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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier

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665 Ratings

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001)
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Photo of smakawhat


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real large head out of the bottle, but doesn't have much retention, very soapy character and falls pretty good. The color is real impressive, and off redish pink and brown. Body color is a great dark red garnet, with some brown. It looks fairly clear but not easy to see through the color. Cap settles to about an inch, some faint leg coating on the glass, but no given lacing. Very impressive.

Great wonderful nose on this. Cherry spices, hard rock candy and lots of taffy. A nice yeast component mixing in with Belgian candy, just a little heat, giving it almost a wine like edge. Very dam impressive. After a few sips though the bouquet seems to get lost.

Extremely prickly and carbonated in feel upon first taste. Huge gas heat punch opening up with cherries on the palate. Stinging almost wild character but not quite. Fairly light bodied but with lots of carbonation. Fruity, light and crisp for a dark ale which is kind of interesting.

Overall, it quite a neat take for the style, don't think I've had one this effervescent in feel, and the toned sweetness is nice. I think this one needs a food pairing though, don't feel drawn to just casually drinking it, but it's pretty solid have to admit.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:39:54 | More by smakawhat
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2011.

Beer is dark brown with hints of red. A large, frothy off-white head sticks around seemingly forever- great retention.

The most immediate smell coming off the beer is cherry, accompanied by plum, raisin, strawberry, bready malt, yeast. Smells quite sweet. Very nice.

Taste has all of the fruit flavours present in the nose (cherry. strawberry, raisin) but also has some new elements: bitter chocolate, caramel, a bit of vanilla. Quite complex and really excellent. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a negative way - adds a nice edge to the sweet fruit flavours, just as the bitter chocolate flavour does. Lovely.

Pretty highly carbonated - more than I like. Somewhat irritating. Otherwise good. Lighter than expected from such a strong and rich beer, but nice.

Overall, just terrific. A really nice melange of flavours in this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:38:54 | More by jrenihan
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine-glass. Pours an opaque burgundy with a beautiful bubbly tan head that is two fingers even in this glass. It smells of yeast, cherries and a little like red wine- not a strong smell but very enjoyable and flavor enhancing. It tastes very strongly of sour cherries at first- very similar to Russian River's Consecration wild ale. The cherry persists throughout along with some malt and a hint of alcohol. Like all other De Dolle beers, Oerbier is very strongly carbonated (which personally I love) and not a beer you can drink really quickly. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:20:26 | More by Hopdaemon39


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into a 10oz chalice for $8.50. Sampled 1/28/11.

A: One finger of creamy-foamy light brown head. Respectable retention deposits a delicate web of lace as it drops. A crescent shaped collar lasts long but no lace is added from the body. The color is dark tawny with faded plum accents. Cloudy to borderline murky.

S: Light oxidation on the nose. Flesh of plum, dates, cherry and possibly even a hint of orange peel. The dark fruits are as mellow as can be. Not as complex premier BSDAs tend to be, in either width or depth of aroma.

T: Emphasis on smoothness and the integration of a small canvas of flavors. Mild alcohol comes through but it is very smooth and almost undetectable. A feat given the ABV.

M: Soft, velvetty texture with gentle effervescence for a smooth and creamy result. The beer seems to levitate over the tongue.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Extremely easy to drink - perhaps even too easy - but I don't really have the interest in ordering another. I guess I went in with expectations too high, because I wasn't that impressed. Maybe this beer prefers to be poured from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 15:28:53 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 9,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Lightly hazed russet brown body topped by a massive cream coloured head that sadly fizzes away pretty quickly leaving sparse lace. A back light reveals beautiful deep crimson highlights and golden edges.

Smell: Mmmmm, this smells great. The initial note is of lightly burned caramel but this is quickly overtaken by dark fruits and a ton of spices. Plums, sweet strawberries, rum soaked raisins, figs, nutmeg and cloves to be specific. There is a distinct vinous note and warming yields a touch of balsamic vinegar - similar to that which I associate with oud bruins.

Taste: Wow, after the nose the flavour is a little disappointing. Warming yields improvement but not enough for the score to be altered. As with the nose the flavour is quite vinous and offers both sweetness and a little tartness. Raisins, cherries, rum, figs, cloves, almonds and brown sugar are all present.
The complexities of the nose are there, but the flavour just lacks the power needed for this to be a great beer.

Mouthfeel: Initially the beer is quite over-carbonated, but things settle down quite quickly and the medium-full body can be enjoyed.

Overall: A solid BSDA but nothing special. I'm not sure I will seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 19:22:01 | More by Thehuntmaster
Photo of hooliganlife


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep nut brown with a dirty thick haze. huge creamy head slowly dissipates leaving some great thick retention.

sweet and malty, with loads of fresh dark fruit, raisin, light tobacco.

very sweet with a similar flavor profile that the nose has, only with an added citrus burst in the back. slight citrus hops give this that extra bit of complexity.

very full, chewy, lots of mild carbonation to fill this out.

although sweet, very delicious. a must try

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 01:22:50 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of warnerry


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2011; a pronounced pfffft as the cap is removed

A - Even a slow gentle pour yields two fingers of head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves a lot of lacing. Pours a clear deep amber.

S - Interesting combination of aromas. A bit vinous with raisins and figs. caramel and a small amount of chocolate. Some of the aromas seem to be clashing, but good overall.

T - Taste starts off with a bit of caramel and dark dried fruits, with some green apple, grapes, a bit of pepper and dark brown bread from the middle through the finish. Also a very faint yeast funk. Aftertaste reminds me of red wine.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of with maybe a bit too much carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of earthiness.

O - Very enjoyable and unique strong dark ale. Very interesting combination of flavors. I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 21:59:34 | More by warnerry
Photo of hardy008


4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque medium to dark brown color with a large foamy tan head with great retention and lacing. The aroma has green apples, dates, figs, brown sugar, and a bit of tartness.

The taste is much like the aroma. Green apples, dates, figs, brown sugar, some tart cherries, and a small amount of hops. This comes together nicely to make a sweet beer, which is not overly sweet. Nicely made.

Medium bodied, creamy, with above average carbonation. Has a light sweet aftertaste, and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 04:04:46 | More by hardy008
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (July 2011) into a snifter. Picked this one up at Bruisin' Ales a few weeks ago.

The pour is a deep, dark, murky brown. I wanted to call it plum until I looked at it near some light. Saying that there's some dark, dark red in there may be pushing it. A very cautious pour still yields nearly two fingers of tan foam. The head retains pretty well. Very little lacing stuck to the glass.

The first thing I notice about the nose is how tart it is; that's not to say that it's the dominant characteristic, but I was taken aback by it. I'd be lying if I said I could identify the various spices that I smell, so I'll just say that there are spices in there. There are dark fruits in there like plums, raisins, maybe red apples and grapes. Also some caramel.

Dominant flavor is dark fruit. Red apples, grapes, plums (hell, maybe even cherries) - all sweet and tart flavors. There's also sweet caramel and toffee, bread, and spices.

There's a boozy burn, but it's not terribly noticeable. It's very possible that the spice flavors and lightly tingly carbonation worked in tandem to cover it up. Body is medium-full. The carbonation is prickly, but falls short of being overdone. It's an easy drinker given its complexity and alcohol content, but there's no rush.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 02:57:13 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of ChadQuest


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer from a local store because the guy who worked there told me it was Belgian Sour, LOL, i come home and check it out on BA and it is a Strong ale. wow. Luckily this beer turned out to be really fantastic, absolutely no regrets buying this one.
The pour is a dark sunburst amber color, dark brownish amber, with a really large head that blooms as you pour, very attractive.
The aroma has grapes and other darker fruits and spices, is good in it's own right but just is a prep for the coming flavors that are fantastic.
The flavors are deep, so deep and complex you can pick it apart the whole bottle. Deep Grape flavors of a low tannin Pinot are in abundance, some fresh baked fluffy wheat bread, a myriad of spices, clean red apples, pomegranite juices, and Tawny port for some sweetness and earthy notes. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 07:44:40 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of redleaves


1.98/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huge head, cloudy caramel color. Nose of tobacco leaf and light caramel, grapefruit. Taste is heavy carbonation, tobacco, caramel, grapefruit and metal, like rusty pipes and copper. Yeasty metallic finish. Kinda what I expect a spittoon to taste like, liquid cigarettes soaked in grapefruit juice in a copper spittoon. Very disappointing, I don't get the hype here. I can not recommend. Difficult to finish.

Edit: I let the beer warm up and ate some cheddar and pumpernickel and the beer started to get a bit better, warmer, less metallic. Added a couple points from the F.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:53:46 | More by redleaves
Photo of evilkalla


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown/copper color with an inch and a half of fluffy, foamy head. A fairly large amount of carbonation is evident. Gobs of head on this one! The lacing just goes on and on and on. Amazing.

S: Belgian yeast, caramel malt, raisin and fig.

T: Has a spicy, bready character accentuated by hints of caramel and molasses. Finishes smooth, though it has a slight alcohol burn to it. It comes across a lot like a quad but with a little less alcohol and residual sweetness to it. Great.

M: Feels good in the mouth. The flavor really lingers for a long time and I can continue to taste a slight bitterness for quite a while after each sip.

O: Excellent belgian ale. Glad I purchased it. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:13:16 | More by evilkalla
Photo of morimech


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date of May 2010 on bottlecap. Pours a murky brown color with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head does not settle far. Some sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Intense aroma. Elements of dark fruit like figs and dates, green apple, and a rum like booziness.

The flavor does not quite live up to the aroma but still is a delight. I taste green apple and prunes. An odd combination but it works. A little candi sugar sweetness. Some yeast esters round out the flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

The body feels thin for a 9% ABV beer. Also it is a touch overcarbonated that lends a fizzy feel.

Bottle conditioning was a bit overdone but otherwise this is a very good "flagship" beer that dates back to the earliest brewing roots of De Dolle Brouwers.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 18:01:08 | More by morimech
Photo of Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smokey medicinally sweet in the bottle this finds itself in the glass to be murky reddy brown to the eye. Initial half inch head thins quicklt.
Slight fizzy start, some shimmering sweetness with some white pepper qualities which are long. Reminiscent of Chimay Red but longer, more complex and lighter with more elegence and cherry essence end.
Almost perfect nose. So beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 13:30:52 | More by Zimbo
Photo of taigor

New York

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured cloudy dark amber color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Belgian yeast with dark fruit dominate the nose.

T - Sweet brown sugar and figs, raisins and other dark fruits. This is followed by bready yeasy and slight tartness with a slightly dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O - Excellent BSDA with ABV very well hidden. Even with that it is a sipper. I would highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 17:14:38 | More by taigor
Photo of dansmcd


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Mountainous soft serve like eggshell coloured head, body is red ruby/dark brown, fantastic sticky streaks of lacing.

S - Malt forward, Dark fruits and yeast, tart green apples.

T - Dark berries, prune, brown sugar, fudge, alcohol is quite prominent.

M - Creamy and smooth body, low carbonation.

O - A top quality belgian with plenty of complexity and interest. Would probably age well. Too boozy to be anything but a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 14:14:59 | More by dansmcd
Photo of sweemzander


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a deep dark mahogany color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Mildly roasted caramel. Lots of prune and raisin. Subtle bits of bubblegum.

(T)- Similar to the smell in lots of ways. Plenty of that yeasty bubblegum/banana part. Caramel malt and raisin.

(M)- A higher carbonation level, but a nice balance. Sweet, but subdued with the yeast profile. Not overly complex either, but it has it where it counts.

(D)- A solid strong dark. A good balance and smooth flavors/feel despite the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 17:27:23 | More by sweemzander
Photo of adsomers


4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best. If you haven't tried this, do.

For me, the aroma is the best part. Deep and layered aromas of fruits--raisin, plum, fig. The aroma also has a biscuit quality that really invites you to consume this hearty and satisfying beverage.

Given the aroma, the taste is not as over-the-top as you might expect. It's complex, but not sweet. Pairs excellently with food or on its own. It held up nicely against some very rich bacon and sweet potato fries I was having at the time.

The mouthfeel is a bit dry due to heavy carbonation. This makes the beer go down very easily but I would advise to let this beer settle a bit before finishing.

This is one of those beers I would call "digestible." It looks, smells, tastes, and feels wonderful. After finishing I am perfectly satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 21:23:32 | More by adsomers
Photo of Morningside

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.6 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Cute little round guy on the label looks off to my right, I keep wondering what he's staring at (and what he is for that matter).

Appearance: Burnt umber when held to the light, cloudy and impossible to see through. Thin latte colored head, pours about two and a half fingers thick with tiny bubbles, dissipates down to a half finger pretty quickly, but retains throughout.

Nose: Granny-smith apples are big here, as with most in the style, followed by some tart raspberries and sour cherries. Alcohol is effervecent at first, then fades a little as it warms (interesting?). Pungent earthy hops start to appear with a swirl or two of the glass.

Taste: Dark fruits, plums, raisins, figs, all to be expected. Brown sugar and toffee are pretty prominent on the back-end of the palate, as are those granny-smith apples. Alcohol is a little hot here, but not as bad as some reviewers have claimed. Tart cherries make their appearance in a big way as it comes closer to room temperature.

Mouthfeel- A pleasant amount of carbonation (much less than many young Belgian dark ales), and a warming alcoholic finish that follows down to my stomach (or maybe that's an ulcer?). Very light here.

Overall- My buddy had this in his bottle shop. He didn't know much about it, but took it in after reading the ratings. I'm glad he did. The little yellow round man wasn't going to let me leave without him. My bottle was a little young, but enjoyable nonetheless. I hear this one gets more and more tart as you age it, so I'll see what I'm in for in 6-12 months. Very, very good beer, but not quite Gouden Keizer Blauw level of awesomeness/Godliness.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 04:33:05 | More by Morningside
Photo of cjacobsen


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Clean, reddish brown and really no head. There is some clumping of small bubbles on the edges of the beer and the glass.

(S) Sweet, some powered sugar, and thanks to sweemzander for making the comment of gumball because that's all I smell now.

(T) Taste is of sugar, banana and toasted malt. There are some other underlying fruits in the taste but it is more of cherry and weak acids than anything.

(M) There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. Medium body.

(O) Tastes more like a quad to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 21:53:02 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of fsvan


3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Bottled 4/2011.

A- Dark, murky reddish copper. Tons of carbonation in this one. Took two pours to get the bottle into the glass. Good body on the head. Some lacing.

S- Spicy, earthy yeast notes give this a dry smell. Dark fruit like raisins behind that. As it warms the fruitiness begins to take center stage.

T- Sweet. Bready malts. Lots of dark fruit. A bit of peppery bite. A slightly metallic taste on the finishes holds this score down.

M- Nice, fairly thick BSDA.

O- A pretty nice beer. The slight metallic taste in the finish really holds this one down for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:34:41 | More by fsvan
Photo of billshmeinke


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Cloudy brown hue with two fingers of beige head. Not much lacing, good retention.

Smells of brown bread, brown sugar, estery dark fruits, a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows smell, more dark fruit esters in the nose, raisins and plumbs, brown bread, cloves and phenols, a touch of banana, some alcohol spice.

Full bodied, well carbonated, spicey, kinda creamy carbonation.

Wonderful belgian strong dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 21:12:01 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of jsled


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 3/5. hazy medium brown. good amount of lightly-tan head, supported by good carbonation. recedes by about half in a few minutes, no lacing.

A: 4/5. boozy. sweet. caramel. raisin.

F: 8/10. rich. sweet. caramel. malt. slightly sour pitted fruit. some alcohol, but not strong.

M: 4/5. slightly prickly carbonation, but lighter in the mouth than the flavor would lead you to expect.

O: 8/10. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 03:03:40 | More by jsled
Photo of zaphodchak


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled May 2010" Opened over a year later.

Pours a big light tan head in the snifter that starts smooth and creamy, and then foams, forming larger and larger "swiss cheese" bubbles. Body is a translucent ruddy brown. The head then calms down to retain at a creamy, fine-grained single finger of head which stays and stays. Some slippery lace as well.

Smells interesting if a bit subtle, plenty of Belgian yeast with great fruit esters: bananas Foster, coriander, faint sweet funk.

Taste follows the nose, chewy with caramel, banana, and that faint tart yeast that signals a nice bruin. Toffee, slightly earthy finish. Quite nice.

Interesting twofold texture: both the head and body remain perceptible without really mixing. Carbonation is relatively bright for something bottle refermented.

It's a good bruin, no doubt about it. For the money, however, I'd probably stick with Gouden Carolus Classic-- they are remarkably similar. The label is kind of cute though, and it was by no means disappointing. Curious as to how this would taste minus the age.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 04:01:37 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of moosejaw7


4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It's pretty ridiculous how much I love this beer. I firmly believe that you could sip this beer for hours and still not quite pick up everything it has to offer.

The color is intriguing. The nose, alluring. The taste, amazing.

When I sip this beer, it wraps me up like a warm blanket. Everything is going to be all right. The American economy? Just take another sip. My girlfriend is pissed at me again? The chubby little yellow Oerbier dude would never be angry at me. Is someone trying to break into my house? That's fine. Just let me keep my Oerbier.

Seriously, though. There is so much going on here it's crazy. Dark candy sugar, yes, so it's sweet, but not too sweet. It's more dry than anything. There is only a slight hop bitterness, but I don't have time to dwell on that. It's all coming at me too fast. Dark fruits, sweet malt, a wonderfully subtle tartness, and, oh right, there's the booze.

This is definitely a sipper, but I don't know why you'd be in any rush to finish it.

God, I love this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 06:25:37 | More by moosejaw7
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