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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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93
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837 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 72
Gots: 84 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

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Ratings: 837 | Reviews: 454
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 oberon
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.24/5  rDev -46.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boggy brown color, full of yeasty travellers swimming about, below a fuzzy, rocky, lacey off-white head. Aroma is somewhat dry, hints of nuts, caramel, soft and slightly sweet, with huge spiciness, and a touch of woodiness. A welcome phalanx of hops jumps on board the buds, followed by an armada of sweet malt. Warm and highly charged, with a softly diminishing finish.
Bracing, bold, and delicious! My guess on the style would be either a high-alcohol brown ale, or maybe a souped-up Scotch, either way, several notches above what I'd expect. At 7.7%, I'm starting to feel it, too! Wonderful, chewy texture, full body, altogether excellent! Much thanks to Marc77 for making this possible!

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2010, purchased today, poured into my glass but a few moments ago. Beer is brown and hazy with a big tan head of medium bubbles and moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly yeasty but mild overall.

Beer is sweet and thin with lots of carbonation in the mouth. Its not boozy at all, its good, mildly spicy, good yeast character and breadiness overall. Its a good beer, not my favorite de dolle thus far but its solid.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.6 oz. bottle - no freshness date - poured into a tulip glass:

Pours nearly all foamy tan head that becomes moderately rocky. As it slowly descends it reveals a dark brown body. Head falls and stays as a thin cover after tasting begins. As it nears the bottom of the glass, some small floaties become noticeable.

The smell is raisiny, bready, spicy, with a bit clove.

The taste is raisiny, bready with grassy/earthy sharp bitterness and some clove spicing. Slight smoky notes as it progresses. Warming alcohol shows. It has a peppery, dry finish that packs a punch.

Effervescent and prickly (though it evens a bit in the second half. A sharp dryness lingers on the tongue.

A "big" beer in a little bottle. Interesting complexities with an interesting bite. Well-done, but a bit too much for me to handle. A slow sipper to be sure. Wouldn't get it again, though, especially not for the 5 bucks and change.

Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Frothy and foamy head, but it leaves no lace. It settles to a quarter inch. Muddy brown color.

Sweet molasses aroma. Hints of spiciness: nutmeg, grains of paradise. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but it isn't overwhelming. Some yeast nose.

Quite spritzy. The body is light and the carbonation is very high. The alcohol is far more notable in the taste--very warming in the swallow. While the aftertaste is short, it is similar to the feel of a fine port. The spice matches the aroma, offering some excellent complexity. Surprisingly, this is a dry taste--but still lots of malt.

Photo of InspectorBob
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/20/07- Purchased at Bottleworks, in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. No dating on bottle itself, but it is marked on the cap. (2005 version). Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep brown-caramel colored pour. About a nice 3/4 inch pour which settles at a nice 1/4 inch for the rest of the brew. Leaves wonderful lace streaks and patches. Almost the entire glass was caked with lace after I was finished.

Smell- A very nice sweet caramel nose with dark fruits lingering the the background (prunes and raisins mainly). Also notice a slight sourness?

Taste- This is supposed to be a sour beer? I was confused until I read some ratings to find out if this was normal of infected. Apparently it's fairly normal. The sourness was nice, but seemed out of place per style. Oh well....The raisins and the prunes are still there, but they are muted by some sour flanders-like tart flavors. I'm getting some semi-sweet chocolate covered cherries as well. Not even as much caramel as in the nose. The alcohol is very well hidden also.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated and on the foamy side of things. Suprised to get a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Still seems out of style to me. It was good though, whatever it falls under. Was overpriced though at $7.99 for a 2 year old bottle. I'd pick one up though if you see one at a price of $5 or under to try. Especially if you like Flanders syle brews.

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