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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 475
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 51
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is pale yellow with a huge, dense, cap of foam. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma brings floral hops, yeast, light funk, subtle citrus. Smells great. The flavor takes it up a notch. 10% abv?!? Where? Grapefruit rind and beautiful Belgian pale ale character. Dry finish with plentiful hop bitterness. Probably my favorite of this genre.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

De Dolle Bos Keun
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 10.00 %

LOOK: Carefully decanted to minimize sediment, initially pours clear golden with a chill haze, massive topping of frothy foam.

SMELL: Lightly sweet, honey like malts, melted candi sugar, faded hops. Fruity with over ripe date and grape notes.

TASTE: Grapey, fruity profile, somewhat juicy. There is small spice which could be from yeast, alcoholic fermentation, or a small amount of pepper in brewing. Hops are minimal with just a noble balancing bitterness. It finishes a bit sweet and tart.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, very high level of carbonation like a lively champagne, and equally dry. Exemplary dryness which cuts the sweet and tart flavor nicely.

OVERALL: A fine dry strong pale ale from Belgium. Good flavor, feel and overall drink-ability. The bottle used for this review was bottled in February 2010 and has really developed well.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a nice orange color with a massive white head and high carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, fresh mixed light fruit Flavor is tasty light and dark fruits with Belgian spice, both sweet and slightly sour. Tastes very good. Slightly marred by over-carbonation, which gives a nice hot element to the taste, but is a bit overdone. A very complex, unusual and tasty ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A big hiss and gush out of the bottle but controllable, hitting with a very soapy white head with rocky clumpy consistency. Body is a gorgeous bronze amber, slightly opaque and some nice thin rising carbonation. Great looking.

Nose is dry bready malts, ripping dry grain, and a hop dryness also, this is just bone dry smelling, practically like sticking your nose in a desert. Dried apricot and apple seems to come out but ever so slightly.

Bone dry malts and an incredibly effervescent light body. Finishes with a rolling seriously dry palate and bitter hop angle akin to almost pine and dry dry earth. Very hoppy finish and just a touch of sweetness but hard to feel it.

Overall it comes across as a strangely hoppy bitter crisp wine which is real interesting. I wonder how different this was to when I had it on tap? Gotta check those BA notes!

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Photo of RuudJH
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had most of the Dolle Brouwers' brews, I was happy I saw this one in the shop: nice to try something that you can expect to be great.
Big, quite soapy head, orange golden colour, with some wild carbonation. The sediment is flaky.
Smell is complex: fruity with some herbs, koriander mixed in. Taste is bitter with a big spicy bite. The alcohol is well covered. Powerfull and really warming in the very end.
Interesting brew. Typical of Belgian micro brewing tradition: full flavoured and wild.
Nice one.

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Photo of pmsawyer
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: In Oerbier tulip

Appearance: Cloudy orange with ample head with good lacing

Smell: Tropical fruit, sugar sweetness, almonds and earthy.

Taste: First noticed pale malt sweetness and carbonation. Medium body smooth creamy texture. This is followed by astringent dryness and citrus hop flavors. Some sweetness in the finish.

Notes: Served from bottle at Cafe Bruges in Carlisle PA. Been on lookout for this brew since first reading about it on the beer of the day calendar about three years past. Worth the wait for Belgium pale ale lovers.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with of course a beautiful 3 finger head, which disappeared to a thin layer with no lacing.

Smells sweet and spicy-candi sugar, cinnamon, earthy Belgisn yeast and a little booze.

Tastes incredible- sweet golden malts and candi sugar, followed by a a temperate dose of yeast and noticeable alcohol burn that recedes into a beautifully long finish of malt, candi sugar and a little spice.

Mouthfeel is of course superb- medium liight body with full prickly carbonation and only mild alcohol burn. Perky but not overpowering. Newcomers to De Dolle might not enjoy this but I love it.

Pairs well with a delicious pizza with marinated steak and Gorgonzola.

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Photo of hustlesworth
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- always love their label art, especially this drunken bunny sitting next to a lily of the valley which happens to be a symbol of the second coming. Very clever for Easter. A large duvel sized tulip is necessary to hold the massive bubbly eggshell colored head on this rascal. At 10% abv, I can't believe the foam has this type of retention and I'm getting impatient waiting for it to settle. The golden orange apricot body has some small particles of yeast floating about. This bottle is 2 years old.

S- flowery and grapey, most notably the sweet solvent aroma of muscat and scuppernong and the similarities are astounding. Grape and apricot jam spread on shortbread or pound cake define the malt sweetness, and there are still more fruity aromas of apple, pear, orange and plum. An absolutely phenomenal stank.

T- malty and sweet, not as fruity as the aroma would suggest, with a distinct earthy English hop flavor. Melon and pear with a soft muscat flavor intermingle with a fine vanilla sugar sauce and green, vinous "forest" notes, grain husk, and mushroom. Alcohol is masterfully hidden save for a small bite in the finish, and the beer gets drier and more tart as the glass empties. Seasoned dry wood and orange blossom honey last into the finish as well, further attempting to conceal the alcohol, which I now feel in my head and belly.

MF- expansive, medicinal and drying, this one leaves a coated feeling on the cheeks with a bit of powdery yeast. Alcohol heat is not felt in the mouth, rather it makes a delayed presence in the chest just to prove it's there. Crazy soft bottle conditioned carbonation has no beginning or ending and never becomes sharp or stinging.

D- what a great beer. Like many; 've always considered Duvel to be the archetype, but this yeasty monster rabbit surpasses what I consider to be 'standard' by taking the aroma to a whole nother level. Like an outer space level. Clean, defined flavors overlayed by muddy earthy funky yeast make for a beautiful marriage that no other BSPA I've had so far has achieved.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Foam bomb from the tap, this one had to settle for a few minutes. Served in a Chimay chalice, a honey brown color, slightly cloudy, with a huge rocky, tan-white head that retained well and coated the glass with decorative lacing. Aroma was booze-heavy, phenols, yeast, more yeast, and a bit herbal when all that mellowed out a bit. Taste was extremely potent, strong with grainy alcohol, a concentrated dose of meadow grass and flowers hitting soon after that, lighter notes of peppery yeast and citrus pith. Strong, but flavorful. A little too hot to be exceptionally drinkable I'm afraid, but still a fine brew overall. Maybe let this one sit in the cellar for a year or even more to mellow out before serving.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer could be called the multivitamin within the beers.

It is really great, but what do I smell and taste?

Apple, pear, lemon, pineapple, mango, orange, marshmallow, apricot, some bread.

A prefect finish, where the sweetness ends at the right time, being replaced by a touch of bitterishness.

After my disappointments with the Dolle Brouwers, this is a nice suprise!

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Photo of beerpirates
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel @ in den stille genieter , Mechelen

A: Pours a yellow to orange color. A bit hazy. A huge thick white head is formed. Big bubbles. Excellent retention and many lacings left

S: Complex. Sweet and very fruity, I would say. Quite malty and "bready" too. Honey, caramel malts, Belgium yeasts, cloves, vanilla, alcohol, ...

T: Complex as the nose. Sweet fruity upfront, sweet malts, honey, Belgium yeasts, cloves, vanilla are a must. Delicious "hoppy" bitter end

M: Heavy creamy body and high carbonation despite of the high ABV

D: Delicious beer! This one is just excellent

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

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this Belgian delicacy

Look: Pours a kind of murky straw yellow color with 1/2 inch head and good retention with some great circular lacing

Smell: Belgian yeast and a bit funky upfront with some nice citrus fruits in the background

Taste: Upfront is the some yeast notes with a bit of apple and pear in the middle and finishes with some floral hops and pepper spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer

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Photo of FosterJM
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1064th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
330 cl

Not sure of year

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing
Shared at MrHirschybars tasting

App- A very light-medium yellow color with soft golden edges and a small bit of head that settled rather quickly.

Smell- Big ol citrus blast in the glass here. You could call it a fruit stand of a beer. Apples, Orange, and even a little bit of cherries mixed with some light malt, and a lot of yeast.

Taste- The profile here is very fruit heavy and then lends itself to a fair amount of yeast in the back. The De Dolle note of that small impy pepper mixed with wheat and malt is how the flavors finish.

Mouth- A nice light-medium body with a fairly medium carbonation level. Residual flavors are citrus and a little yeasty pepper.

Drink- This was a tasty little beer from Belgium. Thanks Chris. I love De Dolle from the few I have had and this was another great offering from them.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle to St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Cloudy copper and brown with a huge, booming and fluffy head. Crackling and leaving clumps along the side of the glass. Almost a dark apple cider in color.

S: Full of raisins, grapes, bananas, dark cherries, figs....could go on forever here. Fantastic aroma. Green apple seems to be prominent for me on the nose. Great bready, yeasty flavor lends a balancing aroma.

T: Sweet with an almost tart/bitter aftertaste. Starts out with sweet apple notes and finishes with an almost pineapple/grapefruit thing going on. Caramel and dark fruits intermingle and the Belgian yeast does wonders as it warms.

M: Creamy and full with a nice soft prickle towards the end from the carbonation.

O: Going to have to find a new bottle of this beer, because I definitely feel it has exceptional qualities. Perhaps the one I picked up was stored improperly.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Wow a nice clear yellow sunshine color, very bright and clear. With some kick ass fluffy head that gave lacing throughout the entire beer (sticking to glass and everything!)

S - What excited me was along side of the typical Belgium yeasts and sugars a nice level of hop bitterness gave way. With no noticeable alcohol on the nose I was happy to dive in.

T - I got to give it to these guy the level of complexity on this beer is shocking. Sweet candied sugars clash with bitter pine hops give it an almost pineapple like hop flavor. Along side of fruity yeasts made for a sweet finish as well. Gawd this is good.

M - Light to medium it was crazy drinkable. Even warmed up a bit the ABV never gives way and I would assume it was 5 or 6 percent if not told.

Overall I am not sure where I could even get a bottle or six pack and the full pour was around 9 buck (can you say overpriced?) but if I ever was around Belgium this would be my go to pale ale no second guessing.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Brewed Feb 2010. You could tell there was going to be a lot of carbonation when I popped the cap. Poured a very hazy pale gold with a massive big bubbled white head. Bottle conditioned. Complex aroma with Belgian spice, dark sugar and a little alcohol. Heavier side of medium bodied. Lots of carbonation, fairly dry. Spicy flavor, solid malt base, but not a lot of sweetness. Dry finish. Very drinkable at 10%. Didn't get a lot of alcohol in the flavor, just a little in the aroma. Good stuff.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into Chalice.

A. Pours a very well carbonated 3+ fingers of head of large bubbles. Good retention. Solid lacing. Color is a dark hazy yellow almost orange.

S. Has a pretty sweet smell. Gte some sour fruit notes. Green apple maybe. Yeast smell is also pretty strong. Get some grape smell as well. A little bit of spices, but nothing I can really put my finger on. I like the smell, it is interesting.

T. Taste is does not depart too far from the aroma. Get quite a bit of grape flavor. Yeast, light fruit, sweet malt. Very good tasting BSPA.

M. Nice mouthfeel on this. Almost full bodied. Has a creamy texture. Has a sweet taste, but finishes dry.

O. I was impressed with this one. Really like the flavor and mouthfeel. Pretty complex taste of fruit, spice, and yeast flavors. Sweet flavors, but drinks dry. Well crafted brew.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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”.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300 mL bought in 2009, so it is at least that old. Not a gusher, but foams up like crazy on the pour. Massive white head atop a clear gold color.

Nose is filled with light fruits, white bread and alcohol. Green grapes, apricots and honeydew melon lead the way.

Nice sweet grainy malt with a distinctively fruity yeast presence. Like an alcohol-infused watermelon with freshly steeped grains injected into it. Interesting and unique. Fairly tasty too...Hoppy Easter, Santa Claus!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"BOTTLED FEB2010" - On Cap

Pours a pale straw color with a little dash of red. Just a tad of haze too. A HUGE super frothy 4 finger slightly off white head fills half the glass and is very slow to receded. Smells of Belgium yeast dominate the aroma. First sip is surprisingly quite creamy with floral yeast notes and sweet malts blending well together. The spice is low and lemony but not overpowering. Pretty nice brew. The 10% ABV is extremely well hidden

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3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served into a Chalice glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Pours golden amber in color.Slightly cloudy while yeast sediments go down.White rocky foam.Incredible high thick long lasting layer. Small bubbled creamy head.Yeast & spices to the nose. Honey sweet mouthfeel & mildy tartar aftertaste. Just an ok beer.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Lizardville in a tulip glass. Pours a pale yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head.

Has a funky, herbal aroma. Plenty of straw, floral and fruity notes.

Has a great spicy taste, with a tart start, peppery, slightly hoppy mddle, and a mildly bitter finish. With a somewhat yeasty backbone, this is a pleasant tasting brew with plenty going on.

Medium bodied, with a sharp taste mid-sip that gives this beer great presence.

I was completely unfamiliar with this bee when I ordered it, unsure of what I'd get. What I got, however, was a very pleasant surprise, one which I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, Washington DC. Served in a tulip.

Body is hazy golden with a moderate white head, leaves curtains of lacing.

Smells malty, belgian yeast funk, honey, citrus.

Tastes of light malt, funky belgian yeast, floral hops, citrus, and peppery dry finish.

Body is medium with crisp carbonation, refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a really good belgian strong golden ale. The ABV is slightly noticeable, but a good drinking ale in moderation.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Toronado - I never get over living 3 blocks from the best beer bar in the country!

Look is good, small head bit of lacing, good colour (i think - dark in here)

Smell is lots of sweet grapey, white wine character, reisling grapes and lots of flowers - lavender, jasmine and a bit of orange.

Taste is great - wonderful balance, fruity hoppy and yeasty with an equally floral combination - a symphony of flavor

feel is also very nice.

Overall this is an epic beer for the style from one of the top breweries on Earth - thanks De Dolle!

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De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.