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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 64
Gots: 65 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001)
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Photo of ypsifly


4.93/5  rDev +17.4%

Undated 11.3oz poured into a tulip.

Reddish mahogany under a huge head of light tan. Strong retention and thick lace.

Dark fruits in a musty cellar with a bit of citrus zest, some spices, bubblegum, and a little warm alcohol. I love the funky fruity sugary mix going on here. The yeast and malt aromas are fucking awesome!

Again, the taste carries the fruit, funk, and sugar profiles, yet the alcohol is absent. I can taste cheeries, melons, tangelos, refined sugar and a little chalk. The funky sweet and sour mix is top notch.

Medium to almost full mouth is a little puckering and that works out nicely with the taste. This is one of the best beers I've had in a while and my only regret is not buying more.

02-28-2006 05:13:50 | More by ypsifly
Photo of russpowell


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

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

02-24-2006 03:40:49 | More by russpowell
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

2006 De Dolle Oerbier.

Decided to try the latest two variants side by side.

This is the second of the two.

Presentation: Straight forward red label with the one and only Oerbier Man on it. White neck label with lots of American bollocks on it. However the defining ID for this bottle resides on the white crown cap (previous bottles had metallic red caps) which has the following inkjet code on it:


No freshness or Best Before Date listed.

Appearance: Clear polished dark brown horse chestnut brown body with a soft but resilient and fast rising vanilla head which fizzes loudly. Middling conditioning with a little Brugse lacing. Solid head retention but it slowly collapses to a thick ring like foam cap. Great looks!

Nose: Softer nose than the previous SPECBREW2005 example. Brown Candi sugar toffees, figs, prunes and dark cherries. Whisky toffees, sugared plums and Lions Butterscotch Tablets mixed with their Poor Bens (guess that’s one for the older Limeys out there!). Hints of sour oak and refined malts with a vinous English Old Ale tweak.

Taste: The entrance has more caramel and toffee, but the oaky alcohol stills rises in the middle. Sourness runs through this like blood through the arteries. The gentle sour tingle on the cheeks after the swallow is a treat. The dark fruits seem to have more of a depth in this one, but the higher sourness and its longevity really add a more complex aspect to this variant. This one is a winner.

Mouthfeel: The second bottle was finished before the first one, and proved to be my favorite of the two that I just tried. Creamy texture with a bold sourness that lends quaffability. Warm caramel alcohols bolster the high end body.

Drinkability: Went extremely well with some freshly baked French Bread and aged Irish Cheddar. The sourness is quiet refreshing in this one.

Overall: SPECLBREW2 variant seems to be a lot more mature in character than the previous SPECBREW2005 which I tried earlier. The sourness is definitely more prevalent in this version. Far from the old Oerbier, that one is long gone for sure (sadly) but I really do think that Kris has returned some De Dolle character to this brew and really improved the Oerbier to a marvelous front line brew once again.

If it's been a while since you tried the Oerbier, my recommendation would be get another few bottles and sample the improvements yourself, but make sure they have the white crown caps!!

02-20-2006 09:28:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%

Found this beer marked down as a store was closing and moving to a new location. Poured a light brown that was almost cloudy with a few hues of red as I held it to the light. Very thick head that hung around and dissipated slowly. Aroma was not powerful but had a sweet malty smell. I immediately tasted sweet tea with citrus notes. I frothed it in my mouth vigorously and it literally exploded with additoional notes of orange and malty sweetness and other sugary characteristics that I have never tasted before. Almost fruity but more like raisins.Hops were almost non-existant as the alchhol was present but not dominating. Very hard to describe, but I loved it and it was very drinkable.

02-15-2006 17:14:41 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of Bighuge


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Clear dark scarlet tone. Lots of fine beaded carbonation is visible surfacing rapidly. Bigass rocky light beige head. Retention is phenomenal. Lacing is quite full.

Aroma: Chocolate. Cherry. Raisins. Yeast. Just beautiful. Especially the chocolate covered cherry sensation.

Flavor: Dry cedar. Cherry and chocolate (though to a lesser extent than experienced on the nose). Raisin and dark fruits. Figs. Cinnamon. Candy. Quite an array of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Restrained "feel" of carbonation is quite appropriate. Body is about light-medium. Alcohol adds just a touch of spiciness, but it's really not that evident.

Drinkability: I've had a 3.4 rating of this beer sitting for almost 3 years to the date. Thanks to this gift from the Long beach BUM, I have given this beer a more appropriate rating. This is good.

Thanks Darren!!

02-08-2006 03:59:08 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Skidz


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours out foggy amber-brown and sits murky burnt sienna in the glass with a decent light tan head, fading to a ring of foam around the glass, minimal lacings.

Smells alternatingly doughy and estery with prunes and figs coming out strong. Hints of chocolate and vanilla throughout with minor muddied hops.

Tastes moderately sweet up front, torrents of figs and prunes gush out with a stream of alcoholic spiciness. Toasty and doughish malts protrude and coat the whole situation with elastic flavors of caramel and cocoa. Finish is characteristically warm with grassy hops delivering a mild, biting bitterness.

Completely and rediculously smooth and creamy with ultra-fine and razor thin carbonation, full and rounded body.

Definatly enjoyable, well-suited to compliment, or to be served in lieu of, most any dessert. Puts you in that happy place.

02-07-2006 03:53:12 | More by Skidz
Photo of maxpower


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

11.6 oz bottle pours a murky reddish brown color with a huge light brown head of large bubbles that leaves a nice lacing in my glass. Fruity chocolate aromas, sweet plum and chocolate flavors .Medium to full bodied with a tingly carbonated mouthfeel, finishes really sweet. Alcohol very well hidden and very drinkable.

01-23-2006 22:25:27 | More by maxpower
Photo of mmmbeer


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

330 mL, bottle-conditioned with SPE__ BREW 2005 on the cap (some of the printing ran over the edge). It pours into the chalice a dark brown/garnet color with a good amount of carbonation beads and a 2 finger tan head that takes a long time to recede but never goes away and leaves nice lacing throughout. It smells nice and fruity with green apples, cherries, caramel, and maybe some spicy phenols. The flavor is about the same with the addition of pepper and some warmth. It has a medium to thick body that has good carbonation from the conditioning and becomes smooth. It's good, though I probably didn't identify some of the flavors and aromas, but it was a constant sipper beer that I would try again. Now to try other De Dolle offerings....

01-19-2006 05:41:36 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Deep burgundy/crimson pour with a nice-sized head of tiny tan bubbles, tighly packed. Leaves a decent amount of lace as it goes down, still some foam left as I'm taking my last sips.

Smell is malty with big fruitiness, with cherries and dates coming through the most clearly, backed by a bit of funky yeast and some alcohol.

Flavor is pretty complex, with a big maltiness making its presence felt and the same alcohol-soaked dark fruits from the nose, with a raisin flavor entering in with the dates and cherries, and there's a bit of a light chocolate/caramel flavor at play in there, too. Flavor has a lot of sweetness but dries out considerably on the finish. Alcohol is hot in there, but not so much that it gets annoying or distracting. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy.

Overall: A pretty good beer for the style, but priced a little steep. Certainly fairly complex and interesting, one that's worth trying. The label made me laugh.

12-19-2005 04:15:12 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of blimey


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Just picked this up today- trying all the de dolle I can find at Star's. Poured a massive head into the glass which remains nearly throughout. Deep brown hue. The taste is slightly acidic with notes of raisins or prunes with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Malty throughtout with a decent body. I would consider this again if left with fewer options from this brewery and especially if I could find it on tap.

12-18-2005 02:11:47 | More by blimey
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Gotta love the labels for De Dolle. The yellow dude with the fork and the chalice. Says it all.

33 cl bottle poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Holy foamy head. I say this is insane a lot, but goddamn, even with the slowest pour this thing turns into a gurgling off-white loaf of bread extremely quickly. Once the head dies down I'm able to finally pour in the rest of the bottle, with a bit left at the bottom. A thick layer of yeast is left in the bottom of the bottle, and there are some chunks on the bottom of my glass too. The body is a cloudy brown, with slight amber hues, and many bubbles surfacing.

Smell: Belgian yeast, tons of malt sweetness, and tons of tropical fruit. For how great it is, I was hoping for more of a complexity in the aroma. One of the fruits that comes to the forefront though, oddly enough maybe, is pineapple. In addition there are maybe some sour cherries and strong dark berries too.

Taste: What the aroma may lack as far as complexity, it surely comes back ten fold in the taste. Start with a slight sourness, where the sour cherries come into play a bit, then going into some raisin / fig-type sweetness, some yeastiness and maltiness always there, and then it finishes slightly sour, yeasty as hell, and fruity as hell, with the pineapple completely taking hold by the end. But the finish brings it down a notch or two with the sourness taking over, which is surprising, and a very nice mix by the end on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Awesomely creamy and yeasty and thick (from all the malts and sugars). Carbonation is pretty much perfect. Velvety and indomitable, make sure you swish it around, because it's one of the best qualities of the brew.

Drinkability: Let's face it, regardless of the maybe not-as-high-as-many-BSDAs 7.5% ABV, who wants to drink more than one at a time? Especially since the bottle was around $4.25, this is a great winter sipper, surely a treat, and positively a singular and beyond pleasant brew.

12-10-2005 01:35:54 | More by asabreed
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -26.2%

Served at somewhere between cellar and room temperature in a Duvel tulip. Been sitting on this one for a few months, now's the time for action.

Appearance- A medium reddish brown, like a young ruby port. The thin layer of foam reduces quickly to a sparse ring around the glass. No lacing left behind. I have chosen to swirl in all sediment.

Smell- Alcohol soaked in alcohol... with a wicked underlying sweetness from the malts. This is heavy, don't let the happy little guy on the label fool you. Candied fruit of the darkest kind, left to ferment for all eternity.

Taste- I have opted to incorporate all sediment (which was substantial) and therefore am experiencing a yeast infection. Gigantic sugary sweet maltiness and bracing alcohol attack the tongue, leaving behind an unforgiving plundering. Huge ass presence.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very thin but syrupy at the same time, if that makes any sense. Tough beer to enjoy by myself... it's seriously big and bruising. I am now bleeding about the head.

11-22-2005 02:33:44 | More by yelterdow
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

It pours a dense muddy brown, with glinting ruby highlights and bubbles suspended mid-fluid. The merest lift of broad bubbled head halts before it develops to more than a sheer film. Thin rings of lacing circle the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a stout column of toasted malt with interlaced notes of caramel, molasses, mocha, prunes, and perhaps other earthy fruits. An underlying gamey sourness blankets the backstage.

A sip brings forth a thick flow of grounded malt, buoying and element of swollen prune/fig sweetness. Caramel and molasses make a play and twine with a hearty tendon of alcohol to open wide the center. The sweetness soon falls away to a vague bitterness ringing the mouth as well as a brief glimpse of indistinct funkiness. It's finalized by the drying sensation of alcohol and a vestige of the transmuted sweetness cum bitterness.

Damn near heavy bodied, it has a live feel on the palate despite what initially seemed to be low carbonation. It comes across as chewy, alomst like a rich fruit juice.

It's fresh-squeezed Belgian prunefigmalt juice with the benefit of some slightly funkified fermentation. Due to its hefty profile it is not the Belgian I'd pick for multiple consumption, but it's well worth a try for self-edification. It's got some real kick and bears close watching as you drink it. I tried this because it was there, and having done so, I'm glad I did. While it may not be something I crave, it's worthy of a return visit.

11-13-2005 20:29:23 | More by Foxman
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

cap marked "10% MA05"

10%? two year freshness indicated ma(?) 2003 i guess.

murky brown with yellow and red hued tinges in the body. thick foam becomes a creamy, thin layer which isolates bubble clusters and cascades fast down the glass wall. this beer has begun to take on a port-like aroma as well as some serious belgian candi sugar grandiose character. slight medicinal scent note that is basically camoflauged by the dark fruit depth and maltiness.

flavor notes indicate age and a complex sweetness, but light body encourages drinkability. interesting diacetyl-infused rotten fruit tang at the end of each sip.. probably the flavor that strikes me as most unique.. in a greater size, this is the flavor that turns me off to old belgians. here, it's more of a subtle note surrounded by a generally fresh and spry mouthfeel. great belgian and a unique, balls-out beer for de dolle to call their 'flagship.' great beer for those who think stille nacht is too sweet.

10-17-2005 21:59:22 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

pours a dark ruby red, a huge head of creamy tan foam, very cloudy appearance.
smells of cherrys or raisans soaked in alcohol. a hint of breat or wheat as well.
taste is amazing, and almost too complex to describe. tastes of ripe fruit, similar to the smell, and maybe citrus. becomes somewhat sour, in a good way, after the first few sips. a totally unique flavor from this beer.
creamy feel, smooth, and wonderful. just glides away.
i would love to have more of these beers. the alcohol seems stronger than it smells, definitely more than it tastes.


10-07-2005 01:28:07 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of gmcfarre


4/5  rDev -4.8%

330ml Bottle purchased at John's Grocery in Iowa City. Had crooked (they all are for some reason) US top label (not bowtie like picture).

A - Poured into Chimay chalice and noticed... no head?! Who stole my carbonation? Beer was a dark chestnut, noticed some little yeasties floating here and there

S - Dark malt, lots of dark fruit, cherries, grapes, alcohol

T - Tart and sharp, licorice, lots of alcohol, cherries, grapes, malt

M - Full, oily, but still smooth.

D - Feels like more alcohol than 7.5%. I better drink some water before class starts in an hour.

Overall, an interesting brew but I obviously missed out not having much carbonation. Alcohol really stood out without it. Transported from Iowa to Indiana and stored in fridge for 2 weeks, not sure what happened...

09-28-2005 21:34:52 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of Fish113d


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a wine glass, it pours a hazy mahogony color with a condensed thin white surface layer.

Aroma is of grapes or cherries (reminds me of a lambic). Aroma also reminds me of wine. Not much else doing here, but a nice aroma none the less.

Sipping, it is very tart! Sour grapes/cherries come to mind up front with a malt body and a sweet plum finish. Great flavor! Aftertaste reminds me of grape Kool-Aid!!! My fiancee says it reminds her of a merlot wine.

Carbonation is stingy on my tongue, body is thin and the finish is a bit drying and of some oak flavors.

Easy to drink, fun and refreshing, but I would bet this is a dangerous one at larger amounts of consumption.

09-11-2005 18:26:27 | More by Fish113d
Photo of tjthresh


3.43/5  rDev -18.3%

Quite spicy with candy sugar and alcoholic notes. Really mirky brown, with a large head that faded quickly. Tastes life fruit cake with lots of spicy yeast character. Goes down kindof harsh with carbonation and alcohol. I thought it was a nice drink, but it needs to condition.

08-24-2005 12:36:30 | More by tjthresh
Photo of Sephiroth


3.95/5  rDev -6%

This goes into a tulip with lots of sediment. It is a cherrybrownish color. An inch of creamy head crowns the beer. The nose is of malty spices, and maybe some yeast or earthiness.

My first sips of this at cellar temperature were not pleasant. From reading the reviews, I know that the tart, somewhat sour flavor is normal. I just don't care for it. I could actually say that I like this as it nears room temperature. The sourness is gone, although it is still tart. The flavor is refreshing, and complex. I can taste the Belgian yeast, maybe some sour apples, biscuity malt, and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel is thick without being syrupy in the slightest. The drinkability is low, not because I don't like this, but the flavors would become cloying. I could probably have another one, though. IMO, pop this at cellar temperature just to taste it in that state. As for me, the next time I will start drinking this one at a warmer temperature. This has quite the finish.

08-22-2005 06:00:33 | More by Sephiroth
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

300ml bottle bought from shop.belgianshop.com

Poured a dark red, burgundy colour... Head was off white and pours quite big. This dissappeared very quickly...

Aroma - Very fruity, raisin, liqourice, blackcurrent cordial...

Taste – Dark fruits - mainly blackcurrent, spicy notes, banana...

Feel - Fairly sharp with quite a lot of carbonation.

Overall - A great example of a Belgian dark ale... highly recommended...

08-05-2005 09:35:24 | More by mdagnew
Photo of jokelahoma


4.58/5  rDev +9%

Served in a 20 oz De Dolle Oerbier glass, on tap.

Poured a lovely ruby red with a thick head that dissipated fairly rapidly. It made for a beautiful presentation in its own brand-specific glass.

Aroma is rather fruity, almost berry-like. Very sweet smelling, reminding me in a (good) way of the old "Malt Duck", believe it or not. It was hard to get a handle on how one would expect this beer to taste based on the aroma.

And even more hard to get an idea of what it was supposed to taste like after actually tasting it. It's very hard to describe the flavor, really. Fruity, sour, balanced, bitter without being bitter... there's a lingering sourness in the aftertastes that carries on for several seconds, refusing to admit you've already swallowed that last sip. There's not a lot of malt flavor, yet you know there's a firm barley backbone in there somewhere. The entire beer seems to be one long contradiction. It's A without being A, B without being B, etc. It's almost playful in the way it teases you with hints of various flavors, then yanks them away before you can get a grasp on just what it was.

Mouthfeel is oily, but certainly not thick. It's remarkably easy to drink.

This is a very unique brew, and quite drinkable. It's not all that easy to find on tap (I got mine in Joplin, Missouri), but well worth seeking out. Overall, I'd highly recommend this.

07-24-2005 19:58:40 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of sacfly


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a dark brown. Some chunks of yeast in suspension. With out even putting my nose to the glass, I am already picking up a strong odor of ripe cherries. When I put my nose to the glass I get more cherries, and just a touch of alcohol. Taste is tart cherries… This tastes very much like the tart cherries used to make pie. It smells like I just picked them from the yard. Taste is like a Belgian double with some tart cherries thrown in. Very unique and great flavor. Definitely no where near a lambic in tartness, but there is no mistaking it is there. Aftertaste is similar to drinking a dry red wine. My tongue is tingling just a bit. This is an awesomely unique brew. Can’t wait to get more.

Edit: I just saw that my review averaged out to a 4.25... I'm going to stand by the numbers I gave it, but it seems like it should rate much higher. I like it better than a few beers I have rated over a 4.5.

07-24-2005 01:37:30 | More by sacfly
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

07-14-2005 19:12:43 | More by oberon
Photo of hefevice


4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

Bottle. Mmmm...this stuff is good! Cloudy dark amber (OK, I couldn't hold the yeast back) with plenty of fine creamy light tan head which laced prolifically and stuck around all the way through. Caramelised banana malted milkshake aroma with an almost indescribable spicy backbone. Sweet caramel/toffee start with hints of raisins and a touch of banana, spicy middle with a dry and sublty hoppy finish with a little warmth from the very well hidden alcohol. Mouth feel is perfection (my first 5), soft and creamy right the way through. YUM!

06-06-2005 11:47:48 | More by hefevice
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

My first and hopefully not last beer from De Dolle.

In to my Delirium tulip pours a perfectly clear brew the color of scorched caramel. A thick and creamy head of beige puffs up and retains nicely, leaving gobs of lace everywhere.

The aroma is a powerful and intoxicating perfume of caramel, toffee, dates, figs, yellow raisins, and butterscotch. There's a good sense of yeasty spice and musty cellar funk. Beautiful.

The flavor is equally rich and indulgent. Tons of creamy caramel and toffee sweetness, fig and dates, banana bread, grapey must, and a spicey and floral hop in the finish. Hard to compare to other Belgian strong darks, it almost tastes like a Belgian barleywine.

Mouthfeel is epic, thick and rich with a creamy slickness that just coats your entire palate. A really rich beer that is perfect for dessert, or anytime for that matter.

05-30-2005 17:03:06 | More by AlexJ
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