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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

724 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 65
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Very dark brown, very little light shines through at the top of the beer to reveal a faint hue of yellow. The head lasted most of the beer and was a nice fluffy even pillow.

S - Sweet and sour candy sugar, dark raisin Bread, that's spicy and yeasty with a touch of sour at the end.

T - Raisin Bread, dark fruits, yeast, toffee, roasted malt, pepper, coriander and some slight acidity that balances everything out perfectly and left my palette refreshed and my mouth salivating for more. Full of flavor and a very unique beer, one of the few that brings you on a trip through a range of wonderful flavors.

M &D - Light to Medium bodied and quite effervescent. Soft on the tongue and very easy to drink. I know the alcohol is there but it did not affect the drinkability at all. Could drink this all night.

10-07-2009 20:01:50 | More by thepeter
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

07-14-2005 19:12:43 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

10-31-2003 02:14:52 | More by Popsinc
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

09-18-2003 01:46:40 | More by RoyalT
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ricke

Sweden

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

03-20-2009 14:28:19 | More by ricke
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kaimcm

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

06-02-2007 18:36:45 | More by kaimcm
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dcurrin

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

11-22-2011 20:25:30 | More by dcurrin
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

11-15-2010 01:50:33 | More by lordofthewiens
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warnerry

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-14-2011 21:59:34 | More by warnerry
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Todd

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

03-23-2001 06:55:45 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

10-19-2001 15:44:06 | More by Jason
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

08-24-2005 12:36:30 | More by tjthresh
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

12-01-2009 15:53:38 | More by tigg924
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-04-2012 06:16:55 | More by standardcherry
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-03-2014 02:09:13 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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Kraken

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

03-15-2008 01:48:23 | More by Kraken
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

04-01-2013 01:15:35 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

11-15-2002 14:14:04 | More by Thrasher
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

10-05-2003 17:36:09 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.2/5  rDev -47.6%

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.

03-08-2008 17:24:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-18-2013 21:59:55 | More by jtladner
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

02-15-2006 17:14:41 | More by ByTor2112
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a voluminous brown head of fine bubbles. The foam continues to rise, Mt. Vesuvius style. Nice mahogany colored body underneath there though. Spits out aromas of dark cherries, alcohol and diaceytl straight out of the bottle. Hard to get much more of a whiff through all of this foam, but a touch of yeast is also detectable. Flavor is crisp malt, dark fruit and a healthy dose of caramel. A touch of peaty earth too. A nice supporting hop spiciness and bitterness. Plenty of sweetness, but a moderate well-attenuated body overall.

Tasty and well balanced—once you get through all of the foam that is. The head rates as as a sculptural masterpiece. A nice complexity of flavors, but nothing dominates or seems out of place. Oh, and check out that ABV-- you'd never know by taste alone.

11-13-2006 23:00:43 | More by Shovelbum
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glid02

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Picked this up from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a towering tan head that took five minutes to settle down. I did chill it quickly so the sudden change probably had something to do with that. The head slowly settles into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of slightly tart cherries, along with sweet dried black cherries and plums. As it warms it becomes sweeter and Belgian candi sugar aromas waft out, along with slight amounts of alcohol.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the tartness is almost completely gone. Sweet dried dark fruit flavors up front segue into a sweet malty flavor that carries through until a mild but surprising bitter ending. The alcohol is not noticeable save for a slight warming effect.

Mouthfeel is great. This has a really great thickness with carbonation that's all over the place without being obtrusive.

Drinkability is great. I will have no problem finishing the bottle and could easily have a few more - though probably to my detriment.

Overall this is a very good beer and I've become an official fan of De Dolle. Definitely worth a shot.

05-22-2009 19:17:17 | More by glid02
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tugg407

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-16-2013 01:17:39 | More by tugg407
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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.