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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

792 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 64
Gots: 69 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001)
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Photo of lhaqq
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet. Dark mahogany body; semi-translucent but pretty dark. Large, thick, creamy tan head with amazing retention. Sits at about 2-3cm. Lots of carbonation visible up close--would be like a Duvel if it were lighter.
S: After opening, first smells are of Belgian yeast and caramel. Also the salty part of a standard malt backbone, a bit like somewhat sweet salt water.
T: Starts off almost like a Flemish ale, but without the sour twang. But the taste is still a mix between sour and bitter, though slightly toward the latter. Some alcohol, prunes, and sugar also present.
M: Fairly light for the abv, high carbonation.
D: Not bad for the style, though probably wouldn't want more than one at a time.

lhaqq, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle (9%) with very little life left according to the top.

Teak reddy-brown colour and with a little haziness, my own fault, the huge tanned head that appeared as I poured suprised me and i took my eyes off the bottle and some of the sediment got out and into the glass.

The aroma is so Belgian, the yeast smells just ride over you.

Spicey, alcoholic and not very hoppy, just like the style is supposed to be.

Rich and fairly smooth for a Belgian Ale, no bad traits at all.

Very drinkable, but remember the 9% alcohol content before you go crazy on it.

BlackHaddock, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this on the recommendation of the guy from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco.

Pours a lovely, slightly hazy refined mahogany brown colour, with an initially fluffy head of yellow-white bubbles. Carbonation is pretty enthusiastic, and the lacing is good. Head collapses after a while, despite the warning that this would be a gusher, but otherwise it's a very nice looking beer.

Very pleasant vinous notes on the nose, lots of red wine cork, a little carbonic acidity and a light sweaty leather character. Even a hiding note of smoke at the very back. Pleasant. Not huge, but very pleasant.

Nice notes of roasted grains and a little dark alcohol on the palate. Lots of wine notes again, a hidden undertone of pepper-and-berries shiraz. A very long palate, without any type of drying out; it stays pretty luscious throughout. Mouthfeel is unfortunately overly carbonated, it leaves it very bloating.

A nice enough Belgian; plenty of pleasant characters to it. The 9% is hidden very well. It really doesn't have a huge profile, but it is quite drinkable.

lacqueredmouse, May 30, 2009
Photo of Freddyboucher
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one on my last trip to New York 6 months ago at New beer Distributors.

Pours a caramel brown color. Hazy with yeast deposit floting around (poured it in, love the proteins!). Nice beige foam building up, to leave a very fine bubble lacing around the glass rim after a couple minutes.

Right from the aroma you can predict the sweetness in this beer. It is indeed sweet but to overly. For me...just enough. A smooth carbonation lingers on the tongue and the sweetness on the back of the mouth.

A very nice beer.

Freddyboucher, May 24, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with a towering tan head that took five minutes to settle down. I did chill it quickly so the sudden change probably had something to do with that. The head slowly settles into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of slightly tart cherries, along with sweet dried black cherries and plums. As it warms it becomes sweeter and Belgian candi sugar aromas waft out, along with slight amounts of alcohol.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the tartness is almost completely gone. Sweet dried dark fruit flavors up front segue into a sweet malty flavor that carries through until a mild but surprising bitter ending. The alcohol is not noticeable save for a slight warming effect.

Mouthfeel is great. This has a really great thickness with carbonation that's all over the place without being obtrusive.

Drinkability is great. I will have no problem finishing the bottle and could easily have a few more - though probably to my detriment.

Overall this is a very good beer and I've become an official fan of De Dolle. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, May 22, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish-red color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, frothy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. A great looking beer.

S: A strong fruity aroma here, with apples, cherries and some other light fruits, along with some malt.

T: Tasted of malt, sour apples, cherries and possibly some grapes. A sharp, very direct flavor.

M: Highly carbonated with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. The alcohol is masked very well and it is complex without being overdone.

avalon07, May 05, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive gusher! Think I lost about a quarter of it.
Thick creamy head, copper pour with quite a lot of floating yeast.
Lots of raisins on the aroma, also spicy cloves, ginger, and candi sugar. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden. Something's not right though, almost like bi-carb soda.
Alcohol comes into play in the taste. Lost more rich raisin and spicy characteristics. Heaps of dark malts. Alas, the alcohol is a bit to dominant.
Spot on carbonation, great amount of alcoholic heat on the palate.

CrazyDavros, May 02, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $6.99 for an 11.2oz bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a small snifter. I begin to review at 49°F.

Gusher warning...have your glass ready! Rather white head of about a half an inch with a tender pour. Extremely small bubbles, somewhat frothy. Head shrinks quite slowly leaving some nice retention. Color is a deep ruby mahogany; quite elegant. Nice lacing. Seems to only be moderately carbonated after I let it settle.

This does not smell like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Closer to a Flanders Red Bruin. If I was reviewing as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, my ratings would be much lower. Let us pretend this is labeled as a Flanders Red Bruin...Sweet and sour balance. Moderate on both sides of the spectrum yet still not modest in its profile. Quite fruity, yet not overly sweet; white grape, sour cherry, granny smith apple and melon all are noticeable. Not too funky which I admire in this beer for what it's worth. Alcohol very well hidden.

Quite fruity; sour cherry white grape and melon. Sweeter and funkier than the nose predicted.

Dry mouth. Some astringency. Light to medium body. Light carbonation. Somewhat uneventful mouthfeel. Mildly crisp.

Fairly easy to drink. Commendable on how well hidden the alcohol is for this being 9.5%. My last sip is at 57°F.

Pretty good as a Flanders Old Bruin, but certainly far from any other Belgian Strong Dark Ale I've ever had. A bit too dry and astringent for my liking. Points for this being like nothing I have ever tried before.

ibbjamin, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of lehkost
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a surprise if you don't know what you're in for. It certainly is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but, as I'm sure we all know, that is more or less a blanket category that tells you little more than the color, potency and nation of origin of the beer.

While most Strong Darks are bold and malty with a hint of spice, this beer is entirely different.

Pours and looks like a Belgian Brown Ale, but the nose is not sweet and malty. It is tart like a Flemish Red, with good intensity. On the tongue, it starts out tasting like a brown (a little less sweet), but develops into a brett/lacto firestorm of character.

This is definitely not an beer you're going to want to drink every day, but it is certainly a vision into what can be done when you fuse two seemingly disparate brewing traditions.

lehkost, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of bark
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer builds massive foam that rises from the bottle. When poured, it fizzes furiously and builds a big airy head that slowly sinks down to a pale brown ½ finger thick head. The somewhat hazy liquid is dark brown-red.

The smell is sweet and nutty. Lots of alcohol, fruit toffee, some yeast, cane sugar, raisins, matured strong wine and a hint of... fresh fish?

The taste is not as heavy or sweet as I expected from the smell. I noted fruity notes of white grapes, raisins, port wine, some lime/lemon, roasted nuts, some sweetness and a touch of apricot brandy. The aftertaste got a rich and very balanced sweet flavour of mixed dried fruits with some very faint bitter flavours and a touch of Irish whisky.

The carbonation is fresh yet quite mild. The bubbles are small and soft. The liquid is quite light but at the same time smooth and a little sticky.

This is a very fine beer without the alcohol or yeast flavours that could be dominant in this style.

bark, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revisiting this ale 3.5 years since my last encounter. At 9%abv., no freshness info. is provided on this bottle (again); served lightly chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's own branded long-stemmed goblet.

A: the light purple-ish dark ruby colour comes with plentiful yeasty bits and a lively input of fine fizz, while the dark, dirty beige froth builds up fast to a rocky soufflé head that manages to last throughout the drink.
S: pronounced sour-fruity notes as of Chinese licorice-flavoured prunes, hawthorn-fruit candy, raspberries and cherry-vinegar abound along with some metallic touches of sour ale as well as dusty hints from the ever-lasting beer head; in addition to the deep fruitiness, the added sugar also makes itself felt through a semi-syrupy sweet edge and, unlike other non-bottle-conditioned Flanders Red, the yeastiness contributes additional estery fragrance and mild mustiness closely/seamlessly intertwined with the fruity main theme. Sensational, attractive.
T: the unusual, interesting foretaste is very bitter and not so astringently sour (some citric sweetness is noticeable), coupled with a warming stream of alc., chewy+powdery herbal yeastiness (reminiscent of ground licorice and leather), and a unique tinge of spiciness almost like dried, spice-flavoured dark olives (Taiwanese snack)... The aftertaste prolongs the deeply tannic-chewy palate, carrying weighty, heavily-bitter hops at the expense of any fruity elements and malts, as my taste-buds could pick up only very random aroma of old berry fruits, while lots of yeasty tastes simply linger beyond the point when there's absolutely nothing else on the palate...
M&D: in every single way, this creamy-textured ale is unique, terribly difficult to compare with any other Flanders Red/Brown Ale that I've tried, due to the incredibly hoppy-yeasty complexity endowing an extra dimension to the flavour composition. The typically lactic-sour fruitiness and pronounced oak-ageing aroma are both subdued, as being suppressed by the heavy influence of herbal+spicy yeast sediments and a clearly overpowering performance of marvellously bitter hops. As a result, the weight of maltiness on the palate is scaled down, while the alc. level is heightened and sneaks upwards to my brain way too fast! Can't say I fully agree with this bottle, as the yeasts certainly have their field day, roaming free in my glass, but my overall impression is still (curiously) positive, if not only for its "uniqueness" for the style...

* Tasting Date: 09/11/05
No freshness info. found on the beer label.
4.5 A: in a large tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a lovely dark ruby hue, pretty cloudy and very highly carbonated, coming with an effervescent off-white creamy beer head which is thick, tight, with great retention.
4.5 S: an overwhelming fruity aroma upfront, along with a deeply perfumy nose of exotic yeasts and malts, semi-sweet as well as mildly tart-fruity... there are hints of dried figs, dried dates, banana oil, tropical fruit flavoured bubble-gum, underlying scent of sweetened orange-peel, etc... overall the nose is quite balanced, with a pleasant aroma "in control" and matching the medium-body just so well.
4.5 T: slightly sharp as well as tartly sweet flavour of fruit esters and a thick, exotic yeasty flavour attacks the palate along with a fiercely fizzy texture; gradually softening and followed by lots of chewy flavour of preserved fruits simultaneously with a soft-textured bready maltiness and candy sugar left deeply on the palate; the alcohol touch only slowly develops at the back of the throat, gradually warming up but lying low. The finish is as slightly dry as mildly bittersweet, with aromatic aftertaste of hops as well as hints of dried fruits surrounding the mouth, but still remaining quite moderate without intrusion of any unpleasant sugary touch~~
4 M: going smooth on the mouthfeel, although not without a sharper invasion at the front in almost every sip, probably due to a richly carbonated body; the texture goes slightly thin for the rich fruity flavour, but as the flavour itself is kept at a moderate level overall, the ending balance is about right and pretty enjoyable.
4 D: a lovely-balanced beer this is, and certainly worth revisiting time and again.

wl0307, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark cloudy color, almost like a porter, deep brown with red highlights, massive head leaves great lace.

Subdued nose of dark fruits, hidden taste.

Not as sour as I remember from previous tastes, very deep malt, no sign of hops, but a deep dark stone fruit tastes. Like a cherry juice with fizz and high abv. Really exceptional, very complex.

Heavier mouthfeel that other ones from De Dolle, very easy to drink despite the abv, a great beer to have around.

robbyc1, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of Bananaman
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Dolle, the crazy brewers? Sure seems so anyway. How is the beer then?

First of it's a really nice and almost cute looking, but still a bit frightening bottle. The beer pours a deep, hazy, brown color with a big white/beige foam.

Smell is very Belgian. Lots of yeast and roasted malts and a slight hoppy touch. Slightly sour from the "milk acid". Some notes of toffee aswell.

Taste is pretty intresting, but also way better than one expects after smelling in. Lots of sweet malts that are balanced by the slight sourness. But there are also lots of candy-like notes of toffee and fudge. The very light hop-background balances it up nicely aswell.

A great Belgian beer, almost in the same league as Stuise's Pannepot.

Bananaman, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe glass. Poured with a dense, three inch, tan-colored head. Excellent retention with thick clouds of lacing revealed as the brew slowly recedes into a solid quarter inch cap. Nose is vinous upfront, but I also pick up cherries, a tart quality and cocoa in the mix. Taste is consistent with nose - the dark fruit and cocoa really come together nicely. A slightly metallic quality comes out, as well as some acidity towards the back. Mouthfeel is just short of medium-bodied, with a subtle background carbonation. I love De Dolle brews, and Oerbier is definitely at the top of the list. A great beer from a great brewer.

Jwale73, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of baggio
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled@home

A: Dark brown with a huge beige head. No lacing.

S: Dark caramel, Molasses, Belgian yeast, Spices.

T: Funk, Raisin, Molasses, Spices, Ripe fruit, Hint of cocoa.

M: Very spicy with some funk and vinious qualities. Sweet'n'sour anyone ? :)

A interesting brew from one of my favourite belgian breweries. Should be interesting to try the 2006 vintage i have sitting in my pantry in a few years.

baggio, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving date: 2009-03-18. Best before: end of August 2009. Served in tulip.

A: Dark brown with deep red hues. Slightly Cloudy. 5 cm head, pale brown color, uneven, airy and sparkly. Plenty of lacings.

S: Fruity aromas of cherries and apples up front. Wood, spices (cloves?) and a little twang from the alcohol. Very big and deep small, rather vinous.

T: Again, plenty of semi-sweet fruit flavors. (cherries, red grapefruit, currants). It goes a little tart in the middle, but it quickly develops some more rustic flavors - wood, yeast (not very distinct), rye bread, hints of nuts, earth, chocolaty notes and faint mint. The finish is dry for a second and has some light mineral flavors, fruit pits, grape skin and a slightly too prominent twang from the alcohol. Plenty of vinous flavors linger on. All in all a fantastic smell with big vinous flavors. It almost resembles red wine every now and then.

M Creamy, yet semi-dry in the finish. Quite high levels of carbonation. It slides really easy over the tongue. The mouthfeel seems very well suited for the overall characteristics of the beer.

D: A fantastic beer with great complexity. I really like the vinous character of this one. The only thing stopping it from getting top grade in taste is the slightly too prominent taste of alcohol in the finish.

ricke, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

Pours a very hazy rich brown, with a fairly foamy, pillowy tan head.

Nose is molasses, dark fruits, with just a hint of lactic sourness.

Taste is phenomenal - caramelized sugar and molasses, bready yeast, with that beautiful, rich, full lactic sourness towards the back end. Hints of vinous dark fruits in there as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry, medium bodied, crisp carbonation. Beautiful beer.

JohnQVegas, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of bskrtz
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle, temp. 40 degrees, to open ale chalice

A) Amber/dark amber. Light barely passes through this cloudy, swampy beer soup. Lots of suspended yeast & floaties. White foam discipates to white/tan lacing that lasts and lasts

S) Tantalizing sweet & sour mash. This is Belgian ale with ginger bread, raisins and cocoa

T) Delicious Belgian strong ale. You can barely taste the alcohol, but you'll know it's strong in about 3 minutes... Root beer sweet, dark fruit, licorice & orangey citrus

M) Effervescent fizz & thick

D) Pour one or more, this one is spectacular

Oerbier is a rare, exceptional hand crafted product, and in my humble opinion, one of the best Belgians available in America. If I find these, I buy the entire inventory as one never knows when you'll find them again -- why risk it?

bskrtz, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of JBogan
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fine looking clear dark amber with a bubbly and thick of white head. The head remains throughout but leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is a very nice mix of dark fruits and spices along with some alcohol.

Taste didn't quite live up to the scent. The dark fruits and alcohol took over, and it really wasn't all that appealing compared to what the aroma promised.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side, and slippery. Tons of carbonation tingle. Bubbles continued to rise hurriedly from the bottom of the glass the entire time.

All said, I was hoping for more from this beer. Far too much emphasis on the dark fruit and alcohol, I wished for more balance. I sipped my way through this one, but when it was over I'd had enough.

JBogan, Mar 07, 2009
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 brc
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice slender bottle with polka dot bowtie. Freshness date found on cap.

Pours a 2 finger head with small bubbles, light tan in color, with good retention but little lacing. The liquid is dark chestnut, with red tinge around the edges of the glass.

The smell is subdued, with notes of hazelnuts, grass, and floral hops.

The taste rolls over my palate in waves. Upfront there is a rich maltiness, with strong molassas and caramel tastes. There is some nuttyness and a touch of spiciness from the hops. The finish hints at a touch of sourness, a bit cidery or like fresh apples. The afterfinish (?) is a bready, biscuty flavor with a touch of hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is full, and complements the taste perfectly.

Amazing stuff.

brc, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cute bottle but no polka dot bowtie on mine.

Pops with a loud hiss and starts to gush but luckily I have a glass at hand. Pours a dark redish brown color with ivory head. The big fluffy head settles slowly leaving a nice little layer on top. Clarity appears to be pretty good. Pretty substantial yeast cake at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a fruity estery yeast.

Flavor is somewhat mild for a Belgian strong dark. Dried cherries and appricots combined with a subtle spicy yeast creates a nicely balanced flavor. Starts slightly sweet but finishes very dry. Some tartness but not overwhelming in any way.

Mouthfeel is medium to large body with big effervescence that fills the mouth. Drinkabiliy is good for the style but big alcohol and big carbonation get in the way.

At first the subtlties seem like a weakness but I should know better by now. It was slightly chilled when I opened it but, as it warms, those subtle flavors expose themselves and really make it an enjoyable experience.

GilGarp, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of zeeksterusa
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really really like this brew. I had one in Belgium from the Delirium Cafe and it was amazing. I had one from City Beer in SF and it was more sour and still great but not exactly what I expected. My ratings are based on the Oerbier bottle I had in Belgium. This is a highly carbonated beer in Beligum but was way too carbonated when I had it in the US. The taste was sweet and very drinkable. The after taste was right on. This is a beer to wright home about. I would recommend that you try this beer as close to the brewery that it is made.

zeeksterusa, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle with no date found. another gusher! albeit not as bad as the stille nacht. poured into tulip.

dark, brownish amber. almost clear, but yeast does disturb easily. moderate head, but soon fades to wispy layer, and then just a very thin ring. lace doesn't stick. not very dark compared to others in this category.

aroma is faint raisins, with sweet spices (light anise and maybe nutmeg), hint of caramel and brown sugar. trace of grassy hop, then faintly spiced again, and then lightly medicinal phenols to finish.

all of the above flavors appear on the palate, but are canceled out by the overly medicinal phenols, which in turn also over-accentuate the bitterness.

not so smooth, with a pretty astringent finish, exacerbated by a fizzy, prickly, overdone carbonation.

ugh... what can i say? i'm done with de dolle! if you do something about your gushers, maybe i'll give another try. but when will that be!?

tai4ji2x, Feb 17, 2009
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
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