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De Dolle Oerbier | Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding
461 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
945
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
15.42%
 
 
Wants:
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117
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De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

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Reviews: 461 | Ratings: 945
Photo of captaincoffee
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown with a large creamy khaki head that stays and leaves a coating. Nose is a bit boozy with some fruity esters and darker malt fruits...also a hint of tartness. Taste is loaded with creamy caramel...almost like a high ABV winter warmer. Dark fruit, some residual sugars, and booze. Mouthfeel was a touch rough with high carbonation, which seems to be characteristic of all this brewery's beers. Overall, excellent, and my favorite of the De Dolls lineup.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark, ruddy brown beer with a tan head. This beer smells like prunes, raisins, earth, minerals, burnt sugar, apples and sweet plums. The taste is prune juice, apples and raisins with a burnt sugar sweetness and bitterness. The beer continues to stream carbonation from the nucleation site throughout the drink, I am a bit biased toward Belgian beers but this one is quite good. I would drink this again.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Foamy, Billowy, Light tan head, little splashes of foam on the glass. Dark brown with very red tint.
S - Candi sugar, roasted notes
T - Hard to nail down, tastes like eating dessert before dinner, rich, fruitiness, sweet then tart, some booze.
F - Lighter body but good feel
O - third or fourth time trying this and I am not close to getting bored with it.

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Photo of amano_h
4.96/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

35cl draft pour at De Dolle Brouwers (Esen, Belgium)

Characteristic BSDA aromas are in play here as a robust combination of spicy clove esters, bready yeast, dark fruits, plums, and toasty malt comprise the first impression. There is a faint banana-like character to it near the tail end along with some hints of molasses and brown sugar that surface as the beer warms up.

A maelstrom of sweet figs, caramelized sugar and subtle hints of dark fruit (these descriptions sound familiar yet?) upfront, trailed by an obscure combination of clove, toffee, and here's the twist -- a decent amount of tartness, and this time I'm pretty damn sure my tongue's not gone haywire.

Lets off a considerable amount of carbonation for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, which complements its medium body amicably. Clean finish, accentuated by the aforementioned sour notes with sprinkles of sweetness popping out.

Overall an amazingly balanced beer with an incredible amount of depth and complexity going on, despite its higher range ABV. I would actually take this over a St. Bernardus Abt or a Westvleteren XII on most days when I can actually be bothered to argue that Quadrupels and BSDAs essentially belong to the same brewing category...

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Photo of drmeto
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a big,foamy,beige head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-sour cherries,strawberries,woody,caramel,chocolate,herbal
T:
-caramel,toffee,sour cherries,chocolate,cognac
-slight sourness
-slight bitterniss
F:
-high,offensive carbonation
-light to medium body
-boozy
O:
Taste is pretty good,but the ridiculous amount of carbonation makes this undrinkable.
Not gonna repeat

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Photo of Saviour
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - dark ruby but almost black with a massive head which stays for long;
S - bananas, spicy raisins;
T - great taste, the same as smell but with some roasty aftertaste. Something in the middle between Bernardus and Westvleteren 12.
F - awesome aftertaste, ful-bodied and light-carbonized beer.
O - absolutely an outstanding one. But rare, unfortunately. Should you have a chance to try - worth it, without a doubt.

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Photo of aleigator
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Oerbier '13 vintage, consumed 151228

Pours a dark brown color with ember hints in it, revealing a giant, spongy head.

Smells of spicy wheat, wood bark and rock sugar. Although it inherits a gentle sweetness, the beer got an earthy, almost oaken balance to it, featuring ripe red grapes and tart dextrose.

Has a higher, lively carbonation to it, wrapping up the sweetness with a bubbly, metallic carbonation.

Tastes of older, caramel soaked malts, topped off by fermented grapes, a decent sourness and rock sugar on top. Toffee turns more profound among the bubbly carbonation, coming up after the swallow, thinning the profound earthiness a bit, while maintaining its balance. Finishes clean, with a sour note among rock sugar and caramel, while the carbonation dies down to a likeable minimum.

While it certainly features a well pronounced maltiness, the beers sweetness defines the overall taste of this beer. It doesn't turn cloyingly sweet, due to the beers convincing balance, while it certainly lacks an appealipng depth of flavors to me, prevented by the omnipresent sweetness.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled in May 2015

Appearance - chestnut brown color with tan head

Smell - caramel, nutmeg, allspice, cloves

Taste - caramel, fig, nutmeg, raisin, clove, allspice, carmelized brown sugar, cocoa

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, higher level of carbonation, sweet and spicy upfront, complex flavors really pop out on this one

Overall - this is a great BSDA, towards the head of the class. Flavors are really bold, complex and balanced. Highly recommended

Price Point - $6.99/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The banana, dark fruits, plums, and spicy clove esters. The flavor is surrounded with caramel and dark candy sugar sweetness. Lively carbonation onto a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus.

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Photo of kylesobrien
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky date-coloured brown, with a light tan-coloured, massive two finger-thick head. Plenty of delicate carbonation.

Aroma is very malty, and slightly sourish -- nice molasses/brown sugar character, with a little faint banana/fruity quality to it.

Complex flavour -- sweet figs, caramelized dark sugar, slight dark cherry undertones -- with noticeable but pleasant sour notes and a crisp noble hop bitterness underneath. Mouthfeel is great, full-bodied, a little sticky. Tastes strong, but not 9% ABV strong.

One of my all-time personal favourites, not easy to find where I live, but well worth seeking out if you enjoy dark Belgian beers or sour ales.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle Belgium Beer Factory - Pours dark brown with a huge foamy tan head. High carbonation ( use a chalice). Nice lacing. Smell - dark fruits, plum and raisins, toasted malt, slightly yeasty. Taste - Sweet with a nice light malty finish. Lovely easy drinking strong ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of farrago
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.44/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +6%

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

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Photo of Mineo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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