De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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3.08/5 rDev -26.3%
330ml bottle into a goblet. No date but I'm pretty sure this is 2008 or 2009 vintage.
Pours a nearly clear dark gold with just a tiny bit of fizz for a head. No lacing at all.
From the aroma I can tell this has been sitting around for quite some time. There is a strong sherry note that screams oxidation overpowering some peach and grape notes in the background. I'm afraid this one might be past its prime.
The taste just confirms what I feared with the aroma. More sherry and cardboard that covers up what I presume was once a great flavor. Light grape and white wine buried underneath but it is drowned out by molasses, cardboard, and brown sugar. Fairly sticky with a thick finish.
Overall, I am really disappointed. I thought the age wouldn't really hurt this beer but it obviously has. A couple years might have been ok but five or six is just too much. A shame.
05-15-2014 02:19:29 | More by rangerred
4.09/5 rDev -2.2%
33cl brown bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.
Pours a slightly hazed but still bright pale golden colour, with a frothy carbonated head of white. Lace forms in suds as the head collapses, leaving a foam across the top of the glass. Body is fluid, but with a hint of weight behind it and a mess of large-bubbled carbonation when swirled. Looks good.
Nose is excellent. Big champagne-dry yeast characters, restrained sharp fruity esters, herbal crushed greenery. All held together with a bright but coherent sweetness. It's extremely refined and sophisticated. Excellent stuff.
Taste is also very good. Very clean entry with a hint of sugary sweetness that is then tempered by more of those dry yeasty characters—these allow the beer to glide to a clean and pleasingly light finish. Minimal estery characters, although there's a slight peppery punctuation that comes in on the mid-to-back, but not more than this: it remains really very smooth and approachable throughout. Alcohol character in particular is well-hidden.
Feel is smooth and light, but with a frothiness from the carbonation and the body which is lighter than expected.
Extremely drinkable for its weight, this is a very well-crafted beer. Although I know a session of these would be a foolish thing to do, the characters of the beer almost make me want to attempt it. Very nice stuff indeed.
03-08-2014 05:09:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.21/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a murky light brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of various fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, grain, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice fruity presence that makes this one quite easy to drink.
10-25-2013 04:18:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottled Feb 2010
Beer is amber in colour with a large beige head. Terrific retention.
Nose strongly contains apple, as well as other sweet fruit scents, like pear. Yeast and bread.
The flavour is really good. A nicely blended mix of apple, pear, yeast, bread and spices. Alcohol is noticeable but not overly strong, especially considering the ABV. Sweet, but there is a dryness as well to balance things out. A very slight tartness. The finish is dry.
Full bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit of heat, quite chewy.
Overall, excellent. A really good (and distinctive) beer from a really good brewery.
08-15-2013 00:13:11 | More by jrenihan
De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.