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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier

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Reviews: 453
Hads: 890
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 80
Gots: 99 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

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 Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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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 GRG1313
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/4 of the bottle geysered out; lucky I saw what was happening and put the bottle in a large measuring cup!

Poured a dark brown with a light tan head.

Pleasant nose of cooked fruit, spice, carmel and toffee.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with light and almost an elegant carbonation.

Flavors were a sour fruit, lightly sour carmel/toffee with hints of sugared coffee and belgian fruit. A lightly sour/bitter carmel overall character. A prune character and got much more layered and complex after a few minutes in the glass.

Finish of bitter light coffee.

Complex and may or may not be good with food. One might want to experiement with this one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2.5 finger thick off white head with nice lacing on a brownish orange murky body. Very nice lacing. Strong sweet dark fruit aroma, one of the best Belgian dark strong aromas I have experienced with cherry and raisin dominating. Flavor has more dark fruit with a sweet mild chocolate note. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer and excellent member of the genre. Very drinkable and complex.

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Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy brown in color with red highlights and a three finger off-white head that took a very long time to die down and never quite completely disappeared.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and fruity. It is also has malty sweetness with notes of cherries, plums, raisins and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a lot of carbonation at first, but becomes smoother and less bubbly as the beer warms up.
D: At 9.5%, this beer is surprisingly very drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden, although it's better sipped to savor the complex taste.

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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 brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A beauty to behold, as it pours an opaque burnt caramel with a large Belgian head; stickage, however, is not as good as anticipated, and the head retention doesn't last very well, either

Smell: Surprisingly tart and vinous, the beer also has distinct notes of burnt caramel, fennel, leather, figs and dates

Taste: Dark fruity sweetness, up front, with the figs, dates and brown sugar flavors ceding ground, by mid-palate, to the tart vinous character; after the swallow, the sweet and tart flavors blend together in a jammy fashion, delivering plenty of fruit into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but highly carbonated

Drinkability: Among the most interesting BSDAs out there, the tart elements add a lot to the character of this beer

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And strong and dark it is. Oerbier is a fruit forward example of the style but with balancing hops and spices that keep things trending sweet.

Aromas of concord grapes, cola, and candied barley kernals fill the nose while mild orange peel, and berry acidity give a balancing twang as the beer warms.

Pouring a deep crimson color, the beer shows a typical Belgian (non-filtered) haze. A creamy eggshell white head consists of both tight creme and interspersed loose bubbles. Modest lacing mainly due to high sugar and alcohol content.

Flavors of sugary sweet fruit, primarily grapes, plumbs, currants, and dark ripe berries set the stage while red apples, orange peel, and acidity balance the malty-sweet start. While remaining sweet, fruity, and spicy throughout; an earthy hop bitterness comes into play at mid-palate just as the beer fades from fruity sweet to spicy bitter in the finish.

Again, sugary sweet to start in mouthfeel but the carbonation leads to an expansive feel to the mouth and then a malty-dry finish, still trending fruity/spicy in the end.

A very drinkable beer despite the disjointed sweet-to-malt-to-fruit taste and feel. The carbonation does this beer a great deal of justice by drying the beer and distracting from the sweet start and alcoholic finish.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle a few weeks ago. Pours a ruby brown with an off why'd head and some crazy lacing. Head refuses to die down. Nose brings cherries, caramel, dark fruits, and slice. Taste really ramps up a dark cherry slash currant flavor with some dark drugs as well. A bit of spice as well. Feel is nice win prickly carbonation and some booze. Drinks quite well. Really tasty.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark color ale with a huge bubbly dark head with average retention. Aroma is quite complex and includes some smoky notes with some alcohol (scotch?). From what I could gather from the taste there is quite a mix in there: I can only describe this as a mix between a scotch ale (Mchouffe) with some smoke malt thrown in there. Alcohol is not easily detectable but can be felt on the tongue. Very different from what I’ve tasted before, I’m curious to try the other bottle in my cellar.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001 (or prior) vintage.

Distinguishing label characteristics: a lighter fire-engine red background, tiny circle logo of a rotund man in a top hat, tipping a tulip glass. I've seen this of signage in photos from the Zythos Beer Fest, but have no idea what it means...i'm guessing a Belgian brewers associaton. Importer is listed as "Wide World Imports, Inc." Deale, MD (now defunct)

An audible hiss is still heard when opening the bottle.
Coloration is a much lighter caramel color out of the bottle, and a high-clarity crimson when held to the light. Speckles of yeast in suspension, due to my sloppy pouring. Less than 1/2 inch of foam, but it's amazing that there's still this much carbonation from a nearly 7 year old bottle. Swilrling produces more, and irregular lacing forms in time.

Smell is vastly different from a fresh sample, old leather, sherry, toffee, a trace of liqueur-like alcohol.

Caramel-toffee flavors, tawny port, a warming feeling as it sits on the palate. Alcohol is alot more integrated than the bottles i've had 2-3 years ago. It's still very present, but in harmony with the other players in the orchestra. Aftertaste of nougat, almonds, and honey. Almost more satisfying than the initial sip. The warming effect is like a nice blanket on a cool evening. Full-bodied, similar to a trappist Dubbel, with a complex character.

After having a fresh one and this vintage bottle side by side, i'm feeling pretty good. Definitely one to sip and contemplate. Can't say that this vintage is "better" than the latest incarnation, but it has aged very well. Interesting to say the least, it's exemplary of what cellaring can achieve.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russet red with a bronze-like glow when bright sunshine is allowed to enter the chalice. There's an impressive amount of rapidly rising carbonation, which has created a huge crown of sand colored foam. Little stickiness means little lace. Once the final ounce is added, the beer becomes marvelously murky.

The nose is classic for the style, with a few exceptions. It's more tangy than most and is more vinous as well. Otherwise, we have the dark fruits and spices that great BSDAs are known for. Specifics will have to wait for taste bud submersion.

De Dolle Oerbier is delicious and has complexity to burn. This experience is less than it could be only because of a mouthfeel that has seen better day (more below). Even that annoyance can't hide the fact that this is another outstanding ale from the good folks at one of Belgium's best breweries.

The kaleidoscopic flavor profile consists of brown bread covered with honey, port-soaked figs, toffee pudding, plenty of ground clove and a hint of cinnamon. It all comes together beautifully, with a sweet-bitter-tart balance that is beyond compare. How in the world did this offering escape my glass until today?

The mouthfeel isn't nearly as bad as first feared. Now that the boisterous bubbles have faded, we're left with a medium-fullness that has soft and gentle carbonation. It isn't stellar, but the above score was easily earned.

Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers produces truly great beer (Dulle Teve and Extra Export Stout) and good beer (Ara Bier, Bos Keun and Stille Nacht). Oerbier proudly takes its place in the first group and is a BSDA that fans of the style should not miss. Highly recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this gem at Bruisin Ales last night. Had not had a good De Dolle in a long time, so I was overdue. Served at fifty degrees and poured into my over sized wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/09/2008.

The pour was monumental in character. Huge tan colored head reached skyward to a eight that easily surpassed the top of the glass. Good thing this pour was into a 24oz glass. Nice, opaque brown color was evident from the start with a rich looking hazelnut tone to it. The head finally calmed down after about twenty minutes but still dropped tons of foam and lace along the glass.

The aroma was very nice, a little bit ruddy at first. Hints of chcoalte and caramel, rich belgian spice and a wonderful bit of dark fruit all dancing around wonderfully inside of it. But it was once I took a sip that everything really came together for me. A wave of cascading brown sugar and tart apples just rolled across the tongue. Enormously rich and vigorous, this was just a wonderful thing to behold. Nice touches of chocolate and rich toffee like notes were all balanced well in advance of a lovely dark fruit tone that led the charge once the yeast kicked in. Nice notes of prunes and rasins, hints of plums and dark cherries were all very much evident in the profile. The carbonation was spot on, as the rich, velvet like bubbles converged on the tongue and added to the prickly pepper like spices that lasted long into the finish. Smooth as silk with almost all the alcohol very well hidden, this was certainly a gem.

In the end I was really happy with this selection. Very rich and lively with a palate that was well balanced between the dark fruit and the delicous sweet malts. Very complex and very, very drinkable. I cannot wait for the reserve up next!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at abbey,

Huge frothy head forces a very slow pour, leaves some sticky Belgian lacing, dark auburn rosy molasses colored beer.

Nose has some Belgian candi sugar, dark malts, molasses, caramelized sugars, toffee, dark fruits bit of plum and raisin, bit nutty and light spices touch of booze.

Taste is a little creamy, some nutty spices, little booze, toffee, caramelized sugars, raisin, dark malts, light bitterness with a slight earthy slight herbal hop bite, touch of minerality. Finishes lingering herbal hop bitterness, some sticky malts, bit of malts, nutty spices lingering. The herbal hops are a lot more dominant than I ever remember in the bottle. Perhaps the freshness of draft brings them out rather than aged in the bottle, but either way I'm not a big fan of those hops. The combination is nice and bottle aging adds a nice mellower taste..

Mouth is med bodied bit creamy, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good strong Belgian beer with nice flavors.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When the three brothers that became the De Dolle Brewers rescued an old brewery from closure in 1980, this Scottish-style ale (by their designation) was the first beer they produced. Things have changed, namely the yeast, and this isn't quite the brilliant beer I remember so fondly.

Carefully poured from a longstanding bottle, the body is a clear, orange-tinted chestnut beneath a full head of rocky off-white foam. A few small particles are churned about at the base of the goblet as tiny bubbles stream to the surface. The head retention is excellent, no doubt buoyed by its natural, effervescent carbonation; yet it leaves only transient lace. It's maltiness is evident in the nose, suggesting sugary candy, caramel, dried dark fruit, mustiness and soil as well as a splash of alcohol. The body is medium-full, and it's natural, effervescent carbonation foams up upon entering the mouth and lends a tingle to the tongue. It's rich, fruity malt dominates the flavor but some hops are able to slip through lending it a bit of a licorice note. Dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes), some yeasty phenolics, and a clear note of alcohol give it depth. It's backed by a solid bitterness that balances its maltiness and leads to a short dry finish with a touch of dark fruit and lingering phenolic.

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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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Photo of Jason
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Pretty damn tasty strong ale, dark and flavorful, served in a crucible-type goblet. Tasted somewhat like an unflavored lambic. Poured a bit cloudy mahogany. Aroma of dried dark fruits. Taste of dried dark fruits, roasty malts, and some dark sugar, molasses or toffee. Complex and tasty. Medium mouthfeel and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure which year

Appearance: Pours a murky red/copper with an extemely thin filmy amber head. Minimal lacing and head retention

Smell: Fruit, leather, sourness, alcohol& fruitcake-like notes

Taste: Alcohol, plums, dates, raisins, whisky/oaky notes & intense dryness, some tartness with vanilla sweetness in the finish

MF: Chewy yet effeverscent, good balance of malt, carbonation and spiciness

Good drinkability, a little too heavy to translate into a session brew.

A bit too ponderous& intense for me, but a nice nightcap or dessert bier. Survived it's crossing well. Will tempt me to try other Belgians here. Held off until I could figure out which store cared for their beers

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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, bordering on opaque, brown that has a ruby tint to it when held to light. Darker tan head that rises high, but falls fast. Nose is of very dark sugars that have been heavily roasted. Flavor has a slight roasted coffee edge. The most prominent taste is the thick malty sugar. It borders on being a bit too much though. Feel is thick and slightly syrupy with minimal carbonation

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 6/2013. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, raisin, plum, fig, white grape, caramel, candi sugar, bread, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and balanced dark/candi sugar malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, white grape, caramel, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, white grape, caramel, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast with a good amount of dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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2.24/5  rDev -46%
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.

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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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