De Dolle Boskeun | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-23-2000

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3.29/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served into a Chalice glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Pours golden amber in color.Slightly cloudy while yeast sediments go down.White rocky foam.Incredible high thick long lasting layer. Small bubbled creamy head.Yeast & spices to the nose. Honey sweet mouthfeel & mildy tartar aftertaste. Just an ok beer.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Lizardville in a tulip glass. Pours a pale yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head.

Has a funky, herbal aroma. Plenty of straw, floral and fruity notes.

Has a great spicy taste, with a tart start, peppery, slightly hoppy mddle, and a mildly bitter finish. With a somewhat yeasty backbone, this is a pleasant tasting brew with plenty going on.

Medium bodied, with a sharp taste mid-sip that gives this beer great presence.

I was completely unfamiliar with this bee when I ordered it, unsure of what I'd get. What I got, however, was a very pleasant surprise, one which I would definitely have again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, Washington DC. Served in a tulip.

Body is hazy golden with a moderate white head, leaves curtains of lacing.

Smells malty, belgian yeast funk, honey, citrus.

Tastes of light malt, funky belgian yeast, floral hops, citrus, and peppery dry finish.

Body is medium with crisp carbonation, refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a really good belgian strong golden ale. The ABV is slightly noticeable, but a good drinking ale in moderation.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Toronado - I never get over living 3 blocks from the best beer bar in the country!

Look is good, small head bit of lacing, good colour (i think - dark in here)

Smell is lots of sweet grapey, white wine character, reisling grapes and lots of flowers - lavender, jasmine and a bit of orange.

Taste is great - wonderful balance, fruity hoppy and yeasty with an equally floral combination - a symphony of flavor

feel is also very nice.

Overall this is an epic beer for the style from one of the top breweries on Earth - thanks De Dolle!

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured all head, white, and very slow to recede, I almost thought it was permanent. Smells of dried fruit and malt. Taste is fairly rich like with a long malty finish. Quite nice. And though there's 10% alcohol it's pretty well hidden to me. The cheesey bunny on the label had me doubting this beer but it turned out to be really good.

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Photo of claytong
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - this one was a gusher. i think i had it a bit too warm in the cellar and agitated it a bit too much getting it out. head stuck around. lacing is solid. hazy straw orange with some particles in it.

smell - belgian yeast. a little farmhousey. cloves banana. maybe something else. not my favorite

taste - much the same, a bit more bland. a bit of sugar.

mouthfeel - a bit cloying. nice carbonation. medium to thick body.

not impressed for the price and other ratings. ive had much better belgian strong pales.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rustico:

Pours a light brown w/ a two finger head. Nice carbonation and good lacing. Nose is nice, sweet fruit, sour, floral, slight malt as well. Taste brings out the nose plus some honey and plum. This is a solid tasting beer. Mouthfeel is medium and aftertaste sticks around for a while. Really glad I got to try this beer- never seen it before. Check it out!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Old Town.

A: Dark Orange hue with cascading bubbles running up the glass. Not much head or lacing, but I wasn't looking for that with this really.

S/T: Has a candy like malted aroma and taste, maybe more of a candied dark fruit. Very yeasty as you'd expect from a Belgian strong with notes of straw and ripe fruits, some licorice in the nose is clear and flutters in the taste. Dry white grape in the aroma and some alcohol complexity prevails throughout.

M: A little bubbly and not as thick as I hoped, it drank pretty clean surprisingly.

Overall this is pretty good, but it got old fast, the taste and aroma just tend to get cloying and unappetizing after a while.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.6 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tulip.

Bottled 02/2010.

Light peach with golden highlights; noticeable floating sediment. Foamy, bright white head with tremendous retention. Spotted lacing with good strength.

Fresh citrus aromas: orange, lime, green apple over a moderately sweet Belgian candied sugar; a rather nice, clean sweetness. Hints of farmhouse must.

Moderate candied sweetness with bright citrus notes: lemon, orange, pear, and lime. Intense, bland-whiskey like alcohol presence that engulfs this strong pale's flavors. An intense burst of carbonation provides a dry quality in its wake, followed by an aftertaste of must and stiff malted wheat.

Medium in body; the intense carbonation and alcohol make for a bulky dryness at times.

Some really nice qualities here; however, the intense flavors could really use some time to mature and mellow.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours clear amber with over an inch of fluffy white head. Reduces gradually, leaving stringy, soapy lacing.

S-Grassy, slightly citric hops. melon, pale malt sweetness.

T/M-Earthy, slighty funky yeast delivered by vibrant, chewy carbonation. Grassy hops, come in mid-palate, cutting the mild malty sweetness and finishing the beer with a light burst of cracked black pepper.

O-This beer is a great example of what makes De Dolle so unique. Stands apart from almost every other Belgian Pale ale.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber with piles of lumpy frothed egg whites head.
Wax, pencil shavings, and fresh herbs on the nose.
Honey drop candy malts with cedary hops bite. Orange rind end and peppery linger.
Medium, fizzy, plenty of burn.

Big hot candied pale ale. Interesting choice to use Goldings; makes a difference. Burn makes me think maybe shoulda let this age, though it is a seasonal.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very carefully into a tulip. Giant head on this one that leaves a lot of sticky lacing. The body is nice and golden. There is only a slight bit of haze.

The aroma has nice sweet orange candy spice. This has a nice sweet malt aroma with a gentle spice kick from they yeast.

The taste has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness, but as a Belgian pale ale, this is definitely on the sweet side. I get mostly yeast flavor in the finish, that adds to the bitterness as well.

Nice medium to heavy body but drinks pretty refreshingly considering the strength; perhaps due to the heavy carbonation.

This might be my favorite Belgian Strong Pale Ale; I highly recommend it!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a you typical giant creamy De Dolle head; two thirds of the glass is full of head. A little much in my opinion but it otherwise looks good.

A bit of banana comes through in the aroma with spicy peppery hops. Nice earthy aroma to this with a solid citrus background. A little bit of citrus sweetness to the flavor wit spicy musty hops. I'd say this one even has a little bit of funk to it. It finishes with a nice grassy hop flavor and that same earthy character that I could detect in the aroma.

Nice light body here but as with most of De Dolle beers I feel like this one is a little bit overcarbonated. I'd love to see them tone it down. Overall though, a great offering. One of the better strong pales on the market. Probably my favorite.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another one i really liked and was thrilled to be able to get the chance to try. poured into a goblet.

nice light brown pour with a good amount of haze to it and a smallish head of about two inches which faded off into a thin film that clung to the sides of the glass.

aroma is nicely hopped and earthy at the same time. really well done i have to admit. herbal notes, flowery almost with light tugs of pine and grape seeds floating around inside. again very nicely done and quite complex. small dash of oak and caramel mid palate before a light hoppiness dries it out and leaves you hanging..

overall another outstanding beer from an outstanding brewer

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Photo of tbeckett
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at some pub in Antwerp on a pub crawl with some friends. From notes.

A - Poured a darkish colour of brown. Cloudy with a three finger fluffy beige head. Weak lacing but good retention with that fluffiness hanging out.

S - Lotsa yeast, sweet spice, and hop.

T - Earthy, spicy, yeasty, and a gentle hop is there. Spice/yeast combo is a little rough on the taste buds.

M - Strong carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Not too shabby but not great. I drank it, didn't say 'wow' and was ready for something new.

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Photo of lehkost
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - When poured carefully into a belgian-style tulip with plenty of headspace, it required me several breaks before I could finish the full pour. Head is dense and white, and retention is crazy. Color is just a touch darker than a Westmalle Tripel.
S - Lovely sweet, fruity aroma, with a touch of alcohol (it is 10% ABV, after all.)
T - A very well balanced flavor, with almost any individual aspect difficult to pick out. A fruitiness halfway between apple and bubblegum, a kiss of malt and sugar, and a very dry (though not persistently so) finish.
M - Very effervescent, with the interplay of the dryness and the carbonation leaving a bit of a lingering sensation on the tongue, and even a bit going down. I suppose part of it is the alcohol as well.
O - This beer strikes a lovely balance, with just enough bitterness and dryness on the finish, while leaving just a wisp behind that invites another sip, maybe too soon. This is a dangerously drinkable, while still rich, strong beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-yellow golden. cloudy with a very, very thick cream colored head. i actually had to let the head settle a bit before i could pour the entire drink in.

S-smells like fresh belgian pale malts. smells somewhat funky. its slightly spicy as well. medium strength.

T-okay, i'll admit right now...i can't put my finger on half the flavors i'm experiencing with this one. it comes in with very fresh, sweet and spicy belgian malts that quickly become bitter and almost funky. the bitterness lasts for awhile in to an after-taste that reminds me of burnt corn bread. to be honest, its quite a harsh experience. the bitterness will stay in your mouth for quite some time.

M-heavy on the carbonation. the drink seems to expand to the entire volume of your mouth as soon as it enters. it has a tingly feeling with a bitter finish.

O-this is definitely a good beer. it is very complex, though i feel this makes the beer rather harsh. this is definitely not for beginners. with this, the more i drink it the more i like it.the ABV is not evident anywhere in the taste. i would've guessed between 6-7%. i probably won't be getting this again. i feel the Stille Nacht is leagues beyond this still.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into my Lost Abbey sinner stemware. It poured a hazy amber/orange color with a big, frothy white head to it. The head really stuck around and left some very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of the Belgian yeast spice to it. Beyond that I get a clean, crisp, fruity, tart character to it. I get a bit of citrus to it as well that helps balance out the yeast flavors nicely.

The taste shows more of the belgian yeast flavor to it up front. Midway I start to get more of the tart, crisp, fruity flavors coming out. I get a little apple and grape flavors lingering through the finish. Lots of flavors going on, but it felt pretty balanced overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is high. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style. The yeast spice really balanced well with the sweeter, crisp fruit flavors. Overall very smooth, flavorful and easy drinking for the style and abv. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Somewhere in the middle between orange and yellow, very cloudy. Head is very big, dense (as much as half of the tulip glass immediately after pouring) and also very lively, with a lot of carbonation going on. Retention is good

S- Aroma is very yeasty and very sweet. Sweetness is probably due to high amounts of sugar. I think i can detect some spicy alcoholic notes but they sure match well with yeast and sugar and never get owerpowering. A very complex and peculiar aroma overall: feels earthy but still very fresh and lively, with maybe some fruity undernotes (lemon, maybe pear)

T- Taste is good, though it may be a little letdown after a such complex aroma. The beer is very sweet, sure there must be a lot of sugar in it. Biscuit malts with some fruity notes underneath (lemon, maybe pear and apricot). Then a fresh and earthy herbal characther, with a musty feel to it. No alcohol is to be detected this time. The beer finishes a little too dry, it kinda feels like it is losing character as you drink

M- Very soft and creamy, thanks in part to the ever lasting head and in part to carbonation, which is very high but somehow never gets too prickly on the palate. No alcohol is to be noticed. A very nice mouthfeel but the beer's overall sweetness and sugary characther gets a bit dull after some time

O- A very complex and interesting beer, though not an easy drink, at least for me. At times, i found sugar to be really overpowering

This is an excellent beer, but i think it has some flaws

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Photo of BeazyB
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers out of Belgium, too bad its not readily available here in the US.

This beer is cloudy, apricot/orange colored in appearance. Nice head that sticks around for a while.

Yeasty, aroma with fruity undertones.

Fruity (sour-apple) characteristics, with a wonderful balance of sweet and tart. Has floral undertones, with a faint hint of Phenol and bitterness on the finish.

High carbonation, medium body, overall pleasant mouth-feel.

Overall: This beer is a winner in my book. A complex and comforting Easter beer that successfully embodies the the season.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with the massive carbonation typical of De Dolle. The meringue-like head eventually settles leaving bits of cotton candy-like lace. Smells of marizpan, sugared-white peach and mango. Taste is complex and sweet, but balanced by more bracing bitterness than I recall. A sort of creme brulee like sweetness shows up as the beer warms up near room temperature. Very tasty.

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Photo of Brabander
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the easter beer of the Dolle Brouwers. On the cap best before feb 2012. A fresh one, this one is is bottled in feb 2011. Today is the 2nd easterday in Holland so why not drink this one?

Poured in my Struise glas. Nice yellow golden fluid, a bit hazy with nice carbonation in the first minutes. Big white bubbly head. This is an unfiletred and unpasturized beer. I can smell the sugar they used.

Quit a good beer with potent powers in it.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid De Dolle offering that I had shortly after the extra export stout. Like the EES, the head was stubborn and rambunctious as all hell. You have to wrangle this beer into the glass with an elaborate system of tilts and pans. Fun, but testing, especially if this is your first beer after a crap day at work.

The beer actually looks somewhat beautiful, with a great contrast between the cloudy orange brew and its stark white head. The aroma has a nice fruit base (lighter fruits - citrus and apple, maybe), but is still complex beyond that, slightly bready and quite yeasty. On sipping - oh my. I really enjoyed the EES mentioned above, but the extremity of its taste cost it some drinkability. BK, on the other hand, I could drink this all day. Very different from its outlandish cousin. It's consistent and creamy, and the sweet, light fruits come together wonderfully with the choice of malt. A kind of medium gravity pear/mango experience with the perfect amount of bitterness throughout. After my next long day, I'll be sure to toil through the pour for this awesome reward.

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Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle with a bottled on date of Feb 2011 and a best by date of Feb 2012. (Kudos to De Dolle for giving us both dates.) Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a burnished golden apricot color with a huge, fluffy off-white head that foams up almost out of control. By the time things have settled it’s a good 2” thick and being fed continuously by hundreds of tiny streams of carbonation. Sipping leaves some interesting patches and legs of lace that cling to the side of the glass. While the billowing head does begin to recede visibly, it does so slowly and never completely disappears.

Smell: The aromas are fresh and clean with traces of the yeast, some grassy herbal character from the hops and little or no sign of the alcohol, but some definite fruity character, mostly green orchard fruits like apple and pear.

Taste: The flavors include a good bit of sweetness that has to come from the use of candi sugar in the brew. (It just tastes like white sugar syrup.) As expected from the nose there is also a touch of grassy, herbal character from the hops and a good dollop of fruitiness, mostly light colored orchard fruits such as green apple, pear, apricot and peach.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied but soft and creamy from the fine, abundant carbonation. The finish starts in some sugary sweetness and then changes as the sweetness fades leaving a touch of musty from the yeast and a lingering gentle bitterness from the hops that slides off into dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: While I enjoyed drinking this one overall, I thought there was just a touch too much sweetness in the mix for the complexity to balance out. I could see having it again as a special occasion beer but I’d not want it on a regular basis. My overall impression is that it is a well made holiday beer and best consumed as a holiday treat.

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Photo of nickhiller
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: four fingers of sea foam atop a hazy strawberry blond

S: it's a dead ringer for cran-apple juice, Fig Newtons, hints of lambic vinegar in the background

T: it tastes exactly a Fig Newton with strawberry preserves and biscuity malt, for me De Dolle's signature profile. I'm from the South their beers remind me of my momma's homemade biscuits with a healthy serving of homemade strawberry preserves.

M: Silky, velvety, creamyDe Dolle is the master of mouthfeel, I've never had anything like their beers.

O: This brewery is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries anywhere in the world.

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