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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Reviews: 450
Hads: 868
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 77
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

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Photo of redleaves
1.97/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huge head, cloudy caramel color. Nose of tobacco leaf and light caramel, grapefruit. Taste is heavy carbonation, tobacco, caramel, grapefruit and metal, like rusty pipes and copper. Yeasty metallic finish. Kinda what I expect a spittoon to taste like, liquid cigarettes soaked in grapefruit juice in a copper spittoon. Very disappointing, I don't get the hype here. I can not recommend. Difficult to finish.

Edit: I let the beer warm up and ate some cheddar and pumpernickel and the beer started to get a bit better, warmer, less metallic. Added a couple points from the F. (574 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.24/5  rDev -45.8%
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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
2.56/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally! I get some back up from the beer savant below me. I too do not think much of this beer. More on that later. Dark murky copper brown with a seriously over-carbonated head. Aroma of yeast, spice and candy sugar. The flavor is so hard to taste with all these hairy bubbles going ape shit in my mouth. As the flavor emerges I sense overt yeasty spiciness, an acidic tartness, and definite alcohol presence. Body is hard to discern as well with all these bubbles. Finishes alcoholic and yeasty. I have had most of the De Dolle beers before (different bottlings, different ages) and this is a consistent experience: too much carbonation, overtly alcoholic and unbalanced and hard to swallow - it's almost like home brew gone really bad. If this stuff is so heavily coveted then we should all just go back to Stroh's. (819 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
2.66/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I loved the Special Reserve (2004) so I had huge hopes for this guy.

I thought this was supposed to be an Oud Bruin! It ain't, and it ain't good neither.

Phenolic, definately not sour. A little sweet, maybe a little balance between yeast and malts but it isn't that impressive.

Yeah, pretty run-of-the-mill. Definately not worth the price. Not at all. (360 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
2.76/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown to near black with light brown head.

Nose has a cellared musty aroma, maybe a cheese component in there, and some wild berry.

Palate is miscellaneous passion fruits with a metallic taste that isn't quite right. There's also a "cola" flavor profile as well with the sweetness, perhaps sugary caramel.

Finish is tart and metallic. (348 characters)

Photo of claspada
2.82/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas are straight Belgian yeast and caramel with some dark fruity maltiness headline. A little bit of spice and tart yeastiness asserts itself with very mild herbal hopping.

The taste is quite less sweet but there is still plenty of fig and raisin malty flavor. The yeast takes over however and creates a spicy, tartness. A bit too sour and Belgiany for my liking.

It is a decent Belgian ale with decent complexity; i really do not enjoy the yeastiness from this beer or an De Dolle beers. I am not a fan of sour beers but I am curious about what happens to this one with some time. (586 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
2.85/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for RobBeer bringing this all the way out to Japan.

A - Tight cream colored head on a muddy brown body.
S - Carob and molasses aroma
T - Chocolate (or rather unsweetened cocoa), lots of candied dark fruit, slightly vinous and sour, rather dry and lacking sweetness.
M - Active micro-carbonation on a medium body.
D - This was a weird beer. (354 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The lable leeds to some strange thoughts, what a weird little dude!!

A dark amber/brown color, fast fizzy look, the head is dancing around, up and down going crazy! it's safe to say this one is a bit too carbonated. It looks more like soda or champagne.

The aroma is that of grape soda, black berries, bropwn sugar, spicey, hot yeast; but not at all complex. I really love the usually complex yeasts used in classic Belgian ale's, but this one simply doesn't have it.

Huge amounts of bitter hops hits first, which is not exactly what i was expecting, or enjoy. Tangy sour grapes and tangy-metallic yeast, dry earth mixed with some intense, out-of-balance heat. The body is pretty thin for the style, which is my all-time favorite, not so here. The massive carbonation gives it a zippy feel, but it's too much. Subtle dark fruits underneath with some wild yeasty flavor's later on almost brings this back from the dead. The Belgian's usually have SUBLIME balance, even with their biggest brews, and this one is a mess with flavor's attacking you from every direction.

Dissapointment is the only word I can think of right now. (1,132 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.93/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. Really wanted to try this based on the hype and the quality of other De Dolle beers I'd had. Shared with a friend at his place. From notes.

A - Poured with a one finger beige head. Dark red colour with a maroon/brown element. Good carbonation and good lacing for a half bottle pour. Half finger of retention.

S - Yeasty and some strong dark fruit. Takes some time to open up. Really yeasty with some orange notes too. Yeast dominates aggressively.

T - Yeasty, some eggs, dark fruit is really mild but there. Unpleasant. Yeast is way too aggressive and the egg type taste is probably a product of that.

M - Medium carbonation, full body. Sweet/eggy lingering notes.

O/D - I didn't really like this. I don't know if there was a problem with my bottle but this is a style I typically enjoy. I've rarely pick out those harsh notes in beers so I'd like to try another one but this isn't exactly easy to get in Canada. This just wasn't for me. (983 characters)

Photo of cro250klr
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery brown with an initial thick tan head. The foamy head fizzled out rather quickly leaving an eight inch creamy head that laced nicely till the end. The smell has a bit of vanilla, banana, and other? fruits. The 9.5 abv stands out in this one. The initial sip starts as it smells, with a candi sugar note added. The sweetness dwindles and the taste ends on the dry and tart side.
For a Belgian, I'm not entirely impressed. My first Oerbier was had about a year ago. I don't know what I had prior to that, however, I recall it being a bit sweeter and smoother. On that recollection, I went out and bought a case. This review is based on the first bottle out of that case. Here in, lies the problem with the 'case only law' in Pa. There were a lot of other beers that I would have chosen over this one had I had the opportunity to buy just one bottle to jog my memory. While I'd never pour this beer down the drain, I can name at least twenty other Belgians that I would take over this one. (1,004 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. No idea how old this is, I can't find a date for the life of me. It seems people are doing reviews of bottles with "Bottled 2010" on them, I have to assume this one is pre-2010.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with reddish highlights and a creamy, 2-inch ivory head that settles to a thick haze and leaves nice sheets of lace.
S - Huge aromas of dark dried fruits (raisins, dates, prunes), a bit of spicy Belgian yeast, chocolate, and a touch of sour red wine. Very complex and delicious nose, I can't stop smelling it!
T - Hmm...this is probably a bit past it's prime. While there are nice flavors of dark malt, chocolate, and raspberry jam, there's an unpleasant metallic flavor that's really ruining this for me. Tastes like dirty pennies. Darn, I wanted to like this.
M - Mouth-feel doesn't help the issue, either. A bit thin, with an overly-fizzy level of carbonation. Definitely past it's prime or not stored correctly.
O - I'm gonna need to try this one fresh, I really feel like this should be a great beer. (1,052 characters)

Photo of BobThomas
3.07/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Well now, another most interesting beer from De Dolle. Pours an amber brown color with an off white head with big, thin bubbles that settle to a decent lacing.

Interesting aroma, complex with malts, spices, tons of fruit, and a winey aroma, that's quite bizzare.

There's some of that good spice in the taste, but then the sour grape flavor comes into play. It's too much. I really can't drink it. Actually, i drank about half a glass because it was so bizzarre. It tastes more like low quality wine than beer. Or perhaps a combination of the 2. (588 characters)

Photo of Benway
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having enjoyed the 'Mad Bitch' by these guys, trying others in the line was something I really looked forward to.

Appearance was a murky deep caramel, not opaque and not quite to the point where sediment appears suspended in the glass. The tan head was pretty burly at first but settled into a nice constant half inch.

Smell. Clear malt backbone with caramel and raisins. Not much alcohol considering its 9.5% heft.

Taste. Definite fruit characteristics married to a roasted malt base. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste that almost veers toward sour. Lots of bubbles at first carry the flavor too much to savor. Warming up, more complexities emerge but still a little too light on the palate. The finish was close to an alcohol soaked raisin.

Mouthfeel. Sticking with 'light' as a theme the beer is in and out of the palate quickly and fails to deliver a solid quality while there. The carbonation might have something to do with it. Trying it on draft might be better.

Drinkability. Despite a few references to 'light', this is far from a session beer. Definitely worth a try. More than one? Depends what else is on the menu. (1,133 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at somewhere between cellar and room temperature in a Duvel tulip. Been sitting on this one for a few months, now's the time for action.

Appearance- A medium reddish brown, like a young ruby port. The thin layer of foam reduces quickly to a sparse ring around the glass. No lacing left behind. I have chosen to swirl in all sediment.

Smell- Alcohol soaked in alcohol... with a wicked underlying sweetness from the malts. This is heavy, don't let the happy little guy on the label fool you. Candied fruit of the darkest kind, left to ferment for all eternity.

Taste- I have opted to incorporate all sediment (which was substantial) and therefore am experiencing a yeast infection. Gigantic sugary sweet maltiness and bracing alcohol attack the tongue, leaving behind an unforgiving plundering. Huge ass presence.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very thin but syrupy at the same time, if that makes any sense. Tough beer to enjoy by myself... it's seriously big and bruising. I am now bleeding about the head. (1,018 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My latest De Dolle beer, ordered at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh. It was a murky copper color, I swear you couldn't see 1/8 inch into the liquid despite it's light hue.

The taste was really sweet, too sweet to make it very drinkable for me. I can't think of any other beer it reminds me of, it's pretty unique.

I tried it once, probably won't get it again. (363 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle with no date found. another gusher! albeit not as bad as the stille nacht. poured into tulip.

dark, brownish amber. almost clear, but yeast does disturb easily. moderate head, but soon fades to wispy layer, and then just a very thin ring. lace doesn't stick. not very dark compared to others in this category.

aroma is faint raisins, with sweet spices (light anise and maybe nutmeg), hint of caramel and brown sugar. trace of grassy hop, then faintly spiced again, and then lightly medicinal phenols to finish.

all of the above flavors appear on the palate, but are canceled out by the overly medicinal phenols, which in turn also over-accentuate the bitterness.

not so smooth, with a pretty astringent finish, exacerbated by a fizzy, prickly, overdone carbonation.

ugh... what can i say? i'm done with de dolle! if you do something about your gushers, maybe i'll give another try. but when will that be!? (923 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%

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. (356 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is dark brownish red and has a small head of tan that quickly subsides to a thin lace. Taken from a goblet, the smell is very sweet and rich with hints of toffee, carmel and ginger. The taste is intense, to say the least. There are some light buttery notes which are complexed by a ton of spice, which soon subsides to leave a very strong taste of gingerbread. VERY strong. The aftertaste lingers on and on and is actually quite annoying. I couldn't detect much else, though the thick mouthfeel indicates this has some alcohol to it. I wasn't very impressed, and I couldn't have more than one even if I wanted to. Whew! The little crazy gingerbread man on the label is a telling sign of the one-dimensional liquified cookie inside. (741 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.22/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at Dranken Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: A careful pour produces a four finger off-white or beige head with decent retention. Deep rosewood red with mahogany hues. The head pops, crackles, and slowly fades to a decent foam cap. A thinner foam cap remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malt and some nice candy sugars as well. Perhaps some dark fruit, plumbs and dates, maybe, and some bread notes as well. Medium strength, but quite nice.

TASTE: Caramel malt and bready notes up front, with plenty of sweet candy sugars as well. Some dates are thrown in there, leading into a spicy and sweet finish with some alcohol for good measure. Shorter and milder aftertaste is sweet, spicy, with touches of alcohol, going into a dry finish.

PALATE: Unfortunately this lets it down a little. Light boy and a bit airy, with a decent burn on the finish. Could be a little smoother, and the harsh finish makes it a little tough to enjoy.

OVERALL: A good, tasty beer, one of the better De Dolle offerings, but the palate is a little too airy and rough, making it hard to enjoy. It needs a little smoothening out, and leaving the beer sit in the glass for about half an hour seems to help. Still, one worth checking out. (1,287 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.22/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/8/2008 (bottle):

Pours a reddish brown colored body, maybe cloudy, with a small tannish head, not as lasting. Has an aroma of dark fruit, raisins, dark fruit. Sickly sweet. Dark fruit taste. Carbonated, sweet. Vinegary. Good taste, not too complex. (260 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good appearance, great hed, creamy, with a beautiful hat.
Burgundy colour, with a lot of floaters, with a strange effect of waves and turbidity.
The nose is sweet, light caramel, sugar, honey. Maybe a little too sweet for our taste. Chewing gum. Alcoholic.
At the taste instead the sweet is more covered. It is possible to feel a sharp bitter, and a warm alcohol. More balanced than the smell. Maybe just a little too high point of alcohol.
Medium body, with an aftertaste that is a mixture of bitter and alcohol. (517 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Gordon's in Watertown
Bottle 051/502781 Bottled 1/20/10
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a cloudy, ruddy, dark brown with some reddish highlights to it. A HUGE finger of creamy khaki color head caps this beer off. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rather musty and musky, some yeast and wheats filter in, a sweet character comes through and a bit of earthiness.

T: Taste is yeast, wheat, massive funk that basically fills out the middle. So musty and musky, but mingled with a crazy almost caramel malt sweetness. Hints of ... licorice??? A earthy, hay like quality in the finish.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, light yet creamy body.

D: Goes down alright, milder kick than the ABV would indicate, a decent beer but I would go with others of the style. (860 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, this was probably the second most powerful gusher I've had when opening a bottle (second only to the '09 Juliet). It sprayed like champagne, hit the walls, ceiling and cabinet. What a mess! I was only able to keep around 5oz of the bottle. It poured a dirty, murky raisin brown with a one finger toffee colored head. It smells of raisins, figs, plums, light toffee, and slight alcohol. This beer is very, very sweet. It tastes of very, very sweet raisins and dark malts. There is a boatload of dark fruits here. It drinks very smoothly and is between light and medium in body. It's just so cloyingly sweet that I'm almost glad I don't have the entire bottle to finish. It's certainly not the best Belgian Dark I've had. (734 characters)

Photo of Nick3
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my Kapittel Watou chalice. Beer is a gorgeous burnt orange color, with a pillowy head that won't quit. Carbonation is ferocious in this bad boy. Smell is rather muted with yeast, fruits, and some fig. Taste is more akin to a tripel from my taste. Alcohol punishes this beer in a bad way. Light on the palate but a bit astringent, not sure if I got a bad bottle or what but this definitely wasn't what I was hoping for. (435 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fairly average beer, and one I could not finish. It went along with dinner, but maybe its the coriander and burnt toffee and orange and melon, pepper, usually a potent turnoff for my sensitive palate. Very much like a brown ale to me, and would be slightly above average if that's what it is. (294 characters)

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