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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

768 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 63
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

jujubeast6000, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Jeffo, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of MaineMike
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

MaineMike, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Lare453, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of stcules
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

stcules, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of aasher
3.35/5  rDev -20%
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.

aasher, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Nick3
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Nick3, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Jayli, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of crnipeter
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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)

crnipeter, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of mexikrainian
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

mexikrainian, Jan 25, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of tjthresh
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

tjthresh, Aug 24, 2005
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.

Sammy, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of optiontwo
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2006
11.2oz. poured into tulip

Appearance: Murky reddish brown with a one inch white head that dissipate quickly.

Smell: Brown sugar, obvious alcohol, notes of red wine grapes, and tart cherry.

Taste: Lots of tart cherry with a deep caramelized sugar flavor. The alcohol is detectable but not too hot.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, almost too much. Bubbles sting the tongue. Slightly syrupy with some alcohol heat in the finish.

Drinkability: I could conceivably drink another but probably wouldn't.

Overall: Interesting Belgian strong dark ale but I've had others that I liked more. Maybe I would like a fresh one better.

optiontwo, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Filosoof
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Filosoof, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of paceyourself
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

paceyourself, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of craytonic
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

craytonic, May 10, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from city wide in south bend. Pours brown with a red hue. Foams up massively and tqakes a while to settle to a quarter inch light brown head. Smells of oak, dried cherries, figs, smeels quite tasty...nots of dark chocolate, run, raspberry syrup. Taste is tinny, with malt and alcohol. Metallic flavor quite pronounced and not particularly welcome. Tannin bitterness. Chalk. As it warms, the metal flavors reduce somewhat (though not totally) and it gets more fruity. Fairly full bodied and approaching creamy. Not sure how i feel about this overall. Its interesting and complex, but has some distinctly unpalatable flavors like tin or stell that turn me off. So i suppose overall im ambivalent

aforbes10, May 28, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Cschmidt87, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Yorr, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ygtbsm94, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

NWHopinator, Sep 19, 2014
De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.