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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 70
Gots: 77 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

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 DaggerEyes
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had a bottle at the Diamond in Greenpoint Brooklyn

What a great looking beer! Poured a dark reddish brown with a dense 1 finger head that had EXCELLENT retention stayed throughout. Decent lacing too as I worked my way down the glass.

The nose was Tart and Fruity with some belgian funk and earthiness hanging out. Scents of Green Apple, dark berries and sour cherries are present on the nose. A little bit of smokiness is in there as well.

Wine like in taste, fruity and tart, dark fruits, sour cherry, a bit of pepper and little bit of mint. Some grassy phenolic notes mingle with dark fruits on the finish.

Medium-Full body, rounds in the mouth, super bubbly nice natrual feeling carbonation foams up in the mouth. super dry finish

This is a totally fantastic beer, don't know how many I could drink in a session due to the high ABV, but this a beer I hope to revist soon

Photo of taez555
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark ruby/brownish body with a thick off-white head.

Nose has a strong dark fruity smell, with this strong alcohol note. Almost reminds of mescal at times. Lemon or lime juice but without any peel smell. Touches of green apples and pears.

This beer has flavors galore. Wow!!!! Medium to full bodied. Touches of smoke, chicory, honey, apples, crisp granny smith apples, pear juice, caramel, halloween candy caramel, currents and figs. As it warms a load of green apples really shine through. Very tart and crisp. Hops have a mild grassy taste but really don't shine through. Bitterness is just enough to give some balance while peaking through from time to time. Ends with a lingering tart fruitiness.

This is a great beer. Picture the best double you've had mixed with a little bit of samuel smith fruitiness. A ton of flavor and all very well balanced. I could drink it all day.

Photo of bosco7
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick mousse head sits atop a dark brown brew. Very attractive.

Baked apple, cinnamon, black pepper, bread, earthy yeast, and rum in the nose.

Tastes a lot like it smells, lots of apple pie flavors upfront. Some rum, cherry, and raisin in the middle and finishes nutty and spicy. Starts sweet and finishes dry and a bit tart. Unique flavors in this little brew.

Carbonation is extremely high and this just accentuates the dryness in the beer. Very unique beer. I like.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2001 (or prior) vintage.

Distinguishing label characteristics: a lighter fire-engine red background, tiny circle logo of a rotund man in a top hat, tipping a tulip glass. I've seen this of signage in photos from the Zythos Beer Fest, but have no idea what it means...i'm guessing a Belgian brewers associaton. Importer is listed as "Wide World Imports, Inc." Deale, MD (now defunct)

An audible hiss is still heard when opening the bottle.
Coloration is a much lighter caramel color out of the bottle, and a high-clarity crimson when held to the light. Speckles of yeast in suspension, due to my sloppy pouring. Less than 1/2 inch of foam, but it's amazing that there's still this much carbonation from a nearly 7 year old bottle. Swilrling produces more, and irregular lacing forms in time.

Smell is vastly different from a fresh sample, old leather, sherry, toffee, a trace of liqueur-like alcohol.

Caramel-toffee flavors, tawny port, a warming feeling as it sits on the palate. Alcohol is alot more integrated than the bottles i've had 2-3 years ago. It's still very present, but in harmony with the other players in the orchestra. Aftertaste of nougat, almonds, and honey. Almost more satisfying than the initial sip. The warming effect is like a nice blanket on a cool evening. Full-bodied, similar to a trappist Dubbel, with a complex character.

After having a fresh one and this vintage bottle side by side, i'm feeling pretty good. Definitely one to sip and contemplate. Can't say that this vintage is "better" than the latest incarnation, but it has aged very well. Interesting to say the least, it's exemplary of what cellaring can achieve.

Photo of dren
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick creamy head. Looks good so far. Nice brown sediment poured on the head (I like that stuff). Left nice lacing.

Smells of browned bread rolls, brown sugar, apple vinegar, alcohol, candied fruits and a little spice. Wonderful smell as soon as I opened the bottle.

The dark sugar flavor hits up front with a tingle on the tip of the tongue. Sour vinegar overpowers the middle with some dark dried fruits in the end. It will make your mouth pucker a little but not as strong as some sour ales I have had. The alcohol is warming and leaves a slightly dry finish. A very good balance between sweet and sour. Man this is good!

This beer is medium to full boddied. Very smooth and creamy with a nice range of flavors.

I found just one bottle of this sitting in the Hop Shop in Indianapolis. I haven't seen it before so I picked it up. Glad I did. I would certainly love to have this again.

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

Made with lactobacillus and cellared at the brewery.

Poured from an undated 11.6 oz. bottle into a tumbler, the color is a very dark, hazy garnet with a large burnt khaki head that is long lasting and leaves a light, foamy lace.

The smell is very sweet and a little vinegary, like an oud bruin, with a fruity emphasis.

The taste, while rich and very good, is not as sweet and tart as I expected from the aroma, and is tempered by the dry alcohol bite, which is substantial.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick but very smooth and creamy.

This is a fantastic beer, but rich enough that you’re not going to drink it with any speed, nor should you. Savor and enjoy!

Photo of GClarkage
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/20/07- Purchased at Bottleworks, in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. No dating on bottle itself, but it is marked on the cap. (2005 version). Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep brown-caramel colored pour. About a nice 3/4 inch pour which settles at a nice 1/4 inch for the rest of the brew. Leaves wonderful lace streaks and patches. Almost the entire glass was caked with lace after I was finished.

Smell- A very nice sweet caramel nose with dark fruits lingering the the background (prunes and raisins mainly). Also notice a slight sourness?

Taste- This is supposed to be a sour beer? I was confused until I read some ratings to find out if this was normal of infected. Apparently it's fairly normal. The sourness was nice, but seemed out of place per style. Oh well....The raisins and the prunes are still there, but they are muted by some sour flanders-like tart flavors. I'm getting some semi-sweet chocolate covered cherries as well. Not even as much caramel as in the nose. The alcohol is very well hidden also.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated and on the foamy side of things. Suprised to get a slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Still seems out of style to me. It was good though, whatever it falls under. Was overpriced though at $7.99 for a 2 year old bottle. I'd pick one up though if you see one at a price of $5 or under to try. Especially if you like Flanders syle brews.

Photo of hellcatsjg
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy dark reddish brown with a ton of head. The beer was so frothy during pouring, which was slow to begin with after a warning of it's out of control head from my friendly neighborhood beer seller, that I had to stop so it did not overflow.

Smell: Alcohol dominates with a lot of spice. Smells sweeter as it warms.

Taste: A good spicy raisin taste. Alcohol warmth comes to the front as it warms. A bit of maybe brown sugar as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated at first, but very nice and smooth as it calms down.

Drinkability: Very good beer. Very good example of the style that I enjoy more than some of the higher rated beers. The beer improves as the drink goes on and add character as you drink. Definitely worth searching out.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown, inch of beige head, spotty lace.

Smells fruity and savory. Rich Christmas pudding, sour cherry, plum, banana, soy sauce, solvent, and herbal grassy hops. Very appetizing.

Tastes of rich dark malt, plum, and herbal grassy hops, with some sourness. A bit of soy sauce. Some herbal hop bitterness. Fairly dry, with the finish drying out completely. Long sour herbal finish with some solvent. Tasty and refreshing.

Smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of TripelMajor
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another classic from Belgium's "mad brewers."

Perhaps it was because it was a rocky walk home, but when I opened this it wanted to do the geyser thing, so i quickly poured it.

Deep brown, with the typical de dolle haze a nice trail of yeast fell into the glass with the last little bit.

Nose is rich with Belgian spice and sweet dried fruits, similar to the nose of a good double style beer.

Amazing and very unique flavor. Goes down without a hint of the alcohol, unlike dulle teve where I think some of the charm comes from the warm alcohol, this one is almost thirst quenching. It is very rich in flavor dates, toasted walnuts and corriander. Candied malts and subtle hop balance. Delicious. Different than doubles or other Belgian DSA's. If you aren't sure on the first sip, keep going. It's worth it.

Like other De Dolle beers I've had, this one has a pleasantly full mouth feel. That leaves a little coat on your tongue.

Drinks like a session. Dangerous. Smoother than the Grotten Brown, but with much richer flavor.

Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle
Sam's Downers Grove

As I slowly open this beer I stop. I can see it's going to be a gusher. I let some of the excess carbonation free before fully opening it. Oerbier poured with a dark cola looking body. Ruby highlights when held to the light. Strong bursts of carbonation rise through the highlights. Beige head formed on the pour that quickly faded to a ring around the glass.

Unique aromas coming from the depths of this brew. Dark sticky aromas. Rum soaked raisins, figs, dates and brown sugar. Toasted maltiness along with a moderate alcohol spiciness.

Toasted maltiness starts things off. This beer gets much better as it warms. Actually tastes like candi sugar was added to raise the alcohol. Same flavors as in the aroma but melded together to the point where it's difficult to pick one from the next. Actually finishes with a mild leafy hop bitterness.

High carbonation makes this beer super airy and creamy when it hits the palate. Body is on the lighter side of medium.

This is a solidly drinkable beer. One bottle is good for now but that's mostly because of the style. Very enjoyable.

Another solid brew from De Dolle. Very unique and interesting. I can't recall too many BSDAs using candi sugar but maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention.

Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this bottle from presario as part of CanBIF3. thanks trevor!

330ml bottle. cap stamped JUN 08.

pours murky light brown with a small very dense tan head. the head quickly fades to a ring around the glass and leaves some spotty lace. this just arrived yesterday, so i think maybe it needed a little more time to settle. still seemed to be a healthy chunk of yeast in the bottle, but i think that more was stirred up in transit. i'll give it the benefit of the doubt here.

aroma is nice. good hit of alcohol. lots of fruit. cherry, date, raisin, maybe raspberry. bready malt. bit of yeast. call me crazy, but i swear there's resiny west coast hops in there.

taste is nice. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level, and again almost resiny hops. shades of aged barleywine. bit of yeast. less fruity than the aroma, but i can still pick out the darker date and raisin. bready malt. nice warmth on the way down. earthy, which could be coming from the extra yeast.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation, just enough to give it life. fairly big body.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is mostly noticeable by the warmth on the way down, but it's still enjoyable. definitely enjoying this one, and i'd love to let one age for a while and see how it changes.

Photo of kaimcm
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a goblet

A: rich brown body w/ amber edges. creamy beige head that looks like whipped eggs or cream.

S: good acidity in the nose, both malic and lactic.. creamy. sweet yet tart, nice fruit, some wood notes.

T/M: creamy and soft. some fruit up front, a lite prick. a citric/malic twang that gives way to suble lactic wild/aged quality. the spontaneous by products pull through. a flash of caramel sweetness before a tangy dry finish.

D: quite high. complex yet friendly for the style. refreshing.

de dolle kicks ass. nuff said.

Photo of techdiver
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dense brown with a massive beige head that dissipates slowly leaving a frothy cap.

Malt, fruit and spice to the nose.

Taste is truly exceptional. Sweet malt with a tart bite; well balanced and so delectable.

Great carbonation, so refreshing. Smooth and relatively light feeling.

Great drinkability, I think I need a case of this. One of the best brews of this style that I've tried in a while.

Photo of BobThomas
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Well now, another most interesting beer from De Dolle. Pours an amber brown color with an off white head with big, thin bubbles that settle to a decent lacing.

Interesting aroma, complex with malts, spices, tons of fruit, and a winey aroma, that's quite bizzare.

There's some of that good spice in the taste, but then the sour grape flavor comes into play. It's too much. I really can't drink it. Actually, i drank about half a glass because it was so bizzarre. It tastes more like low quality wine than beer. Or perhaps a combination of the 2.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours a sickly kind of russet brown meets auburn, lots of floaties about, ugly gray ones too, but a good sizable off-white bubbly head that shrinks to a thickish film, little lacing. Aroma and taste are very similar, very nice, with all kinds of dark fruits like plums, pears, apples, raisins or apricots or somehting of that sort, a light bit of alcohol, tons of spices all over the place. The mouth is fullish, good carbonation, alcohol warming is nice, really its just a yummy beer, and while expensive, its a must have once in a while.

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

On-tap @ Capital Ale House, Downtown. Served in a goblet. Listed as 7.5%abv?

A- brown, nice head with some lacing

S- alcohol, sweet, tart, earthy funk

T- sweet/tart, candi sugars, dark ripe fruits, caramel, lingering finish

M- medium bodied, light carbonation

D- excellent. not too tart. vinous, like a wine. alcohol present, but not overwhelming. would be nice to age.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I thought this beer had a suprising amount of carbonation, and a relatively pleasant sour flavor with some complexity. Not bad.

Based on the 5 seconds between opening this bottle and starting to pour, I concluded this was an oud brune, which might have some crossover into this "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" style. It smelled of sourness as soon as I opened it, and was very carbonated during its pour. Color was a hazy red-brown. Taste was very sour and musty...almost like a balsamic vinegar. Mouthfeel was thin, but not in a watery way...more astringent, like gargling with hydrogen peroxide (in a good way!).

I bought this bottle at Ray's Liquor in Wauwatosa.

Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

an excellent aroma issues from the bottle and a tall creamy head that descends in suds at the glass. i'm left with a sudsy mound of an island with a foamy atoll where the liquid meets glass. good lacing. the color is a nice mahogany amber

the aroma is excellent. it is denominated by malt and the work done on it by organisms. sweet and yeasty. raisin. date, roasted chestnut. earthy hops lurk

it is not hot, but warming. bitter, but not in any lingering way. the mouthfeel is medium and lightened by carbonation

Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, it pours dark brown with some ruby red tints with about an inch tan head. It smells mostly like dark fruit and brown sugar. It tastes like raisins, plums, cherries and some caramel. There's also a mild tart finish, but the tartness doesn't last for too long. Mouthfeel is medium but there's too much carbonation in this beer for me, but luckily it's not quite enough to ruin it. Drinkability is good, but it would be better if there was less carbonation. Not a bad beer at all, but it's not something I could drink all the time.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Pours a dark opaque brown-not unlike Coke. Wonderfully creamy, khaki colored 2 finger head.

S: Nuts, figs, plums and brown sugar in the nose. I also picked up a fleeting aroma and the only thing I can compare it to is a freshly burnt candle wick. Strange but appealing (somehow it fits!).

T: Tart cherries and tangy apples at the beginning. Following closely are flavors of chocolate, dry malt, brown sugar, nuts, dark fruit, with a citrus-y hop tang.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Bitter & tangy finish compliments the sweeter elements of this beer. Balance!

D: Drinkability is good for something packing 9.5% abv. The alcohol is very well hidden beneath the tangy, sweet, and tart flavors going on here. You will feel your cheeks getting rosey as you finish this one.

Photo of shbobdb
2.58/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I loved the Special Reserve (2004) so I had huge hopes for this guy.

I thought this was supposed to be an Oud Bruin! It ain't, and it ain't good neither.

Phenolic, definately not sour. A little sweet, maybe a little balance between yeast and malts but it isn't that impressive.

Yeah, pretty run-of-the-mill. Definately not worth the price. Not at all.

Photo of RedHaze
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, with no best by, or bottled on date.

Pours a very hazy dark brown with red highlights. The head is two fingers tall, even with a gentle pour, that settles very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a thick, chunky lacing behind. The retention is incredible on this one, as the foamy cap never really fades (even a half hour later).

Smell; a bit chalky on the initial sniffs, then turning to a nice fruity bouquet. There's plums and dates at first, then it shifts to a bit of cherries and surprisingly apples. The malts are very present, with caramel and toffee at first, followed by candied sugar.

Taste; the fruitiness is prevelant with prunes and plums up front, fading to the cherries. There's a very strong raw, woody earthiness to the flavor, with a little bit of anise thrown in. In the finish there's a bit of herbal spiciness present, to offset the sweet fruits with an alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; the mouthfeel on this one is full bodied, and very creamy, with a bit of bite from the carbonation. Drinkability is really good , but the alcohol bite, and content make this one a sipper for sure.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle from Burby and Bates in Orono. Dark brown nearly opaque body with a couple of inches of persistant light tan head. Citrus sweetness with a hint of hop bitterness characterize the aroma. Fruitiness and roastiness dominate the flavor with some hop bitterness on the finish, unusual for a Belgian. On the heavier side of medium bodied. Not bad, but not sure it's something I'd get again. Worth the try though.

Photo of CWiggins
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, the thing with De Dolle is that you don't know what style you're getting from the bottle. I first encountered this brewer's offerings at the Hi5 in Raleigh, when the waitress suggested the Dulle Teve. It was glorious, and since then I've had a couple more of those plus the Stille Nacht, which I also adore. The others I've had to research first on Beer Advocate, just to obtain some sense as to what I'll getting myself into. Oerbier is the first of my ventures into this strange land.

I poured this libation into a snifter, and immediately was struck by two things: the dark color (almost stout-like) and the nice, foamy head that formed on the surface. It was at least 1/4-inch thick and spaced evenly across the horizon. The color, head, and effervescence reminded me of Coca-Cola!

I took an interested sniff deep into the glass and noticed complex aromas of sweet fruits, malts, and a profound nuttiness. It smelled very clean and fresh.

The head had begun to dissipate by the time I took my first sip. I admit to being a bit overwhelmed by the bright cherry-like flavors that first attacked my tongue! This wasn't at all what I was expecting. It almost tastes as much like wine or soda as beer! The alcohol is hidden well in this strong flavor; you know it's there but there's too much going on to care. It has a lean texture and finishes with a bit of bitterness, malts, and warming alcohol. Very unusual.

I don't think I enjoy this particular flavor profile as much as the other De Dolle products I've tried, but that shouldn't stop me from developing a taste for it.

De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.