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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
96
world-class

112 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 50
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

02-09-2013 15:08:03 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 15:35:08 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-26-2012 13:45:54 | More by nmann08
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:54:23 | More by womencantsail
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-30-2013 05:27:07 | More by spycow
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:50:32 | More by TMoney2591
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GRG1313

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

08-28-2012 22:45:22 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:04:47 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

11-18-2011 14:57:13 | More by JAHMUR
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-25-2011 23:31:08 | More by Rochefort10nh
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 17:22:14 | More by dbrauneis
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:54:51 | More by superspak
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

01-06-2013 04:34:27 | More by Gonzoillini
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 05:31:07 | More by smakawhat
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

05-29-2013 19:10:26 | More by drummermattie02
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 21:28:26 | More by thagr81us
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:31:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.9%

07-11-2013 01:07:24 | More by WOLFGANG
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-12-2013 01:44:42 | More by mrfrancis
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 22:38:17 | More by woosterbill
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aasher

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-20-2013 01:09:04 | More by aasher
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pathman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

07-14-2013 00:25:57 | More by pathman
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FosterJM

California

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:33:23 | More by FosterJM
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 02:06:49 | More by rudzud
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 23:14:02 | More by sweemzander
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De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.