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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

401 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 40
Gots: 26 | 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 Brenden
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Brenden, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Jonada
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.

Jonada, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bobv, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

KAF, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

ArtZan, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Evil_Pidde, Jul 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Brinks, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ZEB89, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Jspriest, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

SpasmWaiter, Jun 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
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

Bouleboubier, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Immortale25, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Giantspace, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

mikeburd1128, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Maillard, Jun 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

sunofneurot, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

andrewdanks, May 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

YobroitsJoe, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ottodyer, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

mrk829, May 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Keith_R, May 21, 2014
Photo of barczar
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.

barczar, May 21, 2014
De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.