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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of CuriousMonk


3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown red color with a nice, but gushing beige head which seems to be the norm for De Dolle beers. Aroma of roasted malts, hops, some esters (apples), caramels and spices. Flavors of roasted malts, caramels, apples, walnuts, liquorices, Belgian candy and spices. Good carbonation throughout and provides an interesting balance between sweet, bitter and sour palates along with a dry finish. This was an interesting and complex beer to drink. I believe this can age well.

05-17-2011 17:33:33 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of jsanford


2.93/5  rDev -30.1%

330ml bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. No idea how old this is, I can't find a date for the life of me. It seems people are doing reviews of bottles with "Bottled 2010" on them, I have to assume this one is pre-2010.

A - Pours a cloudy mahogany with reddish highlights and a creamy, 2-inch ivory head that settles to a thick haze and leaves nice sheets of lace.
S - Huge aromas of dark dried fruits (raisins, dates, prunes), a bit of spicy Belgian yeast, chocolate, and a touch of sour red wine. Very complex and delicious nose, I can't stop smelling it!
T - Hmm...this is probably a bit past it's prime. While there are nice flavors of dark malt, chocolate, and raspberry jam, there's an unpleasant metallic flavor that's really ruining this for me. Tastes like dirty pennies. Darn, I wanted to like this.
M - Mouth-feel doesn't help the issue, either. A bit thin, with an overly-fizzy level of carbonation. Definitely past it's prime or not stored correctly.
O - I'm gonna need to try this one fresh, I really feel like this should be a great beer.

05-15-2011 04:33:11 | More by jsanford
Photo of Cozzatoad


4.83/5  rDev +15.3%

330ml, bottled in december 2010

A- Clear/chocolate brown in colour. Head is beige, not so big but incredibly thick and shows awesome retention throughout the very last sips

S- Awesome. Aroma is strongly vinous with a sour character to it, yet it is perfectly balanced by the malt sweetness. Alcohol is detectable and brings some spiciness that has the aroma feeling more lively. Yeast (and maybe even hops) also show up to bring a moderate and perfectly in place earthy feel

T- The aroma was promising, the taste is no letdown. Malts on the sweet side with raisin and figs, yet also some stoutish background notes (liquorice, chocolate); a slight sour vinous taste gives this beer a wonderful "aged" feel, even if it's only 5 months old. Hops are not just bringing balance, with a moderate grassy character that adds to the mix; I'm also getting some hints of lemon on the tongue if i'm not wrong. Yeast is also in the mix with an earthy background feel. This is an amazing load of perfectly balanced flavours

M- Is this the smoothest beer i ever tried? A rich and yet delicate body that feels incredibly soft on both tongue and palate with an everlasting creamy feel from the head. Carbonation is moderate but you don't need much in such a beer.

O- Amazingly complex and yet perfectly balanced. You'd just want more and more. If i must find a flaw with this beer i'd say that yeast has it feeling a bit heavy in the very last sips

05-14-2011 09:21:27 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -32%

Bottle from ABS Drinks outside Brussels. Really wanted to try this based on the hype and the quality of other De Dolle beers I'd had. Shared with a friend at his place. From notes.

A - Poured with a one finger beige head. Dark red colour with a maroon/brown element. Good carbonation and good lacing for a half bottle pour. Half finger of retention.

S - Yeasty and some strong dark fruit. Takes some time to open up. Really yeasty with some orange notes too. Yeast dominates aggressively.

T - Yeasty, some eggs, dark fruit is really mild but there. Unpleasant. Yeast is way too aggressive and the egg type taste is probably a product of that.

M - Medium carbonation, full body. Sweet/eggy lingering notes.

O/D - I didn't really like this. I don't know if there was a problem with my bottle but this is a style I typically enjoy. I've rarely pick out those harsh notes in beers so I'd like to try another one but this isn't exactly easy to get in Canada. This just wasn't for me.

05-11-2011 15:58:38 | More by tbeckett
Photo of DovaliHops


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a very hazy brownish-red color that looks almost like a Flanders or something, except with a much larger tan head that diminishes rather slowly. Scent is a lot of dark fruit with some nice spiciness and Belgian yeast. Taste is quite pleasant. It's a Belgian, strong dark ale, but definitely not as sweet as most of them I've had (which is quite refreshing and different). This beer is full of dark fruit flavors without the sugar and Belgian yeast flavors. Hints of chocolate and a bit of lemon. Great taste. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice crisp finish. Nice carbonation. Drinkability is high. Overall, it is a highly drinkable Belgian strong dark ale with some lovely flavors and very well-balanced.

05-09-2011 08:29:29 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5%

I got this beer from AlexFields. Thanks Alex!

33cl bottle served in a chalice.

L - murky brown color with a fizzy beige head that remained as a cloud on top of my bier.

S - dark fruit and Belgian yeast, everything it's supposed to be.

T - dates, figs and raisins with a smooth yeasty background. No hint of alcohol at all.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a fine example of the style.

05-08-2011 03:50:26 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Rifugium


3.73/5  rDev -11%

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Pretty damn tasty strong ale, dark and flavorful, served in a crucible-type goblet. Tasted somewhat like an unflavored lambic. Poured a bit cloudy mahogany. Aroma of dried dark fruits. Taste of dried dark fruits, roasty malts, and some dark sugar, molasses or toffee. Complex and tasty. Medium mouthfeel and a pleasure to drink.

04-30-2011 19:27:05 | More by Rifugium
Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into a snifter glass from a bottle with a best by date of July 2012 that was bottled in July of 2010. (Kudos to De Dolle for giving us both dates!) Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear chestnut brown color with a ½” light tan head that begins to recede immediately but does so quite slowly. The foam forms a cap for the beer and sipping leaves some sheets of foam on the sides that recede back down to the ring of foam around the glass.

Smell: The aroma is much as expected for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, there are dark fruits (plum and raisin) and spices. It also has some dark caramel but there is an almost burnt character to it. There is also a mustiness here which doesn’t quite work for me.

Taste: The flavors start with the dark fruits (plums, raisins) and brown sugar/burnt dark caramel sweetness. There is also some tartness here that blends in an interesting way with the cinnamon and clove spiciness. But that is just over the edge into unpleasant for me.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, perhaps a bit on the light side of that, with some smoothness from the adequate carbonation. The finish is reasonably long, begins with the dark fruits and the burnt caramel but then trails off into a nice slightly tart, slightly bitter dryness that invites a next sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this a bit less drinkable for my tastes than the other Belgian Strong Dark Ales I’ve tried. It is a fine beer, with a complex flavor profile but the tartness and mustiness that is part of it just doesn’t quite work for me. That said I’d definitely recommend that others sample it given a chance since it does have a lot of character and complexity. Overall my impression is that I’m pleased to have sampled this one since now I know its not quite right for me. It seems a well-made beer with interesting differences from other BDSA but I’ll seek out others in the future.

04-14-2011 15:59:11 | More by drtth
Photo of trappistlover


4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

(.33cl bottle) Pours a chocolate color with thick tan head. The carbonation is huge. I did pour the sediment rather than leaving the sediment in a separate glass. Incredible aroma of yeast and bread. Nice caramel flavor with chocolate tones and ripe bananas. Slight sourness at the end. Very complex beer that leaves you licking your lips. This is a great beer!

04-12-2011 17:10:13 | More by trappistlover
Photo of sholland119


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

On tap at Monk's Cafe, 4/2/11.

A-Pour is a clear dark amber with some nice ruby red a frothy tan head and a sticky sheet of lacing.

S-Light aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet dark fruit.

T-Brown sugar, fir and caramel sweetness with a slight tinge of sourness in the back of the finish.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O-Nice, but not up to my admittedly high expectations from previous experience with the bottled version.


04-11-2011 15:07:09 | More by sholland119
Photo of nickhiller


4.9/5  rDev +16.9%

A: caramel brown, thick Belgian style head

S: raspberry jam and vinegar

T: like a malty raspberry jam, sweet caramely grain, Fruit Roll-Ups, the slightest bit of sourness.

M: definitely the highlight of the whole experience, this is probably the smoothest beer I have ever had creamy, silky body

O: they've an expert job of crafting a Belgian ale with just the right amount of sourness to counterbalance the sweet malt. It's really exceptional, I've never had anything like it. One of my all time favorites.

04-10-2011 20:36:16 | More by nickhiller
Photo of muletrane


4.15/5  rDev -1%

I purchased a case of this back in 2006. This is one of the three bottles I have left.

A: Poured from a 33cl bottle (no date) into a Duvel tulip. Pours a dark murky brown. Fluffy tan head, dissapates fairly quickly but never leaves. No lacing.

S: Bold. Lots of fruit, sugar and Belgian yeast with a touch of vinegar. Nice!

T: Much like the nose but more subtle and delicate. Starts off fruity and finishes slightly tart with a touch of vinegar. Clean finish.

M: Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Moderate body, high carbonation.

Very complex brew. More subtle and delicate in flavor as the beer ages. I definitely prefer this beer more now than I did 2 years ago.

04-06-2011 17:08:03 | More by muletrane
Photo of boudreaux


3.73/5  rDev -11%

A: hazy ruby/red color; head pours a sticky head, about 2 fingers thick, with a sticky lacing remaining on the surface

S: strong aromas of dark fruits (prunes, dates, figs, and raisins), along with Belgian candy sugar

T: Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale flavors; dark fruits here, with the candy sugar also present; tart, hoppy flavors combine with malty roasted sugar flavors to balance well

M: zesty and tart up front, with a sweet, sticky malt mouthfeel leaving a lasting sticking flavor; medium/full body, very sticky and smooth

03-25-2011 21:42:48 | More by boudreaux
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Served on-tap at MiKro Beer Bar in Hamden, Conn.

A: Dark, reddish amber color with a thin, off-white head of carbonation. Bits of yeast are barely visible beneath the dark, clouded exterior.

S: Rich and fruity with a hint of cherry Robatussin; smells a bit hot with alcohol and tangy, sour fruits. Bits of raspberry and apple fill the nose as well.

T: Dark, candied sugar and fruity malts rush the palate, coating with plum, cherry, berries and pear. Bits of raisin and fig climb forward but can't overcome the tart cherry notes. Finishes a bit boozy and bittersweet with lingering, sticky malt sweetness.

M: Full-bodied and slightly boozy, imparting some alcoholic sting, but quite lush and enjoyable otherwise.

D: The over 9% ABV isn't masked all that well, but I allowed the brew to warm a bit and it settled out some, making Oerbier a pretty nice sipping Belgian dark ale.

03-20-2011 21:10:39 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%

33cl bottle (dated jan 2010) poured into a balloon tulip glass

A: Pours a dark brown/red, opaque. Poured a massive 3+ finger head, light brown, very foamy and rocky and it took forever to dissipate. A 3rd inch of light brown froth eventually settles over the surface and maintains. I love how the froth hits and coats the palate just before the beer pours in behind it, making for an incredibly creamy texture, each and every sip.

S: Tart apples, raisins, slightly prune, apple cider vinegar

T: Very similar to the nose, but the vinegar is well hidden in the background (perfect). First thing that hits the palate is the loads of sweet malt that has that typical spiced bread flavor with a little brown sugar. Cutting through it are the dark fruits (raisin, prune, plum to name a few) that then lead to slightly tart apple vinegar. This definitely has vinous qualities mainly coming from the dark fruits and almost dark cherry/grape berry qualities that seem a bit buried under the malt and dark fruit.

M: Creamy carbonation that slowly eases over the palate all the way through the finish, about a medium body that seems smooth and delicate thanks to the creamy carbonation. Finish is just a bit warm, dry, and leaves with raisins and plum and the vinous quality. Only improvement I could see would be a bit more viscous body.

O: I found this to be extremely good, just a tick below incredible. I liked the added depth of tartness/apple cider vinegar, just done enough to add character without stealing the show from the dark fruits. The highlight is probably the extremely smooth and creamy texture.

03-19-2011 06:47:56 | More by Satchboogie
Photo of BarrelO


4.15/5  rDev -1%

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled May 2010.

A: Deep brownish-red body. Mediocre head.

S: Dark malts, yeast, and vinegar.

T: Intensely malty with dark fruity and yeasty notes. Also a hint of vinousness and sourness.

M: Thick, rich, and creamy.

D: Like a cross between Chimay Grande Reserve and Liefmans Goudenband. I like it. Recommended.

03-08-2011 08:05:59 | More by BarrelO
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Brown with crimson. Frothy head with tiny bubbles mostly, though some big bubbles in the mix.
S: Slight acetic smell, though nowhere near most Flanders Reds
T: Toffee is forefront, more than in other Bruins I've tried. Tartness is underplayed. Alcohol is noticable, though not overbearing.
M: Creamy carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, which is rather high for this style. Finishes a bit sweet.
O: This is an intense beer in many aspects (alcohol, body, flavor). Considering this, it's still fairly drinkable. I do think that the toffee flavor is overdone, taking a toll on drinkability. I generally expect and prefer a dry Flanders Ale (and in general). Considering the price, I would go elsewhere (Liefmans?), but am certainly willing to try other beers from De Dolle and would gladly enjoy this beer if a friend would offer to share one with me =).

03-07-2011 03:59:51 | More by jibbyvonjibb
Photo of HopHead84


4.15/5  rDev -1%

On tap at Stone.

A: Dark brownish red with a small head.

S: Baked bread, clove, banana, plum, dark cherry, and grape. Strong esters and a rich malt profile with toast and caramel. Increasingly spicy as it warms. Really nice malt profile.

T: Rich malt imparts notes of caramel and baked bread. Upper moderate sweetness with a little candied sugar. Dark fruits are pervasive, reminiscent of plum, grape, and prune. Mildly spicy, with subtle clove-like phenols. Alcohol is soft and deftly hidden.

M: Upper medium in body with upper low draft carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with much alcohol warming.

Overall: A very nice Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Good stuff.

02-28-2011 02:17:33 | More by HopHead84
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a fig brown color with a healthy head of white

Smell of tart fruit, raisin biscotti, figs, plums, belgian yeast

Taste of a Mediterranean fruit bowl of purple plums, figs, raisins, honey and belgian yeast. Plenty of bread in the body of this and a little boozy but pretty complex and tasty. Very smooth going down with belgian candy sugar, plums and red berries.

High carbonation and a thick mouthfeel. This is a sipper with a boozy high abv.

02-27-2011 15:51:23 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of aasher


3.35/5  rDev -20%

Unfortunately, this was probably the second most powerful gusher I've had when opening a bottle (second only to the '09 Juliet). It sprayed like champagne, hit the walls, ceiling and cabinet. What a mess! I was only able to keep around 5oz of the bottle. It poured a dirty, murky raisin brown with a one finger toffee colored head. It smells of raisins, figs, plums, light toffee, and slight alcohol. This beer is very, very sweet. It tastes of very, very sweet raisins and dark malts. There is a boatload of dark fruits here. It drinks very smoothly and is between light and medium in body. It's just so cloyingly sweet that I'm almost glad I don't have the entire bottle to finish. It's certainly not the best Belgian Dark I've had.

02-20-2011 05:25:23 | More by aasher
Photo of alcstradamus


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a dark murky brown with two fingers of thick head.

The aroma has an alcohol sting up front with a healthy dose of raisins and spices and some lipgloss. Dry earthiness as well.

The flavor is spice forward with raisin and alcohol in the finish. Very similar to Rochefort 10 only less boozy (if you are looking for a comparison). Straightforward and very tasty.

The body is medium and carbonation is high but appropriate. Overall this beer is very well crafted, but I think a couple years in the bottle would probably benefit it. The booziness isn't huge but it is a bit distracting. I will definitely revisit it in the future.

02-18-2011 23:11:43 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

on tap @ the Swift Hibernian Lounge - I had this on lunch break 2 days in a row - poured a deep hazy mahogany into a chimay goblet, where it puts up a 1 finger head - smells of the dark cherries, burnt sugary molasses a little alcohol and a bit of funk - taste works it's way through the mouth on many levels - the dark fruitiness up front yields to an almost vinegar - like sour and then to a roasty malt finish - prickly carbonation lightens up the otherwise heavy mouthfeel -alcohol taste is slight but the high abv is otherwise noticeable - pretty good stuff off the tap, but I'd be a fool to have another on a working lunch break.

02-14-2011 00:16:55 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of radioscooter


3.63/5  rDev -13.4%

Started talking to another BA'er about this and then found it the same day.

Beautiful frothy 4 finger head with an aggressive pour.
Appearance is a bit cloudy, amber, iced tea middle color.

Froth settles into nice foam.

Nose is fairly typical. Lots of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, citrus mixed with fruit and a hint of moss.

Taste is a bit maltier than expected. Lots of Earthy, yeasty bread overtones. Some phenolic banana, and hints of fig. As it oxidizes I'm getting some cloying sourness.

Finish and aftertaste is a little dry, sour.

Feels syrupy and fairly high carbonation.

Not as "hot" as many fresh Belgians. Aging could mellow it a bit, but it doesn't seem carbonated enough to last more than a year or two before going full-on treacle.

Not bad. Would like to taste their version of a Quad.

02-13-2011 21:24:34 | More by radioscooter
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

33 cl bottle, cap printed May 2010. Poured into Lion's Pride snifter.

Reddish, muddy brown look with a nice inch-tall head that settles down to a nice foam covering. The aroma is of extremely sugary sweet cherries. Really unique smell. Flavor is many different levels- candied cherries, figs, and candy "grape", some phenols, a little bit of funkiness and tartness. Fantastic sweet flavor with a dry finish. The high carbonation also lends a great finish to the beer.

I definitely prefer Stille Nacht by de Dolle, but after getting adjusted to the sweet candiness of it, I really like this beer.

02-12-2011 02:30:01 | More by ILiveOffHops
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4.72/5  rDev +12.6%

I can't believe I've never posted a review of this. One of my favorites. Cap stamped Bottled MAY2010. 11.6 (?) oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Starts to gush a little per usual. Pours a dark brown with rich frothy tan head. Aromas of wooly dark caramel, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate covered oranges.

Palate is crisp despite being rich in malt. A little funk seems to hide in the background, no sourness though. Orange rind mixed with earthy dark chocolate nibs and chocolate covered raspberries. Finish is long and somewhat drying. Great carbonation level.

Notes: My favorite De Dolle brew by far and maybe my favorite Belgian beer. FFO Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw.

02-08-2011 05:55:57 | More by SFLpunk
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