DNR | Coop Ale Works

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Coop Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Belgian-style dark ale is the culmination of central and western European malts, Noble hops, candy sugar and a traditional Trappist yeast. Notes of dried fruit, cinnamon and vanilla make DNR a very complex experience to be enjoyed in moderation.

30 IBU

Added by stephens101 on 04-16-2009

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Photo of Irasema
4.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yummy! This Belgian style high alcohol volume beer is on top of my list. The flavor is full like caramel and aroma is very pleasant. It's pour is beautiful and it's lacy! It's not a beer for those that detect the high alcohol volume. I love it and recommend it on tap!

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Photo of jmbranum
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mostrously big with lots of wine and port notes, good bit of hops but not in insane up a territory.

Thus is definitely a slow sipping beer to be savored. Lots of enjoyable alcoholic warmth.

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Photo of homerlike
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Crafthouse Gastropub in Lubbock, Tx. Mid caramel color, limited head, sweet aroma with subtle spice hints. Mild taste, smooth and delicious.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous copper/red color as poured from a 12 ounce can. Tiny head. Aroma typical for a Belgian that smells awesome. Taste is excellent. Somewhat fruity and no bitterness. Smooth and smoother. Very nice for a 10 percent-er. My local BJ's Brew house bartender tells me they are getting this one on draft. I'll be excited to try this from the keg. I find it highly drinkable and recommend this one to all my BA brothers.
Brought to you by the makers of HORNY TOAD BLONDE. Git ya some and git her done!

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Photo of MLoxxer
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent Belgian Dark Strong. In fact this is the best effort I've tasted to date from a US brewery trying to brew this style. Although it's flavor may not be as complex as an import it is very, very good. Well done Coop, I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of dbarny76
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. Great color, smell and taste. Full flavored for sure. Alcohol hidden nicely for a 10% beer. Very well done! Coop ale works nailed it on this one. Their naitave amber is amazing as well! Highly recomend....try the F5 IPA also. All around a nice brewery. DNR is compariable to the true belgium beers.

Thank you COOP

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Photo of FantasticOKC
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Look - Poured from a 12 oz can. The color is a beautifully hazy copper/light brown. Loses marks due to lack of carbonation and thickness. You must pour aggressively for any amount of head, and even the it is small and dissipates quickly. As for the thickness... I like a beer that has some weight to it, but this pours like a soda with too much syrup.

Smell - Normally, I do not like something this sweet, but the aroma of this is phenomenal. Writing on the can states "Noble hops, candy sugar and a traditional Trappist yeast. Notes of dried fruit, cinnamon and vanilla make DNR a very complex experience to be enjoyed in moderation," and everything described here comes out very vividly in the aroma except the hops. The only reason for a 4.75 rather than a 5 is the fact that I'm not (usually) fond of something this sweet.

Taste - Equally phenomenal as the smell, and for the same reasons. Again, I am not (usually) fond of something this sweet... but... MY GOD... this is good. All the aromas mentioned above come out very vividly in the flavor (though the hops are apparent in the flavor, unlike the smell). This makes me think that I DO like candy flavors, they just have to be balanced as well as this.

SIDE NOTE ON FLAVOR: Don't just let it sit... swirl it the way you would wine to keep the alcohol from settling. If you let it settle, by the end of the drink, you will have nothing more than high alcohol.

Feel - Lowest point of this drink. Feels very heavy, and very much like syrup. The lack of carbonation, exacerbates this.

Overall - This beer surprised me as I am not a fan of thick, heavy or sweet, candy flavored beers, but I really, REALLY like this one.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Served @ approx 38 degrees, let it sit for about 20 minutes to warm closer to room temp
LOCATION: McNellies in Tulsa

Pours a hazy orange color with a golden brown tint. This makes it a bit on the dark side, for a golden ale style. One-finger head of creamy white foam which has a slight orange tint. Retention is quite nice and lacing is good.

Comes with the expected BGA nose. Nice citrus notes. Orange and lemon, mostly. Good spice presence of corriander and a nice hint of cloves. There is a very good yeasty presence and a slight touch of wheat notes.

The taste certainly follows the nose, but expands on it, also. There is a presence of big yeastiness. Underlying wheat presence. Nice citrus presence, like the nose, but it brings along other fruits with it. Pears, white grapes and a touch of apricots. It has a good sweet malt presence and a wonderfully delicious presence of candi sugars.

This one is medium-full in body, almost full-bodied, I'm happy to say. It has an almost perfect level of carbonation. Very smooth and deliciously creamy.

This is a very drinkable brew, flavor-wise. The 10%ABV, while not totally hidden, is nicely masked. Be careful when drinking this one, it's not a session beer, despite it's ease of drinkability. That alcohol will sneak up on you, in a hurry. This is a great one for relaxing with, at the end of a long day.

I'm stunned that this is a locally brewed Oklahoma beer. This is a truly tasty brew.
Between Coop, Marshall, Choc, and a couple of other breweries that should be popping up soon, there truly may be hope for OK's beer future.

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Photo of stephens101
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brand new from the recently established COOP Ale Works, and the "biggest beer brewed in Oklahoma." I tried this at Mcnellie's pub in OKC a few weeks ago, and it was served in a pint glass. At that time I appreciated the beer, and there was no doubt it was a good beer, but it wasn't until last night when I requested it in a snifter did it's aromas and flavors truly reveal themselves.

Color is a bright, slightly hazy orange and there's a nice off-white covering of dense froth. A few long lines of lacing exist and stick around for the duration. Vanilla, light fruits (pears, oranges, grapes) and spicy aromas waft to the nose. Tastes of big sweet malts which surround more spices, toffee and sweet bread. There's a quick hint of graininess toward the end. The alcohol heat is noticeable, but not overwhelming, and it in no way detracts from the other elements and the overall experience. Mouth-feel is medium plus, and it goes down smooth and a bit more creamy than expected, hovering close to tripel territory in that sense.

I'm not going to deny that I have some local bias on this one, but I feel it's an excellent example of the style, and I'm really looking forward to another bigger brew from these guys, as this one turns out to be a great initial move that should put them on the craft beer map.

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Photo of armock
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy orangish color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus scents with spices and some yeast notes

T - Sweet citrus fruity malt with spices and yeast very good

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is an excellent Belgian style pale thats too easy to drink the abv goes by unnoticed until its too late definitely worth picking up a pint if you see it around

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with a healthy cream head with lacing

Smell of cotton candy, apple, fresh tropical fruit and belgian yeast.

Taste of a nice caramel belgian yeast with lots of fruit. First off Cotton candy hits your taste buds, along with apples, tropical fruit (think Hawaiian punch) and strawberries. Really the yeast has done some good work on this beer. Only really heard about it from a local who said he drank a pitcher by himself one night and it did him in pretty well. Despite the slightly dirty and or stale tap lines at Tapwerks, this one was actually still very good and either tasted fresh or was able to withstand the tap lines because of the higher abv. Light carbonation and a medium to thick mouthfeel. Definitely worth another visit next time I am in the area.

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Photo of skeetermoses
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, this came from Oklahoma? I was very impressed, had it at an James Mcnells and fell in love with this beer. Overall good quality, reminds me a bit of Chimay. Very Very Good, wanted to try the Amber but they were out of it at the time. Really impressive for a local brew. Will be having this one again for sure.

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy pale yellowish brown with a finger of creamy off white head. Head stays around awhile. Lots of lacing too.

S- Apples, bananas, and bread. A faint cotton candy smell? Can't quite place it. Warming alcohol present in the aroma as well.

T- Apples and bananas with kisses of citrus. Pears maybe? An earthyness is present. Hint of vanilla. And again with the cotton candy. Kinda boozy but not overwhelming at all. Bready. Has a great caramel sweet start with a bit of tart through out and a dry cinnamon lingering finish. Perfect balance of everything.

M- Really light light carbonation but its not syrupy and seems to work really awesome with everything else.

O- A truly great strong ale. High ABV would bring the score down a bit as for sessionability, but who cares. I loved this beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a chilled shaker pint at Upper Crust in Edmond. Pours to a creamy beige head that is thin (poured too carefully?) but laces and lasts. Color is red amber and hazy. Aroma is sugary malt, plums, yeast esters such as clove, bubblegum, and other spices, brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor is rich and complex with a strong sweet port/marsala taste up front, with spicy funky Belgian flavors in the middle and a rich, sweet rumlike finish. Mouthfeel is medium and sugary in a good way. Overall a delicious, satisfying high gravity ale with complexity and polish, approaching world class.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to try the first beer commercially brewed in Oklahoma. I hope someday the Sooners slack off their ridiculous beer laws.

Poured DNR into a tulip glass, and the brew produces a three finger thick khaki colored head, and the body is copper in color, with a hefty haze.

The aroma is fig, vanilla, cola, metallic, a little vegetable, and maybe a hint of sour cherry.

In the taste, a sour cherry flavor is immediately perceptible. There is some cola traits, fig, vanilla, and a cooked veggie flavor in the end.

Feels mildly carbonated, syrupy, full in body, and only slightly warm in the end.

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Deep amber with a bit of foam. Decent lacing. Malty aroma with bread and a bit of fruit. A bit too cold, so the taste is muted. The malt carries through with vanilla and caramel. A bit more fruit comes through as it warms. The alcohol isn't as evident as I would have expected. Nice heavy mouth. This is a really nice Belgian. Very balanced.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy brownish orange. Creamy 1/2 inch fluent head with outstanding retention.

S - Sweet honey, spicy yeast, over ripe pears, slight estery aroma.

T - Rich and astringent yeast, bubblegum, syrupy fruits, slight clove, a slight sugary sourness. A twisted cotton candy flavor finishes this one up.

A bit syrupy and warming but has nice spice with an interesting yeasty profile. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at mcNellies in tulsa

Pours a semi-hazed amber with a finger of cream colored head. Some head retention & lacing, lacing held up pretty good

S: Apple peels, breadyness, & orchard fruit

T: Apple peels, breadyness & booze presence up front, plus a touch of lemon hops. Caramel, a touch of breadyness & then boozey warmth once this warms, along with some candi sugar dryness. Finishes dry & boozey with caramel & pralines, would've pulled a 4.5 but hotness dragged this down a bit

MF: Chewy, near zero carbonation, very warming

Drank easy for the ABV, need to try this again when the temp drops by say 50 degrees or more, I bet this smacks the chill outta winter...

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Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at McNellie's in OKC. Pours a cloudy orange/red color into a Chimay chalice with 1 inch of slightly off-white, creamy head that is reduced to a light lace around the edges of the glass after ten minutes or so.

Aromas of spice (clove and cinnamon), bubblegum, and sweet fruits (banana, pear, and plum).

Taste follows aroma but is much more pronounced. Strong bubblegum and banana followed by cinnamon and clove with a light touch of plum. A bit of earthiness from hops is present along with a few esters from the alcohol. Slightly sweet for the style, but not so much that it detracts from the drinkability. Finishes with a light lingering bitterness that hangs around for a few minutes.

Medium-bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Much lighter carbonation than is typical of a Belgian-style strong ale.

A highly drinkable beer that I could easily drink several of if not for the ABV. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10% beer and this could easily catch up with you.

This, in my opinion, is the first really great (year-round) beer to come out of the Oklahoma craft beer scene. I look forward to many more years of drinking this beer. Its designation as a Belgian golden ale is a bit misplaced in my opinon due to the darker color and relatively sweet finish. I would probably just describe it as a Belgian strong ale as it doesn't exactly fit neatly into a category. Either way, its a really good beer. Good job COOP!

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really good belgium strong ale but really boozy and to sweet. You have to be in the mood for it. The beer really lacks a good head and lacing. Needs a little more body as well.

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Photo of tronester
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brownish orange in appearance, with a creamy tan head. Smells stronly of pungent Belgian yeast strains. Taste is a sharp blast of yeast up front, with a hint of grain and some vinegar in the middle. The finish is dry and alcoholic. Mouthfeel is thick, high carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, the 10%abv gets heavy after awhile though.

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Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 08-01-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pour a hazy, dark orange-brown color, darker than other Belgian strong pale ales I've had. The head is cream-colored and about 4 fingers high. Both head retention and lacing are very good.

Aromas are made up of spicy hops, some citrus, and caramel malts that give it a sweet smell.

The taste is more dry than I expected based on the aromas. Very spicy and dry, with a moderate level of hop bitterness and a little tartness. The malts make for a nice balance. Other flavors are cinnamon and pepper.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and has a medium-to-high amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is fairly dry, coupled with spices and hops. I also get a bit of alcohol warming.

Overall a pretty interesting take on the style from the brewer. It tasted kind of like a barleywine with added spices.

Thanks to TheBishopco for this one!

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy light copper color with medium head. Leaves nice lacing. Primary smell of roasted malt with a slight caramel undertone. Smooth malt and slightly fruity taste on front with a sweet ending consisting of caramel and vanilla. Light carbonation and medium mouth feel, and the alcohol is well hidden. Much better on tap than bottled.
Good belgium strong but not great. I'd like a little more depth in taste but must admit it's extraordinary in smoothness and hiding boozey-ness.

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Photo of BigGold
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. can, purchased in Norman, Oklahoma, into chalice. Not very dark, but in top two or three best Belgian ales I have ever had out of a can.

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Photo of csiewert
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very very hazy brown color with a finger of thick foamy white head. The aroma is weak but does have hints of banana and some fusel alcohol. The taste reminds me of a Bavarian Hefeweizen with a slight amount of alcohol, but it's not too overpoweringwhich is good considering the high ABV. Banana dominates the flavor and is very sweet. The mouthfeel does hint at the high ABV by is still very smooth. Overall a pretty good attempt at a Belgian strong.

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