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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

De Dolle OerbierDe Dolle Oerbier

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

672 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 672
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark ruby tinged amber/mahogany with a slight haze. A quarter of an inch of tan head rests at the top of the glass. The head quickly recedes into a thin halo of foam. Oerbier has a warm and inviting appearance.

S- The aroma consists of a huge dark fruit characteristic. Gobs of ripe plum, date and raisin upfront with a slight tart cherry note. Sweet sticky Belgian candi and estery alcohol bite in the middle. Finishes clean and crisp with a dry cake like nature.

T- The taste mirrors the aroma like the return of the chorus in a great pop song. Opens with ripe staining dark fruit. Alcohol warmth is felt in the chest and bolsters the fruitiness. Dry Finish with a spiced tart cherry infused cake.

MF- has a medium body with an average bubbly carbonation. There is a hint of astringency and prickly booze on the palate with an overall creamy mouthfeel.

D- Medium drinkability. Oerbier has a very bold flavor and aroma however the construction is simply straightforward. They are stacked in a straight line instead of being woven together like a tapestry. That being said the construction should not put the drinker off. The building blocks themselves are superbly delicious and would pair extremely well with a pungent sharp cheese or grilled beef/lamb!

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 05:34:47 | More by Viciousknishs
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at abbey,

Huge frothy head forces a very slow pour, leaves some sticky Belgian lacing, dark auburn rosy molasses colored beer.

Nose has some Belgian candi sugar, dark malts, molasses, caramelized sugars, toffee, dark fruits bit of plum and raisin, bit nutty and light spices touch of booze.

Taste is a little creamy, some nutty spices, little booze, toffee, caramelized sugars, raisin, dark malts, light bitterness with a slight earthy slight herbal hop bite, touch of minerality. Finishes lingering herbal hop bitterness, some sticky malts, bit of malts, nutty spices lingering. The herbal hops are a lot more dominant than I ever remember in the bottle. Perhaps the freshness of draft brings them out rather than aged in the bottle, but either way I'm not a big fan of those hops. The combination is nice and bottle aging adds a nice mellower taste..

Mouth is med bodied bit creamy, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, good strong Belgian beer with nice flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 19:46:45 | More by jlindros
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at memphis taproom. Baller two de dolle on draft in the same night.

A- comes to me with a small cap of tan head that settles instantly to leave just a couple specks of lace on the glass and a mirror finish on top. Dark brown red in color with a good bit of haze to it.

S- dark fruits and a touch of sour cherries. Complex layers of dark malts and slightly funky yeast.

T- fruity and funky with musty grape skins, dried cherries, some apples. Malts are well roasted and bring a bit of chocolate and dark breadiness to the mix.

M- the body on this is just perfect to style and with a nice light yet effrevesant carb that keep a rather big bsda quite light on the palate.

D- great stuff. Every time I get the chance to enjoy a de dolle its always a treat but on draft is a whole other monster. Its like a familiar room on drugs, safe and warm but new and mind blowing at the same time. Its a special thing to get to see thing from another angle sometimes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 06:26:42 | More by oglmcdgl
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ThaCreep

Belgium

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Harmonious and complex nose that mixes both the roasted malt and fruity notes and many delicious as the raspberry, blood oranges, grapes and apples.

The mouth, where one feels the presence of sugar candy, is a little alcoholic like a quad style. Body creamy, smooth yet powerful. Her touch reminds vinous barrels of Bordeaux or even a Scotch whiskey.

The fruit is also present and a nice way, making this beverage difficult to categorize. Beer complex.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 15:59:00 | More by ThaCreep
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roughsax

Virginia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2007 17:51:30 | More by roughsax
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Monk's Cafe...
Appears a dark brown with a light red hue. A creamy tan head floats on top and slowly fades. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of rich malt with syrup, raisins, and Belgian yeast that evolves and comes through as it warms.
Taste is of sweet, sugary, molasses, and malt with a medium sugar dosage, and a light alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with the molasses like sweetness that quickly turns into a mild sourness that is enjoyable and fits into what they were trying to do.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2006 15:17:20 | More by weeare138
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Capital Ale House Innsbrooke...

Pours a dark red - so dark that the red fades to black (i apologize for the Stones cliche). Huge vanilla mousse head. Really a beautiful brew in the chalice. I would separate the brew's taste into two distinct stages. Stage 1 - a nice dark, belgian brew with raisins, plums, caramel, and even some coffee/stout type characteristics. Stage 2 - a flemish red, sour cherry ale.

A very unique brew. Highly drinkable and very interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2006 05:24:50 | More by Lnedrive14
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. This beer poured a deep brown with ruby hues with a finger of head light khaki head that maintained well through the drink. Nose was slightly like black currant..fruity and sharp. There were notes of light raisin and light cherry. Nothing was overly strong, but nice. Flavor was much like the nose. Solid black currant and raisin with a toasty character on the finish. There was a faint tart zing to it that I enjoyed. The feel was moderate with a nice tight moderate carbonation that kept it easy drinking. Overall, I thought this was enjoyable. The nose was a touch light, but the flavor and feel worked well in this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2006 03:42:19 | More by kmpitz2
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass, it pours a hazy mahogony color with a condensed thin white surface layer.

Aroma is of grapes or cherries (reminds me of a lambic). Aroma also reminds me of wine. Not much else doing here, but a nice aroma none the less.

Sipping, it is very tart! Sour grapes/cherries come to mind up front with a malt body and a sweet plum finish. Great flavor! Aftertaste reminds me of grape Kool-Aid!!! My fiancee says it reminds her of a merlot wine.

Carbonation is stingy on my tongue, body is thin and the finish is a bit drying and of some oak flavors.

Easy to drink, fun and refreshing, but I would bet this is a dangerous one at larger amounts of consumption.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2005 18:26:27 | More by Fish113d
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jokelahoma

Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20 oz De Dolle Oerbier glass, on tap.

Poured a lovely ruby red with a thick head that dissipated fairly rapidly. It made for a beautiful presentation in its own brand-specific glass.

Aroma is rather fruity, almost berry-like. Very sweet smelling, reminding me in a (good) way of the old "Malt Duck", believe it or not. It was hard to get a handle on how one would expect this beer to taste based on the aroma.

And even more hard to get an idea of what it was supposed to taste like after actually tasting it. It's very hard to describe the flavor, really. Fruity, sour, balanced, bitter without being bitter... there's a lingering sourness in the aftertastes that carries on for several seconds, refusing to admit you've already swallowed that last sip. There's not a lot of malt flavor, yet you know there's a firm barley backbone in there somewhere. The entire beer seems to be one long contradiction. It's A without being A, B without being B, etc. It's almost playful in the way it teases you with hints of various flavors, then yanks them away before you can get a grasp on just what it was.

Mouthfeel is oily, but certainly not thick. It's remarkably easy to drink.

This is a very unique brew, and quite drinkable. It's not all that easy to find on tap (I got mine in Joplin, Missouri), but well worth seeking out. Overall, I'd highly recommend this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2005 19:58:40 | More by jokelahoma
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Crosling

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on draft at the brewery in Esen, Belgium.

Golden.

Pale to rich malts provide a buttery and caramel maltiness but a more elaborate ripe fruitiness is more prominent, providing notes of plum, banana and clove.

Rich, full of depth, yeasty as hell and full of fruit notes; mainly apple and pear.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2004 14:41:58 | More by Crosling
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 00:03:50 | More by marcobrau
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Lothore

California

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 06:37:59 | More by Lothore
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superspak

Michigan

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:29:02 | More by superspak
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with Rejtable - Thanks!

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a good size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, grape juice, dates

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dates, and raisins. There is also grape juice flavour, some anise, and a yeasty spiciness.

Overall - So far every beer I've had from this brewer has been a winner. I'd like to have regular access to their offerings. A great tasting belgian dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:00:50 | More by spinrsx
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled June 2013. 9% ABV.

A: Pours a medium reddish-brown. Fairly murky. Tall and very fizzy light brown head. Head fades surprisingly slow with great retention. Almost no lacing.

S: Very pleasant and sweet fruity aroma. Brown sugar and dark fruits. Lots of plums, prunes, raisins I'd say. Maybe even....apricot? Sweet bready malt, like poundcake.

T: Quite similar to the aroma. Lots of dark fruits, raisins are more prominent here but the rest are still included. Taste is a little less sweet than the aroma. Get cloves and more of a dark bread than a sweet bread now. Finish is slightly dry with some earthy spiciness and dried dark fruits.

M: Medium bodied, higher carbonation lends a thinner, airier body than expected for 9%.

O: A really nice fruity BSDA. Well balanced with nice complexity. Not overly heavy on the belgian yeast character, which I feel can overpower some brews. Not too sweet, not too heavy either.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 06:05:25 | More by Dope
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MCain04

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, very unclear bottling date but seems to be pre 2010. Poured into Speigelau tulip.

Pours a dark cloudy amber brown with a thick creamy head of light tan color and great retention.

Smells slightly musty with dark and light fruit aromas. White grapes and citrus fruits, green apple jolly rancher, cherries.

Taste is fruity along the nose, white grapes being predominant. A little thin and watery. A little must and funk to this. Somewhat stale. very little alcohol

Mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and prickly on the tongue. Sticky finish.

Overall not my favorite brew although my first from De Dolle. Might just be an old bottle improperly stored. Would give it another chance but wouldnt seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:56:13 | More by MCain04
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brown or maybe even dark crimson. Head is beautiful. Its not obnoxiously large. Its just a perfect height and brilliantly creamy. Sticky lacing.

S-Sweet but it also has thing nearly tart cherry aroma. Chocolate notes too. Dark fruits but they're again nearly tart. Slightly spiced.
Woody too.

T-Dark fruits and sweetness. Becomes more of a traditional BSDA here. Slight tartness from the nose is gone. Booze is very clear. Chocolate lingers. Fig and raisin bread. I like that its not cloyingly sweet (although it gets close).

M-More drinkable than many I have had. Still, the booze come in strong and it accompanies a rather heavy body. Barren carbonation.

O/D-The nose beat out the flavor. I don't think I will ever truly love beers of this ilk. I can differentiate between ones I can mildly enjoy and ones I hate. This is one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 00:34:34 | More by VelvetExtract
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2013, poured August 2013. Pours a deep dark hazy reddish brown with a massive off white head. Took a while to get this whole beer into my glass. Aroma of plums and figs, cherries, pears, some hops, and lots of yeasty dryness. Flavor has a nice up front bitter that fades into prunes and yeast flavor. A bit of tart yeast lingers. Bubbly and prickly carbonation makes this lighter than I expected. Solid brew, though I like my Belgians a little sweeter than this. Nice balance overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 15:56:49 | More by BMMillsy
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svanet01

Netherlands

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at Gollem Proeflokaal in Amsterdam.

With "Oer" meaning primal or primordial, it is interesting take on an old ale.

Pours a cloudy brown with little sediment. No carbonation, and with a slight alcohol balance. Not much malt taste and a little hop flavor that builds.

Overall, an interesting beer that is easily worth a sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 19:09:14 | More by svanet01
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter

A - poured a reddish-brown with minimal tan head. Lots of bubbles. Good lacing

S - immediately get some fruitiness - green apple, plum, maybe some other darker fruits. A little biscuity, bread notes from the Belgian yeast. Also some tartness.

T - again, the slight fruitiness comes forward. Also a bit raisiny. Some candied sugar as well. Slight hop bitterness on the back end as well as a tinge from the alcohol, though not overbearing.

M - light with some medium to high end carbonation. Real smooth though. Alcohol warms in the throat but, for the most part, hidden pretty well by the fruit flavors

O - a nice BSDA. Enjoyed the fruitiness and typical Belgian flavors but nothing mind-blowingly good.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 20:34:22 | More by JamesStreet
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MarioM

California

3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into RR stemmed glass.

A: Dark brown mahogany with a tan head. High carbonation with a good lingering head made of medium to large boubbles with a small patch of creamy boubbles floating Olin top of the head. Very clear beer, very crisp looking, can't wait to smell.

S: Nice and malty, slight fruitiness an dark fruits with a slight hint of Brett but not too mutch. A tad bit phenolic from the wild yeast but more dark fruit forward than anything else, which for a Dark Strong it's expected.

T: Very dark fruit forward, and has some good malt sweetness. A lot if raisins, figs and dark brown sugar. The Brett I smelled must have been some fruit phenols or something cuz I get no sourness or Brett characteristics, which I do t know why I would expect any, just assumes I guess.

M: Great carbonation and body, slight silky and thick syrupy feel to it with some dark fruit lingering after taki h a sip. Alcohol is present but sneaks up slowly, hidden by the fruitiness but comes back at you at te end.

O: An I interesting brew that I'd happily buy again but only to have someone else try it. Good fruit character stays with you for a while which I love. Overalls great clean and tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 04:33:35 | More by MarioM
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spoony

Colorado

4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-The beer is dark tawny in color and mostly opaque. There is some carbonation visible, but not much in the way of head...just a thin collar.

S-The smell is a unique mixture of cola, sweet and sour cherries, raisins, prunes, cane sugar, and a mild tartness. It is complex and inviting with very little noticeable alcohol for 9.5% ABV.

T-The taste follows the smell with nicely layered flavors of cherry cola, raspberry, prunes, brown sugar, and raisins. Once again, the alcohol is very-well-integrated into the mixture.

M-The feel is medium body with a surprisingly assertive carbonation. The carbonation is chunkier than champagne, but it has a similar manner of attacking the palate.

O-This is a fantastic beer. It has a unique tartness and cherry-cola component that plays really well with the more typical BSDA flavors of prune and raisin. The flavors are complex and the carbonated mouthfeel keeps things from feeling heavy or cloying. I will certainly seek this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 15:55:05 | More by spoony
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2011 (bottled July 2009). Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York and stored in my garage. I didn't mean to leave it so long before drinking it - I just never got round to it. Hopefully this strong brew will have stood the test of time, making it worthy of my 800th review!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with visible sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy beige foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a patchy surface layer. A rich port-like aroma: intensely fruity and sweet. Notes of plums, raisins, figs, dried fruit, cake, brown sugar, vinegar, caramel, tart cherries, mustiness and earthy yeast. A warming whiff of booze in the background; this complements the sweet, oxidised character. Wow - it smells incredible.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a complex character and a dry finish. Notes of plums, raisins, figs, dried fruit, red wine, fruitcake, brown sugar, vinegar, caramel, tart cherries, mustiness, faint grass, mild stewed leaves and earthy yeast. A subtle sourness provides a counterbalance to the sweet fruity flavours, while the oxidation yields a vinous quality that hints at port or sherry. A slight alcoholic warmth in the background, though the booze is well hidden. A mild dryness upon swallowing, with a lingering fruity taste. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and pleasantly tingly, with well-judged carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of rich dried fruit, brown sugar and fortified wine. Superb.

Most impressive - a highly complex and fruity brew that calls to mind wine rather than beer. It looks the part, with an amazingly rich aroma and a flavour that is a shade more restrained. The body does the beer justice. The tart, oxidised element is subtle and deliciously subversive, adding depth to what would otherwise just be a strong, sweet brew. Truly a world-class example of the style; it should be on every beer-lover's essential list. Not to be passed up if you have the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:15:35 | More by jazzyjeff13
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date-stamped September 2012

Appearance: Murky deep brown, light brown around the edges with a really persistent beautifully bubbly off-white head.

Nose: Green caramel apples, nuts and all. Tart and juicy green apple, rich, sweet caramel, nutty chocolately malts. Really nice.

Taste: Feels a bit dulled down compared to the nose, but its definitely unique. Roasty, almost stewed meat-like malt flavors up-front covered in caramel sweetness. A bit of the tart fruity apple comes through in the middle. It finishes bitter, like a coffee aftertaste but less intense. ABV is nowhere to be found. I was expecting a complex sipper but it feels more like a chuggable drinker.

Mouthfeel: Nice, fine carbonation. A bit lacking in body.

Overall: Not what I expected but very nice nonetheless. The nose promises more than the taste can deliver, but the taste is still a delicious and different flavor profile I haven't encountered anywhere else.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 03:48:49 | More by fdig23
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