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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

788 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001)
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Reviews by jrallen34:
Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank from a bottle and into a chalice.

The beer pours a dark brown with a white creamy head. There is a decent amount of lacing.

It smells like sweet chocolate, nuts, and malt.

It tastes sweet, hints of chocolate and wood. Not a great beer, but ok.

jrallen34, Jul 20, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky brown with a much thinner head than expected almost non existent,the aromas more than made for the appearance big juicy fruit and dark brown suger with some alcohol dipped raisins.Wow this is one rich tasting ale dark fruit everywhere,plum and raisin really stick out with an underlying brown suger-like sweetness and the alcohol really shows itself as it warms.Nice big,thick mouthfeel coats the mouth.This seems bigger than 7.50% to me more of a night sipper,delicious.

oberon, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Popsinc
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown pour an enormous tan head that holds up nicely. Very nice long stemmed glass.

Smell: Sweetish nose. Hints dark fruits, especially plum and raisin.

Taste: Semi-sweet and smooth palate. Light chocolate notes and a raisiny sweetness. Noticeable alcohol warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. I fully enjoyed this one and could make it a regular in my cellar...if i could actually find one in Canada.

Popsinc, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is very dark and typical of a BSDA. The head it also typical of the style; big and dangerous. Be careful.

Smell – The quality malt aroma comes out first, followed by some dark spices and fruits dipped in sugar. The traditionally dates and plums mated well with the table sugar at the nose.

Taste – This has a very sweet caramel-laced malt body. The dark sweetness comes out much bigger on the tongue as well. There are giant grape and cherry flavors along with some tobacco, a huge plum taste, and subtle notes of alcohol. The spiciness from the nose is pleasant as well, making this one a fine BSDA.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and full-bodied. This one is serious and not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability – This was a welcome surprise after tasting a really bad beer that I “oned.” It was on-style yet unique, making for a pleasurable experience.

RoyalT, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of ricke
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving date: 2009-03-18. Best before: end of August 2009. Served in tulip.

A: Dark brown with deep red hues. Slightly Cloudy. 5 cm head, pale brown color, uneven, airy and sparkly. Plenty of lacings.

S: Fruity aromas of cherries and apples up front. Wood, spices (cloves?) and a little twang from the alcohol. Very big and deep small, rather vinous.

T: Again, plenty of semi-sweet fruit flavors. (cherries, red grapefruit, currants). It goes a little tart in the middle, but it quickly develops some more rustic flavors - wood, yeast (not very distinct), rye bread, hints of nuts, earth, chocolaty notes and faint mint. The finish is dry for a second and has some light mineral flavors, fruit pits, grape skin and a slightly too prominent twang from the alcohol. Plenty of vinous flavors linger on. All in all a fantastic smell with big vinous flavors. It almost resembles red wine every now and then.

M Creamy, yet semi-dry in the finish. Quite high levels of carbonation. It slides really easy over the tongue. The mouthfeel seems very well suited for the overall characteristics of the beer.

D: A fantastic beer with great complexity. I really like the vinous character of this one. The only thing stopping it from getting top grade in taste is the slightly too prominent taste of alcohol in the finish.

ricke, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of kaimcm
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a goblet

A: rich brown body w/ amber edges. creamy beige head that looks like whipped eggs or cream.

S: good acidity in the nose, both malic and lactic.. creamy. sweet yet tart, nice fruit, some wood notes.

T/M: creamy and soft. some fruit up front, a lite prick. a citric/malic twang that gives way to suble lactic wild/aged quality. the spontaneous by products pull through. a flash of caramel sweetness before a tangy dry finish.

D: quite high. complex yet friendly for the style. refreshing.

de dolle kicks ass. nuff said.

kaimcm, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of dcurrin
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

dcurrin, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tully's up here just started carrying some De Dolle beers, and I'm looking forward to trying them.
Bottled May 2010.
In a snifter the beer was a murky brown color with red highlights. A thick tan head that was sticky.
Peppery spice aroma, fruit, and a good amount of malt.
Big malt taste, raisin and dark fruit. Spicy and hoppy.
Nice balance between smoothness and aharpness.
Very good beer.

lordofthewiens, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2011; a pronounced pfffft as the cap is removed

A - Even a slow gentle pour yields two fingers of head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves a lot of lacing. Pours a clear deep amber.

S - Interesting combination of aromas. A bit vinous with raisins and figs. caramel and a small amount of chocolate. Some of the aromas seem to be clashing, but good overall.

T - Taste starts off with a bit of caramel and dark dried fruits, with some green apple, grapes, a bit of pepper and dark brown bread from the middle through the finish. Also a very faint yeast funk. Aftertaste reminds me of red wine.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of with maybe a bit too much carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of earthiness.

O - Very enjoyable and unique strong dark ale. Very interesting combination of flavors. I would definitely get this again.

warnerry, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one at t'Brugs Beertje, here's my notes: dark ripe fruits, some dextrin sweetness, semi-sour, vinous qualities, very raisiny with slight burnt characters. Now that was day 3 in Belgium and after many (MANY) beers. I do remember it being one of the best that I tried. All of De Dolle's brew are.

Todd, Mar 23, 2001
Photo of alonso2468
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

alonso2468, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Doomcifer, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 11.6 oz slender brown bottle with no freshness date found. Cute ,though in an odd way a little bit demented, yellow oerbier mascot on the front label. Oerbier means "Original Beer".

Appearance: Deep tawny brown colour with amber hues, creamy tiny bubbled lace to boot … seems to stick around for the duration without a problem.

Smell: Granny smith apples and tart berries in the nose, almost a sweet tart vinous (lemon) aroma with grain and earthy hops in the back. Alcohol is apparent with hints of pine spiciness and liquorice.

Taste: Silky smooth beyond belief, slick creamy mouth feel that glides over the tongue with perfection. Fullish body cradles the delicate malt mass, sweetness from the malt is soft yet dominant with a mild clinging tart almost winey flavour on its back. Fruitiness with a liking to ripe blood oranges and earthy currants meld well with the wine like tartness. Hops are veiled though a touch of leaf and mint is noticeable. Malt flavour seems to hold a vague similarity to a tangy raw honey and a chicory finish. Some residuals are leftover in the end with a touch of grassy medicinal phenolic.

Notes: Certainly one of the better beers to come out of Belgium though it is definitely one of the best beers in the world. Lively with the vinous flavours, fruity and sweet with a beefy yet a fragile malt … hops are lucid and are to flavour the brew. A marvelous brew.

My oh my this beer brought me to my knees, last had this one in a beer bar in Brussels called La Porte Noire (sp?) which is located in an 1800's brick cellar. Nice to see that we can get it in the states now.

Jason, Oct 19, 2001
Photo of tjthresh
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Quite spicy with candy sugar and alcoholic notes. Really mirky brown, with a large head that faded quickly. Tastes life fruit cake with lots of spicy yeast character. Goes down kindof harsh with carbonation and alcohol. I thought it was a nice drink, but it needs to condition.

tjthresh, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light brown in color, huge head, high carbonation, cloudy

Smell: sour apple and funk

Taste: earth, milk chocolate, dark fruit, some sour and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: bitter-sour, medium bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: The chocolate malt/dark fruit taste is very good. The sour is extremely sour. A good beer I will get again, but one per sitting.

tigg924, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev -4.5%

standardcherry, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ImFlyerThanYou, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Kraken
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.5 fl oz bottle,

Poured a wonderful cloudy reddish dark brown. Plenty of champaign like bubbles. Smells slightly of sour apples and plenty of yeast. Tastes of overly bubbly sour apples, earthy yeast and bread. Very dry finish. Tasty beverage high abv that cant be tasted.

Kraken, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2011 (bottled July 2009). Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York and stored in my garage. I didn't mean to leave it so long before drinking it - I just never got round to it. Hopefully this strong brew will have stood the test of time, making it worthy of my 800th review!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with visible sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy beige foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a patchy surface layer. A rich port-like aroma: intensely fruity and sweet. Notes of plums, raisins, figs, dried fruit, cake, brown sugar, vinegar, caramel, tart cherries, mustiness and earthy yeast. A warming whiff of booze in the background; this complements the sweet, oxidised character. Wow - it smells incredible.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a complex character and a dry finish. Notes of plums, raisins, figs, dried fruit, red wine, fruitcake, brown sugar, vinegar, caramel, tart cherries, mustiness, faint grass, mild stewed leaves and earthy yeast. A subtle sourness provides a counterbalance to the sweet fruity flavours, while the oxidation yields a vinous quality that hints at port or sherry. A slight alcoholic warmth in the background, though the booze is well hidden. A mild dryness upon swallowing, with a lingering fruity taste. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and pleasantly tingly, with well-judged carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of rich dried fruit, brown sugar and fortified wine. Superb.

Most impressive - a highly complex and fruity brew that calls to mind wine rather than beer. It looks the part, with an amazingly rich aroma and a flavour that is a shade more restrained. The body does the beer justice. The tart, oxidised element is subtle and deliciously subversive, adding depth to what would otherwise just be a strong, sweet brew. Truly a world-class example of the style; it should be on every beer-lover's essential list. Not to be passed up if you have the chance to try it.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Thrasher
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy dark cider color with fluffy head, mild yeasty aroma with hints of overripe peaches and grapes. Lots of candy sugar flavors here, a very light sourness hidden at the back, smooth finish with little residuals except for sugar. This is quite a hearty beer, big sugary malts and very little hops except for perhaps a tart green apple quality. A good beer but almost too sweet and sugary for me; maybe a big plate of bloody meat would have made me appreciate this beer more than just drinking it solo.

Thrasher, Nov 15, 2002
Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a LaTrappe chalice to get a handle on the famed de Dolle foam, still, powers up to 1/2 an inch. Broad lace. Dark nutmeg brown, plenty of sediment. Aroma is first rate, notes of raspberry and vanilla, with scant yeastiness. Very fruity flavor, pear and cherry with ginger and a restrained fizzy mouthfeel. Not overly sweet, fresh fruit astringency and a good amount of hop bitterness at the close. I like it, not nearly so heavy and sugary sweet as I was expecting -- this broke through as bright.

ADR, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears with huge overly carbonated fine bubbles it takes a good fifteen to 30 minutes to poor this beer into my chalice at the end of that time the head dwindles and leaves fine lace to the sides of my glass. I experienced the same phenomenon with Stille de Nacht body appears a murky unfiltered deep ruby brown tea like tone with a large fine bubbled head. Aroma sharp sweetness with a pungent note of fruit tartness mild metallic noted and pure carbonation tickling the nose. Flavor is overtly alcoholic with a bland bitter dirty fruit and malt combo, heavy on tobacco leaf and earthiness very unbalanced with stale tasting hop notes, mild tart apple and acidic qualities added in. I don't wanna say infected but with carbonation like that and completely uncohesive flavors I'm floored. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated tickles the throat and dampers drinkability medium bodied overall. Drinkability is poor I'm looking for fine velvet like drinking ales from Belgium and this one is a train wreck of spice tartness and malt flavors.

WVbeergeek, Mar 08, 2008
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.

chinchill, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -4.5%

jtladner, May 18, 2013
Photo of ByTor2112
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this beer marked down as a store was closing and moving to a new location. Poured a light brown that was almost cloudy with a few hues of red as I held it to the light. Very thick head that hung around and dissipated slowly. Aroma was not powerful but had a sweet malty smell. I immediately tasted sweet tea with citrus notes. I frothed it in my mouth vigorously and it literally exploded with additoional notes of orange and malty sweetness and other sugary characteristics that I have never tasted before. Almost fruity but more like raisins.Hops were almost non-existant as the alchhol was present but not dominating. Very hard to describe, but I loved it and it was very drinkable.

ByTor2112, Feb 15, 2006
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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
94 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.