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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 44
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 EPICAC
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this on my last trip to Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-orange with chunks of yeast that are whipped around by the vigorous carbonation. The head is ridiculous. It's at least four fingers (with a very gentle pour), probably more had the head not run out of glass to expand into. The head eventually overflowed the glass making a mess. I removed the top of the head only to have it rise another half-inch. The head itself is a fluffy, off-white meringue that slowly fades, coating the inside of the glass with lace. Honestly I couldn't decide whether to be impressed or annoyed, I eventually settled on the former.

Smell: The nose is very fruity with notes of banana, sour apple and pineapple. There's also a light medicinal phenolic character evident on swirling.

Taste: Lightly fruity and sweet initially. There are hints of banana and sour apple. The finish is peppery and lightly medicinal with a low herbal hop bitterness. There's a light residual sweetness in the finish along with some alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation (surprising given the vigorous head). A touch watery.

Drinkability: Light-bodied and easy to drink with a noticeable, but not overpowering alcoholic spice.

Overall: A very nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It's not my favorite, but it's very good and very drinkable.

Photo of rsyberg01
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very hazy brownish orange. Head is almost bone white with great retention and loverly lacing. Very appealing and inviting.

S - Fruity! Blueberry, orange, spicy clove, black pepper, passion fruit. Nice floral hints too. Awesome.

T - Tangy fruit that goes hand in hand with creamy caramel, very nice. Slight bitter hop bite in the finish, warming alcohol in my chest as well. Put this on the balance beam if you want a gold medal.

M - Fills your mouth, then finishes to where it just lingers between sips. Perfect.

D - I dont think I could get tired of this, definitely my stranded on a desert island beer.

Photo of dgallina
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml slim brown bottle. No bottled-on or best-before dating.

Explodes out of the bottle a cloudy and yeasty golden tan. Mammoth rocky brown head that stays around forever and ever. Big fruity aromas; tart lime, lemon, green apples, and pink grapefruit on a spicy black pepper, yeast, and alcohol background. Flavor is sparse and dry compared with the aroma. Tangy rounded lime starts out sweet and becomes sour with green apples. Blends with yeasty and funky earthiness in the center before finishing with strong peppery alcohol dryness. Medium body with outrageous amounts of carbonation. This sample has clearly been around a while, but it's very good when well cared for.

Photo of yelterdow
3.09/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of the cellar (finally) comes this Belgian ale... an Easter seasonal, this one's ripe for the drinkin'.

Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. Brewed and bottled by DDB 8160 according to the label.

Appearance- Pours a reddish amber color with thousands of tiny brown particles in suspension... the head expands loudly to a full inch, then rapidly recedes leaving an awkwardly sporadic mess of a lid. Barely any lacing left in the wake, not really much to look at.

Smell- Gigantic, enormously huge Belgian candi sugar nose, with spicy, leathery notes to contemplate further. Fabulous concentration of aromas... this smells like a sipper for sure. Faint hints of chocolate actually become evident, which I never would have expected. Smells sort of like an old bowling alley.

Taste- Large presence of alcohol... the dark fruits and candi sugar are overpowered by a heavy alcoholic bite. Even while swallowing, there is resistance from inside... and it's sweet, to the point of being overdone. The final hop bitterness drys the palate completely, while the ABV gently numbs the tongue and warms the belly.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- While this beer's texture in the mouth is virtually exquisite, the swallow is disproportionately harsh and detrimental to its drinkability. After swirling in the yeast sediment towards the end of this tasting, the smoothness improves, as does the overall flavor integration. Glad to have tried this, but there's no way I'd buy this again.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Like a lot of Belgian beers, this one is highly carbonated. I'll have to let the towering, off white head chill out a bit before I can comment on the body. Appears to be a dull, murky, apricot colored concoction without any specific highlight kicks.

S: Over the top banana, cloves, wet hay and some hidden hops

T: Begins with strong banana with background flavors of rubbery rum, spicy cloves and fruit stripe gum. Finishes bitter on the sides and dry on the center of the tongue. Aftertaste is more bubble gum with touches of honey.

M: Medium body with a solid mouthfeel.

D: This is a good beer. Takes a lot of quality Belgian characteristics and wraps them into one...successfully. I'm a fan.

Photo of cbl2
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/5/2006 $3.15 11.2 oz. 7.00% No best by date, but it is a spring seasonal, and since it's almost fall, this is a few months old.

Appearance:

Pours a murky brown with orange highlights topped by an inch of tight white foam that is slow to settle.

Aroma:

Hints of roasted malt with robust ripe fruit (perhaps starfruit).

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Some mild fruit notes (date/fig), slightly chewy mouthfeel with a touch of hot alcohol in the finish. Rather simplistic for a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, not unpleasant, but not exceptional.

Photo of Boto
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl. bottle: A hazy cross between a dark golden and lighter amber color. There was a bit of a head on it which leaves some lacing. Yeasty/bready nose. Also notes of fruits: possible sour apples. The taste is semi sweet. Some notes of sour apples, caramel malts. Slightly lighter body than expected. Nice.

Photo of Suds
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, this brew pours a murky yellowish brown that tends toward orange. The head is large and stable, and is fed with a constant stream of bubbles. Nice aroma of earthy, musty yeast, with a lot deep malt sweetness. It’s quite estery, and there’s a subtle honey quality that runs through the beer. Not much in the way of hops in the smell. The mouthfeel is influenced by the high carbonation in this beer. It’s quite sweet, with a mild acidic twang and a lot of malt and honey flavor. The finish gets a bit spicy, and there’s a notable alcohol warming that settles in about half way through the glass. This is a very enjoyable and well constructed brew.

Photo of Prufrock
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle into a pint glass.

hazy golden orange with a quarter inch of bubbling white head.

candi sugar, honey, candied dark fruits, caramel aroma. very sweet.

flavor is lighter than expected; slightly empty but with a gentle sweetness. burnt sugar, slight fruitiness, and mild honey flavors. fairly light carbonation with a heavy feel. could be a little bolder in the flavor, but it's drinkable and makes for a nice dessert.

Photo of paterlodie
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Lasting thick head and nice amberbrown beercollor with big floks in it but in the light it gives a unreal whirling sight. Nose is (banana)fruity and spicy with slight coreander and citrus peals. Creamy sweet and full with good malts in nose as in taste that apeals alcoholic also and with that good and strong bitterness. Malty but fitting sweetness with it makes it well balanced but heavy IMO. Great brew to enjoy and sip but also well drinkable.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - dark apple cider color and haze, due to the heavy sediment, no visible carbonation, a thin white head

S - a strong appley aroma, kind of champagney, with a genuine hoppy kick, very malty sweet

T - a honey/malty sweetness too strong at times, a moderate hoppy kick, but a nice smoothness on the palate

M - too syrupy for my taste, but very smooth

D - a little low due to the over-sweetness

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle presumably from '05...
Appears a cloudy haze of orange/gold with a small white head that fades into a small film and collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, and Belgian candy sweetness with golden raisins, apricots, lychee, mild mustiness, and yeasty dough.
Taste is of the same aromas...almost honey infused and champagne like too.
Mouthfeel is sweet, bubbly, dry, lip numbing from the sugar.

Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com...

Poured a light hazy (probably due to yeast being disturbed) orange colour... Foamed crazily out of the bottle and pours with huge foamy white head into Oerbier glass. Head faded to thin layer... some patchy sticky lacing...

Aroma - Bready / yeasty malts, ripe spicy fruits (pears, grapefruits, apples), light honey sweetness, hints of basil, slight nuttiness, some clove notes...

Taste – Very spicy fruits (raisins, pears and definite grapefruits), floral honey notes, light sweetness, biscuity malts, some spicy hop bitterness...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light / medium body. Quite drinkable...

Overall - An excellent beer... Definitely recommended...

Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a light brown, with a big fluffy light tan head that left a trace of lacing. aroma, brown sugar, yeast, sour fruits that did not stay when it warmed a bit, a hint of alcohol. flavor, got apples covered with honey, hops, a touch of malts, a slight alcohol bite. nice bitterness at the finish. good beer

Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 33cl purchased at Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a tulip.

Hazy ornage with some floaters despite a careful pour. Tall white head that shows strong retention and leaves clumpy lace.

The nose is a nice combination of tart fruits, earth and sweets. Nicely balanced.

Tastes tart upfront with some leafy hops that fade into sugars and melon. Dry finish with lingering fruit and hop flavors. Puckery mouth that carries a lot of carbonation.

A good BSPA that leans towards a Triple. I like it and my only regret is not stopping to buy some cheeses after work tonight.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle purchased for $3.49 at Sam's.

Appearance- Pours a fizzy, merengue head that has a concrete retention. This head almost overflowed my glass after a kid gloves pour. I love big heads. Color is a pale, cloudy, hazy cornstarch box yellow mixed with some mild amber. You can see some sediment and good lacing when you hold this beer right up too the light.

Smell- Pretty ballpark for Belgium. Wheaty, yeasty, and a hint of flowery sugars.

Taste- Starts out a bit peppery but quickly sweetens up some with hints of spring strawberries and blackberries. But the taste is not overwhelmingly fruity since their is some tartness and complex malt flavors to even this beer out.

Mouthfeel- Pretty wheaty all over the tongue, or should I say weizen like. Even though its hard to see the carbonation in the beer. You can feel it on your tongue.

Photo of geexploitation
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an older bottle of Bos Keun, being made last spring, but looking at some other reviews, it seems not to have gone bad or anything. Pours a honey gold with a huge, fine-bubbled head that is absolutely tenacious. I started drinking this, put it down to eat dinner, and came back to it and the head was still there. The smell of this beer is very sweet: honey, dusty chocolate, and hops compete with a musty character. The taste is quite sweet but not cloyingly so. It's initially fruity, but then the honey comes out, and the flavor ends with a dual honey sweetness and malt bitterness. Very interesting flavors here. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy and frothy with carbonation.

Overall, an excellent, fascinating beer. It's got complexity in the nose and in the palate, and the interest piqued by those elements, combined with the tasty flavors, makes me want more of this. Yum.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this in different stores over the last year or so, flirting but never buying. But this week I broke down and paid $4 for an 11.2oz bottle.

First off, this beer has a massive head. It filled to the top of my Duvel glass, and then spilled over (it takes a lot of foam to do that). The liquid is orange and so hazy you can't see through it. The smell is really nice, kind of grassy like Hennepin or Delirium Tremens. The taste is different than those beers though, more bitter with more hops I think. Each sip is kind of sweet at first, but with a tart after-taste.

Not bad, maybe not worth the price on a regular basis. The only beers I'll buy regularly in that price range are from St Bernardus.

Photo of moderndrunkard
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
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 Jredner
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet spun sugar aroma with a touch of spiciness. Cloudy gold/yellow color with a massive Belgian head. Spicy and overtly alcoholic. Some sweetness, but that plays second fiddle to the malt and hop bitterness that stand atop the alcohol and spice. Comes across much too harsh flavorwise for my taste.

Photo of amicar
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orange- tinged straw color with enourmous fluffy white head that refuses to go away. Nice spicy smell with sharp peppery smell. A little dried fruit under there somewhere. Taste is a bit sharp with (again) white pepper, spices, and hay. Some distant candied fruit in there as well. A little alcohol burn in there, too. Feels smooth and slick in the mouth. A sippable treat, but only one at a time, please...

Photo of rustymoore
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half golden, half amber color with a large white head that lasts long into the drink and a dark residue that collects as it settles. The smell is very nice with hints of wine, fresh fruits, smokey alcohol hints. Very solid olafactor. Taste is a bit overbearing at first. Somewhat bitter with a strong alcohol flavor that kills it for me. Has flashes of classic Belgian ales but this one just isn't top notch. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and acidic. I couldn't drink this is excess but only as an occasional fair.

Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a twenty ounce wine bottle.

Appearance: The beer poured a very cloudy copper coloration with an explosively thick white head. Massive head retention throughout the beer drinking.

Smell: The beer has loads of spicy coriander and peppery goodness. There is a very nice malt base that all this floats on. Exotic fruity goodness lurks in the beer.

Taste: This is one tasty treat. The beer has a somewhat minty peppery punch intially. This gives way to malty bready goodness. There is some fruity citrus goodness also present in the beer.

Mouthfeel: This has a meduim bodied quality. Very clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is one tasty well balanced treat. The alcohol flavor is nowhere in the beers taste. A dam fine beer any day of the week.

Photo of unclederby
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bos Keun poured into my Watou chalice with a massive - nearly two inches - thick and foamy head. Hazy orange and chunks of floaties on the bottom. The head caves in from the middle out leaving a nice bit of stickiness.

I get my first whiff of this thing and sour apple comes to mind. Further indulgence of the nose imparts a bready yeastiness (is that redundant?), citrus, and a sweet floral-like aroma. Somewhat perfumey...

Upon tasting the sour apple is once again revealed. Pale malt and candy sugar is hinted at, the sour returns and the finish is ever so slightly dry and hoppy and tart. Alchohol is masked.

Mouthfeel is chewy and almost (i said almost) wants to be syrupy. Highly carbonated with a bit of astringency.

I want to let this warm up a bit more before commenting on it's drinkibility...

The overall impression (like the Westmalle tripel i just had) is this is a dry ale, where tartness and bitterness predominate. But as it warms i seem to get a little more sweetness from it... something familiar too but which i cannot quite place (wierd i know, but i'm thinking creamsickle). At 7% though easy to drink and great beer burps.

Give it a try.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer tracker gave a hell of a spot on review. I can only really supplement his , but here goes.

I poured it into a wine glass, and the look was a deeper pale copper than expected. The smell was alcoholly and pineappley and some yeast. There was a smooth tart quality here and a spicy finish of star anise and herbs. As the brew warmed the mouthfeel changed and the alcohol became more pronounced, adding to the snap and tang of the finish. Another great beer from de dolle.

De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.