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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

410 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 44
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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 santoslhalper
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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

Hazy golden-orange appearance with a creamy white head. Sweet candi sugars and bubble gum in the aroma along with a bit of yeastiness and fruits. The flavor is very sweet and malty, and a bit acidic as well. A nice light fruity and doughiness finish out the flavor profile. It is very smooth for the alcohol level. It has a drying finish as well. A nice brew. I'm a big fan of the De Dolle beers, and this one is right up there with the rest of them.

Photo of 99bottles
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: In a tulip glass, this beer is a reddish tinted pear color with a large head of 3". Very good retention, above average carbonation. Some slight sediment.

Smell: Apple, pear, funky fermented scents of dampness and mold. Light phenols, crisp esteric fruit.

Taste: Hmmm. The taste of not quite ripe fruit keeps climbing in, slightly tannic, slightly sweet, mostly sharp and tangy. I taste bartlett pears, applesauce, some clove or other spice in the finish. This has a nice sharp phenolic bite, though not peppery or lasting. Some faint alcohol through the end. Some tight bitterness of hops follows on the tongue. Awesomely complex, nicely variation of tastes. That drunk Easter bunny on the label has the right idea. Sit down and enjoy this beer, now.

Mouthfeel: Initially light and well carbonated. Towards the end, the malts and the alcohol start to cloy only slightly. Lively flavors keep this nice and light while retaining smoothness.

Drinkability: I really enjoy this. It's a shame that it is so hard to come across in the U.S. De Dolle is a great example of Belgium's craft beers. This beer might be a little too much to go drink all night, but it's really nice and interesting to start the evening.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Particulate-filled lemony gold, although light and objects are still easily seen on the other side of the beer. Thankfully, the quickly rising head doesn't explode up and out of the glass as some Belgians have been known to do in my hands (it's taken a while, but I just might be getting smarter). The foam is a lovely shade of dewy cream, is semi-stiff and leaves a dozen or so small chunks of lace as decoration.

The appetizing nose of sweet-and-sour fruit tilts heavily toward sour. In fact, I can feel pressure in my salivary glands just by smelling this beer, an effect that doesn't usually happen unless something is significantly tart. It's a good sensation because it gets my mouth ready for what's to come.

Bos Keun is both more sweet and more tart than expected, but I like it. There's a candy-like flavor and mouthfeel that reminds me of slightly caramelized liquid sugar mixed with sour apple slurry. No surprise that candi sugar is one of the ingredients. It isn't cloying though since that gland tweaking sourness is still present and keeps the sweetness in line.

Candied apple is the dominant fruit flavor with white raisins soaked in honey contributing as well. I attempted to identify the spice that makes an appearance on the finish, but ran out of beer before I could be certain of what I was tasting. A medium-full body is paired with a moderately slick, coating mouthfeel. The body would seem downright full if it wasn't for the energetic carbonation that is a characteristic of the style.

Bos Keun is fairly sweet and would therefore be a good dessert beer to be sipped and savored. Drinkability is limited just a tad by my inability to handle sweet beverages in large quantities, but one bottle at a time should be no problem. Besides, it's on the expensive side. It's so good though that I'll definitely be buying it again.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, no freshness dating. De Dolle's website recommends not aging this beer for too long, I've had it for a few months so I'd imagine this bottle is this year's batch. Pours a peachy golden color with some cloudiness to it. Volumnous off-white head that doesn't want to subside so I can add the rest of the bottle to the glass. Lightly spicy in the aroma and some subdued apple-like fruitiness amongst pale malts and a slight honey-like sweetness. Rather sweet and lightly fruity, and finishing spicy and a mild alcohol burn. The beer's character becomes better IMO with the addition of the yeast; it imparts a further apple-like or passionfruit esters and a bit of nutty, wild character to it. Mouthfeel seems rather thick, but not offly so. Well carbonated, it burps kind of perfumy. Light spicings are nice and a good addition to the beer. Rather nice, but a touch sweet.

Photo of waughbrew
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear light gold with a tornado of bubbles rising so that for a minute after being poured the head is actually getting bigger instead of smaller. (As with the other De Dolles, don't pour too gently because some of that carbonation is meant to come out). Smells of sawdust, lime, ginger als, metal, and lilac petals. Strongly aromatic yet composed completely of subtleties. Taste is dry hay, strongly phenolic spice, hints of cotton candy and lime, and makes a bite that leaves a dry white pepper and grass lingering flavor. Start is light-flavored medium-bodied sweetnes. It slowly leaves your tongue in a n effervescence surprisingly pleasant for such a high degree of carbonation. Very interesting and wonderful.

Photo of aracauna
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GnomeKing
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of Gusler
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!

Photo of Rastacouere
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%.

Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.