De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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Reviews: 450
Hads: 863
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 75
Gots: 92 | 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 counselor
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured an ugly murkey, muddy brown, but with a fabulous thick, tall, rocky head. Smelled of fermenting tropical fruits, apricots, pears, bannanas with a hint of alcohol. Taste was the same, fruity, overripe apple and sweet & sour flavors, winding up with an alcohol flavor at the end. It had some sweet dryness to the finish that didn't leave me with a sickly sweet aftertaste or an alcohol flavor. The beer was quite enjoyable to drink, easy to quaff. (452 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour out a mega murky, monsterous foamy amber colour. sediment worked up and poured in also. did i mention the huge rocky and foamy head? lots of lace. sour yeast aroma...did i expect anything less from this belgian bombshell? fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel gives way to a fruity, alcohol burn. too many of these and you might really start seeing the cute cartoonish characters on the labels of these de dolle brews. medium bodied. spicy, peppery alcohol aftertaste. no messing around here. a brutal bruiser of a brew. (515 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown pour an enormous tan head that holds up nicely. Very nice long stemmed glass.

Smell: Sweetish nose. Hints dark fruits, especially plum and raisin.

Taste: Semi-sweet and smooth palate. Light chocolate notes and a raisiny sweetness. Noticeable alcohol warmth on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent beer. I fully enjoyed this one and could make it a regular in my cellar...if i could actually find one in Canada. (479 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good appearance, great hed, creamy, with a beautiful hat.
Burgundy colour, with a lot of floaters, with a strange effect of waves and turbidity.
The nose is sweet, light caramel, sugar, honey. Maybe a little too sweet for our taste. Chewing gum. Alcoholic.
At the taste instead the sweet is more covered. It is possible to feel a sharp bitter, and a warm alcohol. More balanced than the smell. Maybe just a little too high point of alcohol.
Medium body, with an aftertaste that is a mixture of bitter and alcohol. (517 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep chestnut color with a strong ruby tone, showing a sudsy foam head that wouldn’t budge once it settled. Had plenty of carbonation that never slowed its furious rush under the head, even for over a half-hour, though it was hard to control on the pour. Lace was a solid wall slow to slip away, with plenty of stain climbing up the glass like ivy. Performed the are feat of having the exact same appearance from first pour to last sip, extending over an hour's time.

Smelled of quality-grade maple sugar, moderate oak, and washed over with spritely esters: thin and wispy, nascently acidic. These esters turned to apple brandy scents in time. Also gave off some soft and sweet spice smells closest to a cooked mix of cinnamon and brown sugar. Honeysuckle notes came up after about forty-five minutes of exposure. Lastly, there were a soft creamy essence softly coating everything, giving a calm, tiny, but supporting texture to everything. Talk about character in a beer!

Tasted first of a kicking mix of alcohol and small and tasty oak, though the latter were not as woody as often is in beer. Had a wonderful darker sort of maple sugar flavor, loads of cherry and orange fruit flavors, moderate-thin in strength of sweetness but strong in creating the character of this beer, which in general was malt textured and with character. Some small butterscotch notes did much to add complexity. Only with some long opening does a small hop finish begin, and it seemed like those typical in trappist varieties. Lastly, a warming alcohol feel at the end. Mouthfeel stareds off like soda because of the exploding carbonation, but settled into a textured moderate feel.

Similar to a dubbel taken up a notch, akin to a St. Bernardus Abt 12, this is a treat. At once very complex and just plain enjoyable.

FYI: Must let this one warm up and get prolonged air exposure for the taste and flavor, and to let the carbonation calm down so your tongue can taste and feel it. (1,984 characters)

Photo of saltydog
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These notes relect the beer when they were still using the Rodenbach yeast. Appearance: Red with some brown. Cloudy. Big, rocky head. Aroma: Big tartness. Mellowing out to malty sweetness. Flavor: Very sour, nice malty sweetness. Good sweet/sour balance with some caramel. Finish: Tart, sour, and nice sweetness. Drinkability: The sweet/sour balance makes for a wonderfully drinkable beer. (389 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a LaTrappe chalice to get a handle on the famed de Dolle foam, still, powers up to 1/2 an inch. Broad lace. Dark nutmeg brown, plenty of sediment. Aroma is first rate, notes of raspberry and vanilla, with scant yeastiness. Very fruity flavor, pear and cherry with ginger and a restrained fizzy mouthfeel. Not overly sweet, fresh fruit astringency and a good amount of hop bitterness at the close. I like it, not nearly so heavy and sugary sweet as I was expecting -- this broke through as bright. (506 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is very dark and typical of a BSDA. The head it also typical of the style; big and dangerous. Be careful.

Smell – The quality malt aroma comes out first, followed by some dark spices and fruits dipped in sugar. The traditionally dates and plums mated well with the table sugar at the nose.

Taste – This has a very sweet caramel-laced malt body. The dark sweetness comes out much bigger on the tongue as well. There are giant grape and cherry flavors along with some tobacco, a huge plum taste, and subtle notes of alcohol. The spiciness from the nose is pleasant as well, making this one a fine BSDA.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and full-bodied. This one is serious and not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability – This was a welcome surprise after tasting a really bad beer that I “oned.” It was on-style yet unique, making for a pleasurable experience. (893 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled January 2004, USA.
Pours a hazy amber-copper color, with a tan head that is made up of largish bubbles. The first aroma I get is of some funky farm-house cheese. This is followed by a sweet brandy-like fruitiness (plum perhaps), and some notes of alcohol. The taste is sweet up front, but is followed immediately by a prickling carbonation that boils the beer on my tongue. Quite fruity tasting with notes of plum, fig, and raisin. A touch of acidity, though not nearly as much as in some of their examples of this beer. There is a definite alcoholic kick in the finish. There is a nice twang in the finish that gives this beer an appetizing character. Some musty-earthy notes are detectable up front, and somehow this beer is quite austere/ vinous in character. Overall this is quite good but I must say that I enjoy getting the bottles that have a bit more acidity in them.

Sampled March 2001, Belgium.
Has a sharp fruity aroma. It tastes nicely sweet with a caramel slightly bitter finish. This is quite good, with a perfect amount of sourness & complexity. When De Dolle is on they are quite good, even one of the best. Unfortunately they can have bottles that are downright off, I am rating this for one of the good bottles, keep on dumping until you find a good one. (1,286 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky looking brown ale with a tan head which quickly settled down to a slight creamy dense head. The aroma is sweet, fruity and with a biscuit like aroma. Dates, plumbs and figs come to mind. Creamy mouthfeel and a medium to almost full body finishing with a slight warming sensation. Flavor is malty with a slight tart fruitiness. Overall a very good Belgian (362 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, Very large head. Malty and rich. Robust flavor. Complex taste, nutty, nearly oakey. Somewhat vineous. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Interesting beer. Very complex taste. High alcohol content. (256 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a murky brown with lots of floaties. Like other de Dolle beers, Oerbier presents a big craggy head that's as sticky as flypaper. It smells like a big glass of dessert: raisins, cherries, chocolate, and a hint carmelized sugar. The flavor is wonderfully complex, with ripe fruit and noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol flavor. The mouthfeel is full and satisfyingly appropriate for the smell and taste. It's certainly no session beer, but it is quite drinkable for a 7.5% beer. With all the beer gone, the inside of the glass looks a bit like the the top of a creme brulee. (585 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Murky swamp brown, like natural apple cider gone bad...explosive carbonation forms a nice beige head after a careful pour. Retention is good and lacing is good, helping to save the look of the beer. This is an ugly beer, but that is not what matters. For some people, the natural appearance of this beer may be attractive...but these are the type of people who prefer their women unshaven:) Aroma is mouthwatering...sour green apples, apple cider, sangria, plenty of sourness and belgian funk. Mouthfeel is fizzy at first, then melds into a cloying wet finish with a medium-thin body despite it's obvious strength. Taste begins with lots of green apples and hard apple cider. The candi sugar makes itself very noticeable towards the middle with a ruddiness and some heavy fusel/acetyl alcohols are noted before the finish. The finish is cloying, with a persistant sweetness. Hops are minimal in flavor, aroma or bitterness. It burns as it goes down, and it will give one a decent buzz. This used to be one of my favorite beers of all-time 10 years ago...I remember this beer being more sour, less heavy on the fusels, and infinitely more drinkable. Perhaps the beer changed, but it's more likely that my tastes have changed. Still, it holds a sentimental place in my heart. (1,273 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-brown. Tons of carbonation bubbles fight their way to the top of the glass. Even my most restrained pour results in half a glass of head, which fades to a thick cap. Awesome retention and lacing. Adding the yeast sediment turns the liquid a dark, opaque brown.

Smell: Fantastic aroma of dark fruits, iron, oak, smoke, cherries, and a funky, earthy sourness. Quite the interesting combination!

Taste: Overall, the taste is funky and sour with a pronouced earthiness. Notes of sour cherries, toffee, chocolate, smoke, iron, and lots of dark fruit. A touch of pineapple is hidden deep in the muck. Adding the sediment brings a slighty bready character into an already strange flavor profile. Finishes with a burst of alcohol. Strange, but oh so's a back-and-forth affair between the sweet and sour...

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a dry mouthfeel. Finishes with a shot of alcohol, as well as a sour tinge.

Drinkability: Pretty good for what it is... This one's fairly high in alcohol, and when you combine that with just how strange the brew is, it makes for a beer that needs to be taken in small doses. I couldn't drink this all night, but it would make a nice nightcap, or last brew of an evening.

Another fantastic and unusual brew from the Mad Brewers of Belgium! My thanks go out to StevieW for including this in our recent trade. (1,393 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome beer from De Dolle! What can I say..I simply love this brewery. This beer explodes with some great carbonation as I pour it into my westvleteren chalice. This beer pours a nice dark murky brown colour with a nice sized huge off-white/tannish head. The aromas of this beer are incredible. Aromas of red wine, grapes, oak, cork, alcohol, spices, fruits, and desserts dance upon your nostrils as you breathe in the fumes of this beer. The magic continues as you take your first sip, the foam caught marvellously on the tip of your nose and the front of your tongue. The liquid sliding down your throat, oh-so-smoothly. This beer makes me want to wax poetic. The taste is incredibly complex and hard to label(like most De dolle brews are)but to me this beer resembles Westvleteren 8 in colour, aroma, taste and texture. This is a very chewy beer that you almost need a fork to drink and the mouthfeel is very thick, cream and luscious. Yes, I like this beer. For me the drinkability on this is great as well, only ticked 1 notch because of its high alcohol content that can render you unconscience if you do not pay attention to how much of this holy nectar you imbibe.
This beer may not be a belgian 'trappist' beer but it is certianly just as good if not better than most of the trappists.
A true classic and another gem from De Dolle!
F. (1,365 characters)

Photo of paceyourself
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The dark chestnut color was hidden by a thin white head that mostly faded and left some chunky lace as consumed. Lots of sediment clouded this brew but the active carbonation still managed to work its way thru it quickly. Maple and sour cherry dominated the aroma. The fruity tastes of cherrys and plums are strong but don't hide the alcohol very well. Altough i enjoyed this brew it did take awhile to drink. (409 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Major foam eruption upon pouring - head recedes to a fluid mass of tiny bubbles that blankets the beer and remained when it was ( sadly) gone, clinging to the chalice. Deep, clear copper color with dark granular yeast clumped in the bottom and surprisingly little cloudiness. Musty, wine like aroma with definite notes of sour and fresh fruit. Flavor changes to tart, fresh fruit; melon and raisin mix with firm hop bittering and a hint of smoked nuts. Full bodied mouth feel with a finish that explodes with hop charactor and searing alcohol that reminds me of vodka. Rich and fruity, solidly hoppy and warmingly alcoholic. De Dolle, like De Ranke are 2 of my De Favorite breweries! (683 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boggy brown color, full of yeasty travellers swimming about, below a fuzzy, rocky, lacey off-white head. Aroma is somewhat dry, hints of nuts, caramel, soft and slightly sweet, with huge spiciness, and a touch of woodiness. A welcome phalanx of hops jumps on board the buds, followed by an armada of sweet malt. Warm and highly charged, with a softly diminishing finish.
Bracing, bold, and delicious! My guess on the style would be either a high-alcohol brown ale, or maybe a souped-up Scotch, either way, several notches above what I'd expect. At 7.7%, I'm starting to feel it, too! Wonderful, chewy texture, full body, altogether excellent! Much thanks to Marc77 for making this possible! (692 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A masterful brew. De Dolle's best?
Pitches forth a dark brown substance that straddles the threshold between solid and liquid, resting under a subdued tan-gray cap.
Clears the sinuses with a tart, dried fruit cannon. Notes of lime, cherry, and concord grapes. Coupled with chalk, cocoa and liquorice.
Taste treads the same grounds, but in a different path. Intially very jammy and plum-like, fading to prune. Then puckers considerably with lime and near vinegar tones. Cocoa powder enters at this point, layered upon some creamy caramel. Sweetens further with some burnt brown sugar hues. Liquorice hues dominate towards the finale, but a twist is yet to come. Doubles back and turns tart for the finale with intense yeast-cloaked dark cherries.
Delightfully thick and creamed mouthfeel, yet not at all sticky. As heavy as it needs to be, and actually seems beefier than the listed ABV. Ultimately drinkable, regardless.
A stunner. Thanks, Bighuge. (954 characters)

Photo of philipt
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am finally sampling this beer nearly a year and a half since it was recommended to me. Needless to say I had particularly lofty expectations for this beer, and it does not fail. Oerbier is definitely worth seeking out if you like Belgian ales.

Copper-brown in color with a towering off-white head. Highly carbonated. Significant yeast sediment in the bottle. The nose is floral and aromatic, with a tart fruitiness. The taste is slightly sweet, typical Belgian style esters, and some tartness. Very refreshing for this style. I am very pleased at the subdued sweetness.

I like this beer a lot. (601 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.6 oz amber bottle. Poured carefully to taste without the yeast sediment, but then added the sediment to compare. The flavor was much improved by addition of the yeast, IMHO.

Appearance: slightly cloudy amber/brown, with some thin white foam.

Smell: moderate, clean, some hops and phenols, hint of oak.

Taste: very tart! trace of fruitiness and sweetness. The addition of the yeast gives a mellowness and some yeast and bread flavors.

Mouthfeel: clean, crisp, a little thin. The tartness dominates.

Drinkability: Good. Grows on you as you drink it. Again, to me it was enhanced if the yeast sediment was included in the pour. (656 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the recommendation, StevieW!! This is indeed an exceptional beer (even amongst many other Belgian beers). Poured an unbelievable head (I waited about 10 minutes to start drinking it!). I can't call it lace, because the foam covered my glass all the way through until I finished it. Amber color, spicy and smooth. Reminded me of Maudite (and maybe Kwak). Creamy and delicious. As is the case with many Belgian beers, it is a little on the sweet side. If you love Belgian beer and haven't had this yet, find it. (520 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. brown bottle. Red label with a wierd little yellow bubble man holding a bier.

Murky brown color. Supercharged huge foamy, rich biege head. To say the head laced nicely is an understatement. Rich combination of smell and tastes including rum soaked cherries, mocha chocolate malty sweetness, brandy and alcohol. Subtle hints fof carmel and vanillas faintly pass your taste buds. Syrupy sweet candy finish may be it's only negative trait. Smooth feel to the point of melting into your stomach. Delivers a rich belly warming alcohol pop as well.
The best belgian beer I have had. A beer worth searching for.

My highest compliment......Magic in a glass ! (669 characters)

Photo of Thrasher
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy dark cider color with fluffy head, mild yeasty aroma with hints of overripe peaches and grapes. Lots of candy sugar flavors here, a very light sourness hidden at the back, smooth finish with little residuals except for sugar. This is quite a hearty beer, big sugary malts and very little hops except for perhaps a tart green apple quality. A good beer but almost too sweet and sugary for me; maybe a big plate of bloody meat would have made me appreciate this beer more than just drinking it solo. (502 characters)

Photo of pbrian
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with all kinds of floaties. Uncontrollable head. Sweet malty aroma, heavy on the dark candied fruits. Starts off sweet with dried apricots, plums, and cherries. Turns mildly cidery, a bit lactic. Nice full mouthfeel. Not too much different than other Belgian dark strong ales that have a high concentration of dark candi sugar, in a good way. (360 characters)

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