De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 45
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000

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Reviews by marcobrau:
Photo of marcobrau
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with the massive carbonation typical of De Dolle. The meringue-like head eventually settles leaving bits of cotton candy-like lace. Smells of marizpan, sugared-white peach and mango. Taste is complex and sweet, but balanced by more bracing bitterness than I recall. A sort of creme brulee like sweetness shows up as the beer warms up near room temperature. Very tasty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – When I opened this bottle it just exploded, spewing foam from all sides of the mouth. I did a slow motion pour in my glass to keep things off the carpet. The body color is pure BSPA: cloudy orange.

Smell – This smells like a medicine cabinet. The spices are monstrous and the yeast is major league.

Taste – The spices are just overpowering. Again, it’s like licking a Band-Aid. There’s yeast in there somewhere, but the spices are so big they weigh down the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Lots of carbonation in this one.

Drinkability – This was just too overpowering for me. All I could come up with at the end of each swig was, “medicine cabinet.”

Comments – Sorry to low-ball this one without a lot of constructive criticism, but this just left me scratching my head.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl brown Euro-style brown bottle. A freaky ass psycho Easter bunny sits up against a tree, eyeing up a glass of Bos Keun. Obviously Mr. Easter Bunny has his priorities straight ... screw the hopping and Easter candy! He's got beer!

Appearance: Cloudy (from the yeast) orange straw. The head is pretty healthy and settles to a creamy white lace that sticks heavily along the sides of the glass.

Smell: You can get high off of this smell. Earthy, yeasty and sugary sweetness that is nearly cloaked by a medicinal aroma. Estery too with really ripe pineapple aromas.

Taste: First sip releases a lot of foam activity, creating a creamy texture on the palate. Medium bodied. Then comes some lime rind, quick sharpness then a tea-like citrus hop flavour. There's a unique musty quality to this brew with is a bit powdery and adds to the incredible complexity of this beer. All of this is then overtaken by a sugar sweetness and faint background tartness. Finishes a tad dry with some residual sweetness.

Notes: Purchased at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugs for 140 BF, by Todd. 7% abv, and very drinkable. This beer is huge in character and complexity. Can't really say to much more about it as we are in awe of this beer.

Photo of GJ40
2.99/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had glasses of foam to start with. Lots of suspended sediment too. Once the dust settled, it was way too boozy with no depth or quality.

Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one hazey beer pours a mix of lemonade and tea with chunks and floaties everywhere with a creamy-like head that leaves a light amount of lace.I get some deep citrius and a touch of honey in the aroma,taste is almost like apple cider and as it warms more the bigger the honey notes become.This is a very rustic looking beer well made but not as good as I thought it might be.

Photo of moderndrunkard
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Day two of the trip to Belgium involved a a long trip to the middle of nowhere to try some of these beers straight from the source.

Pours cloudy, unfiltered. Good head retention. The body is a very appealing caramel color and the head also exhibits a nice light brown darkness.

The overwhelming, dominating smell this beer gives off is alcoholic. I don't know if they've changed the recipe, but at the brewery, they had it listed as 8.5%. And you can smell all of it. Other than that there's a little perfume-y hoppiness to the whole shebang.

First sip reveals a moderate level of carbonation which then gives way to an overall very clean taste. There's a slight wheaty/yeasty sweetness and then it finishes off with somewhat of a sour or bitter finish. I can't stop thinking that this is surprisingly clean for an 8.5%er.

Once I let it move around, though, I start to pick it up. It definitely carries some bite and a couple quick sips make me all red in the face.

Overall, I'd say the Boskeun was my least favorite De Dolle beer. Not too interested in another, but clearly not a bad beer at all.

Photo of Jason
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The smell and flavour of this brew do it for me, big fruity esters with a sweet pale malt base. Has hints of almonds and mango with a warming alcohol. I know it is their spring beer but this is one that could be aged a year or perhaps more and still gain in complexity.

Photo of merlin48
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian poured a cloudy, apricot body with a nice, 4 cm offwhite head that was tight and retained quite well. Thousands of microbubbles were seen rising to the top of this murky bodied ale. Considerable, yeast particles and sediment were apparent, but most eventually settled in the bottom of the chalice. Sheet lacing was attractive, in the Belgian fashion.

Aroma is sublime. Exceptional rating here. Mango, pineapple, and cotton candy start things off, followed by orange, lime, and an abundance of other tropical fruit esters. Just a hint of spice, that seems a mix of orange zest and coriander.

Mouthfeel is impressive, with the signature Belgian ale, "explosion" of carbonation which leads into a light medium body that is awash with tart fruitiness.

Taste is complex, and begins with a hint of chocolate malt. The chocolate is fleeting, and is immediately replaced with succulent, tropical fruit esters of pineapple and mango. Midway through, the yeast kicks in with an earthy presence of sauteed, wild mushrooms. Warming alcohol, and some dry and bitter yeast and hop character become assertive at the finish. Aftertaste is dry, and slightly bitter.

This is an excellent, strong Belgian Pale Ale, with a lot of complexities going on. I poured out about a centimeter of dark sediment that remained in the bottom of the glass, even though I swirled the bottle a few times during the sampling. Nicely crafted by the folks at De Dolle, and a Belgian ale that I look forward to having again.

Photo of Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle enjoyed (NO BARGAIN @ $12!!) at Beer Table in Brooklyn, NY, no freshness indication provided. Pours cloudy apricot, tiny bubble tightly knot white head. Great lacing on the glass. Nose of grapefruit, coriander,bananas, fruity and yummy. Lots of honey, melon, lavender, complex, fruity and delicious offering. Heady stuff @ 10%, but alcohol nowhere to be found. Belgian ale lovers rejoice and go get some.

Photo of Kraken
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mmmm Poured from 12oz bottle. First off the label is excellent, there is no rating catagory for this, but if there was I would give it a 5. Pours a dark Amber, with small chunks of sediment suspended, very colloid-esque. Smell is fantastic, pure Belgian. Fruit esters specifically banana and smell hints at the above average abv. Very smooth, and complex taste, bananas are very prominent. Extremely dry finish. The overall boozeyness takes away from drinkablity.

Photo of pat61
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: reviewed yesterday for Easter, but I had trouble uploading the review.

A 330ml bottle with no obvious BB date. Picked up a couple of days ago from my local beer specialist - just in time for Easter. The child-like drawing on the label is amusing.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A hazy golden-amber hue with strong carbonation. Produces an enormous head of white foam with a meringue-like consistency and great retention; this eventually subsides to a surface layer. The aroma is sweet & intense - almost cloyingly fruity. Notes of white grapes, melon, apples, almonds, banana, faint citrus, yeast and a spicy hint of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet, fruity yeast esters with a dry, alcoholic finish. Notes of apples, grapes, melon, citrus, marzipan, sugar, mild banana and dry yeast. Background hints of stewed hops, and a hot, spicy alcoholic note upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with great body. Highly astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of dry, fruity yeast esters.

Impressive - an incredible array of fruity notes accompany this beer. Strong and well-balanced, with a range of flavours that is both subtle and complex. It's difficult to compare this to anything else I've tried - it's unique. Not a brew for everyday quaffing, but well worth trying if you come across it.

Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An "Easter beer" to "paas" Passover with...

I literally threw this into a Duvel glass and a giant one inch tower of foam arose, mostly whitish but with brown traces lingering in spots. Extremely murky pale brown with dark and light yeasty chunks moving around. Amazing sclupted lace. Smell of tart grapefruit and musty rain-soaked leaves, a sense of sage. The taste is festive, lots of clove, teaberry gum, and even a powdered cheddar sense similar to Kraft Mac and Cheese (honest, and it works). Hops lend just a touch of balsam to re-inforce the tons of flavor profile going on here. Subjectively, this was a very fun beer, different.

Souce: Liquid Solutions

Photo of glid02
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy honey-copper color with an off-white head that fills the entire glass after gushing out of the bottle. I actually had to use a second glass because the bottle kept gushing after I filled the first glass with foam. Be forewarned. The head finally settles into a rocky layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of tart apples and American white grapes.

Tastes phenomenal. Sugar-coated pears and lighlty tart green apples up front are joined shortly by huge amounts of bronze scuppernong flavors that are both tart and sweet. These flavors carry through to an ending that leaves a variety of flavors lingering.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a very smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my bottle quickly and not just because some of it didn't make it in the glass and I could have another.

Overall this was a great beer for the style and the flavors are all huge and present in perfect amounts. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a great little brew!!!!!!! Peppery and even hoppy nose. Nice malt pressence (adds a bit of sweetness at the start). Quite peppery, salty and bitter acid finish, quite complex, and very enjoyable.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a spongy white head that sits on top of an apricot colored body that boils with tiny bubbles of carbonation and is a bit hazy. The head last as a thick layer and sticks to the glass after each sip.

S-The smell of yeast and perfume hints have notes of green peppercorns in the background. There is a faint sweetness but the whole smell is very blended.

T- The light fruity taste of apple peels and pear notes has a light white sugar hint and a light yeasty wheat flavor. The finish has a nice bitter bite that is not really hops in nature. The note of spice and cloves come through with a note of black pepper as it warms a bit. There is a very soft alcohol taste that perks up the spice flavor a bit.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a very soft alcohol heat that cleans the finish.

D- This beer has some nice flavors but it is very mysterious. It is hard to pull all the flavors apart and they really just blend one flavor into the next. Good spring beer with nice flavor and spice with a little heat in the finish.

Photo of Brenden
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of azorie
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really love De Dolle, and this beer is another great example of a triple that has been slightly modified. It's not really a golden ale clone of Duval its triple imho, but slight dryer than some.

Of course belgain styles are not really styles in many cases, in fact I think they prefer the broad grouping anyway:

A: golden pale ale, and poured into a glass you get 4 inches of head or more, which slowly settles. No yeast.

S: I get a banana like fruit with a golden yeast malt blend, typical of a triple. Very rich earthly type with no hops detected. Some clove like notes hits as it warms up. remind me of a good German hefe and a westmall triple, with some Westvleteren blonde. good stuff.
very complex.

T: Humm I get clove like banana esters, with rich yeast and sweet malts, good stuff here. yummy

m: medium body, heavy carbonation

d: well i like this beer, but at 10% and the back in sweetness make it hard to drink more than 1, which sadly is unlike a good triple, and so i hate to down rate it some.

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cool from a 33cl bottle into an oversized wine glass.

The bottle opens with a loud hiss and, when poured slowly, forms a huge towering head on top. The beer has a hazy golden orange color with no signs of yeast sediment in suspension. As the head slowly falls, piecey lace is found on the side of the glass.

The aroma is heavenly with sllightly sour fruits, mild spices, and floral fragrances. The yeast adds some unusual esters.

Flavor is intense and very complex. I get sweetness up front followed by flavors similar to the aroma. There are tart and sour fruits, freshly ground spices, and a powerful floral character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with huge carbonation. Unfortunately the carbonation can get in the way of really enjoying the flavors in this beer. Alcohol is warming but well hidden.

Overall, an amazing beer from De Dolle, as I've come to expect. The complexity and variety of aromas and flavors is truly exceptional.

Photo of asabreed
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.6 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. I had a weird, almost clairvoyant feeling as I was opening this that it was going to explode. Well, freakishly enough, it did, but not enough so I couldn't save 90-95% of it by slowly getting it into the glass and wiping off the outside, and it seems to have not suffered too much. In the past I've let them bubble over my fingers like a fountain when a Belgian does that, thinking it a hopeless cause. Not anymore. So here we go, and maybe it was some kind of temperature or mishandling issues, because if the bottle seemed "bad" I wouldn't be reviewing it and would snag another one.

Appearance: Hazy darker copper with beautiful yeast floaties. I love the latter, so I'm biased, as I know others need total clarity or want total clarity usually. Head's obviously massive because of the formerly discussed explosions, but settles down, leaving a ring or two of clumpy lacing with some sparse bigger dots.

Smell: Lots of heady fruit and yeast round this out, with tons of flavors. Pineapple, aromatic roses and other fresh flowers, citrus, along with some sharper earthy phenolics. Also some vanilla flavors and sweeter malt flavors. There's so much involved here. And when I keep going back I'm getting a different sense of effervescent perfume and field of flowers. Like a woman just walked into the door and disappeared.

Taste: Fruity and yeasty, like the aromas, and heady as hell. I feel like every time I pour a new bit into the glass there are some things that change. Tons of ripe tropical fruit, everything from pineapple, mango, starfruit, along with some ripe strawberries and sour cherries. Sweeter vanilla a custard-like malt flavors also creep in. When it comes to the finish, the bitterness and sourness from the hops make themselves apparent, along with mild earthy phenolics. The finish is huge and long and complex as hell. I may need to buy more to lay down. I think I have to.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a great creaminess, which surprised me for the style, with tingly carbonation at the end, another oddity which adds a weird kind of balance to everything.

Drinkability: For around $5 a bottle, like most of De Dolle, or at least that's what I pay for them, you know you're getting your money's worth. This one's big, at actually 10% and not the 7% that it says (Can there please be a BA that does ABV fixing on the side? More and more I'm finding incorrect numbers...) currently above, and the alcohol isn't as prominent as one may figure. All of the Belgian points of interest are there in spades, and I'd love to see how these are years and years down the road, as they're probably always changing with the yeast being such a huge part, usually floating around just with a light bump. Glad I bought this and will jump at another chance to have another of their brews. Is it me, or does sipping on a good Belgian not make the air you breathe around you start to become more aromatic? Craziness galore.

Photo of nkersten
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- golden light brown with lots of foam from the first, probably too vigorous, pour. The second pour produced a much more sensible amount of head that lingered with no lacing. Lots of typical De Dolle sediment floating in this one.

s- Lots of esters, mostly fruity with a little bit of spice in the background. Some tropical fruit hops.

t- Spicy and fruity yeast/esters, some alcohol warmth. Some banana, a little bit of clove spiciness.

m- Prickly carbonation that finishes very dry. Aftertaste is great, overall very clean.

d- For a 10% abv this one drinks like a champ. De Dolle never disappoints, and nothing beats sitting around listening to Om (or whatever your doom metal of choice is) with a BosKeun and some triple cream cheese. Recommended.

Photo of cokes
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Misty tangerine (dulled peach after the yeast bonus). Loads of rushing spheres. Sandy, suspended sediment. The head is gargantuan even with a slow, cautious pour.
Reeks of peach. Fully realized and fruity sharp. Wrought iron backing. Doughy too. Like hot peach muffins impaled on rusty metal rods.
I expected something heavily sweet a la Stille Nacht. This is not. There is an approximated peach fuzz, but one that in no way reflects the aroma. Sugar cookie base. This perks up with some herbal elements (with the accompaning stalky astringency). In some ways, this astrigency, coupled with the manic carbonation, seems to rape the mouth of most sensation. Metallic pangs are certainly present. Towards the finish, spicy ripples of white pepper and clove appear. It ends floral, thought not devoid of booze, with sweetened rummy rose petal notations. Savory afterglow.
Again, this has some hard-charging carbonation that never quite settles out. A bit stinging....though even this seems intrinsic and central to Bos Keun's persona.
Quite honestly, I have no idea how to rate this.
Seems fairly well done. Absolutely strange, but that's part of the allure. Just like the Huge guy that gave me this bottle.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting chemistry of a tornado under the foam after you pour. An interesting and simple Belgian, was light on the spice. Alcohol well disguised. Cane sugar there, with other malts. Light yeast. Fizzy. Light. Modest mouthfeel, easy on palate. Worth a try.

Photo of augustgarage
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Head formation is immediate, massive, and lasting - it took several careful pours before I could even get a look at the liquid beneath the fistfull of rocky suds. When I do, I discern a hazy golden-rod body with selective-yellow/amber highlights. A geographical study in lacing as the foam carves out a sort of grotto in the glass. Very thin legs which recede quickly. Poor clarity.

Herbaceous, biscuity, and fruity aromas - a mouth-watering conglomeration of lavender, rosemary, berries, and malt.

Malt and yeast synergize, presenting on the palate as a unique and perfect whole. Lemon curd, olive oil, fresh sour-dough, coriander, clove, orange zest, pear, white grapes...lots of subtle flavors infuse the palate. The finish is sweet and tart, then just a little dry, leaving behind a cleansing wash of alcohol (hints of a young cognac infused with winter fruit or citrus). Outstanding balance and creativity on display here.

Soft, creamy, and frighteningly effervescent - though still relatively light-bodied, and not at all prickly or astringent. Refreshing and satisfying.

Unique and exceptional ale, which never fails to impress me. The best beer for Spring I've imbibed (whatever the time of year).

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured from an undisturbed bottle the Bos Keun delivers a clear golden body beneath a tall head of creamy bright-white foam that slowly dissolves into a wide collar and leaves short, thin splashes of lace about the glass. Tiny bubbles rise in plumes from the base of the goblet indicating a very fine and somewhat effervescent bottle-conditioned carbonation. The aroma is mesmerizing in its sweet fruitiness. It's clearly candyish, but also laced with an odd combination of light and dark fruits (apples, dates). As expected, its lightly zesty on the tongue with a very fine, somewhat effervescent carbonation. A touch of caramel maltiness and some vanilla comes into play in the flavor; and it's not as candyish as the nose suggests (but still sweet). The fruitiness, however, remains with some crisp green apple that works well with the emerging note of alcohol, and some dates that emerge in the aftertaste. Still, it finishes surprisingly dry for such a sweet beer. A rich and exciting beer for spring!

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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.