De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Reviews: 450
Hads: 877
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 78
Gots: 95 | FT: 2
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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 Thehuntmaster
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 9,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Lightly hazed russet brown body topped by a massive cream coloured head that sadly fizzes away pretty quickly leaving sparse lace. A back light reveals beautiful deep crimson highlights and golden edges.

Smell: Mmmmm, this smells great. The initial note is of lightly burned caramel but this is quickly overtaken by dark fruits and a ton of spices. Plums, sweet strawberries, rum soaked raisins, figs, nutmeg and cloves to be specific. There is a distinct vinous note and warming yields a touch of balsamic vinegar - similar to that which I associate with oud bruins.

Taste: Wow, after the nose the flavour is a little disappointing. Warming yields improvement but not enough for the score to be altered. As with the nose the flavour is quite vinous and offers both sweetness and a little tartness. Raisins, cherries, rum, figs, cloves, almonds and brown sugar are all present.
The complexities of the nose are there, but the flavour just lacks the power needed for this to be a great beer.

Mouthfeel: Initially the beer is quite over-carbonated, but things settle down quite quickly and the medium-full body can be enjoyed.

Overall: A solid BSDA but nothing special. I'm not sure I will seek this out again.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep nut brown with a dirty thick haze. huge creamy head slowly dissipates leaving some great thick retention.

sweet and malty, with loads of fresh dark fruit, raisin, light tobacco.

very sweet with a similar flavor profile that the nose has, only with an added citrus burst in the back. slight citrus hops give this that extra bit of complexity.

very full, chewy, lots of mild carbonation to fill this out.

although sweet, very delicious. a must try

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Photo of warnerry
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2011; a pronounced pfffft as the cap is removed

A - Even a slow gentle pour yields two fingers of head. Head has outstanding retention and leaves a lot of lacing. Pours a clear deep amber.

S - Interesting combination of aromas. A bit vinous with raisins and figs. caramel and a small amount of chocolate. Some of the aromas seem to be clashing, but good overall.

T - Taste starts off with a bit of caramel and dark dried fruits, with some green apple, grapes, a bit of pepper and dark brown bread from the middle through the finish. Also a very faint yeast funk. Aftertaste reminds me of red wine.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of with maybe a bit too much carbonation. Finish is dry with a bit of earthiness.

O - Very enjoyable and unique strong dark ale. Very interesting combination of flavors. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of hardy008
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque medium to dark brown color with a large foamy tan head with great retention and lacing. The aroma has green apples, dates, figs, brown sugar, and a bit of tartness.

The taste is much like the aroma. Green apples, dates, figs, brown sugar, some tart cherries, and a small amount of hops. This comes together nicely to make a sweet beer, which is not overly sweet. Nicely made.

Medium bodied, creamy, with above average carbonation. Has a light sweet aftertaste, and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a very nice beer.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (July 2011) into a snifter. Picked this one up at Bruisin' Ales a few weeks ago.

The pour is a deep, dark, murky brown. I wanted to call it plum until I looked at it near some light. Saying that there's some dark, dark red in there may be pushing it. A very cautious pour still yields nearly two fingers of tan foam. The head retains pretty well. Very little lacing stuck to the glass.

The first thing I notice about the nose is how tart it is; that's not to say that it's the dominant characteristic, but I was taken aback by it. I'd be lying if I said I could identify the various spices that I smell, so I'll just say that there are spices in there. There are dark fruits in there like plums, raisins, maybe red apples and grapes. Also some caramel.

Dominant flavor is dark fruit. Red apples, grapes, plums (hell, maybe even cherries) - all sweet and tart flavors. There's also sweet caramel and toffee, bread, and spices.

There's a boozy burn, but it's not terribly noticeable. It's very possible that the spice flavors and lightly tingly carbonation worked in tandem to cover it up. Body is medium-full. The carbonation is prickly, but falls short of being overdone. It's an easy drinker given its complexity and alcohol content, but there's no rush.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer from a local store because the guy who worked there told me it was Belgian Sour, LOL, i come home and check it out on BA and it is a Strong ale. wow. Luckily this beer turned out to be really fantastic, absolutely no regrets buying this one.
The pour is a dark sunburst amber color, dark brownish amber, with a really large head that blooms as you pour, very attractive.
The aroma has grapes and other darker fruits and spices, is good in it's own right but just is a prep for the coming flavors that are fantastic.
The flavors are deep, so deep and complex you can pick it apart the whole bottle. Deep Grape flavors of a low tannin Pinot are in abundance, some fresh baked fluffy wheat bread, a myriad of spices, clean red apples, pomegranite juices, and Tawny port for some sweetness and earthy notes. Fantastic.

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Photo of redleaves
1.97/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huge head, cloudy caramel color. Nose of tobacco leaf and light caramel, grapefruit. Taste is heavy carbonation, tobacco, caramel, grapefruit and metal, like rusty pipes and copper. Yeasty metallic finish. Kinda what I expect a spittoon to taste like, liquid cigarettes soaked in grapefruit juice in a copper spittoon. Very disappointing, I don't get the hype here. I can not recommend. Difficult to finish.

Edit: I let the beer warm up and ate some cheddar and pumpernickel and the beer started to get a bit better, warmer, less metallic. Added a couple points from the F.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown/copper color with an inch and a half of fluffy, foamy head. A fairly large amount of carbonation is evident. Gobs of head on this one! The lacing just goes on and on and on. Amazing.

S: Belgian yeast, caramel malt, raisin and fig.

T: Has a spicy, bready character accentuated by hints of caramel and molasses. Finishes smooth, though it has a slight alcohol burn to it. It comes across a lot like a quad but with a little less alcohol and residual sweetness to it. Great.

M: Feels good in the mouth. The flavor really lingers for a long time and I can continue to taste a slight bitterness for quite a while after each sip.

O: Excellent belgian ale. Glad I purchased it. Would buy again.

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Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date of May 2010 on bottlecap. Pours a murky brown color with a massive head that had excellant retention. The head does not settle far. Some sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Intense aroma. Elements of dark fruit like figs and dates, green apple, and a rum like booziness.

The flavor does not quite live up to the aroma but still is a delight. I taste green apple and prunes. An odd combination but it works. A little candi sugar sweetness. Some yeast esters round out the flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

The body feels thin for a 9% ABV beer. Also it is a touch overcarbonated that lends a fizzy feel.

Bottle conditioning was a bit overdone but otherwise this is a very good "flagship" beer that dates back to the earliest brewing roots of De Dolle Brouwers.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smokey medicinally sweet in the bottle this finds itself in the glass to be murky reddy brown to the eye. Initial half inch head thins quicklt.
Slight fizzy start, some shimmering sweetness with some white pepper qualities which are long. Reminiscent of Chimay Red but longer, more complex and lighter with more elegence and cherry essence end.
Almost perfect nose. So beautiful.

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Photo of taigor
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured cloudy dark amber color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Belgian yeast with dark fruit dominate the nose.

T - Sweet brown sugar and figs, raisins and other dark fruits. This is followed by bready yeasy and slight tartness with a slightly dry finish.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation.

O - Excellent BSDA with ABV very well hidden. Even with that it is a sipper. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Mountainous soft serve like eggshell coloured head, body is red ruby/dark brown, fantastic sticky streaks of lacing.

S - Malt forward, Dark fruits and yeast, tart green apples.

T - Dark berries, prune, brown sugar, fudge, alcohol is quite prominent.

M - Creamy and smooth body, low carbonation.

O - A top quality belgian with plenty of complexity and interest. Would probably age well. Too boozy to be anything but a sipper.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a deep dark mahogany color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Mildly roasted caramel. Lots of prune and raisin. Subtle bits of bubblegum.

(T)- Similar to the smell in lots of ways. Plenty of that yeasty bubblegum/banana part. Caramel malt and raisin.

(M)- A higher carbonation level, but a nice balance. Sweet, but subdued with the yeast profile. Not overly complex either, but it has it where it counts.

(D)- A solid strong dark. A good balance and smooth flavors/feel despite the ABV.

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Photo of adsomers
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best. If you haven't tried this, do.

For me, the aroma is the best part. Deep and layered aromas of fruits--raisin, plum, fig. The aroma also has a biscuit quality that really invites you to consume this hearty and satisfying beverage.

Given the aroma, the taste is not as over-the-top as you might expect. It's complex, but not sweet. Pairs excellently with food or on its own. It held up nicely against some very rich bacon and sweet potato fries I was having at the time.

The mouthfeel is a bit dry due to heavy carbonation. This makes the beer go down very easily but I would advise to let this beer settle a bit before finishing.

This is one of those beers I would call "digestible." It looks, smells, tastes, and feels wonderful. After finishing I am perfectly satisfied.

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Photo of Morningside
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.6 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Cute little round guy on the label looks off to my right, I keep wondering what he's staring at (and what he is for that matter).

Appearance: Burnt umber when held to the light, cloudy and impossible to see through. Thin latte colored head, pours about two and a half fingers thick with tiny bubbles, dissipates down to a half finger pretty quickly, but retains throughout.

Nose: Granny-smith apples are big here, as with most in the style, followed by some tart raspberries and sour cherries. Alcohol is effervecent at first, then fades a little as it warms (interesting?). Pungent earthy hops start to appear with a swirl or two of the glass.

Taste: Dark fruits, plums, raisins, figs, all to be expected. Brown sugar and toffee are pretty prominent on the back-end of the palate, as are those granny-smith apples. Alcohol is a little hot here, but not as bad as some reviewers have claimed. Tart cherries make their appearance in a big way as it comes closer to room temperature.

Mouthfeel- A pleasant amount of carbonation (much less than many young Belgian dark ales), and a warming alcoholic finish that follows down to my stomach (or maybe that's an ulcer?). Very light here.

Overall- My buddy had this in his bottle shop. He didn't know much about it, but took it in after reading the ratings. I'm glad he did. The little yellow round man wasn't going to let me leave without him. My bottle was a little young, but enjoyable nonetheless. I hear this one gets more and more tart as you age it, so I'll see what I'm in for in 6-12 months. Very, very good beer, but not quite Gouden Keizer Blauw level of awesomeness/Godliness.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Clean, reddish brown and really no head. There is some clumping of small bubbles on the edges of the beer and the glass.

(S) Sweet, some powered sugar, and thanks to sweemzander for making the comment of gumball because that's all I smell now.

(T) Taste is of sugar, banana and toasted malt. There are some other underlying fruits in the taste but it is more of cherry and weak acids than anything.

(M) There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. Medium body.

(O) Tastes more like a quad to me.

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Photo of fsvan
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe. Bottled 4/2011.

A- Dark, murky reddish copper. Tons of carbonation in this one. Took two pours to get the bottle into the glass. Good body on the head. Some lacing.

S- Spicy, earthy yeast notes give this a dry smell. Dark fruit like raisins behind that. As it warms the fruitiness begins to take center stage.

T- Sweet. Bready malts. Lots of dark fruit. A bit of peppery bite. A slightly metallic taste on the finishes holds this score down.

M- Nice, fairly thick BSDA.

O- A pretty nice beer. The slight metallic taste in the finish really holds this one down for me.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Cloudy brown hue with two fingers of beige head. Not much lacing, good retention.

Smells of brown bread, brown sugar, estery dark fruits, a bit of alcohol.

Taste follows smell, more dark fruit esters in the nose, raisins and plumbs, brown bread, cloves and phenols, a touch of banana, some alcohol spice.

Full bodied, well carbonated, spicey, kinda creamy carbonation.

Wonderful belgian strong dark ale.

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Photo of jsled
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 3/5. hazy medium brown. good amount of lightly-tan head, supported by good carbonation. recedes by about half in a few minutes, no lacing.

A: 4/5. boozy. sweet. caramel. raisin.

F: 8/10. rich. sweet. caramel. malt. slightly sour pitted fruit. some alcohol, but not strong.

M: 4/5. slightly prickly carbonation, but lighter in the mouth than the flavor would lead you to expect.

O: 8/10. very nice.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bottled May 2010" Opened over a year later.

Pours a big light tan head in the snifter that starts smooth and creamy, and then foams, forming larger and larger "swiss cheese" bubbles. Body is a translucent ruddy brown. The head then calms down to retain at a creamy, fine-grained single finger of head which stays and stays. Some slippery lace as well.

Smells interesting if a bit subtle, plenty of Belgian yeast with great fruit esters: bananas Foster, coriander, faint sweet funk.

Taste follows the nose, chewy with caramel, banana, and that faint tart yeast that signals a nice bruin. Toffee, slightly earthy finish. Quite nice.

Interesting twofold texture: both the head and body remain perceptible without really mixing. Carbonation is relatively bright for something bottle refermented.

It's a good bruin, no doubt about it. For the money, however, I'd probably stick with Gouden Carolus Classic-- they are remarkably similar. The label is kind of cute though, and it was by no means disappointing. Curious as to how this would taste minus the age.

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Photo of moosejaw7
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It's pretty ridiculous how much I love this beer. I firmly believe that you could sip this beer for hours and still not quite pick up everything it has to offer.

The color is intriguing. The nose, alluring. The taste, amazing.

When I sip this beer, it wraps me up like a warm blanket. Everything is going to be all right. The American economy? Just take another sip. My girlfriend is pissed at me again? The chubby little yellow Oerbier dude would never be angry at me. Is someone trying to break into my house? That's fine. Just let me keep my Oerbier.

Seriously, though. There is so much going on here it's crazy. Dark candy sugar, yes, so it's sweet, but not too sweet. It's more dry than anything. There is only a slight hop bitterness, but I don't have time to dwell on that. It's all coming at me too fast. Dark fruits, sweet malt, a wonderfully subtle tartness, and, oh right, there's the booze.

This is definitely a sipper, but I don't know why you'd be in any rush to finish it.

God, I love this beer.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Delirium tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color with a two-finger cream-colored head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Sweet caramel notes accompany malts up front, with some dark fruits -- mostly cherries -- in the background.

T: A complex mix of malty flavors and some funky Belgian yeast. Finishes with the cherry notes from the nose. Almost no bitterness at all here, with a bit of booziness in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with almost no carbonation and a dry finish.

D: The dryness and booziness unexpectedly made this one a little bit of a sipper.

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Photo of Jules11788
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky dark mahogany-red color; fat two finger-width head, fades quickly; slight retention; slick head, with barely any lacing.

S: Earthy notes with some wood, spice, and Belgian yeast.

T: Starts out with a sweet light yeasty flavor; the carbonation opens the flavor up almost immediately to reveal subtle earthy flavors with notes of Belgian yeast, some tartness, and a hint of spice; finishes dry with a slightly metallic lingering yeastiness; no hint of booze at all -- where are they hiding the 9% ABV?

M: Fairly thick and chewy despite the strong carbonation that tickles the tongue nicely as it opens up the flavors. Phenomenal mouthfeel.

O: This is a great beer -- not exceptional -- but great. I would love to buy it again except that it costs $6.99 for a 33cl bottle, too much in my opinion. If you love Belgian Dubbels or Belgian Strong Dark Ales, then you'll love this.

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Photo of cavedave
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A darkest brown and opaque pour is topped by a brown head for a moment, finally a lasting skim.

Man, the tart of the yeast comes on strong in the aroma, with caramel, figs, plum and prune coming in, even a hint of chocolate, just a hint of alcohol.

Man what a taste. It starts candi and tart with the sweeter malt notes of caramel, and roast, and toffee and pastries, then the fruitiness, really plum-like in its flavor, ushers in some herbal/roasty bitter to join the yeastiness for a wonderful end. As it warms some bitter chocolate enters the taste.

Medium carb., drinks lighter than you would think, it is med/high thickness, and an excellent semi-dry finish.

Woooaaaah, each beer from De Dolle I try makes me respect and love them more. Great BSDA, get it if you spot it.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours dark brown color with a nice light-brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, grain, dark ripe fruits (mainly raisins and plum), some sour red fruits and spicy hops.
Taste: Dark malts, caramel, dark fruits up front, followed by some sour lemon and red fruits with a spicy hoppy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation and a medium body
Overall: Perfectly balanced brew where everything blends perfectly together

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De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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