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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

399 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 41
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at State Line. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light peach color with a ridiculously long-lasting white head. Pretty bubbly with some nice streaky lacing. the nose is yeasty with a bit of spice and fruit; maybe some pear. The taste is quite yeasty with some mild spice and a bit of light fruit. There is green pear and some stone fruits. The nose is slightly buttery as it warms. Not diacetyl--it's more of a chardonnay-type butter character. The taste is pretty good but drops off from the nose. Dry spice takes over in the finish. Drinks pretty well, though isn't quite the top 50 Belgian beer I had hoped for.

Thorpe429, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

nmann08, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly collapsed, leaving a thick film of bubbles down the sides of the glass but never completely faded away.
S: There are fruity and spicy aromas in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: The overall taste is quite complex and has flavors of apples, pale malts, candi sugars and spices. It has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer has a very good balance and is easy to drink. It seems to exhibit some properties of a “strong saison”.

metter98, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a big head that leaves all measure of dancing lace patterns around the chalice

Smell: Tropical fruit and peppery yeast, with overripe pineapple, pear, lemon, white pepper and lots of phenols; plenty of alcohol in there, too

Taste: Starts out on the sweet side, with tropical fruit, lemons, fermented honey and bready flavors presenting themselves; by mid-palate, the peppery yeast and other bitter, somewhat medicinal elements balance out the sweetness; after the swallow, the alcohol and peppery flavors dominate, although the sweet elements persist, somewhat, on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: I aged this beer for about three years in the hopes to tame it down, but it still has a bit too much booziness; the flavor profile is complex, however, with an interesting blend of the sweet and the tart

brentk56, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Particulate-filled lemony gold, although light and objects are still easily seen on the other side of the beer. Thankfully, the quickly rising head doesn't explode up and out of the glass as some Belgians have been known to do in my hands (it's taken a while, but I just might be getting smarter). The foam is a lovely shade of dewy cream, is semi-stiff and leaves a dozen or so small chunks of lace as decoration.

The appetizing nose of sweet-and-sour fruit tilts heavily toward sour. In fact, I can feel pressure in my salivary glands just by smelling this beer, an effect that doesn't usually happen unless something is significantly tart. It's a good sensation because it gets my mouth ready for what's to come.

Bos Keun is both more sweet and more tart than expected, but I like it. There's a candy-like flavor and mouthfeel that reminds me of slightly caramelized liquid sugar mixed with sour apple slurry. No surprise that candi sugar is one of the ingredients. It isn't cloying though since that gland tweaking sourness is still present and keeps the sweetness in line.

Candied apple is the dominant fruit flavor with white raisins soaked in honey contributing as well. I attempted to identify the spice that makes an appearance on the finish, but ran out of beer before I could be certain of what I was tasting. A medium-full body is paired with a moderately slick, coating mouthfeel. The body would seem downright full if it wasn't for the energetic carbonation that is a characteristic of the style.

Bos Keun is fairly sweet and would therefore be a good dessert beer to be sipped and savored. Drinkability is limited just a tad by my inability to handle sweet beverages in large quantities, but one bottle at a time should be no problem. Besides, it's on the expensive side. It's so good though that I'll definitely be buying it again.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a huge bubbly head with better then average retention. Aroma of yeast us extremely present as well as strong malt and a huge spice mix. Funky yeast with strong spice mix and some sugary feeling at the end. Body if full and alcohol, is well hidden. Another great De Dolle beer.

Phyl21ca, May 24, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It doesn't take long to notice the overly Ester influences of this beer. From the bunny rabit to the Paasebier writing on the lable, it's obvious that this beer is intended for the March/April ideal consumption date. I can tell you that five months later, this beer could not be drinking any better than this!

A glowing deep gold-tawny copper hue gives a medium haze that has a mystic glow in the light. Impressive as hell is the head formation, retenation, and lacing. Stark white foam carries a creamy, firm and froathy structure that billows at the start but settles into a delicate creme with both masculinity and delicacy. Each swirl of the glass releases the same glory that is appreciated in the initial pour.

Fresh and vibrant aromas of fruit and spice blend with a floral and sweet scent that is only described as honeysuckle. Certain malt and herbal hop notes swirl in the glass in appetizing and seductive fashion.

Delicious fruits of peaches, pears, apples, appricots, and light raisons all give an initial flavor to the ester-forward taste. Spicy white and black pepper helps with balance and intrigue. Pilsner malt and confecitoner's sugar taste reinforces the fruity flavors and tempers the spice. The beer releases the fruit and spice while retaining the powdered sugar sweetness, honeyish richness, and herbal tea-like hop flavor. Low in bitterness, the hops are needed to add herbal/floral flavor and to balance the sweetness.

Full and creamy early on, the beer has an expansive and effervesent feel to the mouth. After the carbonation subsides, the beer's sweetness is felt momentarily at mid-palate before the alcohol, spice, and hops dry the beer into an evaporative feel that seems to whisp away on the palate and allow of supreme ease of drinking.

The epidome of this style seems to be Duvel with Leffe Blonde comming in later. Bos Keun reminds me much more of the Leffe but with bolder Belgian-y notes, higher dryness, and deeper over all complexity. If you like Leffe, you'll wecome this beer very very very well.

BEERchitect, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another one i really liked and was thrilled to be able to get the chance to try. poured into a goblet.

nice light brown pour with a good amount of haze to it and a smallish head of about two inches which faded off into a thin film that clung to the sides of the glass.

aroma is nicely hopped and earthy at the same time. really well done i have to admit. herbal notes, flowery almost with light tugs of pine and grape seeds floating around inside. again very nicely done and quite complex. small dash of oak and caramel mid palate before a light hoppiness dries it out and leaves you hanging..

overall another outstanding beer from an outstanding brewer

mikesgroove, May 31, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a huge big bubbled full white head.

Nose is all ripe peaches and stone fruit and black pepper and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but way too carbonated! I coughed and choked on first taste it had so many bubbles.

Flavors are pleasant fruity malt rich with balanced bitter hops, stone fruit flavors and also black pepper and spice. Flavors are layered and balanced and finish is sweet malt and bitter grapefruit. Unfortunately, all of it suffers from the huge carbonation that makes this almost undrinkable.

For reviewing purposes I've graded greatly down for mouthfeel because of carbonation issue. However, nose, flavors and finish were super solid. I'm hoping carbonation is an issue that will be more insignificant in other bottles.

GRG1313, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.3%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

oberon, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the light, a fine hazy yeast sediment clouds an otherwise clear bottle. A slow pour creates quite alot of foam, easy does it. It's a cloudy, peachy orange in color, with lacing all over the glass. Carbonation is steady, creating a dense head of velvety froth.

The nose has more than a few attributes, banana, lemon, melon at first, and sweet malt once it settles. I feel dizzy just smelling this, and not from the alcohol.

Taste is very bright and zesty on the palate at first, giving way to subtle fruity esters and maltiness. Grape, melon, and citrus layer nicely over a pale malt frame. Rich and velvety mouthfeel, with an alcohol presence that is well integrated at first, but seems a bit too noticeable as it warms. I could have 2 or so of these, but the cost is a little prohibitive.

An excellent offering from De Dolle...

emerge077, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

NeroFiddled, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

Jason, Nov 17, 2001
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully fogged in brown hued orange with a thick frothy crème head. Nose is perfume-y and floral tones. Dough and spices as well. Flavor is extremely smooth. Good levels of hops, sugars, and spices. Very well out together. Feel is a full and slightly nipping carbonation. Liquid is typical. This is very nice. And too easy to drink. I have to pace myself in order to savor it and let it warm to see what happens. Highly suggested.

RblWthACoz, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Speciaal Paasbier". Hey, I remember Paas, used to dye Easter eggs with it when I was a kid! And they're making bier out of it now, you say? Really? Okay, whatever!
De Dolle definitely has the most colorful, cartoony beer labels in the world, and this one is a kicker, an instant favorite. A grooved-out, wide-eyed, buck-toothed jackrabbit leans against a tree, hoisting a chalice of ale, all smiles. My, my, rabbits must lead such IN-ter-esting lives! Well, I want to be like that blissful bunny, so let's get some bier in me!
The color is a cloudy, dull orange, with a head as serious as all the other De Dolle samples I've tried: a majestic flowering of snow-white foam, leaving weavings of generous lace. Aroma is beautiful, soft and spicy, with copious citrus. I almost don't want to drink it, just luxuriate in this mysterious heady aura.
On the palate, a huge charge of hops and yeast, deployed simultaneously, mellowing quickly. Loads of sugar, too. Tons of sweetness that really complements the bitter, citric aspect.
Finish is generous, sweet and very lovely. Body, texture, balance, all were well accounted for, and contributed to a remarkably delicious and satisfying ale. Thanks to marc77 for making this meeting possible.

feloniousmonk, Apr 27, 2003
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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.