De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20 - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.15/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks to Mike for this one. Flown out all the way from Chicago! 4oz. pour into a Lost Abbey teku. Reviewed from notes 1/12/13.
Pours a thin, fluffy white head with good retention. Stringy, spotty lace with good stick. Beer is a slightly clear light pink brown. Real pretty.
Nose is fresh cut grass, mild vinegar, and a subtle, red fruit tartness. Pretty mellow and vinegary notes are kept at a minimum here which I like.
Opens sweet and tart cherry. Wet wood, peat, mild vinegar, cobwebs. More red fruit in the middle and finish which smooths out nicely right towards the end. Real creamy and soft. Exactly the right balance for me.
Light to medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Some oxidation is apparent here. Mellow, spritzy in the mouth and tingly and aggressive going down. Messy finish with a quick, lightly lingering aftertaste. Solid.
This beer has really aged wonderfully. The overwhelming vinegar tartness that usually puts me off from this style is not present here. Instead, the sour is well integrated and even creamy at times. One worth going after if you're really into this style.
01-13-2013 15:39:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
2.38/5 rDev -41.8%
Bottle shared by Paul at our Chicago Burbs Random Tasting.
A - Pours a rusty reddish/brown color, white head, thin collar.
S - Vinegar, leaking batteries, rust, light tartness, oak. This beer is just way gone at this point. It's hard enough to sniff to take notes and there's no enjoyment here for me.
T - Worse then the nose...ugh. Vinegar note is huge, rust, super-metallic, old rotten wood, musty, everything is just muddled. Oxidization & cardboard. There's about 10% of a Flanders Ale here, the rest is just a mess and long gone.
M - Light body, very light carbonation, dry finish.
O - I couldn't finish my pour...this was bad. I know the conditions of storage for this bottle, so it's not that at all. Use extreme caution when thinking about getting this beer to open, as I would never have it again even if someone gave me one. Bleh.
06-27-2012 14:41:38 | More by Sean9689
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
Another rarity courtesy of jedwards and claaark13. 750ml bottle served in Oerbier stemware. Pours a beautiful caramel hue with a fluffy, half inch, cream-colored head that eventually dissipates into a swirl of foam. Some spots of lacing present during the tasting; however, generally weak adhesion. Nose expresses a trace of caramel, a slightly tannic cabernet grape quality, raisins and figs. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some vanilla notes and a general vinous character; however, less cabernet grapes show up in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively carbonation and a low amount of acidity despite the characteristics expressed in the flavor profile and the nose. Overall, a very good and well-balanced beer that has held up quite well. Really quite impressive; however, it seems to be picking up some earthy/dirt-like notes.
01-25-2012 00:44:47 | More by Jwale73
4/5 rDev -2.2%
750ml bottle into a tulip. Huge thanks to Kevin for sharing this ancient oddity.
A: Muddy magenta-brown body with a handful of off-white bubbles. Meh.
S: Old, musty, oaky, dirty. Vaguely reminiscent of tequila in a very weird way. I don't know that I've ever smelled a more basementy beer, and I kind of like it in a masochistic way.
T: Like liquid dementia - so, so old; and yet still tasty. Some moderate sourness and acidic fruitiness is still there to provide at least a hint at what this beer used to be. I dig it.
M: Smooth, soft, amazingly delicate.
O: This wasn't exactly delicious, but it was a great experience. I wish I'd gotten the chance to taste this five years ago.
11-17-2011 20:33:02 | More by woosterbill
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
Cork explodes off bottle, which was stored upright for weeks and had been chilled for an hour or two. Unfortunately this results in some of the yeast exploding from the depths, and a slow cobweb of foam ever seeping upward. Pours orange with a large head. Nose shows a beer clearly of advanced age, with caramel apple, butterscotch, oxidation, some acids, and raisins. Mouth is sharper than the nose, focusing on raisins and red apples. Not acidic as the nose suggested. This was fairly well oxidized which is a shame as this beer was most likely stellar at one point. I can still see the qualities this presents, mostly that amazing red apple and raisin working with the funk and house yeast. You have to love De Dolle.
07-14-2011 01:25:19 | More by JAXSON
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF 5, courtesy of sholland119.
There's actually some residue around the cork that seems almost like some beer seeped out and dried... I hope it's still in good shape. And the cork comes out with a pop, followed by gushing foam spraying everywhere! Crap.
A - Very murky reddish-brown. I think I upset all the yeast trying to deal with the unexpected gusher and not get foam everywhere. A lot of head (naturally), but it subsides relatively quickly, leaving some nice lacing. It would be much more attractive if it weren't for all the sediment.
S - A little cherry tartness, maybe, but lots of band-aid funk, as well as some horse-blanket. On the first pour I didn't get much other than the band-aid. Perhaps it's because I was able to let the yeast settle more, but the second glass seemed to open up -- there's still that funkiness, but it's not nearly as dominant. I get some cherry, apple, and Belgian-yeasty esters. The slightest bit of dry sourness makes an appearance and pulls the rest together. The first glass was meh, the second was pretty good... I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and rate by the second glass.
T - Once again, the first and second glasses were pretty different. The first had lots of overpowering band-aid funk, a touch of dry sourness. Pretty sweet, but not much malt flavor. The second glass had a bit more of the sourness, which balanced the funk nicely, and there's some mustiness and green apple and candy sweetness and really interesting complexities that are going over my head. Rather nice.
M - Very smooth, velvety, silky, punctuated by just the right amount of carbonation. It gets increasingly smooth and decadent as I drink more. Awesome.
Overall, I wish I hadn't mixed all the yeast up, because I think the second glass was much tastier because the yeast had settled out a bit more. This seems like a Belgian sour (not an American wild), but I'm at a complete loss as to what.
Non-blind comments: Holy shit, that's a rare one! The 11 years this has been sitting around explains the bit of residue around the cork, as well as why it was so hard to wrap my tastebuds around. Now I'm really kicking myself for kicking that yeast up... sholland119, you outdid yourself! Thank you!
05-22-2011 04:13:55 | More by abraxel
4.83/5 rDev +18.1%
750 split with sideshowe at Monk's Cafe during the Bros visit to Philly. I never thought I would have a chance to try this one. Huge thanks to Tom Peters for busting this out.
Pours a dark murky mahogany amber color with dark burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a massive frothy three finger off white head that slowly settles into a lastig ring. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind. Chunks of sediment settles at the bottom of the chalice.
Earthy, musty aroma with a heavy dry Bret presence along with some vinous dark fruit and subtle funk. Subtle earthy oak and vanilla notes add complexity to things and counter the sweeter notes nicely. Hints of grape, dark cherry, raisin plum and other dark berries.
Medium bodied with an amazing dry, tart funk character up front that lingers throughout over the vinous dark fruit notes and subtle malt into a nice mouthpuckering, dry finish. Hints of earthy oak and subtle vanilla notes compliment the vinous dark fruit and counter that tart funk. Hints of grape, dark cherry, plum, raisin, fif and other berries. I was expectig this beer to be at least slightly oxidized but it has age gracefully without only slight carbonation that adds to the mouthfeel and Drinkability. This beer is incredibly well balanced and delicious. Definitely lives up to the hype. Highly recommended.
02-10-2011 23:04:37 | More by corby112
4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
Thanks Doodler and Popkas for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
After some white knuckled searching within the cellar of Glendale's best watering hole, we were within the company of this oddity.
The cork escaped with that familiar pop and 'gun slinger' smoke. A slow but steady carbonation forced the liquid out of the bottle. Less than half and oz. lost, not as bad as some other reviews have suggested. The glass was filled with a thick finger's worth of bright bubbles. A dark orange, eerie red tint filled the glass as well as some big chunks of sediment.
Aromas of cranberries, vinegar, saw dust, and stewed fruits filled my senses. A muted sourness crossed with distant char was apparent with each smell. Not at all bad, actually quite complex as the bottle warmed up.
Up to this bottle, I haven't had the best experiences with aged beer. Oxidation is a tricky variable to come in contact with and most of my experiences have not been very favorable.
This will be a bench mark.
The dusty qualities matched with the subtle tart-cherry and cranberry flavors were just wonderful. Bold oak was still apparent as the tannin actually lent a texture to the beer. Great wine comparisons but not at all overly tart or too oak driven, just the right balance of the two. Nuances of ripe plums, cherries and spices all melded together so nicely. A refreshing finish made for a desire for more sips. Great food beer, would be nice at the Thanksgiving table (Hopefully not within the presence of Tofurky).
A wonderful beer. Amazingly drinkable with fruit and tartness still holding thought while the rounded oak balanced each sip. Tasting great with being in a bottle for the last ten years. Could see getting a few more out of it as well. Loads of sediment collecting at the bottom of the glass container, with most ending up in my mouth as I drank like mother's milk straight from the bottle. Couldn't let any of this go to waste.
09-29-2010 06:03:50 | More by Bardwashrind
3.35/5 rDev -18.1%
Thanks Alex! Pours red tinged orange with a big white head. The aroma oaky with strong sherry oxidation notes and a moderate acetic quality. I get light DMS notes and a touch of metal, as well as a vinous quality. The flavor is heavily oxidized and sherry-esque. There's a tangy and savory quality that's reminiscent of bbq sauce. Moderately acetic and oaky, the beer displays prominent tannins and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is dry and tannic with moderate carbonation.
09-01-2010 21:31:42 | More by HopHead84
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
Huge thanks to bosse for this rarity - I hadn't even heard of this beer when he gave it to me. Shared at nerd's pre-Toronado whale tasting. Served in a tasting snifter.
A - Pours with a big white foam that settles to a thin cap and leavings behind some nice lacing. My initial pour was a semi-transparent orange-red that was quite attractive. However, subsequent pours were murkier and featured sediment and other goodies. I'll split the difference.
S - Old Flanders Red - vinegar, caramel malt, berry notes, sherry-like oxidation (but thankfully no cardboard), some oaky vanilla, and notes of must, funk, and earth.
T - The taste seems to have suffered more, and is muted and extremely mellow. There was a suggestion of BBQ sauce, which actually wasn't that far off, as there is a combination of sweet and savory flavors with vinegar and smoke notes. Finish is oaky sourness with some mineral qualities.
M - Low carbonation (all in the foam I guess), medium-light body that feels a touch thin, sticky finish. No alcohol present after all these years.
D - This was probably much better a few years ago. My pour was plenty. Still, it was interesting to try this rarity on a relatively fresh palate (RBWG doesn't count).
08-17-2010 17:14:07 | More by MasterSki
3.5/5 rDev -14.4%
Thanks to Masterski for sharing this oddity.
Murky, rusty amber, full of floaties and sediment. It pours with a solid finger of head that retains well.
Funky and oxidized nose, very vinous with notes of tart berries and port wine. Oaky, musty, all-around odd, though not unpleasant. Sort of Fantome-esque.
Very oaky, tannic, drying and oxidized on the palate. Sherry or port, tart berries, soil, mineral, slightly metallic. Hard to describe, reminiscent of iron and smoked hickory in the finish. This is very oxidized now, but I still enjoyed my pour. It was probably quite good 5 years ago.
08-17-2010 03:28:42 | More by largadeer
4.75/5 rDev +16.1%
750 ml corked and caged bottle acquired in a trade with fatboyjim1, thanks again for sending me this rarity, drank to celebrate my 1400th review and a promotion, split with Dane and Don last night, poured into my Bruery tulip glass, color is a copper with a lot of brown but also a lot of red when I held it up to the light, cannot even measure how big the head because it was so large, four turns on the cage and the corked popped on its own, did not lose much liquid though and was thankful I have learned to point that bottle away from my face when opening bottles like that, some spotty lacing, aroma consists of cherries, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, other sweet malts, candied sugar, tartiness, dirty feet, wet oak, vine, raisins, mustiness, lemon, and a variety of berries, taste starts off mildly tart with a nice crisp feeling right at first, cherries and berries in the middle, finish is pretty subtle and a musty malt presence, also some lingering sourness, lots of caramel and lemon in the background as it warms, flavor is nice and tart but not overly sour, more of a caramel and malty brew you would expect from an aged Flanders of this sort, by the end I got a lot of oak and peaches come up out of no wear and pretty sour as well as sweet, fruity, malty, sweet, tarty, dry, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied that would have been a lot fuller if it was not for the extreme carbonation at first, head wears off and the carbonation is actually pretty soft, works nicely and lets the malt and fruits do their magic, could have drank this bottle and then some, very well hidden alcohol for eight percent, smooth and well rounded taste, goes down easy and can even be refreshing, would want to see what this is like another five years from now, this was brewed in 2000 for their 20th anniversary and still has some room for age, I only had this once before but do not remember it being as good the first time, the malts have really become pronounced and the tart is still there to make things interesting, one of the better De Dolle beers I have had and that is saying a lot with beers like Still Nacht and the various Reservas they offer, would love to drink again but who knows if that will happen, highly recommended
07-12-2009 03:18:37 | More by Floydster
De Dolle Speciaal Brouwsel 20 from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
90 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.