | More by Brinks
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-27-2014 01:38:59 | More by ZEB89
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-24-2014 05:40:11 | More by Jspriest
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-23-2014 15:47:20 | More by SpasmWaiter
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tykechandler

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-19-2014 00:35:59 | More by tykechandler
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 06:00:31 | More by Bouleboubier
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-13-2014 02:23:46 | More by Immortale25
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-13-2014 00:45:05 | More by Giantspace
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-08-2014 18:53:48 | More by mikeburd1128
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Maillard

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-07-2014 07:25:51 | More by Maillard
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sunofneurot

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

06-04-2014 13:51:58 | More by sunofneurot
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andrewdanks

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-30-2014 15:33:09 | More by andrewdanks
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-29-2014 14:10:03 | More by YobroitsJoe
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ottodyer

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-28-2014 13:31:41 | More by ottodyer
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mrk829

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-27-2014 16:05:20 | More by mrk829
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Keith_R

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-21-2014 02:27:16 | More by Keith_R
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barczar

Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2014 01:53:48 | More by barczar
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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.