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De Dolle Oerbier - Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers

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710 Ratings

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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 63
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite beers. Just getting around to reviewing it. We can only get this at my store every once in awhile, and so when it comes in, I make sure to open one right away.

A- Pours a deep ruby color with a porous, light tan head that dissolves into large bubbles and quickly disappears, leaving minimal, soapy lacing.

S-Bready malts, saltwater taffy, those gummy fruit slice candies, a touch of cherry. Beautiful.

T/M-Sweet malts, musty basement funk, and candi sugar are the most prominent flavors. As I sip, flavors of lightly tart cherry and wood slip through, though they are a very minor component here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with light, playful carbonation.

D-This beer's so Goddamn amazing. When I haven't had it for awhile I think maybe it won't live up to my memories of it, but it always does. It's a Belgian classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 04:08:47 | More by DaveHS
Photo of Thorpe429


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle a few weeks ago. Pours a ruby brown with an off why'd head and some crazy lacing. Head refuses to die down. Nose brings cherries, caramel, dark fruits, and slice. Taste really ramps up a dark cherry slash currant flavor with some dark drugs as well. A bit of spice as well. Feel is nice win prickly carbonation and some booze. Drinks quite well. Really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 00:34:37 | More by Thorpe429
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer, it's medium brown with a quite thick and persistent head.

The smell is sweet and mainly of fruits, a good example of belgian style dark ale.

The taste is sweet too (but less than the smell) and round, with notes of raisin that remembers a sweet wine.

The aftertaste is sweet too and persistent, with less alcohol notes than I expected.

Definitely a good beer, just a step below the La Trappe Double

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 13:36:15 | More by catrone
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New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aromas are straight Belgian yeast and caramel with some dark fruity maltiness headline. A little bit of spice and tart yeastiness asserts itself with very mild herbal hopping.

The taste is quite less sweet but there is still plenty of fig and raisin malty flavor. The yeast takes over however and creates a spicy, tartness. A bit too sour and Belgiany for my liking.

It is a decent Belgian ale with decent complexity; i really do not enjoy the yeastiness from this beer or an De Dolle beers. I am not a fan of sour beers but I am curious about what happens to this one with some time.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 02:14:11 | More by claspada
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.6oz bottle - bottled on 01/20/2010 - served into a tulip glass

Pours lighter than I expect from a BSDA. The body is an ochre color, almost like a scotch ale. Three fingers of khaki head explode out of the bottle. Graceful arches of lace cling to the glass as the head eventually decides to settle at one finger in size.

This is one of the brighter BSDAs I've ever smelled. The ripe fruits are strong and piquant. This is definitely a vinous BSDA. I get some old caramel smells and some honey biscuits (like the ones at Church's Chicken) and a bit of cinnamon toast on the malt tip.

This is so fruity tasting: rose wine, Fruit Roll-Up brand fruit snacks, grilled peaches. A heavy addition of brewing spices tries to offset all of those fruit flavors. Though there is some breadcrust-tasting malt flavors the beer needs some more malt for balance purposes. These fruit flavors are great, but they are a bit much when they are as dominant as they are in this beer. A bit of alcohol sweetness on the finish helps this become one of the most vinous beers I've had in a while.

Nice mouthfeel. The lightness assists those fruit flavors, while the weak level of carbonation that is perceptible on the tongue makes for a luxurious feeling. Drinkability is also pretty nice. The 9% ABV is appropriate for the style. What holds the score back is that at some point the fruit-and-spices thing gets taxing.

This is a very interesting beer. I'd consider it a must-try just because of how uniquely wine-like it is. I think it is a bit better than the score says.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 05:24:25 | More by Reaper16
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in Café the Beer Circus in Brussels. I met the Allstrom Bros and UncleJimbo there and we drank a few beers together.

Poured in the original glass this beer looks very nice. Light to darkbrown with a broken white head.

Spice, wheat and fruits come in my nose. Burned caramel.

Good taste and a very enjoyable beer. This is my second beer from this brewery and a good one!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 20:19:56 | More by Brabander
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3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Gordon's in Watertown
Bottle 051/502781 Bottled 1/20/10
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a cloudy, ruddy, dark brown with some reddish highlights to it. A HUGE finger of creamy khaki color head caps this beer off. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rather musty and musky, some yeast and wheats filter in, a sweet character comes through and a bit of earthiness.

T: Taste is yeast, wheat, massive funk that basically fills out the middle. So musty and musky, but mingled with a crazy almost caramel malt sweetness. Hints of ... licorice??? A earthy, hay like quality in the finish.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, light yet creamy body.

D: Goes down alright, milder kick than the ABV would indicate, a decent beer but I would go with others of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:23:36 | More by Jayli
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice.

Appearance: Very, very, rich dark brown which light will not penetrate. Creamy tan head that builds to a ½" and remains, with beautiful lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark fruit notes on the nose, some spice, and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste: The dark fruit (plum and raisin) is up front, not overly sweet but perfectly balanced with light hop bitterness in the finish. Deep, rich, and complex. Incredibly well crafted beer.

Mouthfeel: Extraordinarily smooth. Creamy and rich very good on the palate, well carbonated.

Drinkability: Excellent beer, another must try for the Belgian Quad/Strong Dark Ale enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 01:22:18 | More by BobZ
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my struise glass ,

A: murky deep caramel , Brown reddisch colour , The tan head was pretty burly at first but settled into a nice constant half inch.
Nice lacing

S: Clear malt backbone with caramel and raisins. Not much alcohol considering its 9.5% heft.

T: Definite fruit characteristics and roasted malts, caramel sweetnes , Slight bitterness in the aftertaste . Lots of bubbles at first carry the flavor too much to savor. more complexities emerge when the beer warms up

M- slight carbonation but otherwise unbelievably smooth, almost still, with full, soft body.

D: smooth , could drink this all night long , ABV is very well bidden

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 20:41:00 | More by beerpirates
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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33cl bottle served in Unibroue tulip.

A: Mountainous four fingers of rocky head. The pink sand foam sits on murky brown beer with brilliant bright red highlights, similar to the color of the label. The head is going nowhere, it will take a while to get this one tiny bottle into the glass. Beautiful.

S: Sweet estery aromas abound. A little zesty yeast. Black pepper. Also some fresh, mild scents...spring water, maybe fresh linen? Candied cherry. Anise. Red grape and plum. Very complex, I seem to find something new in every sniff.

T: Easily as complex as the nose. Full of bold dark fruits. Slightly tannic. Sherry-like flavors. Spicy yeast and hops. Herbal at times. A bit of black licorice. Oaky vanilla. Noticeable alcohol warmth feels perfectly appropriate. I would score a 4.75 here if I could. Brilliant.

M: Soft and creamy. The carbonation is high, but never harsh.

D: High. This beer is so interesting you won't want to put it down. Every time I raise the glass I find a slightly different beer.

All I can say is, WOW. It's not often that I gush like this over a beer, but this is truly an amazing brew. I can't think of a beer in this category that I've enjoyed more. It's a little pricey @ about $5 per 33cl bottle, but it isn't terribly difficult to find. If unavailable near you I would recommend trading for it. Well worth a little splurge. Deserving of its lofty rating.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 03:40:54 | More by AdamGarcia
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle drank from my chimay chalice. ive been sitting on this bottle for about 18 months but have no idea just how old it is.

A- this one pours out a murky reddish brown colored body with a very large khaki colored head. the head has excellent retention and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing i notice is how spicy it is. lots of clove. the typical cornucopia of dark fruits are here as well. cherries, dates, plums, figs, and pear. a brown sugar like sweetness comes through strong as well. the alcohol is mildly detectable.

T- the taste starts out with the brown sugary sweetness that i could smell. theres some belgian yeast that follows, as well as the ripe dark fruits that are a staple with this style. cherries, plums, grapes, figs, and dates.

M- the body is on the thin side, which is ok for the style. the carbonation is also a little bit high. very mild warming from the alcohol, which seems impressively hidden.

D- i wish they had put dates on their bottles. im guessing this is 2.5-3 years old. sadly, de dolle doesnt move that quickly around here. i guess people dont know what theyre missing. something to check out for all fans of this style or this brewery. i could probably handle a larger format bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 03:48:44 | More by jwinship83
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3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a slight haze and a massive tan head.

S: Initially there are some tart fruit aromas followed swiftly by a blend of spices and sweet malts. Lots of caramel, candi sugar, and dark stone fruits.

T: Lots and lots of sweet dark fruit flavors immediately hit the palate--plums, raisins, and figs, to be more detailed. Some mild nutmeg flavor along with a sugary sweetness. Quite a bit of alcohol comes through as well.

M: The body is excellent and the carbonation is that wonderful intensely effervescent kind that has a light creaminess.

D: Great nose on this beer but the alcohol presence knocks down the enjoyment of this one. Might be better with some age.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:55:08 | More by womencantsail
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3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a hazy opaque reddish brown color with a big tan head of tiny bubbles. The aromas I get are of apples, spice, and alocohol, some wine type notes as well. The first thing I notice when drinking this beer is the carbonation. It hits your mouth and gives a little tart flavor followed by some bitterness and maltiness. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with alcohol. Light/Medium mouthfeel. A bit pricey at $6.29/bottle but glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 14:39:52 | More by kbutler1
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3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque mahogany with a good amount of light tan head.
S: It smelled like coriander and lemon zest and wild yeast, with some light caramel and wild honey and floral hops.
T: It tasted like brown sugar and earthy caramel and floral hops, with coriander and wild yeast and honey and cocoa powder. The aftertaste was dry and mostly bitter with some alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with tons of carbonation.
D: This was a decent dark Belgian ale with delicate and complex flavors, but it honestly wasn't very delicious. The body was too carbonated for me, which detracted from the delicate taste. The alcohol was also pretty noticeable, so I had to sip carefully. Not a bad brew, but not impressive either.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:24:24 | More by Pencible
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3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at Dranken Geers in Gent.

From a bottle into a tulip.

APPEARANCE: A careful pour produces a four finger off-white or beige head with decent retention. Deep rosewood red with mahogany hues. The head pops, crackles, and slowly fades to a decent foam cap. A thinner foam cap remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malt and some nice candy sugars as well. Perhaps some dark fruit, plumbs and dates, maybe, and some bread notes as well. Medium strength, but quite nice.

TASTE: Caramel malt and bready notes up front, with plenty of sweet candy sugars as well. Some dates are thrown in there, leading into a spicy and sweet finish with some alcohol for good measure. Shorter and milder aftertaste is sweet, spicy, with touches of alcohol, going into a dry finish.

PALATE: Unfortunately this lets it down a little. Light boy and a bit airy, with a decent burn on the finish. Could be a little smoother, and the harsh finish makes it a little tough to enjoy.

OVERALL: A good, tasty beer, one of the better De Dolle offerings, but the palate is a little too airy and rough, making it hard to enjoy. It needs a little smoothening out, and leaving the beer sit in the glass for about half an hour seems to help. Still, one worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 08:35:45 | More by Jeffo
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4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at 5 Points bottle shop in Athens, GA. There were several other beers from De Dolle that I look forward to trying after this one.

Appearance- The head was about a quarter inch think and a light brown color. The beer was dark, but there were noticeable bits of particulate matter floating throughout. Generally quite appealing.

Smell- Not overwhelming but pleasantly alcoholic

Taste- Exceptional. Definitely fruity but not obtrusively so. Masked the alcohol well. Seemed like it could be enjoyed by anyone, not just someone who was an avid beer drinker.

Mouthfeel- Not as smooth as its dark appearance would suggest, but still pleasantly drinkable. Not a sipper.

Drinkability- Great. Only bought one but could have very easily enjoyed several. Would work on a warm spring day or cold winter evening. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 02:59:03 | More by 404UGA
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured cloudy brown in color with red highlights and a three finger off-white head that took a very long time to die down and never quite completely disappeared.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark fruits, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and fruity. It is also has malty sweetness with notes of cherries, plums, raisins and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a lot of carbonation at first, but becomes smoother and less bubbly as the beer warms up.
D: At 9.5%, this beer is surprisingly very drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden, although it's better sipped to savor the complex taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 02:14:53 | More by metter98
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And strong and dark it is. Oerbier is a fruit forward example of the style but with balancing hops and spices that keep things trending sweet.

Aromas of concord grapes, cola, and candied barley kernals fill the nose while mild orange peel, and berry acidity give a balancing twang as the beer warms.

Pouring a deep crimson color, the beer shows a typical Belgian (non-filtered) haze. A creamy eggshell white head consists of both tight creme and interspersed loose bubbles. Modest lacing mainly due to high sugar and alcohol content.

Flavors of sugary sweet fruit, primarily grapes, plumbs, currants, and dark ripe berries set the stage while red apples, orange peel, and acidity balance the malty-sweet start. While remaining sweet, fruity, and spicy throughout; an earthy hop bitterness comes into play at mid-palate just as the beer fades from fruity sweet to spicy bitter in the finish.

Again, sugary sweet to start in mouthfeel but the carbonation leads to an expansive feel to the mouth and then a malty-dry finish, still trending fruity/spicy in the end.

A very drinkable beer despite the disjointed sweet-to-malt-to-fruit taste and feel. The carbonation does this beer a great deal of justice by drying the beer and distracting from the sweet start and alcoholic finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 03:37:05 | More by BEERchitect
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy brown chocolate colour with an off white head that retains well.

S - Nice aromas of dark sweet fruit, licorice and spice.

T - Plenty of dark fruits and spice, alcohol is well hidden and a hint od milk chocolate is present and small hops.

M - Medium body and carbonation that makes for a well balanced beer.

D - Another quality brew from De Dolle

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 15:19:42 | More by eric5bellies
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Frothy and foamy head, but it leaves no lace. It settles to a quarter inch. Muddy brown color.

Sweet molasses aroma. Hints of spiciness: nutmeg, grains of paradise. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but it isn't overwhelming. Some yeast nose.

Quite spritzy. The body is light and the carbonation is very high. The alcohol is far more notable in the taste--very warming in the swallow. While the aftertaste is short, it is similar to the feel of a fine port. The spice matches the aroma, offering some excellent complexity. Surprisingly, this is a dry taste--but still lots of malt.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 01:11:20 | More by smcolw
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South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a very dark brew by Belgian standards, sort of a dark amber or Auburn. Minimal head and lacing but still a solid looking brew. Aroma has lots of honey, rum and bourbon, one of the sweeter dark Belgians I have had. Lots of malt in the taste, bourbon and toffee. It's light on the color and on the tongue, but very rich in the taste. Complex brew here and one of the most unique Belgian darks I have had as my tastes tend toward the lighter Belgian brews. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 04:57:05 | More by saintwarrick
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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle in to Snifter glass.

Pours a muddy tawny color with a booming tan colored head that I have a hard time controlling and eventually end up with half the glass being foam. The foam eventually settles down to a nice layer atop the glass and remains as its drank. Aroma is sour fruit, some sort of berry, a little bit of fig and alcohol. Flavor is apple, berry, raisin with some bitterness and an alcoholic finish. Its full-medium bodied and has a prickly amount of carbonation. I really enjoyed the aroma and the flavor even though it did end up being fairly alcohol forward. Certainly a unique beer and ended up being much different than I expected but overall I really enjoyed the experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:42:25 | More by DiabolikDUB
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.6 oz. slender bottle with a red cap. No clues as to when it was bottled.

This gusher pours a rich, slightly hazy ruby-garnet hue, with massive effervescence. The head is huge even with a super slow pour. Lacing and retention are outstanding.

Aroma is of booze, esters, ripe pear and apple.

Flavor is supremely malty and slightly sour. Complex. At first it seems quite sweet and fruity, with a banana flavor that is countered by a rich, toasty maltiness. Signature Dolle yeastiness. As the drink wears on, the beer takes on a dry, hoppy character that leaves a lingering, Americanesque bitterness on the tongue. Mouthfeel is big, creamy and smooth. High carbonation mellows out nicely over course of the drink. Alcohol is apparent, as with nearly every De Dolle offering.

Great Belgian beer. I love that it's more tart than the other De Dolle ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 22:31:11 | More by dasenebler
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District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is rusty brown, heavily carbonated. Smell is a malt bomb of atomic proportions, taste is the same. Taste and smell of brown bread, brown sugar, honey, sweet molasses (not blackstrap), and dark fruits (figs, dates, prunes, and raisins). Some caramel, toffee, cinnamon, and cloves in there also. Big beer with lots of malts, nothing worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 03:04:34 | More by craytonic
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep hazy chestnut brown with a slight orange hue. A bit larger than average, bubbly, light beige head. Average retention with a good sticky layer of lacing left.

S - Fairly vinous taste with a lot of raisin and some grape along with some other dark fruit. A touch of licorice and a little tartness. Fairly well spiced with a hint of alcohol present.

T - Initial taste has a good amount of malt, which quickly gives way to a spiced raisin flavor (along with some other dark fruit). Mid sip has a lot of dark fruit and spices, some yeast and candi sugar, a hint of warming alcohol, and just a bit of earthy and hoppy flavors. Finishes with the dark fruit (particularly raisin) and spice.

M - Medium, starting to make progress toward full, body. A bit above average carbonation. Fairly smooth, but is a bit tingly and warming on the finish.

D - Good drinkability. The flavors are well balanced, and taste good with enough complexity to keep it interesting. The slightly tart and vinous aspect is nice and makes me want to sip on some more.

Notes: ABV = 9%. Nice BSDA that has a bit more tart and vinous flavors than other similar beers. Very well spiced, put the vinous/tart flavors cut that a bit. Full of raisin and grape like flavors. Good, solid beer to drink from a good brewery. Nice for a slightly different beer if you want a BSDA. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 03:36:46 | More by FreshHawk
De Dolle Oerbier from Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers
93 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.