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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

836 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 73
Gots: 83 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001

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Ratings: 836 | Reviews: 454
Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish- brown color with a nice sized foamy, off-white head. Fruity aroma with hints of sour cherry, oak and apple. Tart, slightly puckering fruit flavor with crisp light fruit notes and a very dry finish. Taste a little bit like a Sweettart.

Photo of kmo1030
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours an opaque brown with just a touch of an orange hue. it's got a one finger head that sticks around for the duration.
the aroma has got a powdery yeasty nose with lots of dark fruitiness, raisin, sweet apple, plum, and candy sugar mingle with a creamy caramel, corriander and brown sugar to create a beautiful nose.
the taste starts witha rich caramel, moves to brown/candy sugar and is then followed up with dark fruit: raisin, pear, sweet cider, plum, candied cherries. a just a little bit of alcohol warms up the back of the throat. it gets a little peppery in the middle, with some corriander as well.
the mouthfeel is on the full side with a moderate, but very fine carbonation.
the drinkability is very good, in the context of beefy 9% abv belgian beers. it's a great example of it's style.

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

Picked up a bottle of this gem at Bruisin Ales last night. Had not had a good De Dolle in a long time, so I was overdue. Served at fifty degrees and poured into my over sized wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/09/2008.

The pour was monumental in character. Huge tan colored head reached skyward to a eight that easily surpassed the top of the glass. Good thing this pour was into a 24oz glass. Nice, opaque brown color was evident from the start with a rich looking hazelnut tone to it. The head finally calmed down after about twenty minutes but still dropped tons of foam and lace along the glass.

The aroma was very nice, a little bit ruddy at first. Hints of chcoalte and caramel, rich belgian spice and a wonderful bit of dark fruit all dancing around wonderfully inside of it. But it was once I took a sip that everything really came together for me. A wave of cascading brown sugar and tart apples just rolled across the tongue. Enormously rich and vigorous, this was just a wonderful thing to behold. Nice touches of chocolate and rich toffee like notes were all balanced well in advance of a lovely dark fruit tone that led the charge once the yeast kicked in. Nice notes of prunes and rasins, hints of plums and dark cherries were all very much evident in the profile. The carbonation was spot on, as the rich, velvet like bubbles converged on the tongue and added to the prickly pepper like spices that lasted long into the finish. Smooth as silk with almost all the alcohol very well hidden, this was certainly a gem.

In the end I was really happy with this selection. Very rich and lively with a palate that was well balanced between the dark fruit and the delicous sweet malts. Very complex and very, very drinkable. I cannot wait for the reserve up next!

Photo of Douglas88
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sams in Chicago. Pours out an amazing thick cream colored head, I mean this gave me a pour with 90% head. The body is a fizzy light brown. The aroma is full of sweet candies and rich fruits. The taste was full of fruits; sour cherries, strawberries, also a massive chocolate and yeast balance. The body is fizzy and full. Some metallic and near bitter notes in the finish. Very well balanced, and so damn good. One of my favorite BSAs for sure. Just lovely.

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

pours a slight cloudy dark amber. color has a woody quality. head slight off white with hint of brown tones. spotty lace. nose is nougatty malty yet quite crisp. doesn't have a linger sugar to it. tastes quite hoppy. crisp hop, then sweet, complex malt. sort of nougat, hint of leathery raisin, sort of sweet like a good dubbel. fruity. didn't really pick up on the alcohol. some herbal qualities and pepperiness come on a bit strong but work with the malty complexity. great beer. yet the brewery's stronger hoppiness may deter people from the beer as the herbal blend and hop doesn't sit well by the end of the glass. complex but not sensitive. medium body and a meal of flavors. don't think i could ever drink more than one though.

probably best with very salty meat.

had it again about 6 months later... here is the average of the two score and the second review...

pour is a maple syrup amber with flakes that settle. head is medium body with a white tint of that tone. is toffee, candied orange, and coriander and a cantaloupe sweet quality. the taste has hints of that but a harsher palate. has if the orange peel scent comes from unripened oranges. toffee is a bit smokey. some bread not much. hoppier style like most of the de dolle beers. not as peppery but present more so that the typical of the style. the aftertaste has a floral quality that blend with the malt much like a good dubbel. but a tad more on the burnt herbal. good beer. above average as an effort. but a good taste. complex but harsher than most.

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

Poured from an 11.6 oz. bottle 9% ABV into a snifter. No date on the bottle but I found it in my local liquor store really dusty so it must have some age to it.

Appears a very dark brown with a MASSIVE light tan head that continues to rise over the rim of my snifter. It's gotta be about four inches thick and that was with a very gentle pour. After waiting about 10 minutes for it to settle down I think we're good to go.

Aroma is raisiny, a bit of burnt sugar sweetness, musty, and some yeasty spice.

Taste is kind of sweet initially then some spiciness comes out and it becomes kind of tart like cherries on the finish. A bit of an earthiness lingers on.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, smooth and creamy. Good carbonation but it comes off a bit too thin to get a higher rating.

Pretty good stuff, however I don't think I'll be getting it again.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.6 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: A very dark brownish black with deep ruby highlights and topped with an extremly bubbly and extremely thick one and a half inch head, little streams of carbonation bubble up from the bottom of the glass. The toffee colored head bubbles down into a quarter inch thick cap and leaves behind some rather thick lacing. Difficult to imagine this thing looking any better, an absolute masterpiece.

S: Rich dark fruits, candi sugar and dusty yeast, bandy like in fruit character, very rich, very complex, caramel, brown sugar and molasses all rolled into one.

T/MF: Rich dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramelized fruits and a rich alcohol heat all brought lovingly together and demonstrating considerable balance. Mouthfeel is intense to say the least, incredibly bubbly but still retains a certain amount of creaminess on the tongue and gives off a slight burning sensation of alcoholic warmth. There is a mild (lemony?) sourness in the finish coupled with a musty earthlike character which is an interesting compliment to the beginning sweetness of this beer. Hops begin to reveal themselves more clearly in the finish with an earty piny grasp on the tongue that linges long after the beer has passed.

D: Interesting beer, I have all kinds of respect for this beer, it looks and tastes amazing though a bit too bubbly in my opinion, has some wine like characteristics in points and its tough for me to know how to rate as its not the easiest beer to drink. Taste is amazing look is amazing but its it must be taken as is when considering the drinkability factor. One of these is plently, at least as it stands now.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.6 oz. bottle - no freshness date - poured into a tulip glass:

Pours nearly all foamy tan head that becomes moderately rocky. As it slowly descends it reveals a dark brown body. Head falls and stays as a thin cover after tasting begins. As it nears the bottom of the glass, some small floaties become noticeable.

The smell is raisiny, bready, spicy, with a bit clove.

The taste is raisiny, bready with grassy/earthy sharp bitterness and some clove spicing. Slight smoky notes as it progresses. Warming alcohol shows. It has a peppery, dry finish that packs a punch.

Effervescent and prickly (though it evens a bit in the second half. A sharp dryness lingers on the tongue.

A "big" beer in a little bottle. Interesting complexities with an interesting bite. Well-done, but a bit too much for me to handle. A slow sipper to be sure. Wouldn't get it again, though, especially not for the 5 bucks and change.

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.

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