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De Dolle Boskeun - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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403 Ratings

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Ratings: 403
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 40
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Keith_R, May 21, 2014
Photo of barczar
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw with a frothy lingering white head.

Notes of pear, confectioners sugar, lemon zest, tangerine, and green apple meet floral hops and light coriander in the aroma.

Flavor reveals soft, lightly sweet malt, which is countered by pear, green apple, and lemon, finishing bready. There's a light bitterness that accompanies pepper in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and alcohol warmth.

A little hot, but great subtlety of malt and sweet/bitter balance. Belgian yeast esters are lovely.

barczar, May 21, 2014
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, May 21, 2014
Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -4.3%

AlexFields, May 18, 2014
Photo of visualmartyr
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

visualmartyr, May 17, 2014
Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Feb2010.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light orange with loads of sediment. LOADS of sediment. Small white head, soda-like. Fizzes out very quickly. Zero lacing.

S: Sickly sweet pears, apples and light citrus. Kind of a sweet grainy malt. Very light and earthy spices.

T: Again, sickly sweet up front with LOADS of pear. A little apple, but mainly sweet, overripe pears. Heavy belgian spices like cloves and black pepper. Quite funky, especially in the finish. Kinda reminds me of wet hay mixed with sweetbread. Does that sound tasty? I can't even tell, myself. A bit of burnt tire in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy, sweet, higher carbonation helps though.

O: Pretty funky BSPA. The 4 years on this obvious has intensified the effects. Interesting heavy sweetness balancing it out. Hard to gauge this one, very interesting.

Dope, May 16, 2014
Photo of Hypersomnia
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Hypersomnia, May 15, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.08/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

rangerred, May 15, 2014
Photo of braugon
4/5  rDev -4.3%

braugon, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

tom10101, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

jzlyo, Mar 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ystazi, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

ZethOfTheNorth, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

supa0525, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

JakeDebus, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

ManforallSaisons, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dcmchew, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bigred89, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

svanet01, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of IronTom
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

IronTom, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jrenihan, Aug 15, 2013
De Dolle Boskeun from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.