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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 42
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Todd on 10-23-2000

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Ratings: 429 | Reviews: 262
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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Boskeun should be served cool at (50F) from a stemmed glass. The beer is very highly carbonated & pours up with lots of "Brussels Lace." The color is pale-orangish with a cloudy 'cellar' appearance. The exotic aromas are powerfully fruity with some alcoholic depth. Notes of ripe oranges, tangerine slices, & lemon peel dominate. Hints of freshly ground black pepper & crushed cloves add to the overall complexity. The flavor starts off with just a touch of honey sweetness, but evolves into a very hoppy, dry, slightly (yeasty) & peppery finish. Some wild, winey tartness deepens the beer's unique flavor profile. The medium body has a nice creamy-sweetness, but the carbonation helps to keep check. This is a very artisanal brew with an unequaled drinkability, but the bunny may not be for everyone? Enjoy Boskeun as an apertif or digestive. Try pairing with Brusselae Kaas cheese or with poached Bosc pear halves covered in a caramel-hazelnut sauce. Here's to The Mad Brewers of Belgium and their wild hare.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of babydoc
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice from its 330 ml bottle at 55 degrees after sitting for a few months in the DBF. No date on the bottle. Pours clear apricot golden, with a monstrous white stiff, rocky head that sloooowly faded, leaving lace until long after the beer was gone. There are curtains of rising bubbles, partially obscured as the last bit of the pour clouds the beer with yeast and sediment.

Nose is coriander, clove, lightly fruity/floral, pungent sweetness. Mouthfeel is velvety carbonation, as the appearance suggests.

Taste is tart and sweet all at once as it starts, then sweet in the middle, finishing with a peppery warming down the throat. There are hints of green apples, sweet malt, white grapes, and spices.

The alcohol catches up as you reach the end of the bottle. Not sure I could drink this one all night, but it's lovely to sip on.

Photo of ithacabaron
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dusty maize, with a gigantic, foamy, almost shaving cream-like head that threatened to leap out of my Oerbier glass.

Aroma demonstrates the beauty of good yeast. Chinese Citron Tea, sugar-coated pear, a little oak, tangelos, and lemon verbena.

Taste is a little faded from the aroma, but the delicate notes keep things balanced. Would give this a 4.25 if the scoring table allowed. Almost a belgian blonde more than a belgian strong. Tiny flashes of quinine-laced alcohol, more layers of soft citrus and light candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is a little spiny, as the high carbonation keeps the brew from settling on the palate completely. A little time sitting out cures this, however.

Drinkability is very good -- I could quaff this like witbier. Very refreshing. Is there anything the DeDolle brothers can't do?

Photo of Quaffer
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: This beer poured a crystal clear golden-yellow color before the yeast made it into the glass. After that, it became a duller, amber-gold with a strong haziness. The white head rose up huge in the tulip with a very gentle pour. It became frothy and web-like as it slowly dissipated and was fed from below by a very strong bead. There were thick chunks of foam left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Light fruits such as grapes and green apples were strong on the nose. There was also a lot of old, musty wood present. (I always like that.) Yeast, hops, and black pepper kicked in their share to give the aroma some bite. Other spices besides pepper lurked in the background, but they were very light. Subtle, but complex and nice.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a huge amount of carbonation.

Taste: Very sweet on the tip of the tongue, but very spicy as well. Honey and sugar did their work upfront, but spicy hops, alcohol, and a strong dose of black pepper rose up quickly to dominate the flavor. The honey continued to linger in the back, attempting to balance things out. There was a grainy maltiness on the finish. After awhile, the alcohol became strong enough to cover up the other flavors. Luckily, this didn't happen until the beer was almost gone.

A good, but very different beer. The alcohol was too much at the end.

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.

Photo of acrawf6
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a darker orange hue, just a little cloudy. Big white head fills up the glass.

Smells are heavy and strong. floral smells and citrus smells come out. some medicinal smells too.

flavor is sweet and floral too. still some flavors of citrus. tastes very nice. some hints of the alcohol come out with flavors of mango or something.

mouthfeel is very good. heavy and good for this style of beer. good carbonation.

overall i would have to say this is a great one to try, but is not one of my favorites. i would probably pass it up for something better, but it is definetly worth trying. And its not like i would complain if i came across this again. try it.

Photo of RootedFool
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gloriously large and substantial head rises on the careful pour into my Maudite goblet. Stubborn, diva-like retention. The head falls, eventually, leaving some nice foamy patches of lace on the glass. Body is grainy gold. Smell: stark, musty sourness upfront, a good thing; followed by an aged bleu cheese yeast funk that has a nice texture to it, not at all unpleasant; the finish is a cotton-candy sweetness riding out over the top. Taste: complex sweetness upfront (cherries, brown sugar), with an underbelly of toasted pecans, sourdough bread; the middle is a strong punch of funky yeast, really nice, peppery and moldy (this is a good thing, trust me); the finish, much like the nose, goes back to a sharp sweetness that rides out over the top of the depth of complex flavors. Spicy, dry aftertaste. Lovely. Mouthfeel: creamy, very carbonated which is a good thing as it helps zip up the strong flavor in a nice, tight mouth-package. Wonderful brew. Glad I found a bottle, purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California -- looks to be about a 12 ounce bottle. Love the buck-toothed rabbit on the label. Typically quirky Belgian packaging, always gives me a pang of strange delight.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was recommended to me by my favorite beer supplier, and he said "this brewery can do nothing wrong."

One of the most pleasantly fragrant beers I have ever smelled. When I poured it I thought someone had opened a can of potpourri or something. Smells like sweet hops and wheat with a certain citrus that I am unable to put my finger on... Other beers from this brewery have HUGE heads, but there is a medium sized one on this. The taste is good, not as sweet as the smell, but it has the same sweet hops and wheat flavor. As you take more and more sips you get used to the taste and it gets very agreeable.

Photo of clvand0
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap over the weekend. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a moderate head and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. What a great aroma. Lots of fruits (citrus), some spices, slight alcohol. Very nice aroma. The flavor is odd and interesting, but very good as well. Has a definate orange/corriander thing going on, but also has a peppery spice to go along with some Belgian yeast character. Slight bit of alcohol sticks around to remind you to drink slow, even though it's extra tasty. Body is light and fluffy. Drinkability is very nice.

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

Appearence: Pours a golden orange with a huge foamy white head.

Smell: Smells sweet and fruity with a wonderfully balanced alcohol feel to it. The sweetness is amazing.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is instantly light, fizzy, but incredibly complex. The fruitiness is almost overbearing, but the alcohol content rounds it off nicely. It finishes nice and dry with, with a hint of alcohol lingering on.

Drinkability and Overall: Beer #2 of my session today, and this is a good one. Loads of sweetness and complexity make this one incredibly interesting, yet somehow drinkable. It's odd nuances keep you sipping for quite a while. A wonderful beer for sure.

Photo of horndecker
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed every beer I've ever tasted from De Dolle Brouwers. Bos Keun is no exception.

Many things about this beer echo characteristics of some of my favorite saisons. And first of these is the appearance. Into a Hoegaarden Speciale snifter it pours a cloudy peachy golden orange with an abrupt and lively, yet short-lived off-white head. It leaves fuzzy patchy lace. A little lighter than Saison Dupont and without the long lasting head.

Then the aromas have a tart earthy saison funk up front, followed by a burst of apples and oranges and a hint of turkish taffy.

The taste is tart fruit and sweet, subtly toasty malt flavors. A bit of caramel, then a dry and tart, flowery, herbal finish. The malt returns at the tail end, coating the back of your tongue.

The mouthfeel is creamy with that active stealthy carbonation, with a substantial, but not heavy, silky body.

Beautiful beer, drinkable by itself, or paired with spicy food or seafood.

Photo of mynie
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an exquiste hazy gold with a perfect head. Wonderful. Really one of the prettiest beers that I have ever seen.

Smells of harsh fruit with a spice zing in the back. Very much like Duvel, actually, very sweet and nice.

The flavor hits you like a sack of bricks. Very strong fruit and alcohol zip up front leading into a juicy explosion of fruit esters. Very sharp and tangy, lots of apples and green pears, leading into a white pepper and clove finish. Exceptional.

Such heavy fizzy leads to a grand body, and despite its high alcohol content this one is easy to drink too much of. Wonderful, wonderful beer.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a dull gold with ample head, which dissolves to a smaller, yet still ample head and thick lace.

aroma is your standard malty tripel smell with a hint of something sweeter or perhaps floral.. hard to discern- lemon? interesting though..

taste.. a bitter yet refreshing belgian golden. starts off sweet, thin and just enough flavor to coat the inside of your mouth. then the alcohol esters creep up from the back of the throat like the smoothest whiskey or port. a sipping tripel!

an interesting beer, for sure, and another crafty invention unlike anything i can remember by de dolle. although i prefer drinkability in my tripels, it was nice to consume a small bottle of this for something different.

edit: i agree with previous reviews, and might try cellaring a bottle for another go-round

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 12 from Ngandhi. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a healthy 1" eggshell head over the golden amber brew. Head lasts and lasts, and lacing is superb. Aroma is sweet cotton candy, with a touch of spicy malts. Taste is upfront smooth yet spicy malts, then the sweetness takes over and dominates, and fades with an alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but I find the sweetness just dominates the experience for me, and that's not really what I'm looking for in a brew. Worth a try nonetheless though.

Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sunrise pale ale-colored with a bone white freckle. The aromas suggest sweet, sticky herbs, marzipan, applesauce and vanilla. On the palate it is a colossal struggle between oozing, glycerin-rich fruits (apples, pears, plantain, tangerine) and bold, smoky, resinous bitterness. The finish hums on a bitternut, roasted banana peel and fruitseed vector. Broad in scope, it is a bookends of funky sweetness and twiggy hops extract. I might suggest letting this one mellow for a year or two.

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