De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Found a filthy, 33cl little bottle of this while cleaning out my garage. Okay... I wasn't actually cleaning it, I was looking for beer. You got me. I am *pretty* sure this is 3+ years old, but who knows...
My Tripel Karmeliet glass was dirty and I was lazy, so I grabbed a New Belgium goblet (very solid glass) and away we go...
A. One of the defining characteristics of many De Dolle beers (biers I suppose) is just how darn entertaining the head is. This is no exception, and even a slow pour generates a fat, half glass of head that is dense and meringue-like, (yes I know I need new adjectives, sue me) and has terrific staying power. The toasted tan head slowly fades from the bottom up, crackling all the way and leaving rocky foam hills and valleys throughout. Positively fun. Oh yeah, the beer is a dark maroon, mostly clear with some yeasty bits. I left a good bit of yeast in the bottle.
S. Odd... now that the head has died somewhat and I can get a clean shot at this thing it is... strange. Fruity, with a lot of Dubbel-esque notes (fig, prune, brown sugar, yeasty bite) but there's a pretty wide thread of red-currant sour in here that is quite Flanders, plus some rather unwelcome musty / metallic notes - quite possibly my fault. Getting some booze including some bigger alcohol - unsurprising at 9.5%. Slightly rooty, dirty nose here that suggests either an interesting yeast strain or simply the tribulations of spending 3 years in a garage in South Carolina. Argh.
T. Mellow, rustic dates that have sat outside for a few days. Very complex and almost herbal at times... this is one quirky beer. Take one part Westy 8, one part Goudenband, and add a dash of Chimay Red and you'd get something like what this is. It's musty, and boasts hints of pepper, lemon rind, and earth while maintaining, somehow, a floundering ship full of overripe red apples, candi sugar, figs, and prunes. Some toasty malt here, and it's all very complex... hmm. It is growing on me by leaps and starts. Would go very well with a spiced apple dish, I think... maybe pork? Yes, pig.
M / D. Softish in the mouth, medium body, mildly dry and leaves a lingering estery-autumn sweet taste. Very supple and silky. Candi sugar, beets. Goes down easy, but is a contemplative sipper. Really, the one bottle suits me tonight.
The final verdict is really that I need more Oerbier, and fresh next time. I'm completely unsure if I've hurt or hindered this bottle by putting it in time-out - quite possibly a bit of both. This was tasty and has loads of potential but didn't *quite* converge into Pure Deliciousness like I suspect it can. Recommended... but don't take my word for it.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2010 01:38:27 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 16:00:52 | More by patre_tim
4.19/5 rDev 0%
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
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2014 21:39:57 | More by Bouleboubier
De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.