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: 120
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 50
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010
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 Naugros
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TMath524
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Gyle41386
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 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 emerge077
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Photo of M27
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of johndoe8
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
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 theminutemen
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Nitrogenx
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of happy5930
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Pencible
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 stevefinny
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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 13esd
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva 2010 (Bottled 2011) from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
95 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.