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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier

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453 Reviews

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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

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

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +6%

A bit active when I popped the cap, the pour was very slow but still very foamy. Deep brownish red in colour.

It smells very yeasty and dark fruity. A semi aweetness here that crosses over to a light tartness.

Plums, raisins, black cherry tartness, yeasty. My, this is complex but there's a symphony going on.

Medium bodied and co2'd, some heat from the alcohol but not to an extreme.

It finishes decidedly on the dry side. Very very good.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a burnt orange amber, with a huge 3 inch head, and a little bit of lacing- not much, though.

Smells like burnt toffee/caramel, Belgian yeast, coriander, and breadiness.

The taste is similar to me. This one tastes pretty good- but I don't think it belongs in the upper echelon of BSDAs. Just my opinion, of course. Very, very bready flavor, slightly tart, with big burnt flavors of caramel and toffee. More reminds me of a bombastic brown ale, really.

Medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation, with a crisp, biscuity mouthfeel.

Interesting, but falls a little short for me.

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Photo of Mineo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

solid, flavorful representation of the style. slightly too heavy on the yeast, but enjoyable nonetheless. I can see this as a nice brew during the colder months -- touches of dark fruits and yeast with a tickling carbonation.

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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 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 KYGunner
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The body poured several shades of Orange, as it crested into a thick cream like foam.

The nose was light but sweet with maple, orange marmalade and caramel malts.

The flavor was equally sweet but more diverse. Honey, figs, caramel, white wine, some hop bitterness, maple and a finish of light booze all make appearances.

The feel is light, a touch bitter and a little boozy but never off putting.

Interesting and diverse palate on this beer makes it worth a try.

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear caramel with a frothy cream head. Aroma is spicy, with notes of green apple, sharp prunes, dates, and figs resting on a bed of toasted caramel malt. The balance is sharply fruity. Flavor is much sweeter, with notes of plums that are eventually countered by tart cherry art the base. The finish is dry and lightly bitter.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

color is a clear, deep ruby. beer pours spotted lacing, aroma is rich and filled with dark fruit, belgian yeast, biscuit, mild spice. Taste is explosive with white cherries, plum, biscuit and clove. mouthfeel is quite light, but slightly cream, so the contrast is beautiful, carbonation is very low. overall this is an excellent and unique belgian experience.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown unfiltered with a reddish tinge, 4 fingers of tan fluffy head, hard to see any carbonation.

S: Dark fruits, floral figs and raisins, and cherries.

T: Awesome balance of dark fruits figs raisins and cherries.

M: Thick, well rounded body that comes and goes wanting another sip. Highly carbonated.

O: This beer is delicious and worthy of tasting. Lonely planet is often wrong but not on this one. Reminds me of Rochefort 8 or 10, but unique in itself. Got in Bruges near beer wall store ‘B2B’, drank Dec 7th, 2013 in Brussels.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(no freshness date - poured into a balloon)

A: large, gushing foam - wells up quickly, gradually settles out... moderately hazy grape red hue to the liquid... poured most of it into the glass, last little bit was incredibly murky, grey-ish... keeps a steady, active cap, however, pretty much no lacing

S: malty-sweet raspberry and apple, mild wild spice in the background... vague lipstick quality, touch of caramelized wood... overall, moderately vibrant and inviting aromas

T: dark candi sugar, malty red ale similar to many Belgian noel beers, ... little hops... but perhaps a faint toasted character - predominantly a showcase for spicy, dark fruit (berry, cidery apple) yeast flavors... most of the bitterness seems alcohol/yeast-derived... bit of a nuttiness late in the aftertaste

M: expanding burst of gas outside, though with a lighter, compact round body on the interior... pretty dang dry in the finish with a invigorating, peppery booze/phenolic tingle left on the palate

O: like a Belgian noel beer with an enhanced phenolic intensity, wild culture influence... De Dolle's ales have this strange balance, teetering on the edge of disaster; electric, dynamic fruity yeast character just saving many of their products

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Photo of marcobrau
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this beer in a long time and it's nice to revisit it. The name translates to strong and wet which certaintly is true, but this beer is so much more than that. The aroma is complex suggesting dried fruits such as figs and raisins along with a very tawny character remiscent of port wine. There's even a hint of smoke. This smooth malt and sugar bomb has a tawny port character that carries through the taste of this beer along with some marzipan sweetness and a boozy finish. This is a beer I should have been drinking all winter. I may have to go back and get some more.

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Photo of Lothore
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, ruddy brown hue with a huge, 3 finger off white head that leaves lots of lacing on the way down.

S- Sweet apple, plum, grape

T- Raisin, fig, sweet plum, lots of residual sweetness on the back end.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D- Seemed too sweet and too effervescent for me. Maybe some time on this one helps it come together.

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Photo of superspak
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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Photo of spinrsx
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with Rejtable - Thanks!

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, grape juice, dates

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dates, and raisins. There is also grape juice flavour, some anise, and a yeasty spiciness.

Overall - So far every beer I've had from this brewer has been a winner. I'd like to have regular access to their offerings. A great tasting belgian dark ale.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at my first trip to Redlight Redlight in Orlando. Served in a tulip glass.

A: Deep dark crimson-brown in color, fairly clear, with a thin off-white head and relatively low visible carbonation.

S: Acetic, with tart cherries and sour grapes, a bit vinous and maybe some oaked vanilla.

T: This is where there were some surprises. I didn't have much in the way of a description available to me, so I didn't know what to expect. Some acetic and tart fruit (cherries and bananas) over a vegetal green coffee flavor in the dark malts. Then some clove and dark fruits. It finishes quite dry, with maybe a hint of cacao bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, carbonation on the low side for style, and moderate alcohol content.

O: Not sure this would be a beer I would reach for very often, but I couldn't find much to complain about aside from personal preference. Glad to have tried it once at least.

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Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 2013. 9% ABV.

A: Pours a medium reddish-brown. Fairly murky. Tall and very fizzy light brown head. Head fades surprisingly slow with great retention. Almost no lacing.

S: Very pleasant and sweet fruity aroma. Brown sugar and dark fruits. Lots of plums, prunes, raisins I'd say. Maybe even....apricot? Sweet bready malt, like poundcake.

T: Quite similar to the aroma. Lots of dark fruits, raisins are more prominent here but the rest are still included. Taste is a little less sweet than the aroma. Get cloves and more of a dark bread than a sweet bread now. Finish is slightly dry with some earthy spiciness and dried dark fruits.

M: Medium bodied, higher carbonation lends a thinner, airier body than expected for 9%.

O: A really nice fruity BSDA. Well balanced with nice complexity. Not overly heavy on the belgian yeast character, which I feel can overpower some brews. Not too sweet, not too heavy either.

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Photo of MCain04
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, very unclear bottling date but seems to be pre 2010. Poured into Speigelau tulip.

Pours a dark cloudy amber brown with a thick creamy head of light tan color and great retention.

Smells slightly musty with dark and light fruit aromas. White grapes and citrus fruits, green apple jolly rancher, cherries.

Taste is fruity along the nose, white grapes being predominant. A little thin and watery. A little must and funk to this. Somewhat stale. very little alcohol

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and prickly on the tongue. Sticky finish.

Overall not my favorite brew although my first from De Dolle. Might just be an old bottle improperly stored. Would give it another chance but wouldnt seek it out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brown or maybe even dark crimson. Head is beautiful. Its not obnoxiously large. Its just a perfect height and brilliantly creamy. Sticky lacing.

S-Sweet but it also has thing nearly tart cherry aroma. Chocolate notes too. Dark fruits but they're again nearly tart. Slightly spiced.
Woody too.

T-Dark fruits and sweetness. Becomes more of a traditional BSDA here. Slight tartness from the nose is gone. Booze is very clear. Chocolate lingers. Fig and raisin bread. I like that its not cloyingly sweet (although it gets close).

M-More drinkable than many I have had. Still, the booze come in strong and it accompanies a rather heavy body. Barren carbonation.

O/D-The nose beat out the flavor. I don't think I will ever truly love beers of this ilk. I can differentiate between ones I can mildly enjoy and ones I hate. This is one of the better ones.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2013, poured August 2013. Pours a deep dark hazy reddish brown with a massive off white head. Took a while to get this whole beer into my glass. Aroma of plums and figs, cherries, pears, some hops, and lots of yeasty dryness. Flavor has a nice up front bitter that fades into prunes and yeast flavor. A bit of tart yeast lingers. Bubbly and prickly carbonation makes this lighter than I expected. Solid brew, though I like my Belgians a little sweeter than this. Nice balance overall.

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Photo of svanet01
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at Gollem Proeflokaal in Amsterdam.

With "Oer" meaning primal or primordial, it is interesting take on an old ale.

Pours a cloudy brown with little sediment. No carbonation, and with a slight alcohol balance. Not much malt taste and a little hop flavor that builds.

Overall, an interesting beer that is easily worth a sample.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured into snifter

A - poured a reddish-brown with minimal tan head. Lots of bubbles. Good lacing

S - immediately get some fruitiness - green apple, plum, maybe some other darker fruits. A little biscuity, bread notes from the Belgian yeast. Also some tartness.

T - again, the slight fruitiness comes forward. Also a bit raisiny. Some candied sugar as well. Slight hop bitterness on the back end as well as a tinge from the alcohol, though not overbearing.

M - light with some medium to high end carbonation. Real smooth though. Alcohol warms in the throat but, for the most part, hidden pretty well by the fruit flavors

O - a nice BSDA. Enjoyed the fruitiness and typical Belgian flavors but nothing mind-blowingly good.

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Photo of MarioM
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into RR stemmed glass.

A: Dark brown mahogany with a tan head. High carbonation with a good lingering head made of medium to large boubbles with a small patch of creamy boubbles floating Olin top of the head. Very clear beer, very crisp looking, can't wait to smell.

S: Nice and malty, slight fruitiness an dark fruits with a slight hint of Brett but not too mutch. A tad bit phenolic from the wild yeast but more dark fruit forward than anything else, which for a Dark Strong it's expected.

T: Very dark fruit forward, and has some good malt sweetness. A lot if raisins, figs and dark brown sugar. The Brett I smelled must have been some fruit phenols or something cuz I get no sourness or Brett characteristics, which I do t know why I would expect any, just assumes I guess.

M: Great carbonation and body, slight silky and thick syrupy feel to it with some dark fruit lingering after taki h a sip. Alcohol is present but sneaks up slowly, hidden by the fruitiness but comes back at you at te end.

O: An I interesting brew that I'd happily buy again but only to have someone else try it. Good fruit character stays with you for a while which I love. Overalls great clean and tasty brew.

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Photo of spoony
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-The beer is dark tawny in color and mostly opaque. There is some carbonation visible, but not much in the way of head...just a thin collar.

S-The smell is a unique mixture of cola, sweet and sour cherries, raisins, prunes, cane sugar, and a mild tartness. It is complex and inviting with very little noticeable alcohol for 9.5% ABV.

T-The taste follows the smell with nicely layered flavors of cherry cola, raspberry, prunes, brown sugar, and raisins. Once again, the alcohol is very-well-integrated into the mixture.

M-The feel is medium body with a surprisingly assertive carbonation. The carbonation is chunkier than champagne, but it has a similar manner of attacking the palate.

O-This is a fantastic beer. It has a unique tartness and cherry-cola component that plays really well with the more typical BSDA flavors of prune and raisin. The flavors are complex and the carbonated mouthfeel keeps things from feeling heavy or cloying. I will certainly seek this beer out again.

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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
92 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.