De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.49/5 rDev +7.2%
somewhere between a belgian dubbel and belgian strong dark, this is incredible beer, one of the more dynamic and well built examples of the style and even the country i have seen. on tap at bull and bush for a quite reasonable $8.50 per ten ounce. dark copper to magenta in color, weirdly tinted, but bright and clear with a tall and cool whip thick bone white head. the nose is stunning, malty and big, familiar in that regard, refined yet unique in yeast character, more spice than fruit, maybe dried fruit, and layered with complexities. the flavor is equally jarring, truly different this one. layers of mature and fresh grain alternate on waves of pillowy textured effervescence and just lasts for ever on the palate. golden raison to caramelized sugars to allspice, this is really flavorful, but very hard to describe because its spectrum is so foreign to me. there is some residual sugar in this, but i suspect the yeast has pretty close to finished up and 9% abv (thats what the menu listed anyway). de dolle beers have been hard to find for me, but i feel luck to have tried this one, i even bought a second one. my girlfriend was also extremely into this one, and her palate tired of beer some time ago. really different, huge body but so gentle in feel. this is some of the best belgian beer i have ever had.
08-06-2014 23:59:03 | More by StonedTrippin
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
I had this at Poechenellekelder served in a De Dolle goblet chilled.
The color is dark brown opaque with 3 fingers of medium tan head with fine bead and lace sticks with good retention. The smell is tobacco-like with nutty and stone fruit aromas blend of yeast scents that include fig with a toast in the malt aroma and light fragrance of roast coffee with gentle spice ester. The feel is great with rich toasted texture with medium high carbonation and mix of spicy and tangy elements with dry crisp and deep toasted notes carrying into an almost champagne-like carbonated finsih with light bitterness and low sweetness.
The flavor runs the gamut of spicy and cocoa oriented with a mild date-like nutty and earthy tobacco-esque fruity and light raisin with a mild rich sweet note like fig with earthy molasses in the background and dry spiced yeast with an almost peppery dry finish. Overall this is a wonderful strong Belgian brown -too bad it is hard to find frequently. I like the ease of drinking and you barely notice the 9.5% until the glass is empty
08-05-2014 12:39:49 | More by Slatetank
3.99/5 rDev -4.8%
The body poured several shades of Orange, as it crested into a thick cream like foam.
The nose was light but sweet with maple, orange marmalade and caramel malts.
The flavor was equally sweet but more diverse. Honey, figs, caramel, white wine, some hop bitterness, maple and a finish of light booze all make appearances.
The feel is light, a touch bitter and a little boozy but never off putting.
Interesting and diverse palate on this beer makes it worth a try.
08-03-2014 12:52:36 | More by KYGunner
4.16/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a fairly clear caramel with a frothy cream head. Aroma is spicy, with notes of green apple, sharp prunes, dates, and figs resting on a bed of toasted caramel malt. The balance is sharply fruity. Flavor is much sweeter, with notes of plums that are eventually countered by tart cherry art the base. The finish is dry and lightly bitter.
07-23-2014 03:03:30 | More by barczar
De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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