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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

828 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 73
Gots: 81 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
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 BobThomas
3.07/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of Benway
3.1/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.12/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
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!?

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

Photo of 99bottles
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of MaineMike
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of stcules
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of Nick3
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish- brown color with a nice sized foamy, off-white head. Fruity aroma with hints of sour cherry, oak and apple. Tart, slightly puckering fruit flavor with crisp light fruit notes and a very dry finish. Taste a little bit like a Sweettart.

Photo of paceyourself
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The dark chestnut color was hidden by a thin white head that mostly faded and left some chunky lace as consumed. Lots of sediment clouded this brew but the active carbonation still managed to work its way thru it quickly. Maple and sour cherry dominated the aroma. The fruity tastes of cherrys and plums are strong but don't hide the alcohol very well. Altough i enjoyed this brew it did take awhile to drink.

Photo of tjthresh
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Filosoof
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After reading all the positive stuff about De Dolle Brouwers I was happy to find this beer.

Not specifically liking Belgian Strong Dark Ale (preferring the blonds and tripels) I hoped this one would turn me over.

From this view this Oerbier was a bit of a disappointment.

A: Great. Bronze with a big, lasting golden top.
S: caramel; I especially didn't find all the things others have described; quite bare.
T: ripe apples, medicinal, liquoricel, quite sweat, alomst no sour.
M: good carbonation, almost too much
O: I'm missing the point why this would we one of the best BSDA's.

Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a slight haze and a massive tan head.

S: Initially there are some tart fruit aromas followed swiftly by a blend of spices and sweet malts. Lots of caramel, candi sugar, and dark stone fruits.

T: Lots and lots of sweet dark fruit flavors immediately hit the palate--plums, raisins, and figs, to be more detailed. Some mild nutmeg flavor along with a sugary sweetness. Quite a bit of alcohol comes through as well.

M: The body is excellent and the carbonation is that wonderful intensely effervescent kind that has a light creaminess.

D: Great nose on this beer but the alcohol presence knocks down the enjoyment of this one. Might be better with some age.

Photo of crnipeter
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Re-rated 05-21-2011. Although classed here as Belgian Strong Dark, IMO Oerbier is Flanders Oud Bruin rather than BSDA.
Effervescent, deep coppery body with good clarity and streams of uprising bubbles that support the thick beige, dense head that holds extremely well and clings to the walls with each swirl. The nose is utterly complex with malt of caramel and toast-like character, unrefined sugar, mild red wine-like sourness, plum-like and raisiny esters, apple, minor spicy phenols and a whiff alcohol. Some sherry notes in the background indicating the beer has undergone some aging.
Flavor is a bit overpowering alcohol warmth, followed by caramel-sweet malt, fruity tartness with vinous notes and towards the medium-dry finish pronounced bitterness with earthy overtones, probably derived from usage of Golding hops. The medium-light body tends to foam in the mouth due to its high effervescence.
Overall, too alcoholic and overly carbonated to be given top-scores. (330 ml, bottled Oct 2010, BB Oct 2012, into tulip)

Photo of craytonic
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is rusty brown, heavily carbonated. Smell is a malt bomb of atomic proportions, taste is the same. Taste and smell of brown bread, brown sugar, honey, sweet molasses (not blackstrap), and dark fruits (figs, dates, prunes, and raisins). Some caramel, toffee, cinnamon, and cloves in there also. Big beer with lots of malts, nothing worth trying again.

Photo of mexikrainian
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: dark amber brown with bubbly, thick tan head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: dark fruits, molasses, figs and sweet malts.

Flavor: depressing given the aroma. less than robust for a BDSA. belgian spices, malty, prune, sour and tart.

Mouthfeel: fizzy medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: i love BDSAs and this was disappointing. it tastes more like a dubbel-flemish sour ale hybrid.

De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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