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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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748 Ratings

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 64
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2001)
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Photo of sholland119
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


sholland119, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

nickhiller, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of muletrane
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

muletrane, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

boudreaux, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Satchboogie, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of BarrelO
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BarrelO, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 =).

jibbyvonjibb, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

HopHead84, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

alpinebryant, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

aasher, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

alcstradamus, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of JoeBloe
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

JoeBloe, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of radioscooter
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

radioscooter, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

ILiveOffHops, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

SFLpunk, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
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!

Viciousknishs, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of DPFRD
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- Dark, nearly opaque, but a reddish brown hue is noticeable in the right light. Great head.

Smell: Dates and Sweet Malty aromas jump out at first. Almost a port like aroma developing. Seems like it could age real well.

Taste: Complex dark fruit and molasses stand out at first, but once I adjust, I begin to experience a tart sour funk. It hits your throat like a port after you sipped some water, leaving an almost tannin like aftertaste. If you relish a sip for a bit, you will soon feel some phenol warming affects and also some pepper that finishes tart in the end. Quite distinct, very intense, but controlled... Bravo.

M- Thick and creamy, very well carbonated because I felt it even through such a pronounced body.

O- This is a keeper. If it were a chick, she would have an amazing face, and great tits followed by a nice ass, with a freaky side that paid off. This beer is like a thick dubbel that had the wild funk deployed on it. It has characteristics that remind me of an abbey type brew and some wild ale/sour notes too. A beer to sit and contemplate on, especially if you brew... this is good.

DPFRD, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of wschmit
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: BIG head. I could not fit the bottle into the Duvel tulip if I tried, with the gentlest pour, to minimize the head. Big, beige head sits on a very cloudy, chocolate body with some carbonation. Gobs of webbed lacing.

S: The heady scent of baking brown bread wafts my way from a foot away. Tea, honey, and clotted cream notes hide any shred of alcohol.

T: Not as sweet as I expected, the beer comes off as slightly tart, musty, mellow and round. The caramel-raisin maltiness that I expected is subdued, playing a supporting role to mildly acidic, candy-sugar yeastiness.

M: Medium body, despite the darkness and alcohol. The carbonation comes through in the clutch.

D: Too high. This combines so many features of Belgian beers that it's a bit scary. Strong, dark, balanced, tart, yeasty--an exemplar of a varied style.

wschmit, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown that is barely clear if you hold it up to a light. Lots of foam in the duvel tulip glass too. Tastes of caramal brown sugars with a slight dark fruit finish. Its very drinkable for the 9% alc, no hotness at all. Was hoping for a little more 'wow' with the flavour though. Still a good BSDA though.

WeedKing4, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of mexikrainian
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into Ommegang chalice.

Appearance: dark amber brown with bubbly, thick tan head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: dark fruits, molasses, figs and sweet malts.

Flavor: depressing given the aroma. less than robust for a BDSA. belgian spices, malty, prune, sour and tart.

Mouthfeel: fizzy medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: i love BDSAs and this was disappointing. it tastes more like a dubbel-flemish sour ale hybrid.

mexikrainian, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
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.

oglmcdgl, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of shortsqueeze
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely ale that began to shine only after a suitable period of aeration and increased temperature.

A. Beautiful blood orange with a dense two finger head, light cappuccino in color. Settles down to a quarter inch. Not translucent, but takes the light well.

S. Brown sugar (lots), apple cider, raisins and a bit of alcohol on the nose. Very nice! It took a good 30-40 minutes to open up in the glass.

T. Brown sugar, citrus, prunes, apples. A very long finish, slightly tart and then astringent. Alcohol beautifully integrated.

M. Smooth on the palate with a nice balance of carbonation and astringency, neither overly prevalent.

D. Perfectly drinkable. I want to open another bottle right now!

One of the first things I am going to do next week is go out and get more.

shortsqueeze, Jan 23, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear brownish red with two finger dense cream colored head, settles to half inch that never leaves and trails rings of sticky lace. Smell: floral and citric (rindy) hopping, pear and plum, slightly chalky and medicinal, brown sugar. Taste: dark brown sugar beneath a huge black plum flavor (nice), a little chalky with a leafy and spicy hopping. A little pear towards the end of the sip as it warms. Active but smooth carbonation. Well hidden alcohol. Very tasty and fantastically drinkable.

Bottled May 2010.

babaracas, Jan 22, 2011
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