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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

665 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%


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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kdb150

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 2012 bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A - Having learned my lesson from other De Dolle beers, I gave this one a very cautious pour at fridge temp, which still yielded 2 fingers of off-white head. Great retention, it kept a nice coating throughout. Color is a deep purplish-brown, but with the impressive head retention, this one is a beauty even though it leaves minimal lacing.

S - Mild nose of dark fruits - plum, raisin, fig. Definite caramel notes, with that slight sour back that De Dolle's yeast imparts to all of its beers. Smells good.

T - Same dark fruits as in the nose, perhaps a hint of cherries in there as well. A decent caramel maltiness backs it up, along with another note that I can't quite place - perhaps a candi sugar. Just the slightest hint of the trademark sour yeast notes, which seem to come through much more when the beer is cold, and much less after it has been allowed to warm. The taste only loses points because the yeast gives almost a metallic taste at fridge temp, where the yeast flavor dominates. This goes away as the beer warms.

M - The feel on this one is superb. The carb that is left after what is lost in the pour is a perfect amount. Likewise, the beer is just thick enough to coat, but not so thick as to be syrupy. The head adds a bit of creaminess to every sip that even further aids drinkability, and the beer leaves a very pleasant aftertaste of dark cherries. Absolutely nails it.

O - I've had the Reserva before having the base beer, and the Reserva seems to have much more of the yeasty sourness, which is largely lacking here. This is not a bad thing, as the beer itself has a lot going for it. The head retention adds a lot to both the appearance and mouthfeel, which definitely accentuates the overall experience. This beer is one I will look for in the future, another excellent offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 22:01:47 | More by kdb150
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