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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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BA SCORE
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44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 122
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 4.67%
Wants: 53
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 122
Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (755 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,526 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear semi-opaque dark garnet red in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thin film with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of sour cherries, oak, and just the lightest presence of vinous notes.

T: There are strong flavors of cherries with a light presence of oak in addition to the mild amounts of sourness and funkiness. Just a hint of vinous notes as well.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: This beer is delicious and the high ABV is extremely well hidden. This beer is easy to drink but one that you should sip. There is a nice complexity to the flavor. (808 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice dark garnet almost red, but mostly dark brown body. Head forms with a simple tan head, but manages to stay with a lot of retention. Basic, simple, good. As drinking commences, a collar never leaves the glass of a light tan appearance.

Nose, is dark sour fruits, and a hint of heat. Warming, caramel, slightly rich but also kind of salty beef jerky. I dig this! Rich tasting in sense from the smell. Lingering.

Taste brings an interesting bunch of flavors. Malt and sour sense but tolerable, with a fantastic mild salty finish. Texture bring all the right notes, with not a hint of alcohol booze what so ever. Nice rich salt and brine, a faint caramel. But mostly a tolerable charming sourness.

Overall pretty solid, and I would want this again and again. The high ABV on this is hardly even noticeable, which aside from its flavor and taste profile, is probably the most impressive thing about this beer. I will look for you again my friend, come next year! Cheers! (1,024 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev -14%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Cheers! (1,064 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1296th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
330cl

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. (797 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,247 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (1,015 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (952 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (933 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- A deep red/brown with a one finger white head.

S- Sour, alcohol, oak, cherries, some funk.

T- Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, a raspberry vintager taste with a touch of alcohol in the finish, has a bite to it, alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. Kind of has a red wine flavor to it.

M- Medium body, good carbonation.

O- A interesting beer that is worth the money. I have not had too many Flanders style ales but this is standing out in my mind. Would like to try some of the older vintages and see what happens to this with some age on it. (592 characters)

Photo of impending
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-

33cl into a tulip. Pours a dark walnut, appears nearly flat, tiny froth, little lacing.

Aroma is tart dark cherries over rotting dark fruits. Complexity encourages repeated sniffs.

Tart and dry, minor long lived bitter aftertaste. Vinous qualities dominate, tannin notes. Alcohol as a flavor component is fully integrated. Easy to imagine the superb strong dark sitting under this all. Extracted it seems it would be more intense than Oerbier. Medium bodied mouthfeel.
warms well in both taste and mouthfeel
cheers
jd (524 characters)

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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.