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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

399 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 41
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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 aracauna
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Cloudy amber clears as it warms. The eager head doesn’t last very long, but is nice while it’s there. This one has a very spicy aroma. Sweet, cake-like malt mixes with nutmeg and cinnamon and a apple-like fruitiness. In the flavor, the malt takes on a toast or bread crust-like character with more of the spice and apple fruit. This is really a tasty Belgian strong ale.

aracauna, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -6%

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 KroMagnon
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

I picked up another bottle of Bos Keun today, from the same retailer, and it didn't have the bad signs I saw previously. So upon further review...the appearance is still cloudy orange-yellow with a nice head, but the aroma was much better - no vinegar or pungency, rather instead some spiciness and definite fruity esters. The flavor was still sweet, and a faint tartness, but the tartness was not as dominant as before and there seemed to be some additional fruity and spicy notes that I did not pick up in the 'bad' bottle. Still, the beer drinkability suffers a tad for me as the tartness (blending much better) isn't quite as refreshing as I'd like.

[previous review from a bad bottle; this bottle may well have been left on its side and suffered some abuse. No telling how old it was, however.]
I'd like to note that I do appreciate Belgian beers...even the wacky ones...but this one isn't quite where I like them to be. The bottle cap had some mold UNDER it which was kind of weird but I'm open minded. The appearance was fine - a cloudy orange-yellow, with a nice white - off-white head. The aroma was interesting but hinted at more complexity than I found in the beer - there were traces of black walnut, a pungency reminescent of vinegar, and a little maltiness and an alcoholic hint. The flavor was sweet and tart with some alcoholic warmth, but it lacked a solid malty base and also lacked the layers of complexity you get with some of the other soured beers like lambics and Old-Bruin type beers. Overall this wasn't really very drinkable to me - it may be great paired with some foods but I think I'll pass next time.

KroMagnon, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

Draft: Falling Rock. Denver, Colorado.

Light Brown.

Faint hints of honey, banana, clove, dried bee hives, de doole funk and various cane sugars in the nose.

I enjoyed the flavor quite a abit. Distinctly De Dolle. Sweet, with various cane sugars, melons, almonds, honey and spicy hops.

Crosling, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +6%

This Belgian poured a cloudy, apricot body with a nice, 4 cm offwhite head that was tight and retained quite well. Thousands of microbubbles were seen rising to the top of this murky bodied ale. Considerable, yeast particles and sediment were apparent, but most eventually settled in the bottom of the chalice. Sheet lacing was attractive, in the Belgian fashion.

Aroma is sublime. Exceptional rating here. Mango, pineapple, and cotton candy start things off, followed by orange, lime, and an abundance of other tropical fruit esters. Just a hint of spice, that seems a mix of orange zest and coriander.

Mouthfeel is impressive, with the signature Belgian ale, "explosion" of carbonation which leads into a light medium body that is awash with tart fruitiness.

Taste is complex, and begins with a hint of chocolate malt. The chocolate is fleeting, and is immediately replaced with succulent, tropical fruit esters of pineapple and mango. Midway through, the yeast kicks in with an earthy presence of sauteed, wild mushrooms. Warming alcohol, and some dry and bitter yeast and hop character become assertive at the finish. Aftertaste is dry, and slightly bitter.

This is an excellent, strong Belgian Pale Ale, with a lot of complexities going on. I poured out about a centimeter of dark sediment that remained in the bottom of the glass, even though I swirled the bottle a few times during the sampling. Nicely crafted by the folks at De Dolle, and a Belgian ale that I look forward to having again.

merlin48, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of GnomeKing
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

The alcohol taste was a little too strong for my liking (or maybe just my mood at the time), but this is a nice beer otherwise. The taste is rich and straightforward. It's not overly complex (there are some subtlties missing here that I expect in this style), but the sweetness and citrus were enjoyable. I'm going to have this one again, and I have a feeling my opinion of it may go up.

GnomeKing, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

The beer poured clear with some chunks and pale golden. The head was erupting from the bottle upon opening so I hit the chalice. The bubbles were tight and head compact and white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with slight bubblegum and of all things a hint of chocolate. Caramel was also present as well as an orange citrus in the background.

The flavor was well blended and smooth, complexity in bittering and maltiness. Caramel flavors with citrus dominate yet blend together in harmony.

The finish was dry with a slight orange citrusy flavor lasting through the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done.

11.2 ounce bottle. A very nice beer with great complexity.

GCBrewingCo, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Hefe
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Served in a glass chalice at Max's on Broadway, 8/17/04.

Appearance: Lightly hazy burnished bronze colour with sticky rocky quarter inch head.

Smell: Golden plum, pale malt, spice, orange rind.

Taste: Pale malt, honey, yeast, candied lemon. A nice lingering sweetness with a touch of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with very fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Well balanced and just damn solid.

Hefe, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

The beer decamps the 330ml brown bottle a foggy orange color with a cyclopean creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a velum like lace to somewhat obscure the glass. Nose is sweet like a fresh peach, with a bit of yeast and malt to back it up, start is sweet and nicely malt laden with the top light in its feel to the palate. Finish is dastardly acidic and the hops masterful in their spiciness, and the desert bleached bone dry aftertaste has a bit of alcohol bitterness, a unique beer, and one I find delightful.

Gusler, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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 TheLongBeachBum
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%

Presentation: Familiar looking De Dolle label paints rather than adorns the front of my 12 ounce brown glass bottle. Overall presentation is of a beer that is not that serious, given the cartoon of a bucktoothed Easter Bunny enjoying a brew. Yet this is a very serious beer, sadly there is no listed strength or freshness date from what I could tell. The latter is a criminal shame because this really needs to be imbibed fresh, why couldn’t B.United (the importers) insist on the freshness date onto the US label?

Appearance: Fantastic, having drunk gallons of this stuff during 11 consecutive Easter visits to Belgium; I know this is a fresh sample. Why, because there are no chunks or floaties, always a sign of a Bos Keun past its best or one that has been abused. Fresh, the body is completely clear, except for a body of racing streamers that crash into the silky smooth white cap on the surface. Deep gold at the base, light and a curved glass give the appearance of a dark orange hue underneath the fantastic looking head that has excellent longevity. Lacing is inviting whilst the conditioning level is perfect. Only the final pour after a swirl dislodges the engrained yeast at the base, but is a fine suspension with no chunks thankfully.

Nose: Tripel-tastic deep spicy hops, honey and alcohol. A very identifiable nose for a rather unique Easter brew.

Taste: Spiced hops and a fresh warming alcohol rush the palate. Some sweet honey gives the middle a rich and thick feel. Some bitterness and a strong fruity ending that is slightly sweet & dry. I recall that there are some strange ingredients in this one, a quick check of Tim Webb’s Belgium Bible reveals Mauritian Cane Sugar and Mexican Honey, whatever - it works!

Mouthfeel: Solid warming brew that has a light body with a big massive kick. Fine carbonation assists in smoothing the alcohol whilst the light body balances the big spicy hops.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable, for 7% it has a kick, but the awesome looks, fantastic nose; great flavor profile, wholesome yet soft mouthfeel and superb conditioning all combine to make this quite the beer induce a “pass out” for Passover.

Overall: First sampled at the Brugs Beertje during my inaugural Easter Trip to Belgium in 1994. It was recommended to us by Jan De Bruyne and it arrived in a huge 1.5 litre bottle for our Table of six. A memorable occasion and one when I realized that there was much more to life than English Cask Ale.

This is a fresh example, you can tell by the impressively clean label and appearance, that and the fact that the guy running the beer store where I picked this up, told me it had arrived only days earlier. Sadly, there is no freshness date on the label, a seriously big draw-back for me, because this can be a wretched offering when aged poorly, it is by far at its very best for me when fresh, as this sample was. Sadly the lack of a freshness date on the bottle means that if the bottle looks old, tired or dusty – my advice would be to avoid it.

This was my first ever true Easter beer, and for my money, this is still one of the greatest that I have ever had. No wonder Jesus came back from the dead at Easter if this was available. Well worth the coin – but a word of warning, avoid the aged samples and get it fresh to get the best from this one!!

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Cloudy golden body, bottle-conditioned with plenty of yeast particules. Superbly laced huge foamy head, rocky and leaving a trace on the glass at each sip. Aroma is mostly yeasty-sweet with light herbal hops noticeable in the shape of clover. There’s a good green apple character matching the honeyish malt and the yeast provides a mild farmhouse character. In mouth, the texture is silky and creamy. The taste is in line with the aroma, adding a balancing bitter finish, a bit like a Saison. This is overall an extremely well balanced beer with enough originality to be interesting throughout, but still eminently drinkable.

Rastacouere, May 13, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a five-finger white bubbly head leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Strong carbonation - pour slow. Medium bodied. Nose is a slight caramel and spicey fruit. Starts and finishes sweet. The high ABV is not really noticeable. Pricey - $4.70 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Their site has the ABV at 8.9%.

jdhilt, May 11, 2004
Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%

Misty tangerine (dulled peach after the yeast bonus). Loads of rushing spheres. Sandy, suspended sediment. The head is gargantuan even with a slow, cautious pour.
Reeks of peach. Fully realized and fruity sharp. Wrought iron backing. Doughy too. Like hot peach muffins impaled on rusty metal rods.
I expected something heavily sweet a la Stille Nacht. This is not. There is an approximated peach fuzz, but one that in no way reflects the aroma. Sugar cookie base. This perks up with some herbal elements (with the accompaning stalky astringency). In some ways, this astrigency, coupled with the manic carbonation, seems to rape the mouth of most sensation. Metallic pangs are certainly present. Towards the finish, spicy ripples of white pepper and clove appear. It ends floral, thought not devoid of booze, with sweetened rummy rose petal notations. Savory afterglow.
Again, this has some hard-charging carbonation that never quite settles out. A bit stinging....though even this seems intrinsic and central to Bos Keun's persona.
Quite honestly, I have no idea how to rate this.
Seems fairly well done. Absolutely strange, but that's part of the allure. Just like the Huge guy that gave me this bottle.

cokes, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%

Pale, thick, and densely clouded peachy yellowed and lightly bronzed color with a large thickly placed white foam crown of crystalized melted marshmellow, mega lacing in sheets of thin styrofoam and strings with snow sparkling edges. Gorgeous snifter full of ale!

Aroma is chalked full of sweet yet dulled citrusy fruits of lemon and banana with a nice grab of pleasing yeast spice thats a bit peppery with touches of leafy fresh hops, some sugared candies, bubblegummy things and even some cocoa arrives very late underneath once it warms. A wonderfully calm and fruity nose with a sensible warming complexity.

Taste has a smooth calm fruity brigade up front lending a leveled and easy dulled lemon, candy sugar laced tropical citrus, melon juiced, banana fluffed trifold with mellow caramel, then it turns to yeast peppered things and candied sugars mixing, giving all sorts of little complexing give and takes. Finishes quite spicy with lingering left overs melding underneath of some of the malted caramel and tropical fruits. Intricately woven and well put together and crafted with care. I like the milder spicy tones, yet it has just enough zing and pep to keep it on edge and very interesting to undertake.

Feel is nearly full with a fluffy texturing within most of its carbonation, a nice spicy twinge and mild hop flesh maintains in the finish and comes across pretty darn smooth and even creamy at times, front mostly there. Overall a fine, fine ale. One I'd drink again and again with no problem. A very nice drinker eh. T'was gone in no time.

tavernjef, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of ElGuapo
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Now, I rarely comment on bottle or packaging appearance, but this one really amuses me. That little rabbit sitting back under a tree with his beer is just too funny. Moving on, I poured this one into a huge snifter, and I think it works well. It is a very cloudy dark golden orange with a big fluffy pillow of white foam. There are a whole lot of floaties in this one. The aroma is very sweet with a lot of fruit character. Citrus and some floral aromas are in there as well.

The flavor is initially sweet, and it then has a very nice toasted flavor that gives it some bite. Sweetness comes back, and a rich flavor of honey comes into the game, very interesting. As it fades, the toasted flavor becomes noticable again, and some fruit flavors add to the mix. They all fade into a nice dry aftertaste. This is delicious. The alcohol gives you a bite every now and then. Mouthfeel is very smooth and rich. It is a bit thicker than I had expected, creamy.

I have found honey in beers to be overdone in almost every one I have tried, but this one is well balanced. I was very impressed at how it was there, but not dominant. This is a very interesting brew, and you have to give it a whirl.

ElGuapo, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev -6%

Poured a year old (?) bottle on Easter day to celebrate (the label includes an Easter bunny enjoying a fine De Dolle product, I'm sure). Split this brew with a couple of beer-loving friends on a beautiful sunny day in the back yard, so this review was based on a small sample.

Poured an off-honey colored golden color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Displayed a huge massive enormous and just plain big white foamy head from a pretty gentle pouring. Did I mention that it was big?

Aroma was sweet honey with a light citrus. I had a De Dolle Stille Nacht a week or so ago, and the base of the aroma really reminded me of the Stille Nacht, although the details were different (much less spicy). Sweet, very sweet honey with light citrus and yeasty earthiness.

Flavor- unlike the other reviewers of this beer, I did not find much sweetness. There was an immediate sharp tang of yeast that I did not like- my mate said he actually enjoyed the loud, clear announcement of incoming beer. The lack of sweetness was surprising after the aroma. It's almost sour (but not quite that far). My mate is a big fan of mead, and he said this reminded him of a home-brewed mead. The alcohol rises nicely. After a few tastes, the sharpness mellows, and this becomes very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel moderate- not as heavy as it looks.

Drinkability is good, but not exceptional.

Dukeofearl, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of ark57
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

It is a dark golden color with some haze and a big, white head. The aroma is sweet like caramelized malts and there is a smokey quality to it as well. The caramelized malts produce a sweet flavor that is accented with candied sugar, apple and floral notes and a smokey taste. It finishes with some alcohol and the smokiness lingers.

ark57, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Big rocky white head on a golden orange body.
Apples and pale malt, refreshing fruits on the nose.
Slightly sweet, mildly bitter and long lasting nutty flavor (almonds?). Candish without being cloying, spiciness without being obnoxious. Fruit playing raquet ball in my mouth.
Creamy yet rustic.
Faboulous drinkability with complexity that does not interfere but does not bore. gimme more.

Naerhu, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

White-ish, pale golden body; yeast lends a big haze and a bit of gray sediment at the bottom; bright, fleeting white head. Passionate tropical fruit aromas and dry bread yeast.

Apple skin and the dull white scraps from the inside of orange peel. Light, a bit nutty, very yeasty. Begins sweet, finishes with an apple liqueor and grassy flavor. Cleans up remarkably well. Don't need to expound too much on its virtues -- they're very evident.

marburg, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

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 Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

The cap comes off with authority. But the pour leads to less head than indicated by the uncorking sound. Nonethless, a nice looking dense, yet uniformly bubbly, cream colored head forms atop the volcanic, slightly hazed gold laboratory experiment below. In other words, this beer looks like it has hot flame torching it from below. Vigorous carbonation is visible to say the least. Aroma is a sweetly spiced concoction of dough, yeast and bubblegum esters. Quite nice. Not surprisingly, the taste is a bit caustic, but not overbearing in the context of the other flavors. The heat not only comes from ethanol, but probably a few higher alcohols and esters as well. A sweet candied like blanket cloaks that harshness and damn near swallows it up at times. This beer has a little of that "Tale of Two Cities" thing going on. Best of times, worst of times...abrasive, yet mellow...harsh, yet mild and drinkable....fiery, yet soothing...acetic acid mixed with sucrose....corrosive, yet healing at the same time. I'll tell ya what. To summarize, I think this is good stuff.

Bighuge, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of counselor
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

pours a dull amber - pale with a nice firm white head. Smells sweet & woodsy like BBQ maple chips. Some nuts and spice in the background. Tastes of overripe fruit, banana, pear, & roasted chestnuts. Then the yeast flavors fill in to balance out the malt flavors. Overall another nice offering from de dolle

counselor, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +1%

Pours a hazy golden hue with a creamy snow white head. Very lacy. Aroma is spicy and strongly citrusy. Underlying sour and yeasty aromas as well.

Taste is a subtle explosion. Spicy immediately (cloves and ginger?)followed by floral flavors. Nice citrusy and fruity backbone and underlying lemony sourness in the finish. Medium bodied with a spicy aftertaste. Refreshingly and crisply bitter finish and aftertaste. Very nice.

Definitely a very drinkable brew with a lot going on for your palate. Highly recommended.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%

this one pours out a bright and clear orange and copper colour. the addition of the last little bit of the bottle clouds it up significantly. a huge bone white rocky head with vigorous carbonation. lots of thick and chunky lace left to adorn the glass. nice fruity nose...some mustiness and earthiness, too. upon tasting...the sweet pale maltiness asserts itself first, yeast and tart citric flavours follow...maybe some lime and orange; then apricot and peach. again, must and earth on the tongue. i detect, ever so slightly, clove and pepper spice. it has a full and zesty smooth mouthfeel...sipping this beer a little at a time is the way to go. alcohol notes fill the senses with every sip. although somewhat sweet in character, it finishes clean and dry with a lingering spiciness. a nice little beer here...glad i tried it.

oh yeah...i like that wacky bunny on the label, too.

budgood1, Dec 07, 2003
De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.