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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
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828 Ratings
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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 73
Gots: 81 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

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Photo of Mudpuppet
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours from a 33cl bottle into a snifter glass. This is a VERY carbonated beer with a thick head that forms about a 1/2". There are bubbles running up through this very hazy brown beer. This resembles apple cider.

S- The nose on this beer is not very dark as you may expect. It is mostly apples, pears and peaches that I get on this. There is some coca-cola sweetness that comes though also. Nice complex nose.

D- Wow there is a lot going on in this. Coconut is the first flavor I got. Not one I would expect but it is there and it works. I almost miss some of the flavors for the carbonation but here is my list coffee, apples, caramel, peach, 'old coffee grounds', chocolate and there are more but they are fleeting. I like this brew but it is overwhelming almost.

M- Okay I understand that Belgian beers have a lot of carbonation but this is out of control. I am going to wait for this to warm up and the carbonation to come out. It gives you that expanding feeling in your mouth that you get when you drink something with a ton of carbonation.

D- This is a great beer. I have had the Reserva though so this pales in comparison to that. I miss the sour/funk of the Reserva. Great brew overall though. I just hope the carbonation works itself out a bit.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Belgian strong dark ale.

A: Pours a hazy dark cranberry color with a huge frothy 3 finger cherry-tan head that was persistent throughout the whole drink.

S: There's a nice fresh fruitiness on the nose of cherries.

T: For flavor there are sour cherries along with some astringent alcohol notes. The beer is very acidic with heavy carbonation. The malting is warm caramel providing a deep rich bite complimenting the sourness of the beer. There is some dark fruits, and licorice as well detected. The beer is very tart and at 9%abv is very noticeable producing a very warming alcohol presence going down. The palate is vinous. There is a very acidic and vinegar like presence in back of the throat after the swallow along with some medicinal notes.

M: vinous, sour with a strong carbonation and lots of alcohol warming.

D: A good Belgian but a tad heavy on the fusels.The beer is sour, with a vinous palate and vinegar like flavor in the aftertaste and I could not imagine trying to drink more then one at a time.

Photo of czfreeman
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a Duvel tulip and was suprised to see a huge tan head rising from the top of the glass before I had poured enough to even touch the glass label.
Aromas are absolutly wonderful to partake in.
Candy sugars, cherries, oranges, malts, smell is reminescent of a dunkle hefeweizen. Breadlike aromas.This is a deliciously complex beer before first sip is even taken.
Flavor is amazing. Loads of cherries, bread, malts orange, candi sugars. Each sip so effervescently light due to the phenominal carbonation, its hard not to down this one too quickly.This is one of the best BSDA I have had to date, this brewery is 3/3 so far in my book. Seek this one out

et candyis oranges tart fruity sweetnes rather than breads, tart cherries, big carbonates lightness on the mouth

Photo of shroompod
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large rocky voluminous head , lacing throughout. Rich cloudy brown in color.

Smell is spicy with raisins , and alcohol.

This is a world class tasting beer , dark fruits , figs , and some slight chocolate undertones give this beer a taste similar to Abt 12 , or Rochefort 10. Tart finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth. Carbonation is high.

Overall and excellent example of BSDA , or a Quad.

Photo of philipquarles
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber/brown with a slight reddish hue and a huge beige head that stuck around for quite a while. Nice lacing. Aromas are huge: sour cherries and grapes and a bit of funky yeast dominate, with a bit of light, sweet caramel in the background. Sharp, tart flavors on initial tasting. Quite acidic. Eventually the fruit flavors come out again, along with a bit of lightly toasty malt and a lot of peppery spice. Slightly metallic, warming finish. Lots of carbonation. Another great brew from De Dolle.

Photo of iuhophead87
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- A light amber brown color with lots of carbonation. Large head that looks very light an airy. The head does dissipate rather quickly and leaves little tracing on the glass.

S- Smells quite tart and of dark berries and caramel.
T- The beer has plenty of flavors, but not my cup of tea. A little too much carbonation and tartness for me. However the berry flavor does mask the ABV content, which is a plus in my book. I don't dislike this beer, just not my favorite style. I could drink one of these on a hot day with an appetizer of cheese or grapes.
M- Very light with too much carbonation.

D- A very drinkable beer especially with the strong ABV. I think if I drank this style more I would get used to the carbonation and tartness. If my taste were to change away from Imperial IPAs and more toward tart beers I could see where this would be a very drinkable beer.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown/dark copper with brighter highlights when held to the light. A three-finger sticky and frothy tan head crests the top of my tulip glass, but stays together. The head lasts a long time and leaves thick sheets behind.

Smell is Belgian yeast, dried figs, prunes, chocolate, oak and some caramel.

Taste starts with tart cherries and prunes, with some earthy oak flavors and some earthy, musty hops. Finishes with more dried fruits on a slightly sour note.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, but a little too carbonated, which was a bit distracting.

Despite the carbonation, this is still quite enjoyable. Another great beer from De Dolle.

Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter.

Pours a murky dark brownish amber with a large lasting bubbly white head. Strong and very sweet aroma of yeast, sugar and caramel malt. The taste is quite sweet as well with a load of candied sugar and enough sourness to make your tongue tingle. Lots of caramel malt along with fruit, yeast and pretty strong alcohol presence. Medium bodied with strong carbonation and a sugary sweet, almost syrupy mouthfeel. I actually prefer this slightly to the Reserve, very nice.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with a ginormous head. Took a long time to pour because I had to wait for the head to die down far enough to pour the rest in. Smell is dark fruits and some tartness. Taste is much the same with a nice yeasty flavor as well. Creamy and wonderful on the mouthfeel. I can only imagine what the Reserve tastes like. Have yet to have a disappointing beer from De Dolle.

Photo of aforbes10
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from city wide in south bend. Pours brown with a red hue. Foams up massively and tqakes a while to settle to a quarter inch light brown head. Smells of oak, dried cherries, figs, smeels quite tasty...nots of dark chocolate, run, raspberry syrup. Taste is tinny, with malt and alcohol. Metallic flavor quite pronounced and not particularly welcome. Tannin bitterness. Chalk. As it warms, the metal flavors reduce somewhat (though not totally) and it gets more fruity. Fairly full bodied and approaching creamy. Not sure how i feel about this overall. Its interesting and complex, but has some distinctly unpalatable flavors like tin or stell that turn me off. So i suppose overall im ambivalent

Photo of yemenmocha
2.76/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown to near black with light brown head.

Nose has a cellared musty aroma, maybe a cheese component in there, and some wild berry.

Palate is miscellaneous passion fruits with a metallic taste that isn't quite right. There's also a "cola" flavor profile as well with the sweetness, perhaps sugary caramel.

Finish is tart and metallic.

Photo of Derek
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think it's really more of a strong pale.

A: Hazy-brown, light tan head, slight retention & lace.

S: Field berries, tropical fruit, dark fruit, light spicing, cider, bread, jaggery.

T: Dark fruit, tropical fruit, field berries, cider, spice, bread, modest bitterness, warming alcohol, with a light tartness. Plenty of depth, but my personal taste buds just don't love it.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, slight acidity, dry alcohol finish.

D: Very drinkable for its strength.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a dark red/brown colour and a quite large head that dissipates at a decent rate then stops at a nice centimeter height. The beer looks fairly carbonated and had some yeast in it.

I'm not getting much nose on the beer, just a few spices. The alcohol comes out quite a bit in this beer but there are spices, and a bit of something sweet. The beer doesn't have load of flavour but the flavour that comes through is pretty good. It's very very balanced. Very nice mouthfeel, a bit better than most. The beer is quite drinkable for a Belgian beer too!

Photo of irishkyle21
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The light brown head sticks around for the entire beer. Great lacing and a murky brown color.

Very nice mix scent wise. Notes of spice, fruits, wood, caramel and a small trace of alcohol.

Tastes rather fruity (kind of sweet and sour), malts, grassy hops and a bit of spice. Another great beer from De Dolle.

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown color with some amber shades. A frothy tan head. Lots of fruit with spicy Belgian hops and yeast. The taste is similar lots of Belgian pepper with some nicely balanced malts. Faint hops as well. A silky body that leads to very nice drinkability. A very well balanced beer that is not as complex as some other examples of the style.

Photo of roblowther
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle, ordered in a shipment of many of its friends & cousins. The strange mascot, looking like a cross between the "Jeep" from Popeye and the Stay-Puff marshmellow man from Ghostbusters makes the bottle look cheesy and creepy at the same time. I do like the bowtie wrapper above the label, though. I feel the beer has dressed to impress. It pours a ruddy brown with a very thick, active, rocky tan head that oh so slowly works its way down. Daddy like. The smell is oranges, cinnamon, leather, raisins, and a surprisingly light flowery note. Holy guacamole. Good God. The taste doesn't dissapoint. It starts fruity and almost sweet, quickly fading to a chalky spice, nutmeg and cloves. A surprising coffee roast makes a brief appearance before plums and raisins come finish the day, but as sweet as you expect those flavors to be, they are dry and crisp. I REALLY have to stretch to find any room for improvement here. A touch sweeter and it would be heaven. OK, heaven plus, with it being merely heavn as it is. The mouthfeel is chewy, slick, and feather soft. The drinkability is beyond reproach. This one masks the alcohol really well, leaving you foolishly thinking you can make a session of our new-found friend, JeepPuff. This is why I need to move to Belgium. If you find this beer, hoard it.

Photo of Slynger
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orangey-brownish amber color with a hugely fuzzy, caramel tinted carbonation.

Smells of sugary sweet caramel, red apples and grapes, with some nutty, musty, spiciness.

Lots of fluffy, full, carbonation lends to the medium body. Tastes of brown sugar and red apples with lots of black peppery spice and some warming alcohol.

Very nice. This brewery does good work.

Photo of Benway
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having enjoyed the 'Mad Bitch' by these guys, trying others in the line was something I really looked forward to.

Appearance was a murky deep caramel, not opaque and not quite to the point where sediment appears suspended in the glass. The tan head was pretty burly at first but settled into a nice constant half inch.

Smell. Clear malt backbone with caramel and raisins. Not much alcohol considering its 9.5% heft.

Taste. Definite fruit characteristics married to a roasted malt base. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste that almost veers toward sour. Lots of bubbles at first carry the flavor too much to savor. Warming up, more complexities emerge but still a little too light on the palate. The finish was close to an alcohol soaked raisin.

Mouthfeel. Sticking with 'light' as a theme the beer is in and out of the palate quickly and fails to deliver a solid quality while there. The carbonation might have something to do with it. Trying it on draft might be better.

Drinkability. Despite a few references to 'light', this is far from a session beer. Definitely worth a try. More than one? Depends what else is on the menu.

Photo of RomanW70
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of plums, raisins, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. Excellent flavor of dark fruits, brown sugar, and carlamel with string vineous notes. Dry and sweet on the finish. Throughout the beer, the vineous quality shines through, but doeasn't dominate the beer. Very nice Belgian.

Photo of Damian
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Drank from a 33 cL/11.6 fl. oz bottle purchased at Crazy Bruce's Liquors, West Hartford, CT
Red bottle cap

De Dolle does it again with the cute and unique bottle graphics. This one looks even more childish in appearance than the others. Very intriguing (and slightly odd).

As for the beer, what a gusher this one turned out to be. The bottle opened with a loud hiss and a few seconds later, cocoa colored foam began spewing from the bottle. This went out for approximately two minutes before I decided that I should pour the beer if I wanted any to drink.

The body poured a murky, earthy mahogany color with a one-finger head of light brown foam. The head quickly faded to a thick frothy cap that lasted until the drink's end. Thin sheets of bubbly lacing cascaded down the sides of the glass on each sip.

The aroma was robust, complex and rather sweet. Dark fruits came through strong. Plummy, raisiny and spicy with indication of Belgian yeast and brown sugar. As the beer warmed, the aroma became even sweeter and strong notes of caramel and toffee came out.

The taste was quite similar to the nose. Deep and complex. Dark yet refreshing. Rich malts and a spicy, oaky quality were immediately noticeable. Fruity and sweet in the center, with notes of dark candi sugar. Slightly boozy (rummy) on the back end with a relatively dry finish and a lingering, sweet caramel aftertaste. A slight alcohol warming came out as the beer warmed. Overall, very smooth.

As I anticipated from the initial "spectacle," this beer was quite thin and ridiculously over carbonated. On the first sip, my mouth was filled with (what seemed to be) thousands of large, prickly bubbles. I do not think I ever had a beer that was so intensely carbonated.

Aside from the excessive carbonation, this beer was outstanding. Smooth, rich, complex and easy drinking, this is an exceptional example of the style.

Photo of ABCJiugui
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into large tulip (note- this bottle was VERY dusty when bought, from a store I know never really moves their product very well, so it probably has a good couple YEARS on it, let alone months) Wish there were a freshness date.

A- Reddish brown, tawny colored. Sediment floating throughout, despite the fact yeast had compacted on bottom of bottle. Pours like an aged bottle of jwlees- that is to say, damn near flat with a thin amount of foam surrounding the edge, with no head retention at all. No lacing to speak of.

S- like a young port wine, candy sugar, dried figs, dates, somewhat dubbel like from the sugar component.

T- sweet, but not overly so, again, like a young port- candy sugar, dates. No hops or bitterness that I can really detect until the VERY end, lightly astringent on the tongue on the finish. No alcohol comes thru as things have really mellowed.

M- subtle, slight carbonation but otherwise unbelievably smooth, almost still, with full, soft body.

This was an odd beer. My experience with De dolle up to now is limited and = painfully carbonic/fizzy (still nacht). I was expecting the same here, but the fact that this bottle is either mistreated or just old, really changes the perception and overall flavor profile. It's not particularly complex at this point, and I gather a fresh bottle yields a completely different experience. That being said, this particular bottle I had wasn't bad, and will compel me to find another bottle to try once again. At this point, it's a sipper to be sure.

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

Poured from 11.5 fl oz bottle,

Poured a wonderful cloudy reddish dark brown. Plenty of champaign like bubbles. Smells slightly of sour apples and plenty of yeast. Tastes of overly bubbly sour apples, earthy yeast and bread. Very dry finish. Tasty beverage high abv that cant be tasted.

Photo of dedrinker
2.56/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally! I get some back up from the beer savant below me. I too do not think much of this beer. More on that later. Dark murky copper brown with a seriously over-carbonated head. Aroma of yeast, spice and candy sugar. The flavor is so hard to taste with all these hairy bubbles going ape shit in my mouth. As the flavor emerges I sense overt yeasty spiciness, an acidic tartness, and definite alcohol presence. Body is hard to discern as well with all these bubbles. Finishes alcoholic and yeasty. I have had most of the De Dolle beers before (different bottlings, different ages) and this is a consistent experience: too much carbonation, overtly alcoholic and unbalanced and hard to swallow - it's almost like home brew gone really bad. If this stuff is so heavily coveted then we should all just go back to Stroh's.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.24/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears with huge overly carbonated fine bubbles it takes a good fifteen to 30 minutes to poor this beer into my chalice at the end of that time the head dwindles and leaves fine lace to the sides of my glass. I experienced the same phenomenon with Stille de Nacht body appears a murky unfiltered deep ruby brown tea like tone with a large fine bubbled head. Aroma sharp sweetness with a pungent note of fruit tartness mild metallic noted and pure carbonation tickling the nose. Flavor is overtly alcoholic with a bland bitter dirty fruit and malt combo, heavy on tobacco leaf and earthiness very unbalanced with stale tasting hop notes, mild tart apple and acidic qualities added in. I don't wanna say infected but with carbonation like that and completely uncohesive flavors I'm floored. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated tickles the throat and dampers drinkability medium bodied overall. Drinkability is poor I'm looking for fine velvet like drinking ales from Belgium and this one is a train wreck of spice tartness and malt flavors.

Photo of dsa7783
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa for $3.99... the appearance - where do I start? I can hardly see the beer underneath a gigantic foany and frothy cream-colored head that obliterated my glass... dark-brown caramel-colored hue underneath the immense top... strong aroma of cider, sugars, and alcohol noticeable... Red bottle logo specifically states "9% alc./vol."... The taste also complements the hefty ABV with a noticeable alcohol presence underneath flavors of figs, prunes, malts, caramel, vanilla, and raisins... not my favorite beer from De Dolle, but a worthy sample nonetheless... good, creamy and rich mouthfeel, but drinkability took a hit due to the noticeable alcohol both in the flavor and taste... Also present is an undeniable essence of syrup, mollasses, and a medicinal-characteristic in the flavor... different... worth a try... As a side note, for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this is a rather bitter depiction of the style with an apparent toffee flavor included...

De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.