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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

846 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 73
Gots: 90 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

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Ratings: 846 | Reviews: 453
Photo of grover37
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

13mo bottle. Heavy oak, light on the dark fruit. Great nose, fluffy feel. One of the better bruins out there.

Photo of jcruelty
2.44/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Dag this is sour. Quite sour

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

Bottle shared tonight at the meeting.
Fairly clear deep reddish gold color. Fruity spicy light earth. Nice brew, thanks Mike.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/2014. 9% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, earth, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart toast, dark fruit, grape juice, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a bit of a tart fruit quality in the taste that I wasn't expecting.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of farrago
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a healthy two finger head, dark tan in hue, the large percentage of bigger bubbles creates a mottled surface, thick globs of lacing left behind. Deep brown colored liquid, cleaner than expected but too dark for transparency, basically wall-to-wall active bubbles too thick to form single beads. The nose definitely betrays a sour, grapey side, clears a path for the thicker, sweeter milk chocolate, scone, molasses and plum, cherry to raisin, prune fruit scents, there is a palpable “sour bois” funk to it, bark, leaves and black tea leaves as well as a modicum of grapefruit pith, truly needs to get close to room temperature to really open up and shine. Full-bodied, needs all that carbonation to prevent it from congealing although, truthfully, it is more pinpoint prickles than foaminess. Minerals, damp earth and sour grapefruit have the speed to get in there before the chocolate, sweet baking spices, yeast and baking dough, root beer and cola bean notes. As a result, the moments of sweetness are deep but not long lived. Same blend of cherry, raisin, date fruit, more concentrated than sweet. Finishes on a metallic note. Sometimes it is annoying when a beer zigs and zags on you, here it just makes you like it more.

Photo of Budinetz
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. No date available on the bottle.

Pours a deep rusted ruby color with a nice off white head that dissipates slowly. Visible lacing around the glass, as well as somewhat decent head retention.

Smells of bready malts, beautiful belgian yeast, and stale dry hops. Really nice nose on this beer.

Tastes amazing! Great malt flavor with a well balanced hop profile to round out the sweetness. Sweet enough to be characteristic of the style but to too overwhelming.

Feels prickly on the palate that rounds out and finishes smooth. Super drinkable for a 9% abv beer. Can definitely sneak up on you.

Overall one of the best belgian Strong ales I have ever had. Picked up 4 bottles of this and will age the other three to drink over the next few years.

Cheers!

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sort of muddy orange and a thick voluminous off-white head.

Vinous, raisins, berries, plums, and brown sugar and a touch of wood. Well nuanced beer.

Warm and full of dark fruit flavors like that is expressed in the aroma, bready and spicy. Medium bodied.

Photo of coriswrasse
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two snifters 1 small btl. Beautiful full head and great carbonation.
Deep amber rose color. Smell is amazing hints of sweet and funk. Taste is cherry earth and oaky funk. Some nice hints of sweet fruit. Bitter and dry mouth feel. Finish is more earth and dryness. A wonderful sour. Highly recommend.

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.6 ounce bottle poured into a Trappist Achel glass.

Despite a slow pour there was a huge head of thick and creamy khaki head. Hazy ruby brown body with thick sudsy lacing.
Aroma of tart cherries, spices, brown sugar and a bright grassiness. Like some kind of Christmas season bread.
Tart cherry juice, brown sugar, spicy cinnamon, dates, rose wine, bubblegum, old school cherry candies and a long malty finish. Outstanding.
While this is a hefty beer there's a great airy feel to it. Soft and gentle carbonation.
Overall a fun and amazing example of the BSDA style. Great looking with a spicy and sweet taste with an amazing carbonation. Highly recommended to all fans of the style and unique Belgian ales. This is the business.

Photo of chugalug06
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing full head with gracious holding power. Thick and chewy. Lots of sticky body.

Lots of smooth well plowed grape and plum notes. Grassy and sweet. It's like a circus.

Flavors are full of tobacco, leather, raisin, low heat. Great carbonation is highly vocal. sweetness is dry and pronounced. Muted tartness, intrigued to see what time will do.

One solid ass brew! Highly recommended, i'll be back for more at $6/per. Price is right for cellaring.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +5%

A bit active when I popped the cap, the pour was very slow but still very foamy. Deep brownish red in colour.

It smells very yeasty and dark fruity. A semi aweetness here that crosses over to a light tartness.

Plums, raisins, black cherry tartness, yeasty. My, this is complex but there's a symphony going on.

Medium bodied and co2'd, some heat from the alcohol but not to an extreme.

It finishes decidedly on the dry side. Very very good.

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%

On tap at the Thirsty Monk (AVL).
Deep red-amber body with a small head.
Interesting and appealing aroma; hints of brandy, wine and vague ripe fruits. Mild and subtle alcohol esters for 12% ABV.
Flavor. Fruity; slightly tartness with a touch of sweetness and bitterness. Moderately strong and mildly funky flavor seems to reflect red wine barrel aging.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a burnt orange amber, with a huge 3 inch head, and a little bit of lacing- not much, though.

Smells like burnt toffee/caramel, Belgian yeast, coriander, and breadiness.

The taste is similar to me. This one tastes pretty good- but I don't think it belongs in the upper echelon of BSDAs. Just my opinion, of course. Very, very bready flavor, slightly tart, with big burnt flavors of caramel and toffee. More reminds me of a bombastic brown ale, really.

Medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation, with a crisp, biscuity mouthfeel.

Interesting, but falls a little short for me.

Photo of Mineo
4/5  rDev -4.5%

solid, flavorful representation of the style. slightly too heavy on the yeast, but enjoyable nonetheless. I can see this as a nice brew during the colder months -- touches of dark fruits and yeast with a tickling carbonation.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 8/5/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart dark fruit, some Belgian yeast and some light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of tart cherries and grapes which transitions into some mild sweetness. The malt character is thin as well as the hops presence creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style but seems more like a Flanders-style ale, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of KYGunner
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SteveB24
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

color is a clear, deep ruby. beer pours spotted lacing, aroma is rich and filled with dark fruit, belgian yeast, biscuit, mild spice. Taste is explosive with white cherries, plum, biscuit and clove. mouthfeel is quite light, but slightly cream, so the contrast is beautiful, carbonation is very low. overall this is an excellent and unique belgian experience.

Photo of patre_tim
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown unfiltered with a reddish tinge, 4 fingers of tan fluffy head, hard to see any carbonation.

S: Dark fruits, floral figs and raisins, and cherries.

T: Awesome balance of dark fruits figs raisins and cherries.

M: Thick, well rounded body that comes and goes wanting another sip. Highly carbonated.

O: This beer is delicious and worthy of tasting. Lonely planet is often wrong but not on this one. Reminds me of Rochefort 8 or 10, but unique in itself. Got in Bruges near beer wall store ‘B2B’, drank Dec 7th, 2013 in Brussels.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(no freshness date - poured into a balloon)

A: large, gushing foam - wells up quickly, gradually settles out... moderately hazy grape red hue to the liquid... poured most of it into the glass, last little bit was incredibly murky, grey-ish... keeps a steady, active cap, however, pretty much no lacing

S: malty-sweet raspberry and apple, mild wild spice in the background... vague lipstick quality, touch of caramelized wood... overall, moderately vibrant and inviting aromas

T: dark candi sugar, malty red ale similar to many Belgian noel beers, ... little hops... but perhaps a faint toasted character - predominantly a showcase for spicy, dark fruit (berry, cidery apple) yeast flavors... most of the bitterness seems alcohol/yeast-derived... bit of a nuttiness late in the aftertaste

M: expanding burst of gas outside, though with a lighter, compact round body on the interior... pretty dang dry in the finish with a invigorating, peppery booze/phenolic tingle left on the palate

O: like a Belgian noel beer with an enhanced phenolic intensity, wild culture influence... De Dolle's ales have this strange balance, teetering on the edge of disaster; electric, dynamic fruity yeast character just saving many of their products

Photo of marcobrau
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this beer in a long time and it's nice to revisit it. The name translates to strong and wet which certaintly is true, but this beer is so much more than that. The aroma is complex suggesting dried fruits such as figs and raisins along with a very tawny character remiscent of port wine. There's even a hint of smoke. This smooth malt and sugar bomb has a tawny port character that carries through the taste of this beer along with some marzipan sweetness and a boozy finish. This is a beer I should have been drinking all winter. I may have to go back and get some more.

Photo of Lothore
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, ruddy brown hue with a huge, 3 finger off white head that leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S- Sweet apple, plum, grape

T- Raisin, fig, sweet plum, lots of residual sweetness on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D- Seemed too sweet and too effervescent for me. Maybe some time on this one helps it come together.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 6/2013. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, raisin, plum, fig, white grape, caramel, candi sugar, bread, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and balanced dark/candi sugar malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, white grape, caramel, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, white grape, caramel, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast with a good amount of dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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