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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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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 51
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaveHS on 11-14-2011)
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1/5  rDev -77%

sandman2000, Sep 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31%

mattfancett, Sep 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
3.05/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A red-brown hazy kind of beer. The head is a nicely shaped foam ring, light beige of color.

S - A strong sour wine oder mixed with old cherries.

T - Oak, cherries, light sour, sweet and still it feels to dry.

M - Medium carbonation, a little less would have been nice even as a thicker body! A wooden and bitter finish.

O - I expected a lot more, certainly a fuller and thicker body.

Mar02x, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of fehrminator
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

fehrminator, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Gonzoillini, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of johndoe8
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

johndoe8, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Shared at a tasting.

A: Clear, magenta-amber body with a 1/2" head of fine tan foam. Mediocre retention, light lace. Great color.

S: Extremely strong, with major booze atop rich cherry, light acetic sourness, and even more cherry. Some vinous oak underlies it all, but this is all about the boozy cherry. All right, but a little simplistic.

T: Much more vinous than the nose, with rich red wine, vanilla oak, acetic tartness, and sour cherries. Huge alcohol on the finish. Almost a cranberry presence with the booze bitterness + sour fruit. Tasty, but a little underwhelming.

M: Medium body, moderate, fine carbonation. Solid.

O: I was hugely excited to try this one after hearing so much about its previous iterations, and I'd be lying if I didn't say it was a letdown. The alcohol just overwhelms everything else, distracting from the great potential found in the oak, fruit, and sourness. Maybe some time would tame it and let things integrate, but I'm just not willing to take that gamble at $9/bottle.


woosterbill, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy dark orange mahogany amber. Thin off-white head dissipates immediately to leave a thin ring around the glass, which leaves light lacing. Aroma of sour light fruit, cherry, light sweet fruit, somewhat vinous. Flavor is sour cherry and apple, moderate red wine note, likely from the oak, complex and well integrated. Somewhat lacking in carbonation. This is obviously well made, but not my favorite style. Tasted alongside a 2005 bottle.

LiquidAmber, Feb 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

GRUUMSH, Apr 19, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to JYounger30 for this one as part of the Birthday BIF! Enjoyed while watching the Auburn @ Alabama game during Rivalry Saturday! Served from bottle into a Unibroue La Fin Du Monde tulip. Poured brown with a two finger very light tan head that remained throughout the glass. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, tart cherry, fruit, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, earth, tart, fruit, and subtle cream. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The nose on this one was actually pretty nice and complex. It would however lead you to believe that this beer is more sour/tart than it actually is on the flavor. The flavor was quite a bit more subdued. I can honestly say that the ABV of this brew was NOWHERE to be found. Kind of scary considering what it weighs in at. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance to do so.

thagr81us, Nov 27, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Room temperature pour produces a very active head that looks creamy and fluffy. Sticking quite well to the sides of the glass. The beer is a dark ruby/brown with some copper highlights. Impressive for a beer of this style and abv.

S: Tart, vinegar aroma that leads into some wood notes and follows up with some sour apple and pear. The alcohol is a bit strong and comes off in an alcohol soaked wood smell. Some wine grape characteristics, with a touch of sweetness.

T: Not overly tart and finishes a bit sweet with a lingering sourness on the roof of the mouth and tip of the tongue. Alcohol is nowhere near as noticeable on the palate. A lot of fruit going on...pears, apples, white grapes, apricot. The tartness is more on the vinegar side than a citrusy tartness. Touch of funk.

M: For how aggressive the carbonation was, this is quite creamy for a Flanders oud bruin. I suppose the wood smoothed this one out. I find this to be the most enjoyable part of the beer. It has a great lingering quality of the sweet notes of the beer. The tartness comes and goes, which I don't mind.

O: Refrained from this one for a bit, because I find this style something that needs to be approached with an open mind and a sound stomach. This one doesn't really drink like other Flanders I've come across, which I found nice. Quite impressed with the balance achieved and the creamy mouthfeel.

kiddynamite920, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Jonada
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a typical red brown color with 2 fingers of a light tan head that settles to a thin coating. Body is murky with only faint hints of light passing through.

Smell: Vinegar, oak, red wine, overripe apple, slight breadiness. Vinegar notes a perhaps a bit overwhelming, but overall still really nice

Taste: Starts with a medium acidic sourness which carries through the finish. Most prominent are notes of red grape, vinegar, brown bread, cherries and red apple.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium fine, prickly carbonation. Moderately strong alcohol warming sensation in the back of the throat, but goes down smooth.

Overall: Pretty good stuff and worth trying if you find it. I'm not sure the elevated ABV is needed, but I enjoyed sitting back, taking my time and sipping on this.

Jonada, Mar 17, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

And this is how you close an evening, folks. This stuff pours a lightly-brackish sunset amber topped by a half-finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises bubblegum, light biscuit, light maple syrup, toffee, and light red wine. The taste brings in more of the same, with an overriding sense of tartness and such. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry, sticky finish. Overall, a surprisingly (not sure why, though) nice and enjoyable brew, one that is up-front with its sourness, but one that also doesn't bash you over the head with it.

TMoney2591, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

13esd, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8%

bkny27, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a fizzy off-white head. A strong aroma of cherry with a mild tartness to the nose. Hints of vinegar, but they are offset by a nice caramel/malt sweetness. A touch of oak and red wine, too. Not overly sour on the palate, but pleasantly tart. Hints of lemon peel to go along with the cherries and balsamic vinegar notes. Sweet maltiness with a mild oak contribution. A bit stronger wine/grape character on the flavor than the nose would indicate. There is also a mild grass and earth note.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

thewimperoo, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

BARFLYB, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

HopsintheSack, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

happy5930, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a tad of orange. A fairly frothy light tan head tops the beer. Smells of tart and sourness dominate the nose with dark fruits supplementing the aroma. First sip is sour but not over the top. The sourness hits on the front and middle of the mouth. The oak is there adding to the overall flavor but it is not in your face. The 13% ABV is super well hidden. Though the body is thin, the beer is perfectly carbonated leaving an excellent mouthfeel. Age might help this puppy a lot as a recent vertical gave the 2005 and 2006 the highest marks.

ATLbeerDog, Nov 23, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with a couple of friends. Special Reserva poured a reddish-brown with a thin head. Its` nose contains dried fruits, tartness, oak and grass. So far, a bit more interesting to me than some others I have tried from the style. Sipping on it and I taste cherries, vinegar, raisins, sweetness and some yeast. It is a somewhat acidic mouthfeel, with a dry, oaky finish. All in all, a damn tasty beer. Quite a bit more interesting and pleasing than other oud bruins out there.

mltobin, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of DaveHS
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours stunning ruby red with half an inch of fluffy light khaki head. Reduces slowly, leaving traces of soapy lacing.

S-Absolutely wonderful. Balsamic vinegar reduction, maraschino cherries, brown sugar, lemon rind, dirt. Very dynamic.

T/M-Less tart than last year's version. A base of lightly bready malts, with flavors of Gjetost cheese ad whole wheat toast. The tart acidity comes in mid-palate, more balsamic vinegar and barnyard funk than cherry. The finish is lingering and funky, with a touch of phenolic dryness.

O-Another great Reserva from De Dolle. I think I slightly preferred last year's batch, but this is excellent.

DaveHS, Nov 14, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into HF fest wine glass.

A- Pours a fairly opaque mahogany brown with a little bit of a reddish hue, about a finger and half worth of slightly off-white head forms that has just a hint of a yellowish hue and excellent retention, fairly carbonated with a very nice consistency.

S- Lightly tart cherries, malts, a bit of yeast, oak. Nice complexity, decent aroma strength, awesome for style.

T- Lightly tart cherries, balanced yeast, slight woody oak presence. I think age will do this beer wonders bringing out a nice tartness to balance with the other flavors.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation that sizzles a little bit in your mouth, very drinkable, alcohol almost not detectable at all.

O- I haven't had too many De Dolle beers but like many of them this is meant for aging. I don't think this will peak for awhile, another 5 years will probably bring out a nice tartness and it will probably still be drinkable 10-15 years from now. I wish I had a few more of these to cellar and experiment with. It's tasting great right now but I think it will improve a bit with time.

jaasen64, Jan 30, 2014
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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