De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011) - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011)

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 52
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaveHS on 11-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in my Chicago Beer Society tulip glass. Head is thin almost like a schwartzbeer. Look is dark amber red. Smells like grape jam, prune, ripe fruit, crange, lime-sour. Smells hot-boozy. Tastes sour, no booze, baby puke, cognac. Brilliant. This is beyond beer.

Photo of muletrane
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color. 1 finger of off white head with nice tight bubbles and decent retention.

S: Lots of red wine notes up front. Some oak, cherries, yeasty funk and some dark fruit. Nice and complex yet balanced.

T: I'm getting a nice balance of grape, sour cherry, yeast and oak. Finish is tart and dry. Some lingering tartness and oak as well. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

M: Mouthfeel is spot on here. Just the right amount of body and carbonation for the style. It's what I hoped for and expected.

Overall I am very impressed with this beer and can't wait to see how this one evolves over time.

Photo of Radome
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 33 cl bottle at Bier Circus on Brussels.

A - A beautiful beer. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Cream-colored head is initially thick and creamy. It fades to a thin layer along with large bubbles around the glass. Good lacing.

S - Phenomenal aroma! Oak, tobacco (mixed together like the wood of a used cigar box), sweet cherries and coffee in the background. This is intensely complex.

T - Flavors are not as well-rounded as the aromas. Cherries and oak up front, some malt breadiness fights with a sharp vinegar-like note in the mid- to late-palate. Tobacco and smoke are present in the dry finish.

M - Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Puckering astringency in the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O - Incredible aroma and appearance are not quite backed up by the flavors. Still, this is a world-class beer.

Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up at Hill Farmstead's retail shop at some point early last year. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear ruddy garnet hue with a nice half a finger off white super light tan creamy head that faded to leave a thin blanket and light side lacing. Considering the ABV, this is quite impressive.

S - Lots of cherries and vanilla. Some light booze. Its crazy how much aroma pops in this. Lots of big, bold cherry orchard notes and barrel vanilla tones. This is an incredibly amped up Flanders.

T - Taste is excellent, my only complaint is the hint of booze, but even that is to be understood. Lots of cherries, vanilla, barrel notes. What on earth...lightly funky, nice vinegar. So much tannin...this is a 13% oud bruin?! Whaaaat!

M - Lots of carbonation here, shocking amount. This is 13%?! More like 5%! Absolutely crazy.

O - Overall, I almost regret cracking into this one. Its so damn good. Almost perfectly executed. Got to find some bottles of some sort of vintage and age em. This stuff is insane.

Photo of lavellen
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Beer is one of the few, the proud, the intangible. As a brewer I've had many renditions of sour from the most vinegar to the most horse-haired and this one is a delicate balance of wild strains. It doesn't taste the 13 percent advertised and has a complex nose. The flavor isn't overly sour but it has a pleasant tartness that can break through the other wild flavors and the dry finish doesn't linger on the tongue. It's brownish and a bit cloudy and has a solid carbonation profile.

Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's time once again for this annual transcendental brew.
Served in a wine glass at 50º.

Decanted slowly to keep the yeast out, though a wisp does float through the deeply saturated crimson liquid. Otherwise perfect clarity, with a dirty tan cap of foam on top. A thin collar of lace remains around the edges after the first few sips.

Almond, cherry, oak, and leather. A perfectly balanced and intoxicating aroma.

Smooth buttery oak lubricity, light carbonation. Light acid starts to pucker the cheeks, then the wet woody oak rolls through, drying out the palate completely. Cherry pits with bits of visceral clinging flesh, firm oak dryness, traces of yogurt and damp hay. A masterful Oud Bruin that is a treat to savor. Thank you Kris Herteleer!

Photo of neenerzig
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a hazy, cloudy deep red color with an amber/copper hue. The slightly off-white head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured before setting to a nice very thick ring lining the inside of my glass. One of the best and most concise rings I've seen in awhile, along with some mild lacing on the glass when sips are taken. Dry and earthy aromas of red wine tannins along with a nice oaked smell and some cherries and perhaps even a slight hint of cranberry, along with a very slight hint of roasted caramel malt. As the beer sits and warms, some of the harshness that is initially present with the flavors levels out. Flavors of oaked roasted caramel malt give way to red wine-esque tannins, cherry, a very slight hint of cranberry, raisin, and plum tartness that is all rounded out with a biscuit like quality on the finish. Has a very dry, crisp yet smooth, somewhat oily, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The one really coasts the palate and lingers for quite awhile. Quite easy to drink in the way good beer should be, especially since the 13% ABV is well masked. Really glad this 13% ABV beer somehow managed to sneak its way onto the shelves here in Ohio.


Photo of timtim
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

mahogany pour with a tan head that shrinks to a collar, but holds very well. nose is strawberry, raspberry, cherry, wood, leather, funk and earth. hints at a sour taste, but not palate-melt sour. gorgeous. taste is a gentle balance of all of the above. always hard to believe they pull this off with such a high abv translating in to such an elegant beer. sweet and sour in near-perfect balance, with fruit definitely leading, rather than sour. the fruit tastes like it is just barely overripe, and just picked on a rainy, wet, muddy day. medium body with perfect (to me) carbonation. just barely a hint of booze for 13%. the booze that is there is fruit-soaked and chocolate/cocoa laced (if that makes sense). same familiar oerbier reserva, but without fail, a new and unique creation that screams masterpiece. i love this. need to snag a few more to squirrel away (i say this every year). awesome.

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Allagash coolship glass

A- Pours a deep, dark ruby red, almost brown color. Quite clear, not muddled at all, thick hearty head. Looks great.

S-Black currants, cherries, background acetic character though not bitingly reminiscent of vinegar, which is nice. Surprisingly, no notice of alcohol at 13%

T- Taste is more of the same, but it comes in waves and the alcohol gently warms on the finish. Starts off with Starts off as a cross between a cranberry and a black currant, then theres the cherry character, followed by some acetic notes drying everything off to reveal some warming alcohol. Fantastic brew

M- Is quite hearty, not surprising considering the ABV. the body is there, but as it sits the acetic qualities really dry it out. its excellent

O- The strong warming alcohol at the end is the reason I cannot go higher, but at the same time it comes off as relatively tame for a 13% brew. Definitely need to find more of these

Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear ruby red cherry color. Produced a giant frothy head of off-white colored foam that stuck around for quite some time. Left all kinds of clumpy lacing behind.

(S)- Quite dry and earthy up front. Shows lots and lots of oaky wood with a subtle acidity in the background.

(T)- A nice sharp acidic yet dry profile overall. Plenty of spicy oak in there amidst some vinegar-like reddish fruits. Mildly earthy with bits of biscuit on the finish which is quite nice.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. I really like the balance of this where it is a happy harmony of acidic fruit, very dry spicy oak, and a lightly earthy with biscuit yeast finish. The 13%ABV is completely non-existent which is absolutely inconceivable, yet amazing to see how well that is integrated into this beer.

(O)- What an excellent Flanders! I am still amazed how well the 13% is hidden in the sea of wonderful acidic fruit and heavy bits of oak this has. Not positive how this would improve with age, but what I have in my glass currently is really quite stunning for the style.

Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage, opened 3/15/2012.

A: Deep red-brown body. Moderate sized cream colored head. Settles do a fairly thick skim. Good lacing. S: Vinous notes, leather, cherries, tartness, oak, caramel. T: Red wine, caramel, raisins, leather, mild oak. M: Medium full bodied, moderate carbonation, nice tartness, smooth. O: A phenomenal beer. Aged versions pick up some madeira/port like qualities (which are nice), but fresh this a beast that really takes on some red wine character.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber to brown color. Just a little bit cloudy. Head is yellow/beige medium head. Low retention but never disappeared totally leaving some lacings left

S: Delicious fruity and woody smell. Acid vinegar too. Brown sugar, caramel malts, grapes and apples (strong on apples), yeasts and alcohol. End is acid and metallic. Wine character

T: Follows the nose: quite fruity and acid. Apples, grapes, barrel wood, brown sugar, caramel malts and yeasts. In overall, an acid/tart beer with a bit sweet upfront. End is dry and a little bit alcoholic. Hop bitterness is mild but stingy. Excellent!

M: Despite the high ABV, an easy drinking beer. In fact, it's difficult to believe that it's a 13% since the alcohol is very discreet. Medium and bit molasses body and a reasonable carbonation to such ABV

O: Very drinkable and well done beer. One of the best Belgian beers I've ever had

Photo of Daniellobo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice sour/sweet long ale, complex, and pleasing.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Simple dark silver label with De Dolle branding and name of the brew. Notes brewing in 2010 and 13% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear to faintly hazy towards the end deep amber pour, rich frothy head, nice retention, surface memory, with luscious lacing.

S - Nice apple sourness, vinous, sweet, touch of wood…

T - Long malty sourness… rich on the fruity side, with apples, tart green apples and notes of prunes… sugar, hint of caramel, vinous touches, small barrel presence… It covers the brew like a soft blanket, nicely and rather gently…

M - Medium body with soft carbonation, and a rather sweet and sour creamy lingering finish. Extremely well integrated and smooth alcoholic side.. .this is running at 13%!

O - What a quality brew, extraordinary flow with a long range.

Notes: Well worth calling this Special Reserva… Fist time trying this brew but understanding and sharing the praise

Photo of jnn4v
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown color, but relatively light in color. Completely translucent. Moderate amount of slightly red, off-white, light-tan colored head. Barely any sediment, especially for this style of fermentation.

S: Beautiful bouquet of scents. Citrus, oak, vinegar, apple cider, cellar must, and general deliciousness.

T: Very clean taste - light palate that hints at each of the elements of the scent. Apple cider vinegar, peach, oak, and at times is reminiscent of champagne and sparkling cider. Very light flavors that don't even begin to indicate that it's 13% ABV.

M: Hard to describe how this mouthfeel could be improved. It's amply carbonated, has moderate density / viscosity, and very well may be textbook perfect. If anything it's possibly slightly too thick/syrupy for the style, but not at all thick relative to the 13% ABV.

O: Excellent Belgian ale using wild yeast and barrel-aged fermentation. One of the best of the style I've ever had from any continent.

Photo of FosterJM
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1296th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this

App- A cough syrup looking red with some faint browns and ambers mixed in. Had a almost non-existant head except for a couple bubbles. Fell to a thick looking beer.

Smell- Another great beer from De Dolle. So ripe and lush on the nose. Had a ton of cherry and oak and then melds into this yeasty tannic forward sour note.

Taste- The flavors on this were just so lush and layered. Amazing notes of the yeasty oak intermingle with all the cherry and tart notes.

Mouth- A great mix as it drank. A little bit of a light body and then would aliven to a rich medium but all the while keeping this full lush carbonation.

Drink- A great way to start my 30th bday party. Thanks Chris. Great beer.

Photo of Naugros
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had with Easter dinner, 2012

Bruin means brown and this one is certainly that. Not much of a head despite being able to see carbonation in the hazy muck. Still, this is what most oud bruins look like.

Red wine grapes, apples and figs amid a musty basement smell with a nice amount of sour that approaches cider vinegar in flavor. A slight clove phenol detected in both nose and on the tongue. The blend of the flavors gives an overall impression of a sweetened whiskey. That sweetness is like brown sugar in flavor, but milder in intensity.

Such a dry finish to a beer that starts off sweet and sour. The carbonation cuts the sweetness up front and the wash dries everything out with a chalky sensation. The alcohol is barely detectable.

This is a wonderful representation of this style and perhaps the best I've had to date, but this is only my third oud bruin. De Dolle continues to delight with every beer I try from this brouwerij.

As wonderfully as this went with the ham dinner it presented something a little different with my dark chocolate Easter bunny's head that I had shortly after. I f you really want to taste the alcohol, wash down some dark chocolate with this beer and the alcohol will come screaming out of it. Remarkable.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy brown. 4
S: slightly tart. mollases. figs. port barrels. pleasant alcohol warmness. acetic and lactic acids, like rodenbach. caramel. 4.5
T: very caramely, mich balanced with acidity. cherry. toasty bitterness. a little bit of sweetness. buscuit. 4.5
M: silky. lightly carbonated. medium bodied from malts and acid.
O: quite deinkable, especially considering 13% alcohol. complex. 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2010 vintage. Pours very hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, red wine, vinegar, oak, clove, pepper, toast, caramel, hay, leather, funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, clove, oak, vinegar, pepper, leather, hay, caramel, toast, funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/fruity/spicy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, red wine, clove, oak, pepper, vinegar, caramel, toast, hay, leather, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of tart/fruity yeast notes with prominent barrel character; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Flanders brown ale! All around outstanding balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Etan
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml into a Cantillon tulip.

A: Pours a pleasant ruby-brown with a nice khaki head. Leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Soft red wine tannins giving off notes of oak and overripe berries, balanced acetic tartness, light brett mustiness, caramel and cherry.

T: Rich dark cherry and plum tartness, vinous oak, a hint of vanilla, light caramel and bready maltiness, a bit buttery. The alcohol is almost entirely hidden.

M: Medium-bodied with fine and creamy carbonation. A little bit of alcohol warmth in the throat. Moreish tannins pull on the tongue.

O: An excellent, smooth oud bruin. The fact that this beer is 13% boggles the mind.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this. A 13% oud bruin, wtf?

4.5 A: Hazed deep plum color. Two fingers of frothy/pillowy beige head. Retention is very good, especially for the ABV and a big ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Huge cherry aroma. Tart and lightly acetic. Sweet, yet funky. Apple orchard, oak, vanilla, and berries. I'm amazed at how well this is hiding the booze. That in itself is a feat. This is fairly simple for the style, but it smells so good that I can't deny it a stellar score.

4.5 T: Like this nose, this has a big intensity and the flavors mesh so well. Cherries and berries are the highlight. So much flavor that it's like I'm drinking a cherry cider or something. Moderate tartness and again, lightly acetic. Vanilla and oak next. The funk comes out to play offering rotting wood, apple orchard, wet grass, and some mustiness. The booze is more apparent in the taste, but it's still well hidden. A bit of tannins from the barrel. Very good.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which is lightly spritzy and a bit stingy. Not particularly creamy, but it works and works well.

4.0 D: Very tasty beer. I can't believe I'm drinking an oud bruin this big. The flavors sure reflect that. Well done.

Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is very dark brown, with hints of maroon. Moderate white head dissipates quickly to a thin film.

It smells strongly of tart cherry. Not what I expected! I thought this was a BSDA, had no idea it was a sour. The sourness of the beer is obvious. A very rich scent and quite good.

The taste is filled with tart cherry, oak and vanilla. Quite sour. In addition to cherry, I also get some cranberry and other fruits. Very nice. Pretty complex flavour, but I find it hard to identify other things beyond the sour fruit and barrel effects.

Moderate to high carbonation, nice small bubbles. Full bodied. A little mouth drying.

Overall, a really good beer. Not what I expected, but I enjoyed it very much.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours a brownish-red color with two fingers of tan foam. Head retention is excellent and there are light sheets of lacing stuck to the glass.

Aroma is vinegar, cherries, and oak. Maybe some apples in there, too. You get the idea. There's some light caramel sweetness underneath, but this beer is mostly tart and woody. It's pretty much exactly what I expect from the style.

Pleasantly tart flavor. There's enough sweetness from the caramel and cherries/apples to keep it from being overly sour. Oak flavor mellows it out a bit, as well. There's a tart bite mid-swallow that leads to a dry finish. Lasting flavor tastes like the actual cherry skin/apple peel.

Body is maybe a bit heavier (medium-heavy?) than I'd expect from a Flanders Oud Bruin, but I'm not complaining. Given the fast-rising head during the pour, I was expecting a very lively liquid on the palate. Instead, this beer has a softer, creamy texture with the aforementioned vinegar sting in the throat.

13% ABV? Really? I don't believe you. The alcohol is never really noticeable, certainly not enough to impede my progress. The sweet/woody flavors work well enough with the tartness to make this a shockingly easy drinker. I'm definitely interested to see how this beer develops over time, though I'm not entirely sure I have the self-control to let bottles sit for terribly long. Outstanding beer.

Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a hazy light mahogany with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like funky and tart apple cider vinegar, with some oak and citrus zest.
T: It tasted like tart apple cider vinegar and apricot and bitter copper, with some funky oak and a bit of sweet burnt sugar. It had a very clean and tart aftertaste with a little lingering sweetness.
M: It was oily with light carbonation. Surprisingly thick, but really smooth.
D: This was a very nice Flanders brown, with clean and delicious scent and taste. The body was great, and the alcohol was ridiculously well hidden. So it was very easy to drink, as long as you enjoy sours at all. Age might improve, but it's already great fresh. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Fux
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown / mahogany color. Something special here ! Almost no head, with very low retention. Leaves a very thin lacing.

S: sour, woody wine. Smell of soaked dark fruits. Sweet malt also.

T: strong acidity but no tartness. Cherries, dark grapes, prunes. Woody notes along with caramel malts and hints of chocolate as an aftertaste.

M: Good carbonation, sweet but not too syrupy. The ABV is well hidden but it strongly warms all the same. Dry aftertaste.

O: A damn good beer ! Rarely seen such a well balanced, complex oud bruin. Would certainly gain even more in complexity by being aged in the bottle.

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of sour cherries in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the beer has flavors of cherries and oak and light amounts of sourness and tartness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: There are no traces of alcohol whatsoever in this beer, which is very surprising considering its strength.

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.