De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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4.19/5 rDev 0%
(no freshness date - poured into a balloon)
A: large, gushing foam - wells up quickly, gradually settles out... moderately hazy grape red hue to the liquid... poured most of it into the glass, last little bit was incredibly murky, grey-ish... keeps a steady, active cap, however, pretty much no lacing
S: malty-sweet raspberry and apple, mild wild spice in the background... vague lipstick quality, touch of caramelized wood... overall, moderately vibrant and inviting aromas
T: dark candi sugar, malty red ale similar to many Belgian noel beers, ... little hops... but perhaps a faint toasted character - predominantly a showcase for spicy, dark fruit (berry, cidery apple) yeast flavors... most of the bitterness seems alcohol/yeast-derived... bit of a nuttiness late in the aftertaste
M: expanding burst of gas outside, though with a lighter, compact round body on the interior... pretty dang dry in the finish with a invigorating, peppery booze/phenolic tingle left on the palate
O: like a Belgian noel beer with an enhanced phenolic intensity, wild culture influence... De Dolle's ales have this strange balance, teetering on the edge of disaster; electric, dynamic fruity yeast character just saving many of their products
05-14-2014 21:39:57 | More by Bouleboubier
4.55/5 rDev +8.6%
Haven't had this beer in a long time and it's nice to revisit it. The name translates to strong and wet which certaintly is true, but this beer is so much more than that. The aroma is complex suggesting dried fruits such as figs and raisins along with a very tawny character remiscent of port wine. There's even a hint of smoke. This smooth malt and sugar bomb has a tawny port character that carries through the taste of this beer along with some marzipan sweetness and a boozy finish. This is a beer I should have been drinking all winter. I may have to go back and get some more.
04-22-2014 00:03:50 | More by marcobrau
3.79/5 rDev -9.5%
A- Pours a deep, ruddy brown hue with a huge, 3 finger off white head that leaves lots of lacing on the way down.
S- Sweet apple, plum, grape
T- Raisin, fig, sweet plum, lots of residual sweetness on the back end.
M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.
D- Seemed too sweet and too effervescent for me. Maybe some time on this one helps it come together.
04-19-2014 06:37:59 | More by Lothore
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 6/2013. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, raisin, plum, fig, white grape, caramel, candi sugar, bread, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and balanced dark/candi sugar malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, white grape, caramel, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, white grape, caramel, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast with a good amount of dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
03-31-2014 04:29:02 | More by superspak
De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
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