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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 44
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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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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.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
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
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.